February 28, 2024
‘No’ to Five-Year Compulsory Service For Doctors – Federal Government
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‘No’ to Five-Year Compulsory Service For Doctors – Federal Government

The Federal Government says it is not in support of the National Assembly bill proposing to deny Nigeria-trained medical and dental practitioners from being granted full licences until they have worked for a minimum of five years in the country.


The bill scaled through the second reading in the House of Representatives on April 7. 


The sponsor of the bill, Honourable Ganiyu Johnson, says the legislation intends to address the brain drain in the health sector.

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At a State House briefing in Abuja, the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige said the bill cannot stop anyone from getting a full license.


The Labour Minister described the bill as ‘not workable’. He maintained that there are other ways to check brain drain in the country, adding that being a medical doctor himself, he does not support the bill.

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