The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday gave the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, dressing down for failing to answer a question regarding the hazard allowance being paid to doctors treating COVID-19 patients.
The National Association of Resident Doctors had last week stated that Nigerian doctors were receiving N5, 000 a month as hazard allowance.
Doctors at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital isolation center made it known that they were being owed over N30m in allowances.
The National Assembly subsequently invited members of the Presidential task force on COVID-19 to address some issues.
Gbajabiamila asked the minister if the medical personnel handling coronavirus cases are paid any hazard allowance, to which he responded: “I am not aware of it.”
He added, “It is the standard job they do every day; it is the standard job.”
The Speaker, who seemed disgusted by Ehanire’s response, told the minister it is not enough to say he is not aware, and “you dropped the ball”.
The video of the incident has, however, been trending on social media with many Nigerians calling on the minister to resign immediately.