The chairman the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nasarawa State, Abdullahi H. Shams Shama with his officials paid a courtesy visit to the Secretary to State Government, Alhaji Aliyu Tijjani, in Lafia Wednesday.
The Chairman stated the purpose of the visit was to congratulate their host for his deserving appointment and follow up in respect of correspondence made to the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule.
Among the agitation of the magistrates is a request for official vehicles to transport them to and from their various offices as owning vehicle is not a luxury but necessity. That there is need for magistrates to feel secured in the course of dispensing justice to the citizenry.
That to actualise this goal, the magistrates moved to access credit facilities with one of the banks to the tune of one hundred million naira (₦100,000,000) for two years refund to which the Hon. Chief justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko offered the sum of twenty four million naira ₦24,000,000.
That despite that it will be hard on the Magistrates to shoulder the refunds which calls for further assistance from His Excellency the executive governor of Nasarawa State to the tune of ₦50,000,000 while the magistrates will upset the balance.
In addition to the key aspect discussed, that there had been in existence the Harmonized Allowances Law of 2015 which is yet to be implemented by the executive arm, the delegation called on the SSG to use his wisdom and wealth of experience in ensuring that their plight is cushioned, as it will go a long way to curb corruption and other vices.
The Chairman handed over copies of the letters sent to His Excellency and the 2015 Harmonized Allowances Law.
On his part Alhaji Tijjani expressed his appreciation for the visit, and efforts made by the chairman Shams Shama along with the entire executive committee.
He assured the chairman and his members that he will liase with Hon. Attorney General/Commissioner of justice Dr. A. A. Kana to discuss with his excellency the executive Governor ways to fast track the proposed assistance by providing the sum requested to the tune of ₦50,000,000. That indeed magistrates deserves to own cars due to the nature of their assign duties.
While stating the other financial obligations faced by government to chatter for citizens social amenities and the ₦30,000 minimum wage. He promised to do something unique for magistrates in Nasarawa state.