The Federal Government says improvement in the remuneration and conditions of service of judicial officers would remain uppermost on the agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami , made this known during his address at the 2022 Court of Appeal Annual Legal year.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, the AGF said that the ongoing process of improving the welfare package of the judicial officers would be completed in accordance with extant constitutional and statutory provisions.
Malami also disclosed that the available appropriation figures also bear testament to the fact of a progressively upward review of annual budgetary appropriation to the judiciary under Buhari.
He explained that while the budget of the Judiciary declined from N95 billion in 2010 to N68 billion in 2014, there was an upward swing in 2015 from N73 billion to N120 billion in 2022 (being the highest in the history of the judiciary).
The AGF further disclosed that the government has made special budgetary provision to cater for special assignments associated with national elections.
“I wish to recall that one of the cardinal issues raised by the President of the Court of Appeal in Her Lordship’s address last year was the issue of the welfare of our meticulous and committed judicial officers”
“The government of the day is not oblivious of this persistent challenge. Amidst our revenue challenges as a nation, coupled with various demands for a wage increase, one certain assurance I can make to this noble gathering is that the improvement of the remuneration and conditions of service of our judicial officers is uppermost on the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari”
“The Federal Government under the leadership of President Buhari will not rest on its oars in its quest for increased funding for the judiciary”
“The Federal Government under the leadership of President Buhari will not rest on its oars in its quest for increased funding for the judiciary.
“I am also gladdened that His Lordship has inaugurated a 13-man Electoral Judicial Manual Committee that will see to the issuance of the Maiden Edition of the Electoral Judicial Manual, which will provide an operational framework and reference guide for the determination of election petitions,” he said.