•BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado-Ekiti •
In what appears to be an incentive to voters on the Saturday election, the Nigerian government has ordered that the February salaries be paid to workers so that those wishing to travel for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections can do so without much difficulties.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known while briefing the State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council.
The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
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.
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 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,’’ he said.
The minister added that the council deliberated and reviewed some of the palliatives put in place to help people return to cast their votes.