A’Court president says Nigeria judiciary officers poorest paid in Africa

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has called for the review of the salaries of judicial workers.

Justice Dongban-Mensem made the call during the opening ceremony of the 2021/2022 Legal Year of the Court of Appeal.

According to her, Nigeria records a poor salary structure for its judicial officers when compared with the rest of African and Commonwealth countries.

She said, “The cnditions of service disturb the mind. It is an obstacle to clear and positive thinking. However, the salary structure for judicial officers and staff in Nigeria has consistently ranked poorly when compared to that of their counterparts in other African and Commonwealth countries.” 

According to her, the last time salaries of judicial officers were reviewed in Nigeria was February 1, 2007, adding that the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s annual basic salary ‘is N3,353,972.50 or N279,497.71 monthly, while other Justices of the Supreme Court and the President of the Court of Appeal earn N2,477,110.00 as basic annual salary or N206,425.83 monthly.

She also disclosed that other Justices of the Court of Appeal, earn an annual basic salary of N 1,995,430.18 each or N 166,285.84 monthly, exclusive of benefits and allowances. 

“The necessary political will for financial independence was demonstrated by his Excellency, Mr. President’s promulgation of the Implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary Order, 2020, known as ‘Executive Order 10.’

On the way forward, she said, “We therefore call upon the Federal and state governments to live up to their obligations under the law.  I also implore the Governments of the Federation and States to urgently review the salaries and allowances of judicial officers and staff. 

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