The Federal government has ordered the immediate payment of February salaries to all federal workers who wish to travel to cast their vote for Saturday Presidential and National Assembly election.

This was made known yesterday by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who told State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister said, “the payment of salaries started 20th as against the 25th of every month to ease the challenges caused by elections postponement”.

According to him, this is to enable the civil servants planning to travel for the elections to do so before Saturday.

“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 (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 also said, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) had also offered to provide a discount to travelers. He said, “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 travelers 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”.

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