A Bill For Salary Increment Of Judicial Officers Passed

The House of Representatives has passed the bill of a new salary structure and allowances for judicial Officers in the country .

The bill passed its third reading on Wednesday by the House of Representatives seeking to amend Certain Political ,Public and Judicial Officers (salaries and Allowances etc,) Act, No .6 ,2002( as amended) by deleting Section 2(b),Part 11 of the Schedule to the Act and any other provisions relating to judicial Officers.

Earlier, president Bola Tinubu sent a letter long with the executive bill to the House of Representatives on Tuesday 19th March 2024, urging swift passage of the bill.

According to the letter sent by the president, the bill seek to end the ” prolonged Stagnation ” of the judicial Officers.

“The judicial office holders salaries and allowances bill seeks to prescribe salaries and allowances and fringe benefits for judicial officials to end the prolonged stagnation in their remuneration and to reflect contemporary socio-economic realities.”

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In the breakdown of the bill obtained by the Cable , part I of the schedule shows that the Chief Justice of Nigeria is entitled to: N13,462,617.95 annual basic salary or N1,121,884.83 monthly salary. He is also entitled to: N51,157,948.21 annual regular allowances or N4,263,162.35 monthly regular allowances.

The CJN is also entitled to non-regular allowances of: N6,731,308.98 Leave Allowance (when applicable), N142,500 Duty Tour Allowance (per night); $2,000 estacode (per night); N80,775,707.70 severance gratuity (after successful completion of tenure) and N53,850,471.80 as motor vehicle loan (to be repaid before expiration of tenure), while Professional Development Assistant is to be paid from the NJC pool.

Other Justices of the Supreme Court are entitled to N9,913,394.22 annual basic salary or N826,116.19 monthly salary. Each of them is also entitled to: N50,558,310.52 annual regular allowances or N4,213,192.54 monthly regular allowances.

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Each apex court judge is also entitled to non-regular allowances of: N9,913,394.22 for Rent (annually); N4,956,697.11 Leave Allowance (when applicable), N100,000 Duty Tour Allowance (per night); $1,300 estacode (per night); N29,740,182.66 severance gratuity (after successful completion of tenure), N29,740,182.66 furniture Allowance and N39,653,576.88 as motor vehicle loan (to be repaid before the expiration of tenure), while Professional Development Assistant is to be paid from the NJC pool.

This is even as their utilities and security are to be provided (TDP).

On the other hand, the President of the Court of Appeal is entitled to N9,913,394.22 annual basic salary or N826,116.19 monthly salary.

Each appellate court judge is also entitled to: N52,540,989.37 annual regular allowances or N4,478,415.78 monthly regular allowances as well as non-regular allowances of: N9,913,394.22 Rent (annually); N4,956,697.11 Leave Allowance (when applicable), N100,000 Duty Tour Allowance (per night); $1,300 estacode (per night); N29,740,182.66 severance gratuity (after successful completion of tenure), N29,740,182.66 furniture Allowance and N39,653,576.88 as motor vehicle loan (to be repaid before expiration of tenure), while Professional Development Assistant is to be paid from the NJC pool.

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By Sophina Ovuike, Abuja