President Bola Tinubu pledged on Thursday that his administration would complete a comprehensive evaluation of the compensation templates for the country’s judicial officers.
Receiving the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by Barrister Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), the President stated that the fight against corruption necessitates a comprehensive review of the salaries and allowances of judicial officers, an issue he is intimately familiar with due to his historic success in reforming justice administration in Lagos State.
If we are serious about combating corruption in the Judiciary, we must address the issue of compensation. In response to a request from the NBA president, he stated, “We will consider both the cost and the consequences.”
President Tinubu acknowledged the significance of filling the Supreme Court vacancies, stating that these vacancies represent obligations that must be met based on the National Judicial Council’s (NJC) recommendations.
"The majority of them are currently on vacation, and when they return, we will assess what they have and fill the open positions. “This is the fulfillment of an obligation,” he stated.
The President thanked the NBA for inviting him to inaugurate the organization’s 63rd Annual General Conference in Abuja this coming weekend.
He acknowledged the privilege of having a large number of lawyers as his closest advisers, 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 remarks, the NBA President praised the President for appointing highly esteemed members of the bar, including Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to his cabinet.