‘N5m monthly for s’court justice’ — details of proposed salaries for judicial officers

‘N5m monthly for s’court justice’ — details of proposed salaries for judicial officers
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On Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu sent a bill proposing a
new structure of salaries and allowances for judicial officers in the country.

 

The president’s letter titled: ‘A Bill for an Act to
prescribe the salaries, allowances and fringe benefits of judicial office
holders in Nigeria and for related matters’, was read on the floor of the green
chamber by Tajudeen Abbas, the speaker.

 

The bill passed third reading in the green chamber on Wednesday.
Simultaneously, the bill was presented to the senate.

 

In his letter to both chambers of the national assembly, the
president said the bill seeks to end the “prolonged stagnation” of the
remuneration of judicial officers, adding that it will improve their welfare.

A copy of the proposed remuneration of the judicial officers
seen by TheCable shows the breakdown of the annual salaries of judicial
officers in the country, including chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), justices of
the supreme court, chief judge of the federal high court, president of the
national industrial court, president of the court of appeal, judges of the
federal high court, to mention a few.

 

CHIEF JUDGE OF
NIGERIA

 

In the proposal, the CJN is expected to earn an annual basic
salary of N13,462,617.95, equivalent to N1,121,884.83 monthly. The proposal
also includes the regular and non-regular allowances entitled to the CJN.

 

Monthly, the CJN is expected to earn a total package of
N5,385,047, which includes basic salary and allowances.

 

The CJN is also entitled to N80,775,707 as severance
gratuity to be paid “after successful completion of tenure”. The sum of
N6,731,308 was proposed as the leave allowance, N142,500 for duty tour
allowance per night, and $2,000 for estacode per night.

 

Other allowances are:

Allowances

Annual value/percent of annual basic salary

Monthly Value

Mode of payment

Motor vehicle fueling and maintenance

To be provided

Personal assistant

N3,365,654.49 (25%)

N280,471.21

Monthly

Hardship

N6,731,308.98 (50%)

N560,942.41

Monthly

Domestic Staff

To be provided

Entertainment

N6,058,178.08 (45%)

504,848.17

Monthly

Utilities

N4,038,785.39

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(30%)

N336,565.45

Monthly

Security

To be provided

Outfit

N3,365,654.49

(25%)

N280,471.21

Monthly

Journal subscription

N2,019,392.69 (15%)

N168,282.72

Monthly

Medical

N5,385,047.18

(40%)

N448,753.93

Monthly

Long service allowance

N1,346,261.80

N112,188.48

Monthly

Professional development assistant

To be provided

Restricted or forced lifestyle

N6,731,308.98 (50%)

N560,942.41

Monthly

Dual responsibility

N2,692,532.59 (20%)

N224,376.97

Monthly

Legal researchers

N9,423,832.57

(70%)

N785,319.38

Monthly

Accommodation and Furniture

To be provided

Motor vehicle loan

N53,850,471.80

To be repaid before the expiration of tenure

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 JUSTICES OF THE
SUPREME COURT

In the proposal, a justice of the supreme court will earn
the sum of N9,913,394.22 as an annual basic salary, equivalent to N826,116
monthly.

 

Monthly, a justice will receive the sum of N5,046,308.

The justice is also entitled to the sum of N29,740,182 as
severance gratuity to be paid “after successful completion of tenure”. The sum
of N4,956,697 was proposed as the leave allowance for the CJN, N100,000 for
duty tour allowance per night, and $1,300 for estacode per night.

 Other allowances:

Allowances

Annual Value

Monthly Value

Mode of payment

Motor vehicle fueling and maintenance

N7,435,045

N619,587

Monthly

Personal assistant

N2,478,348

N206,529

Monthly

Hardship

N4,956,697

N413,058

Monthly

Domestic Staff

N7,435,045

N619,587

Monthly

Entertainment

N4,461,027

N371,752

Monthly

Utilities

N2,974,018

N247,834

Monthly

Security

To be provided

Outfit

N2,478,348

N206,529

Monthly

Journal subscription

N1,487,009

N123,917

Monthly

Medical

N3,965,397

N337,446

Monthly

Long service allowance

N991, 339

N82,611

Monthly

Professional development assistant

To be provided

Restricted or forced lifestyle

N4,956,697

N413,058

Monthly

Legal researchers

N6,939,375

N578,281

Monthly

Rent

N9,913,394

Annually

Furniture

N29,740, 182

Once in 4 years

Motor vehicle loan

N39,653,576

To be repaid before expiration of tenure

PRESIDENT OF COURT OF
APPEAL

The president of the court of appeal is expected to earn the
sum of N9,913,394.22 as an annual basic salary, which is equivalent to
N826,116.19 monthly. The president is also entitled to some allowances.
Monthly, the total package is N5,211,541.

