A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has replied Chris Ngige after the minister said doctors are free to leave Nigeria.
Reno Omokri tagged the statement of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige as a show of arrogance, he wrote on Twitter;
What type of arrogance is this? We have enough doctors? Is that why your boss, President @Mbuhari, spent 1 year and 39 days abroad, including over 6 months in a UK clinic? This government is a punishment on the Nigerian people
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige earlier today said doctors are free to leave Nigeria, as we have more than enough in the country.
Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, Ngige said;
“I’m Not Worried, We Have Surplus (Doctors), if we have a surplus, we export. I was taught Biology and Chemistry by Indian teachers in my secondary school days.
“They are surplus in their country. We have a surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. It is my area, we have excess. We have enough, more than enough, quote me.”
Ngige, when asked if nothing was wrong, owing to his position as a qualified medical doctor, said there was nothing wrong in their choice to practise overseas, at the detriment of Nigeria’s health sector.
“There is nothing wrong, they go out to sharpen their skills, earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them, not from oil.