On Thursday, President Bola Tinubu pledged that his administration would complete a comprehensive assessment of the pay scales for the nation's judicial officials.
The President acknowledged the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by Barrister Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), and stated that given his historic success in overhauling justice administration in Lagos State, he is well aware that the salaries and allowances of judicial officers need to be thoroughly reviewed as part of the fight against corruption.
“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.
In addition, President Tinubu highlighted the significance of filling the open positions on the Supreme Court, saying that these positions constitute commitments that must be met in accordance with suggestions made 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.
The President expressed gratitude to the NBA for inviting him to formally open the association's 63rd Annual General Conference this weekend in Abuja.
The Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Victor Adeleke, and his Principal Private Secretary, Prince Damilotun Aderemi, were among the many attorneys who served as his close advisers, which he regarded as a privilege.
In his remarks, the NBA President praised the President for naming Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, as one of his cabinet members.