Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu has noted that his administration will take a critical look at the remuneration templates of judicial officers with a view to increasing it as a means of ending corruption in the sector.
Tinubu made this known at the Aso Villa during the visit of the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by Barrister Yakubu Maikyau (SAN).
According to him, the battle against corruption necessitated a comprehensive review of the salaries and allowances of judicial officers, an issue that is well known to him, given his landmark success in reforming justice administration in Lagos State.
“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.
Similarly, Tinubu acknowledged the importance of addressing the current vacancies within the Supreme Court, affirming that these vacancies represent 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.
He thanked the NBA for deeming it fit to extend an invitation to him to declare open the association’s 63rd Annual General Conference this weekend in Abuja.
The president revealed that he has numerous lawyers as close aides, including the 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 reation, the NBA President commended the President for appointing very distinguished members of the bar into his cabinet, including Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.