…Says: “Their poor salaries national embarrassment”
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja, has ordered President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to substantially increase Nigerian judges’ salaries, saying it’s unfair for them earning the ridiculous amounts they presently earn.
Justice Osatohanwen Obaseki-Osaghae, giving the order few moments ago, said, “Judges have been victims of great injustice, as their poor salaries, to say the least, is a national shame.”
Obaseki-Osaghae’s judgement came pursuant to a suit filed by Sebastian Hon, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), in which he sought an upward review of judges’ emolument and salaries for better performances, lamenting that salaries of judges have remained stagnant since 2008 when they were last reviewed.
In his suit, Mr. Hon, among others, sought an order compelling the National Assembly, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to increase substantially, salaries and allowances of judges, so that the perceived shortcomings from them shall be a thing of the past in the country.
Responding, the trial judge held: “It is unconstitutional and unlawful for the RMAFC to refuse to review salaries of judges,” saying the judgement is to be served on the 2nd defendant (AGF Abubakar Malami) immediately, while criticizing him for arguing that judges have no legal right for upward veview of their salaries.
As a matter of urgency, the judge ordered RMAFC to raise the salary of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to N10m monthly from the current N3.4m per annum, which, she said, stands far below what is earned by his counterparts in other climes.
She also ordered RMAFC to review the salaries of other heads of courts and judges ranging between N7m and N9m monthly./SHARE THIS