The Federal Government has spent N15.8 billion on hazard allowance for health workers, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said on Monday.

The sum, paid between February and May, was for workers in federal teaching hospitals, federal medical centres and some non-COVID-19 hospitals where the virus is treated.

The minister added that the Federal Government has cleared the April/May special allowances.

“At a time government earning has fallen short of the expected earning, the affected medical personnel will also draw their normal salaries and other allowances,” he said.

The minister acknowledged that the June allowances were still outstanding because the budget has been eaten into by certain developments, such as pay for house officers, interns, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doctors as well as volunteers.

Ngige spoke during a meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja.