Media mogul and the Senator representing Bayelsa East, Mr. Ben Murray Bruce has pledged to donate his wardrobe allowance to workers in Osun state who have not been paid for eight months, and widows in his community at Akasa, Bayelsa state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator made the starling disclosure on his twitter handleon Wednesday. He said his action was necessitated by the suffering of the workers and their dependents over the inability of the state government to pay public service workers.
He added that he will publicly handover his allowance to the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in Osun state and the head of widows association in Akasa.
His tweets reads:
I, Ben Murray Bruce, will not sit down idly, while my fellow citizens die because salaries have not been paid.
As a first step, I am immediately donating my wardrobe allowance to unpaid workers in Osun state and widows in my Constituency
We are starting in Osun, but we will not end there. I will do as much to help workers who’ve not been paid in other states.
I call on all my friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook to donate NON PERISHABLE food items for these our brothers in need.
As soon as my wardrobe allowance is paid, I will divide it into 2. Half will be publicly given to the NLC Chairman Osun.
The other half will be publicly given to the head of widows association in my community of Akasa.”
Ben-Bruce’s donation may have been spurred by an on-going public uproar in the country over plans to pay about N9 billion as wardrobe allowance to members of the new National Assembly. Each senator is entitled to a wardrobe allowance of N506, 600 per annum according to the Chairman of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Engr. Elias Mbam.
The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State says it would pay its workers before June 30.