The National Council on Establishment (NCE) announced that it would no longer pay medical doctors on housemanship programmes salaries, but would instead consider them for allowances.
The NCE decision was contained in a memo signed by the Federation’s Head of Civil Service, Folasade Yemi-Esan.
It stated that members approved the removal of NYSC, interns, and housemen from the federal government grade level salary structure at a meeting held in Lagos between November 30 and December 4, 2020.
According to the memo, the council agreed to halt salary payments on the grounds that the services provided are considered training for enrolled members in their respective professions.
The National Salaries Income and Wage Commission, according to the council, will decide whether they will be paid an allowance instead of salaries.
“At its 42nd meeting, held from 30th November to 4th December 2020 in Ikeja, Lagos State, the National Council on Establishment (NCE) reviewed the current status on internship programmes/ housemanship/ NYSC Doctors in Service, and approved their removal from the Scheme of Service as posts attracting grade level in the salary structure,” the statement reads.
“The Council made its decision on the basis that the duration of these programs/services is part of their respective professions’ training. Interns, on the other hand, will be considered for payment of allowances determined by the National Salaries, Income, and Wage Commission,” it added.
The federal government has had a difficult time meeting the demands of various labour unions, which frequently demand better working conditions. Many strike actions have taken place across the country as a result of these organisations being forced to take industrial action in order to press their demands.
After several days of strike, the National Association of Resident Doctors called off their strike last week. Members of the Nigerian Judiciary Staff Union have been on strike for more than a week due to the federal government’s failure to pay their salaries.
The Nigerian government has consistently failed to meet its obligations to workers’ welfare.