Chris Ngige

Nigerians Criticize Ngige’s Advice to Medical Doctors


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has come under attack for saying that doctors who feel they want to relocate in search of greener pastures are free to do so as the nation has enough medical personnel.

Dr. Ngige stated this on Wednesday, April 24 on Sunrise Daily, a news and current affairs programme on Channels Television.

The comment by the Minister has caused stirred reactions on social media. Here are reactions of Nigerians on Twitter:

Reno Omokri‏Verified account @renoomokri 

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 #FreeLeahSharibu #RenosDarts

the Morris Monye factor‏ @monye_morris 

How Chris Ngige- one of the most respected governors in S.East Nigeria suddenly became a source of ridicule in this govt has to be the single biggest mystery of governance! From saying minumum wage is enough for a family of 4…. now doctors can leave Nigeria (Surplus doctors).

Eromo Egbejule‏Verified account @EromoEgbejule 

 “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.”

Bill Gates’ Maiguard‏ @knightofdelta 

Prof Isaac Adewole and Dr Chris Ngige both swore the Hippocratic Oath. But they feel that patient to doctor ratio of 6000:1 is okay

Anumoka O. Jesse‏ @AOJ_Jesse

Anumoka O. Jesse Retweeted Channels Television

Chris Ngige just spoke like a normal Igbo man in Alaba or Auto parts market that sees nothing wrong in the country as long as his containers are cleared. What a waste! Buhari should do better in the second term!

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e N n a m d e e @ennamdee 

 “Nigeria has surplus doctors, so it’s okay if some relocate to another country” ~ Dr. Chris Ngige This is a Yahoo Yahoo doctor Oh

Israel Oladipupo O.‏Verified account @LadiSpeaks 

Israel Oladipupo O. Retweeted The Punch Newspapers

Dr Chris Ngige – a once respected Doctor from Anambra have become senile because of being an APC member!

Gbemi Dennis™‏ @GbemiDennis 

Maupe: “There seems to be a brain drain in the medical sector..aren’t you concerned that we could be facing a crisis or shortage of hands in the medical field..” Chris Ngige (Labour): “I’m not concerned at all, I’m not worried, we are surplus, if you have surplus you export..”

Chuks E. Oluigbo‏ @chukseoluigbo

Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s minister of Labour & Employment, says on Channels TV’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ that Nigeria has surplus medical doctors, that’s why many are going overseas to practice. Incredible! @BusinessDayNg @OdinakaAnudu

Timothy‏ @timote_fresh 

I agree with Dr. Chris Ngige that we have enough medical doctors. Tbh, the number of unemployed doctors are rising everyday. Availability, mobilization of jobs as well as conducive equipment, environment to work is the problem and i think his ministry has a part to play in that.

Kelvin Odanz‏ @MrOdanz 

There are about 70,000 registered Doctors in Nigeria. More than 35,000 of them are not practicing in Nigeria. They have left the country. This is from the minister of health himself.

Kindly Follow Back‏ @Naijadailyfeedx 

The people in this government are primed to tell lies and make the gullible ones believe all is well in the country. They will never admit to anything that will expose their incompetence, which is why chris ngige is out here saying we have surplus medical doctors in nigeria, smh

Olashile Abayomi-Wealth‏ @FireOFola 

Chris Ngige used to be admirable and charismatic.. Whatever happened … Sigh!