HomeNewsSenate approves bill to raise CJN's salary to N5.39m, justices to N4.21m.

Senate approves bill to raise CJN’s salary to N5.39m, justices to N4.21m.

A bill aimed at increasing the salaries and allowances of judicial officers successfully passed its second reading in the Senate on Thursday, May 9.

The bill, titled “A bill for an act to prescribe the salaries, allowances, and fringe benefits of judicial office holders in Nigeria and for related matters (2024),” was sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Senator Ashiru Yisa (APC-Kwara South).

Previously, on March 20, the House of Representatives had approved the bill, which sets the monthly salary for the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) at N5.39 million. It also establishes monthly packages for Supreme Court Justices at N4.21 million, the President of the Court of Appeal at N4.48 million, and Justices of the Court of Appeal at N3.73 million. Additionally, it outlines a monthly package of N3.53 million for various other high-ranking judicial positions.

The bill also includes provisions for other allowances such as leave allowances, estacode per night of $2000, duty tour allowances, a severance gratuity of N80.78 million after successful completion of tenure, and an optional motor vehicle loan to be repaid before tenure’s end.

President Bola Tinubu had proposed this salary increase in a letter presented by Senate President Godswill Akpabio on March 20, emphasizing that it would strengthen the independence and capacity of the Nigerian judiciary.

In the debate, Senator Yisa highlighted the need for remuneration to reflect current socio-economic realities, arguing that the proposed legal framework would significantly enhance the welfare, capacity, and independence of the judiciary. Senator Barau Jibrin and Senator Mohammed Monguno expressed their support, noting that improving judicial remuneration is crucial for maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the judiciary. Senator Orji Uzor Kalu also commended the initiative for ensuring the judiciary’s comfort.

Following the debate, the bill was unanimously passed for a second reading by voice vote and has been referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters for further consideration, with a directive to report back in four weeks.

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