Senator representing Bayelsa East and philanthropist Mr. Ben Murray Bruce of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pledged to donate his wardrobe allowance to the unpaid workers in Osun state and widows in his community at Akasa, Bayelsa state.
The media mogul said his action is necessitated by the suffering of the workers and their dependants over the inability of the state government to pay public service workers.
“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,” he said
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.
“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.
As soon as my wardrobe allowance is paid, I will divide it into two. 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.,” he added while enjoining other Nigerians to donate to the workers in Osun and other states of the country, facing similar crisis.
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.
For about eight months now, the All Progressives Congress, APC led government of Rauf Aregbesola has not paid workers in the state.