FG Stops ‘Leave of Absence’ For Health Practitioners Relocating Abroad


The federal government has said no leave of absence for health practitioners relocating abroad.

The government added that the relocating practitioners must resign their appointments.

Minister of state for health, Tunji Alausa, made this known in a chat with Journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Alausa said a presidential executive order has been forwarded to chief medical directors of government-owned health facilities to ensure compliance.

He added that the government would not ban the relocation of health practitioners, but doctors moving abroad must quit their jobs in the country before leaving.

“However, the government has not prohibited anyone who wants to move to the UK or Australia to take up appointments not to do so,” the minister said.

“It is a free world. But, you cannot eat your cake and have it. If you are going, just resign your appointments with the federal government, rather than applying for a leave of absence.

“That is the Presidential Executive Order which has been communicated to all the Chief Medical Directors of Federal Government owned health facilities to implement.

“So, to resolve this problem, the President has directed that any health worker going abroad to work should just resign his or her appointment. This way, you won’t be blocking others who want to work.” Alausa added.


Alausa said “The government has doubled our enrollment for Doctors, Dentistry and Pharmacists to offset the brain drain effect of the relocation”.

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