Nigeria’s Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has called on the Federal Government to mandate government-trained health personnel to serve within the country for nine years before being allowed to move abroad.
Mr. Ngige said this on Wednesday during his defence of the 2022 budget at the floor of the House of Representatives.
The former Anambra State Governor said doctors abandon the country because medical school education in Nigeria is free.
“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 were trained at no cost.
“In London, it is 45,000 pounds a session for medical education in cheap in universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay 80,000 dollars. If you go to USA you pay 45,000 dollars but if you go to the Ivy leagues, you pay 90,000 dollars for only tuition, excluding lodging. You do it for six years. So, people in America take loans.
“We can make provisions for loans and you pay back. If the government will train you for free, we should bond you. You serve the country for nine years before you go anywhere,” he said.