Senators’ salary: I warned my colleagues against jumbo pay but they refused – Ben Bruce
A senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday, March 12, said that he was resisted by his colleagues when he advocated for lower wages and allowances for public officials and a higher minimum wage for the Nigerian worker.
Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna central, had disclosed that a member of the Senate receives N13.5million monthly as running cost.
Ben Bruce in a tweet said he was shut down when he demanded for a higher minimum wages for Nigerian workers, adding that if the legislators are paid higher than European legislators then the workers’s salary must be higher than that of European workers.
“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,” he said.