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AGF, finance minister, others back 300% salary raise for Lateef Fagbemi

THE Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, and the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, have all expressed support for the proposed 300% increase in judicial officer salaries and allowances in the country.

Fagbemi voiced dissatisfaction with what he called disregard in the remuneration of court personnel for nearly 17 years.

He made the statement yesterday during a public hearing in Abuja held by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters on the progress of the judiciary’s welfare.

The National Judicial Council recommended a 300% increase in judicial officers’ salary.

The idea is featured in the Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances) Bill, 2024, which is currently before the Senate.

The justice and finance ministries endorsed this viewpoint, emphasizing the urgent necessity to increase judicial officer pay in order to save the sector.

The plan was also supported by stakeholders such as the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the National Industrial Court (NIC), the National Salaries, Income, and Wages Commission (NSIWC), and the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

The results of the public hearing are likely to be presented on the floor of the upper chamber for approval and passage.

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