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Senate advances bill to increase judges' pay to second reading

 Senate advances bill to increase judges' pay to second read

The Nigerian Senate approved a bill for the second reading, aiming to raise the salaries and allowances of judges across all levels.

The bill was brought up for consideration on Thursday after Deputy Majority Leader Lola Ashiru led the debate.

Representing Kwara South Senatorial District, Ashiru stated that the executive bill would enhance the integrity of the judicial arm.

Tahir Monguno, representing APC, Borno North contributed by suggesting that better pay for judges could help divert their attention from corruption.

“There is a need to bring up the remuneration of judicial officers, that has stagnated over the years. This will insulate judicial officers from corruption and give them the courage to deliver judgments that are just and fair,” Monguno said.

In his submission, Orji Kalu who represents APC, Abia North said increasing the salaries of the judges is the right thing to do.

“No right-thinking Nigerian will think that it is right to keep the judiciary comfortable. I want to thank the executive for deeming it fit to increase the salaries of judges at all levels. We should not stop at the judiciary but look at other sectors of the economy,” he said.

Additionally, Emmanuel Udende of the APC, representing Benue North-East, highlighted that judges' limited productivity in recent years stems from inadequate compensation.

“For the past 15 years, judicial officers have remained on meagre salaries. When you interact with them as a lawyer, you will see their morale is dampened, and when morale is dampened, the work will be difficult,” he said.

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