The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, expresses dissatisfaction in the stagnated remuneration of judicial officers for more than 16 years. 


Fagbemi noted this on Monday during a one-day public hearing, on the advancement of the welfare of the judiciary and the need to salvage an impoverished judiciary. 

The AGF and Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, had appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters for the commencement of hearing on a bill for an Act, to prescribe the salaries and allowance, and fringe benefits of judicial office holders in Nigeria and related matter bill 2024. 

He further reminded that between May 1999 and March 2011, the Federal Government had reviewed the salaries and allowances of Public Servants and Political office holders on four occasions, specifically in 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2011 and new regimes of national minimum wage, were also put in place within the same period. 

However, noted that the salaries of judicial officers were only reviewed twice during the same period. 

The President of the Industrial Court, Hon. Justice Benedict Kanyip, however, asked for an amendment of the law to solve the problem of retired judiciary officers, proposing a 4-year periodic review of salaries of judicial officers. 

Meanwhile, President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem, said salaries and welfare are not the only crucial issues. 

He argued that the cost of operations has become a major challenge that has necessitated the thought to shut down some of the courts, owing to low budgetary provisions.