Bill to adjust judicial officers’ salaries scales second reading in Senate

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Bill to adjust judicial officers’ salaries scales second reading in Senate

The bill to prescribe salaries, allowances and fringe benefits of judicial office holders in Nigeria has passed second reading in the Senate.

The Bill is sponsored by the Majority Leader of the Senate, Bamidele Opeyemi.

Presenting the Lead Debate in plenary, the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Ashiru Oyelola, said the bill when passed into law, would help to unify the salary structure, allowances and fringe benefits of officers at the federal and state levels.

He said the bill would help to improve the welfare of judicial officers as well as ensure their independence.

Oyelola said, “the intent of the bill is in conformity with the present administration’s drive to strengthen the judiciary.

Contributing, lawmakers supported the bill, saying it was apt.

They called on the need for President Bola Tinubu to also consider adjusting the salaries and allowances of other workers across Nigeria, in view of the high rate of inflation in the country.

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said the bill, which is an Executive bill was an indication of the present administration’s drive to improve the lives of all Nigerians.

He said when assented to, the bill would go a long way in improving the standard of living of judicial officers.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters for further legislative action and to be returned to plenary within four weeks.

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