Nigerian medical doctors stopped at Lagos airport promised tens of millions by means of UK company

The 58 Nigerian medical doctors who have been averted by means of the Nigeria Immigration Provider from boarding a aircraft to the UK have been anticipated to earn between £51,384 (N25.1m) and £98,112 (N47.9m) according to 12 months relying at the revel in they’ve.

That is except the particular allowances and different perks equivalent to unfastened foods they have been anticipated to get at the task.

That is consistent with the advertorial by means of NES Well being Care, a UK-based company that is helping over 150 non-public hospitals to recruit medical doctors from in all places the arena.

The advertorial reads partially, “Are you a health care provider with ICU (In depth Care Unit) and anaesthesia revel in, on the lookout for a greater paintings/lifestyles steadiness? At NES Healthcare we will give you this with certainly one of our ICU RMO positions.

“You’ll be operating in a personal Medical institution workforce, and we have now more than a few places round the United Kingdom. The rotation is one week on responsibility then one week off + lodging and foods are equipped totally free throughout your on responsibility week.

“To use you are going to want at least 3 years post-graduate revel in and feature 18+ months of ICU and Anaesthesia revel in. Wage is from £51,384 to £98,112 depending on revel in. Contract is for at least 365 days. It is important to dangle complete GMC Registration with a licence to apply, or be eligible to use.”

The company states that its intention is to effectively cope with the extreme scarcity of medical doctors in the United Kingdom and to take action in some way that concurrently reduces general expenditure.

The punch learnt that masses of Nigerian medical doctors had implemented for the roles marketed by means of NES Well being Care way back to January. That they had written the tests and have been interviewed by the use of Skype.

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A lot of them had additionally been presented employment in the United Kingdom and had processed their essential paperwork during the Scientific and Dental Council of Nigeria and received safety clearance from the Nigeria Police Pressure testifying to the truth that that they had no felony file.

Then again, the ultimate step to their emigration which used to be acquiring a UK visa, used to be no longer accomplished as a result of the United Kingdom Top Fee in Nigeria had remained closed since April because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The punch learnt that during mid-June, the recruiting company despatched an e mail to the medical doctors, informing them that that they had gained approval from the United Kingdom govt to fly them to England and then they’d be issued visas on arrival.

The medical doctors have been additionally requested to pay £500 (N244, 500) to safe a seat on a chartered aeroplane that may fly from the United Kingdom to put across them from the Murtala Muhammed Global Airport, Lagos, as a result of Nigeria had no longer but lifted the ban on flights because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The e-mail which used to be sighted by means of The punch learn partially, “I’m the recruitment director with NES Healthcare and I wish to tell you of the most important replace. As you’re mindful, the TSL Touch Visa Centres in Nigeria are these days closed and there’s no steerage when they’ll be re-opening.

“As well as, we’re mindful that there aren’t any fast plans to re-open Nigerian airspace to global/business flights.

“We’ve due to this fact been in discussions with UK Visas and Immigration a couple of possible resolution that may assist you to shuttle to the United Kingdom. With their settlement, we can factor you a visa waiver letter. This may occasionally assist you to shuttle to the United Kingdom after which practice on your visa as soon as you’re right here.

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“We also are making plans to prepare a personal constitution flight to the United Kingdom leaving from Nigeria… The price of the flight might be closely subsidised by means of NES Healthcare so we can most effective ask for a contribution of £500 in opposition to this.”

It used to be learnt that once the essential bills were made by means of about 58 of the medical doctors, they made their solution to the MMIA however have been stopped from travelling by means of the NIS.

The NIS Spokesman, Sunday James, mentioned in a commentary on Friday that the medical doctors claimed to be going for coaching however had no visas.

The commentary learn partially, “The 58 clinical medical doctors have been refused departure in keeping with Phase 31 subsection 2a and b, of Act 2015. The chartered flight licensed for touchdown in Nigeria used to be to hold 42 clinical medical doctors for a coaching program however they have been 58 with most effective two having visas for access into the United Kingdom, a state of affairs that requires refusal of departure.”

Calls put thru to NES Healthcare’s London telephone quantity went immediately to voicemail on Saturday

Nigeria has witnessed the go out of masses of medical doctors in recent times because of the deficient salaries they earn which is typically between N80,000 ($206) and N150,000 ($387) per 30 days for medical doctors with not up to 3 years revel in operating in public hospitals.

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