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Why we must review judges’ allowances – Tinubu

PRESIDENT Bola Ahmed Tinubu has promised that his administration will carry out a thorough examination of the country’s judicial officers’ remuneration templates.

The president made the vow at the State House in Abuja while receiving the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by Barrister Yakubu Maikyau (SAN).

He stated that the fight against corruption requires a full examination of judicial officers’ wages and allowances, a problem he is well aware of given his remarkable accomplishment in overhauling justice administration in Lagos State.

As a result, President Tinubu promised comprehensive criminal justice reform.

“We must deal with the review of remuneration if we truly want to fight corruption in the Judiciary. We will look at the cost as well as the consequences,” he said in response to a request by the NBA president.

The president, in a statement today through his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, acknowledged the importance of addressing the current vacancies within the Supreme Court.

He said these vacancies represented obligations that must be fulfilled based on recommendations put forth by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

“Majority of them are on holiday now and when they return, we will take a look at what they have and we will fill the vacancies. It’s a fulfillment of an obligation,” he said.

The President thanked the NBA for inviting him to declare open the NBA’s 63rd Annual General Conference in Abuja this weekend.

He appreciated the previledge of having a large number of lawyers as close aides, including his Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Victor Adeleke, and his Principal Private Secretary, Prince Damilotun Aderemi.

In his remarks, the NBA President lauded the President for adding prominent members of the bar to his cabinet, notably Lateef Fagbemi, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

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