Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige has alleged that there is disparity in payments of local and foreign workers in some parts of Nigeria.
Speaking on Thursday during a courtesy visit by Muheeba Dankaka, chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), and other federal commissioners, Ngige said the preferential treatment given to foreigners by some states in the country does not encourage national unity and loyalty.
NAN quoted him as saying: “There are areas we need you to look into, especially where the constitution is silent,”
“We have cases where doctors are employed from Egypt, Cuba and Pakistan and they are paid five times what the Nigerian doctor will get if you convert the foreign exchange they use to pay them.
“But in this country, I was here when some of my teachers left from south-east to go and teach in the north-east at a time.
“They were paid with our local currency and given some other incentives, which at the end of the day, made the economy of those states to be alright.
“Whether you like it or not, if some people are poor in Nigeria in the poverty index rating, when the Nigerian poverty index is being taken, it will be an aggregate, including those places.
“If it is health, when the health parameters are being taken, it is for the whole. So, FCC can go into that area.”