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AGF supports 300% increase in salaries for judicial office holders

AGF supports 300% increase in salaries for judicial office h

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi SAN, has expressed his support for a proposed 300% increase in salaries and allowances for judicial office holders in Nigeria.

Fagbemi made this endorsement during a public hearing held by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters on Monday, May 20, concerning a bill seeking to prescribe the remuneration and fringe benefits of judicial officers.

Joined by the National Judicial Council, Nigerian Bar Association, and Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission, among others, Fagbemi urged the committee to back the bill, emphasizing the importance of judicial independence and integrity.

He highlighted that the judiciary's remuneration has remained stagnant for over 16 years, underscoring the necessity for a review.

The proposed bill aims to address this issue by introducing a comprehensive remuneration package tailored to the unique administrative structure and operations of the judiciary.

He said: “I wish to remark that the Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) Bill 2024 is quite innovative, aside from the increment in the basic salary, it also took cognizance of certain peculiarities of the administrative structure and operation of the judiciary.

“This Bill will birth an appropriate and commensurate remuneration that will ensure judicial independence and integrity.

“The present-day but sad reality is that the judiciary has stagnated on the same salary scale for over 16 years, this is totally unacceptable and quite antithetical to any meaningful judicial reform.

“I strongly commend this Bill for your kind consideration and do urge the Senate to support and ensure the passage of this Bill in the national interest of promoting the rule of law.”

He added: “In consultation with the judiciary and other key stakeholders, we are also interested in ensuring a holistic review of our judicial system to respond to the justice needs of Nigeria.

“This is why I am taking immediate/urgent steps to establish a Working Group on the review of the Constitution and other relevant laws. The Working Group will, among others, focus on the key provisions aimed at achieving the judiciary that responds to the evolving justice needs of Nigerians.

“At the appropriate time, and I promise very soon, we will come up with proposals for Constitutional and Statutory reforms of the Judiciary in particular, and the Administration of the Justice System in general.”

Fagbemi commended the bill, urging the Senate to ensure its passage in the national interest of promoting the rule of law.

Furthermore, the AGF announced plans to establish a Working Group on the review of the Constitution and relevant laws, focusing on provisions that will enhance the judiciary’s response to Nigeria’s evolving justice needs.

He promised to present proposals for constitutional and statutory reforms of the judiciary and the administration of justice system in the near future.


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