The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, have been told to immediately review the remuneration of judicial officers in line with present economic realities.
The call follows a motion titled “Need to Review Remunerations of Judicial Officers and Increase the Statutory Transfer to the Nation’s Judiciary”, by Honourable Onofiok Akpan Luke from Akwa Ibom State that was considered at the plenary today.
Moving the motion, Luke said the meagre amount paid to judicial officers was unfair, unconscionable, unjust, and unrealistic despite several restrictions faced by judicial officers and noted that their salaries were last reviewed in 2007 when the dollar was N124 to 1$.
The House in adopting the motion after securing a favorable majority vote of members mandated its Committee on Judiciary to work towards an amendment to remove the remunerations of judicial officers from that of political and public office holders as well as ensuring compliance of the resolutions.
The Committee on Judiciary was given 6 weeks to conclude the assignment and report back to the House for further legislative action.
The House also urged the Federal Government to, in line with judicial autonomy, accede to the increase in statutory transfer to the judiciary in the coming fiscal year.