The Nigerian government has granted the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare the authority to approve recruitment requests by qualifying health institutions, aiming to address the noticeable shortage of healthcare workers across public hospitals.
The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and is expected to streamline the bureaucratic processes hindering the prompt recruitment of healthcare professionals.
Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Ali Pate, highlighted the challenges associated with the lengthy process of replacing health workers who leave. Pate noted that the waiver process, which is crucial for recruitment, involves multiple stages, causing significant delays.
Pate informed the council that President Bola Tinubu directed the approvals of these waivers to be delegated to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, bypassing the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
“That will hasten the recruitment of health workers in terms of those who are out there unemployed, within limits of their fiscal resources,” he said.