Senate okays 300% salary increase for CJN, other judicial officers 

The Senate Wednesday passed for third reading the  bill seeking to increase the salaries, allowances and official benefits of judicial officers.

If President Bola Tinubu assented to it, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) will now earn N64 million annually, the President of the Court of Appeal is to earn N62.4 million annually while the justices of the Supreme Court will earn N61.4 million annually.

The  Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, announced passage of the bill after a majority of the senators supported it through voice votes. 

The bill was considered and approved by the Committee of the Whole. 

The upper chamber passed the bill after considering a report of its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, presented by the Chairman, Senator Tahir Monguno (APC Borno North ) .

In March, President Tinubu wrote to the Senate, requesting it to consider an executive bill seeking the review of salaries, allowances and official benefits of judicial officers.

In the letter, President Tinubu said the bill would promote the welfare capacity and independence of the Nigerian judiciary system.

Senator Monguno while presenting the report, lamented that the severance and allowance of judicial officers have not been reviewed for many years. 

He maintained that the increment in the allowance and salaries of the judicial officers is long overdue.

He claimed that the new salary and allowance scheme will help the Nigeria Judiciary system to achieve fairness in delivery of justice.