October 31, 2020

By Adekunle Adeniyi/ TnTv Network

The case for improved welfare of the country’s judges took the front burner at the National Assembly during the screening of eight Appeal Court justices who are being promoted to the Supreme Court on the request of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The screening Chaired by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele emphasized the case for the upward review of the salaries of judges.

Quoting an analysis by Dr. Muiz Banire who he referred to as a learned silk, Bamidele said; by the legal framework of Nigeria, the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, Etc.) (Amendment) Act, 2008 governs the determination of the amount payable to judges as salaries and other allowances

He added that ”As of date, the basic salary of a Justice of the Supreme Court is ₦2,477,110.00 per annum while a Court of Appeal Justice earns ₦1,995,430.18 as annual basic salary and a High Court Judge earns ₦1,804,740.00. by the time the allowances as specified by the Act due to each Judge are added, the take home pay of a Justice of the Court of Appeal is about ₦608,000.00, a Judge of the High Court earns ₦556,000.00 and a Justice of the Supreme Court earns about ₦753,000.00. if the respective monthly basic salaries together with allowances are converted to USD at today’s rate, the Supreme Court Judge earns $1,612 monthly; the Justice of Court of Appeal earns $1,302 monthly; and a Judge of the High Court earns $1,191.”

Upon approval of the eight judges on the Presidential shortlist by the Senate, the number will reach 20.

The Senate had at plenary on 30th September, 2020 deliberated on the letter of President Buhari seeking confirmation of the promotion of eight appeal court judges to the Supreme Court.

Those on the shortlist are: Justices Lawal Garba (North-West); Helen Ogunwumiju (South West); Abdul Aboki (North West); I.M. Saulawa (North West); Adamu Jauro (North East); Samuel Oseji (South-South), Tijani Abubakar (North East) and Emmanuel Agim (South-South), .

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