Health workers, including doctors, whose salaries were seized while enforcing the no-work, no-pay policy, gotten a reprieve as President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed to release the withheld salaries.
Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige, confirmed the development when he fielded questions from State House reporters in Abuja
He said the President has since approved the authority letter to release the funds of the resident doctors for September and October 2021.
The minister, who earlier met behind closed door with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, said the presidential approval for the releases of the salaries was on compassionate ground and to encourage the affected workers to perform better in their respective places of work.
According to Ngige, the approval covers members of the Joint Health Services Union (JOHESU) who went on strike in 2018.