The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says medical practitioners in the country who feel they want to move abroad in search of greener pastures are free to do so because the country has an abundant of medical personnel.
Dr. Ngige who stated this on Wednesday, April 24, while appearing on Sunrise Daily, a news and current affairs programme on Channels Television, was answering a question posed to him if brain drain in the country’s medical sector and recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies in Nigeria was a challenge to health sector in the country.
In reply to the question, the Minister said, “No, I am not worried. We have surplus. If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago here. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days.
“There are surplus in their country and we also have surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. In my area, we have excess.
“Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong in them travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil.” Ngige said.