Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s minister of labour, who caused tension when he used the word “surplus” on Nigeria’s medical capacity, has clarified. Largely, every human being that watched the Channels TV interview misquoted him. We will take that provided no one says we have excess doctors in this nation.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has clarified his position on the issue of migration by Nigerian medical doctors to foreign nations, a development which has reportedly led to brain drain in the nation’s medical profession.
Mr Ngige made this known in a statement signed by Nwachukwu Obidiwe, his Special Assistant on Media, in Abuja on Thursday.
He was reacting to a media report on Channels Television, where he reportedly said the issue of doctors leaving the country in a large number did not call for much concern.
He described the attendant controversies that had trailed the comment in the media as unnecessary, calling for a deeper understanding of the issue in question.
“I speak from the vantage position of being a medical doctor and member, Nigerian Medical Association since June, 1979 and enriched by my vast knowledge on health administration.