The Federal Government has directed the immediate payment of February salaries to enable workers wishing to travel for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly election to do so without any difficulties.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council today.
Federal workers usually received their salaries between 25th and 30th of each month. But, the minister disclosed that already the relevant authorities had been directed to commence the payment of the salaries to the federal workers from February 19.
The minister said the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, has agreed to cushion the effect of the postponement by reducing the price of petrol from N145 to 140 from February 21 to 25. He said the National Union of Road Transport Workers and some airlines have also thrown in their own incentives.