The proposal by the House of Representatives to mandate medical and dental professionals to complete five years of service before obtaining a full license has been met with opposition from Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment.
The member who represents Oshodi-Isolo II Federal Constituency, Ganiyu Johnson, sponsors the bill that would change the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act.
Ngige, who appeared live on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, stated, “I don’t support the bill in question.”
However, he claimed that the legislator in question was “right” to introduce a private member’s bill, a proposed law made by a legislator who does not represent the executive branch.
It is not an executive bill, according to Ngige. Because the man is a constituent, “even the speaker cannot stop that bill.”
He asserts that a private member’s bill in the National Assembly originates from a lawmaker’s constituents or is created by the legislator following consultation with components who concur that the idea is the answer to their issue.
In contrast, Ngige said, “For me, that’s like trying to kill a fly with a sledgehammer.”
He said that the Federal Ministry of Health should focus on the medical school, at which level a conversation about the fees due might be started.
“You put those who cannot pay fees on bond,” he remarked.
The qualified doctor mentioned his time as a medical student and how, as a scholarship recipient, he was “bonded” by the now-defunct East Central State Government.
Therefore, he said, “That is the way they should go, not bring a bill that puts shackles and chains on the leg of anyone.”