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Monday, March 12, 2018

Senators block my attempt to stop jumbo allowances - Ben Bruce

Ben Murray-Bruce, the Senator representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly said he was resisted when he advocated for lower wages for lawmakers in the upper chamber.

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna Central, had disclosed that a member of the Senate receives N13.5million monthly as running cost.

Reacting to the jumbo pay Nigerians lawmakers get every month, Bruce said: “From the first day I got to the Senate, I advocated for lower wages and allowances for public officials and a higher minimum wage for the Nigerian worker. I was resisted and made the personal decision to share my allowances with widows in my constituency.

“If we must pay our legislators higher than they pay European legislators then we must pay our workers higher than they pay European workers.”

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