FG can’t use bond to keep us in Nigeria, doctors reply Ngige
FG can’t use bond to keep us in Nigeria, doctors reply Ngige. Doctors in Nigeria have rejected a proposal by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, for physicians trained in Nigeria to work in the country for at least nine years before being allowed to migrate.
This came after it was discovered that the number of Nigerian doctors practising in the United Kingdom had hit 8, 983 as of Saturday and is likely to hit 9,000 this week.
A council showed that as regards the number of foreign doctors working in the UK, Nigeria comes third, only behind India and Pakistan which have 30,388 and 15, 962 doctors respectively operating in the UK.
Recall that Ngige during the 2022 budget lamented the effect of brain drain on the health sector in relation to the low cost of medical education in the country.
“Medical education in Nigeria is almost free. Where else in the world is it free? The Presidential Committee on Health should come with a proposal for bonding doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists and other health workers so that they don’t just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they are trained at no cost.
“Medical workers trained by the government should be made to sign a bond that would make them serve the country for at least nine years before they can consider relocating to another country.