20 August 2012

Nigeria: FG Redeems Pledge, Workers Get August Salaries

Many Federal Government workers received their August salaries Friday as directed by President Goodluck Jonathan to enable them celebrate Sallah holidays.

Civil servants who spoke with our reporter said they were surprise when alerts entered their mobile phone showing August payments.

Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced the President's directive on Thursday directing ministry, agencies and departments of government to expedited payment to workers. Previous directives by the President for workers' salaries to be paid before the end of the month were never carried out.

"I was surprised when I got alert on Friday. This has never happened before. I hope this would continue like this," Abdulazeez Aliu of the federal ministry of power said.

Another worker in the ministry of finance, Joseph said he was grateful to the government for the early payment of the salary, "but my fear is that many people would go broke before the next salary because the next salary may not come until about 40 days from now."

Workers from the ministries of youth development, federal capital territory, housing and information also confirmed they were paid on Friday.

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