The Senate on Thursday, May 9, gave its nod to a bill aimed at augmenting the salaries and allowances of judicial officers across Nigeria. The bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Prescribe Salaries, Allowances, and Fringe Benefits of Judicial Office Holders in Nigeria (2024)” successfully passed its second reading following a thorough consideration and debate by the Senate.

Senator Ashiru Yisa (APC-Kwara South), the deputy majority leader of the Senate and sponsor of the bill, highlighted the necessity of aligning remuneration with contemporary socio-economic realities.

The bill, initially proposed by President Bola Tinubu and read during a plenary on March 20, has drawn widespread acclaim for its potential to bolster the independence and efficacy of the Nigerian judiciary system.

Notably, the bill outlines a structured monthly package for various judicial positions. The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) is set to receive a monthly package of N5.39 million, while Justices of the Supreme Court and other high-ranking judicial officials will also see substantial increases in their monthly earnings.

Speaking in support of the bill, Senator Barau Jibrin emphasized the critical role of adequate remuneration in upholding the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. He lauded President Tinubu for championing this cause, underscoring the silent struggles faced by judicial officers and the imperative of addressing their welfare.

Senator Mohammed Monguno highlighted the correlation between improved judicial welfare and the fight against corruption, positing that a well-compensated judiciary is better positioned to deliver fair and just judgments.

Similarly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu expressed gratitude to the executive for recognizing the importance of ensuring a comfortable working environment for judges.

Following a voice vote, senators unanimously endorsed the bill for further legislative scrutiny by the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters. The committee is expected to provide comprehensive insights and recommendations within four weeks, signaling a positive step towards enhancing the judiciary’s effectiveness and independence in Nigeria.

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