Chris Ngige, minister of labour, on Wednesday said, there is nothing wrong with doctors leaving Nigeria as the country has “more than enough” medical personnel.
Speaking during a Channels TV programme, the minister defended the doctors searching for green pastures elsewhere, saying “if you have surplus, you export.”
His statement has generated a lot of reactions. Below are some of the things people said on social media.
– Doctors are free to leave Nigeria, we have more than enough – Minister of labour, Chris Ngige.
— SubDeliveryZone (@SubDeliveryZone) April 24, 2019
How Chris Ngige- one of the most respected governors in S.East Nigeria suddenly became a source of riducle 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)
— the Morris Monye factor (@monye_morris) April 24, 2019
Each time l see a famous name trending out of the blues, l fear they're dead! When l saw Chris Ngige trending, l quickly checked to know if my phobia was true, and indeed it is; He's sense of Judgement is Dead! Doctors free to leave Nigeria? pic.twitter.com/PbEOJusBCz
— Gost-Wryta (@Scoweed) April 24, 2019
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.
We have an emergency situation in our hands and the utterances of Chris Ngige is an embarrassment
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) April 24, 2019
This is an UNWISE Talk. I pray PMB doesn’t retain this Minister. Chris Ngige obviously has lost touch with the society as a labour minister.- EMC https://t.co/4sViyVdFjH
— Eddy Macauley (@EddyMacauley) April 24, 2019
Chris Ngige why 😭😭 how can we talk about building Nigeria and our best hands are outside Naija. How I take enter this country sef?? pic.twitter.com/qMIxx7gXyL
— coolest guy (@coolestguy2891) April 24, 2019
“Nigeria has surplus doctors, so it’s okay if some relocate to another country”
~ Dr. Chris Ngige
The only natural disaster we have in Nigeria are the human beings in Nigeria especially the leaders
— praise fowowe (@praisefowowe) April 24, 2019
We were abusing @fkeyamo because of foolish comments, now see Chris Ngige…
He is even a doctor!!! pic.twitter.com/nRcGlKkhHA
— Timilehin Rapheal Omo – Olusola™❁ (@El_PrisciTO) April 24, 2019
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says doctors who feel they want to relocate in search of greener pastures are free to do so as the nation has enough medical personnel pic.twitter.com/yqe3lrL5oi
— Benjamin Amaechi (@BenjaminAmaechi) April 24, 2019
Dear Nigerian Doctors, Sure you all are doing great? If so Doxology 👏
Your honourable Minister of Labour & Employment Dr. Chris Ngige
said that you're very free to leave Nigeria. He said, he's not worried.
Hahaa🤣 Leaders without Vision and Integrity
— Grace Okagbare (@Okagbare01) April 24, 2019
Chris Ngige feels it's OK to have 1 doctor to 6000 people or even worse. You see why we are not moving forward as a nation?
UK is far more developed than us, they are importing doctors we that we are retrogressing are exporting doctors.
— Dr Babatunde (@enodamade) April 24, 2019
… Chris Ngige: 5 Issues.
1. Is the labour minister- a medical doctor- ignorant of the stark realities in Nigeria's medical field?
2. Prof Adewole- the health minister- once advised medical doctors to take to farming & tailoring, is there more to this than meets the eye? pic.twitter.com/rWoa8GXGUd
— RootsTv (@rootstvnigeria) April 24, 2019
Dr Chris Ngige is a disgrace to medical Doctor @sunrisedailynow
— Micheal (@Wave_ibola) April 24, 2019
Unfortunately, people like Chris Ngige, adebayo shittu, fashola, Audi Ogbe etc will make the next ministerial list. These people are fit as governor/commissioner but not a minister carrying the burden of a whole nation in their ministries.
— Tamodu (@elovictradio) April 24, 2019
So Chris Ngige fixed his lips to say that we have enough doctors in Nigeria, so those who wish to leave should do so? Whew chile, the absolute delusion
— thandi (@thejoyetta) April 24, 2019
Does Chris Ngige know that the best doctors are the ones leaving this country?
— Kola Daibu (@koladaibu) April 24, 2019
See how Chris Ngige – a Labor Minister is answering questions on Brain Drain? I really feel ashamed for him.
— mubarak oladipo (@mubbywon) April 24, 2019
Chris Ngige is actually helping the economy in the long run.
Think about it, how many of these politicians treat themselves in Nigeria?
When they go abroad the same Nigerian doctors will get paid to treat them and the money will be sent back to Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/wta6YBcCiO
— Bidex🇳🇬 (@El_Tiger29111PR) April 24, 2019
I think some of these ministers enjoy their names being mentioned in the media. Maybe that way, it looks like they are working. Because honestly, I can't understand what Chris Ngige is talking about.
— MeggaCoolFM 📻 (@TheBlaKKGenius) April 24, 2019
This APC membership be like hypnotism – brilliant minds saying bullshit all to defend the party's anyhowness and so as Dr Chris Ngige done
— Israel Oladipupo O. (@LadiSpeaks) April 24, 2019