The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has been ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to take action to implement an improved salary and benefits package for judicial officers immediately.
Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, made this announcement on Friday, November 18, at the Rivers State Government’s official commissioning and handover ceremony for the Nabo Graham-Douglass Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt.
Malami, who was the President’s representative, revealed that additional initiatives are being put in place to increase the judiciary’s capacity and independence, which he claimed remained a pillar of strength and stability for the country’s democracy.
Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations in the Office of the Minister of Justice, revealed this in a statement he released on Friday.
According to the statement, Buhari has ordered the chairman of the RMAFC and the AGF to immediately start taking steps to realize and put into place enhanced salary and welfare schemes for the nation’s judicial officers.
In order to ensure a just, progressive, and prosperous society with the rule of law as its pillar, this administration will continue to support efforts to transform the judiciary.
The statement read, “Mr. President also called upon the judiciary to maintain the ethics of their profession and exercise their judicial and administrative duties with accountability and probity.”
Additionally, he gave the Council of Legal Education a mandate to keep upping the bar for legal education and working to improve it.
The legal industry thrives on solid education, moral principles, and good character. Therefore, it is our ongoing responsibility to uphold high standards for those who will carry the bar and the bench into the future,” he continued.
He praised the people of Rivers State and the entire justice system for the initiative, which culminated in the construction of the new campus and its transfer to the Council of Legal Education, Nigerian Law School. He also commended Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
The recently inaugurated campus bears Nabo Graham-Douglas’ name (SAN).
Graham-Douglas served as the Federation’s attorney general as well as the attorney general and commissioner for justice of Rivers State and Eastern Nigeria.
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) was recently directed by the National Industrial Court in Abuja to raise the salaries and allowances of judges across the nation.
The court noted that judges’ and justices’ salaries have remained unchanged for more than 14 years in the judgment that Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osagie delivered.
Justice Obaseki-Osagie had decreed that the Supreme Court Justices would receive N9 million per month, while the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) would receive N10 million per month.
The court also increased to N8 million the salaries of the Chief Judges, Grand Khadis, President of the Industrial Court, and Justices of the Court of Appeal.
Additionally, it mandated that the Federal Government pay other judges N7 million each month.