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NBA proposes salary increment for judicial workers

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has submitted a memorandum to the Revenue Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC) on the review of judicial salaries and allowances.

In the memo, the NBA makes a compelling case for an urgent radical review of Judicial remuneration and proposes an ambitious 200% increase in the basic salaries of all Judicial Officers.

A copy of the 144 paged memorandum jointly signed by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), and Olawale Fapohunda(SAN), the Alternate Chairman of the NBA Working Committee on Judicial Remuneration and Conditions of Service.

The NBA also proposed a total overhaul of the components of what presently constitutes judicial allowances.

“Perhaps, the most radical proposal yet is the recommendation on removing judicial office holders from the purview of RMAFC, and the establishment of a separate panel to oversee matters concerning Judicial Salaries and Allowances”.

While submitting the report, the President of the NBA, Yakubu Maikyau welcomed the consultative process adopted by RMFAC led by its Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Shehu, while looking forward to further engagements with the Commission and other stakeholders on the subject matter.

The NBA President also advised that discussions on judicial remuneration should be time bound as there is a state of emergency as it relates to the conditions of service of judicial officers across the country.

The Committee also proposed 100% rent allowance for all Judicial Officers.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Julian Osamoto