The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has revealed that the improvement of the remuneration and conditions of service of judicial officers remains uppermost on the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami made this assertion on Monday, September 12, in his address at the 2022 Court of Appeal Annual Legal Year.
I wish to recall that one of the cardinal issues raised by the President of the Court of Appeal in Her Lordship’s address last year was the issue of the welfare of our meticulous and committed judicial officers.
The government of the day is not oblivious of this persistent challenge. Amidst our revenue challenges as a nation, coupled with various demands for a wage increase, one certain assurance I can make to this noble gathering is that the improvement of the remuneration and conditions of service of our judicial officers is uppermost on the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The AGF stated that the ongoing process will be finished in conformity with current constitutional and statutory provisions, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu.
According to him, the available appropriation numbers also attest to Buhari’s progressive increase in the annual budgetary appropriation to the judiciary.
Malami noted that although the judiciary’s budget decreased from N95 billion in 2010 to N68 billion in 2014, it increased from N73 billion in 2015 to N120 billion in 2022 — (being the highest in the history of the judiciary).
The Minister continued;
The Federal Government under the leadership of President Buhari will not rest on its oars in its quest for increased funding for the judiciary.
I am also gladdened that His Lordship has inaugurated a 13-man Electoral Judicial Manual Committee that will see to the issuance of the Maiden Edition of the Electoral Judicial Manual, which will provide an operational framework and reference guide for the determination of election petitions.