FG orders immediate payment of civil servants’ salary

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed the immediate payment of February salaries to workers.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, in his briefing with newsmen at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was presided over by the president, Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister said the payment of salaries to federal workers already began on Tuesday, which is “to ease the burden off civil servants planning to travel for the elections.”

Due to the postponement of the presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), February 16 to February 23, many who had travelled to their voting destinations were forced to return to their bases and there have been rumours among the populace that many will not return to vote.

According to Mohammed, the FEC on Wednesday discussed the issue and reviewed some of the means considered to aid people return to cast their votes.

He said the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), which has a membership of about 50,000, “(which) controls 80 per cent of the petroleum sector distribution has agreed to cushion the effect of the postponement by reducing the price of pump price of petrol from N145 to 140 from February 21 to 25th”.

The minister stated that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), which has about 2 million members and operates motor parks in all the 774 local government areas across the country, has offered to provide discount to travelers using their motor parks.

He said “All these (are) aimed at encouraging voters who might have been disenfranchised by the postponement.”

Mr. Mohammed also said that as part of the incentives, two airlines-Aero contractors and Arik Air-are offering discounted fares to passengers.

According to him Aero is offering a 50 per cent discount to all travelers who present their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), at point of purchase while Arik has slashed the price of their tickets to N16,000 to all destinations across the country from February 18 to March 11, 2019.

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