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Appeal Court President bemoans poor salary of Nigerian Judges



The President of Nigeria’s Courtroom of Attraction, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, on Monday in Abuja publicly bemoaned the poor wage of Nigerian Judges and pleaded with the federal authorities for a right away upward evaluate.

Justice Dongban-Mensem revealed that salaries of judicial officers have been stagnated for over 10 years.

Talking on the opening of the 2021/22 authorized yr, the appellate Courtroom President lamented that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who’s the Head of the Judiciary in Nigeria, as at right now takes residence N279, 497 as month-to-month wage, whereas his brother Justices on the Supreme Courtroom bench go residence with the sum of N206,425.

Justice Dongban-Mensem mentioned as President of the Courtroom of Attraction, she receives the sum of N206,425, whereas different Justices on the bench of the Courtroom of Attraction, go residence with N166,285 each month.

She famous with unhappiness that the wage construction for judicial officers and workers in Nigeria has persistently ranked poorly when in comparison with that of their counterparts in different African and Commonwealth international locations.

Justice Dongban-Mensem recalled that the final time salaries of judicial officers have been reviewed in Nigeria was in 2008, when the upward evaluate was made to take impact on February 1, 2007.

She referred to as on the federal and states governments to go away as much as their obligations beneath the implementation of Monetary autonomy of state legislature and the state judiciary order, 2020, generally known as Govt Order 10.

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“I implore the federal government of the federation and states to urgently evaluate the salaries and allowances of judicial officers and workers.

” The salaries of justices are static with no commencement as within the civil and public service. Now we have been on one wage grade for over 10 years now.

“Could I additionally name on the federal government to extend monetary allocations that can allow us to introduce technical improvements that will enhance adjudication”, she mentioned.

On the efficiency of the Attraction Courtroom beneath evaluate, the president disclosed {that a} complete of 5,392 appeals and 9,249 motions have been filed within the 2020 divisions of the Courtroom within the final authorized yr between September 2020 to August 2021.

Out of the instances, Justice Dongban-Mensem revealed that 3,111 appeals have been disposed of together with 7,492 motions.

She added that out of the appeals, 2, 169 have been dismissed whereas 942 appeals have been upheld as of August 31, 2021.

Additionally talking, the Lawyer Basic of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, appealed to the appellate court docket justices to take care of the sanctity and credibility of the Courtroom and to make sure that the sacred integrity reposed in them stay un-shaking always to foster and promote public confidence in all their judgments.

He assured that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will evaluate the welfare of judicial officers typically to make sure larger effectivity.

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