President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an increased salary structure and upgraded welfare scheme for judicial officers in Nigeria.
The President made this known in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday during the inauguration of the Dr Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt.
The law school was built by the Nyesom Wike led Rivers State administration.
Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said enhanced welfare scheme for judicial workers and many other initiatives will significantly strengthen the capacity and independence of the judiciary as the pillar of strength and stability for a democracy.
“Let me use this opportunity also to inform you that as part of the effort to enhance the welfare of judicial officers, Mr President has recently approved an enhanced salary and welfare scheme for judicial officers and accordingly directed the Chairman Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to promptly commence measures towards the realisation and implementation of these directives,” Malami said.
He further pledged that the Buhari administration will continue with efforts to transform the judiciary as part of a critical strategy in ensuring a fair, progressive, and prosperous society with the rule of law as its cornerstone.
The President commended Governor Wike for completing the project within one year after he was granted approval, describing it as an exceptional record time for a project of such magnitude.
The President commended the Governor for his countless landmark projects in his bid to accelerate human and economic development of Rivers State. The Federal government had conferred Wike with the Excellence Award in Public Service in October.
In attendance at the inauguration of the 7th campus of the Nigerian Law School were many dignitaries and key players in the legal profession.