Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday morning revealed that doctors who feel they want to relocate in search of greener pastures are free to do so as Nigeria already has enough medical personnel.
According to the Minister, he is not bothered about the brain drain of medical doctors in Nigeria:
“No, I am not worried about doctors leaving the country. 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.”
“Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”