The Federal government has ordered the immediate payment of February salaries to all federal workers to wishing to travel for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly election to do so without any difficulties.
This was made known by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, presided by President Buhari.
He said: “On the part of the Federal Government also, we decided that to make it easy for those who will want to go back to vote, salary payment started yesterday (Tuesday) as opposed to the normal 25th of every month.
“This is just to ease the burden of people who want to go back and cast their vote.’’
The minister added that the National Union of Road Transport Workers with about two million members in all the 774 local government areas across the country had offered to provide a discount to travellers.
“This discount is also to encourage voters who would have normally been disenfranchised as a result of INEC’s postponement. This discount is also valid between February 21 and 25.
“Arik and Aero airlines have also thrown in their own incentives. Aero contractors have offered a 50 per cent discount to all travellers who present their Permanent Voters Card at the purchasing point.
“Arik will be selling their one-way ticket at N16,000 to any destination across the country. This is to support Nigerians looking to travel to cast their vote. The discount is valid between the 18th of February and the 11th of March.
“All these are aimed at encouraging voters who might have been disenfranchised by the postponement,” he said.