Poor Salaries Package Expose Nigerian Judges To Temptation ― Senate

The Senate on Wednesday lamented the poor remuneration of judges in the country.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly  warned  the development could make them to compromise or become vulnerable to corruption  in the course of their justice  dispensation.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary , Human Rights and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele, stated this during the screening of the eight justices recently nominated by President Buhari from the Court of Appeal as justices of Supreme Court .

The nominees are Justice Lawal Garba (North West), Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju, (South West), Hon. Justice Addu Aboki, Justice I. M. M. Saulawa, (North West), Justice Adamu Jauro, (North East), Justice Samuel C. Oseji, (South South), Justice Tijjani Abubakar, (North East) and  Justice Emmanuel A. Agim, (South South)

Bamidele bemoaned the poor welfare packages given judicial officers and justices in the country .

He said, “The present situation in the country as regards welfare of judges and justices calls for a major intervention .

“Salaries and allowances of judicial officers , judges and justices in Nigeria  were last reviewed in 2008 through an Act of Parliament.

“As of that time, exchange rate of naira to a US dollar was N117 as against N467 it is now, clearly showing that judges and justices salaries’ have been static over the years and even depreciating in value.”

Specifically, Bamidele said the  pay of each of the  justices of the Supreme Court per annum as far as basic salary was concerned  was N2.477m, while those of the Court of Appeal was N1.995m each and judges of the high court ,  N1.804m  each.

He said on a monthly basis , the total  pay of a  justice of the Supreme Court  is N753,000 while his counterpart in the Court of Appeal was paid N608,000 and the High Court judges  got N556,000.00 each .

He said, “The enumerated poor take home packages for judges and justices, clearly  show that they are not being fortified in anyway against temptation on the line of duty.”

He added that in South Africa, the chief justice collected the highest salary, besides  members of his family  being adequately taken care of to guard against temptation and corruption .

The Deputy President of the Senate , Ovie Omo-Agege said issues of judges’ remuneration were very critical and required urgent attention by the government, especially, the National Assembly.

He challenged the federal lawmakers to sponsor a bill for the upward review of the 12 –year-old salary structure of the judicial officers , judges and justices.

 

 

– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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