Paschal Emeka, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved and directed immediate implementation of the enhanced salary and welfare scheme for judicial officers.
The Presidential approval was announced on Friday 18th November 2022 at the official commissioning and handing over ceremony of Nabo Graham-Douglass Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt to the Council of Legal Education.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, represented Buhari at the ocassion,.
According to statement issued to newsmen on Friday by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the AGF, President Buhari directed the Chairman, Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately commence measures towards the realization and implementation of enhanced salary and welfare scheme for the judicial officers in the country.
The President said this and many other initiatives were targeted at significantly strengthening the capacity and independence of the judiciary, which he said remained a pillar of strength and stability for the nation’s democracy.
“This administration will, therefore, continue to support 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,” he said.
Buhari also called on the judiciary to continue to uphold the ethics of their profession and operate with accountability and probity in the exercise of their judicial and administrative duties.
He also charged the Council of Legal Education to sustain the trust by optimally maintaining and running the project in furtherance of the quest to improve and sustain high standards in legal education.
“The legal profession thrives on sound learning, ethical values, and good character; therefore, it is our abiding duty to sustain high standards for those on whose shoulders rest the future of both the bar and the bench,” he said.
Buhari also commended the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and congratulated the people of the state, the Council of Legal Education, Nigerian Law and the entire justice sector family for the initiative, which he said culminated in the building and handing over of the new campus to the Council of Legal Education, Nigerian Law School.
He commended the naming of the newly commissioned campus after Nabo Graham-Douglas, SAN, former Attorney-General of Eastern Nigeria, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State and Attorney-General of the Federation.