 

The appellate court president is also entitled to
N29,740,182.66 as severance gratuity to be paid “after successful completion of
tenure”. N4,956,697.11 was proposed as the leave allowance, N100,000 for duty
tour allowance per night, and $1,300 for estacode per night.

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Other allowances:

Allowance

Annual value

Monthly value

Mode of payment

Motor vehicle fueling and maintenance

N7,435,045

N619,587

Monthly

Personal assistant

N2,478,348

N206,529

Monthly

Hardship

N4,956,697

N413,058

Monthly

Domestic Staff

N7,435,045

N619,587

Monthly

Entertainment

N4,461,027

N371,752

Monthly

Utilities

N2,974,018

N247,834

Monthly

Security

To be provided

Outfit

N2,478,348

N206,529

Monthly

Journal subscription

N1,487,009

N123,917

Monthly

Medical

N3,965,397

N337,446

Monthly

Long service allowance

N991, 339

N82,611

Monthly

Professional development assistant

To be provided

Restricted or forced lifestyle

N4,956,697

N413,058

Monthly

Legal researchers

N6,939,375

N578,281

Monthly

Dual Responsibility

N1,982,768

N165,223

Monthly

Rent

N9,913,394

Annually


 CHIEF JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT

In the proposal, the chief judge of the federal high court
is in the same salary category as the president of the national industrial
court; chief judge of FCT high court; grand kadi of FCT sharia court of appeal;
president of the FCT customary court of appeal; chief judge of state high
court; grand kadi of state sharia court of appeal and president of the state
customary court of appeal.

The chief judge is expected to earn an annual basic salary
of N7,985,711, equivalent to N665,475 monthly. The monthly total package is
N4,192,597.

Other entitlements include N23,957,134.74 for severance
gratuity, N85,500 as duty tour allowance per night, $1,100 for estacode per
night, and N31,942,846.72 as motor vehicle loan to be repaid before expiration
of tenure.

Other Allowances: 

Allowances 

Annual value

Monthly value

Motor vehicle fueling and maintenance

N5,989,283.69

N499,106.97

Personal Assistant

N1,996,427.90

N166,366.99

Hardship

N3,992,855.79

N332,737.98

Domestic Staff

N5,989,283.69

N499,106.97

Entertainment

N3,593,570.21

N299,464.18

Utilities

N2,395,713.47

N199,642.79

Security

To be provided 

Outfit

N1,996,427.90

N166,368.99

Journal subscription

N1,197,856.74

N99,821.40

Medical

N3,194,284.63

266,190.39

Long service allowance

N798,571.16

N66,647.60

Professional development assistant

To be provided

Restricted or forced lifestyle

N3,992,855.79

N332,737.98

Legal researchers

N5,589,998.11

N465,833.18

Dual Responsibility

N1,597,142.32

N133,095.91

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JUDGES OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT

In the proposal, judges of the federal high court, national
industrial court, FCT high court, FCT customary court of appeal, state high
court, state customary court of appeal, kadis FCT sharia court of appeal, and
kadis state sharia court of appeal, belong to the same salary structure.

The judges of the aforementioned courts are expected to earn
an annual basic salary of N7,222,569, equivalent to N601,880 monthly. The
monthly total package is N3,671,272.84.

Other entitlements include N21,677,708 for severance
gratuity, N57,000 as duty tour allowance per night, $600 for estacode per
night, and N28,890.277 as motor vehicle loan to be repaid before expiration of
tenure.

 Other Allowances:

Allowances 

Annual value

Monthly value

Motor vehicle fueling and maintenance

N5,416,927.11

N451,410.59

Personal Assistant

N1,805,642.37

N150,470.20

Hardship

N3,611,284.74

N300,940.40

Domestic Staff

N5,416,927.11

N451,410.59

Entertainment

N3,250,156.27

N270,846.36

Utilities

N2,166,770.84

N180,564.24

Security

To be provided

Outfit

N1,805,642.37

N150,270.20

Journal subscription

N1,083,385.42

N90,282.12

Medical

N2,889,207.79

N240,752.32

Long service allowance

N722,256.95

N60,188.08

Professional development assistant

To be provided 

Restricted or forced lifestyle

N3,611,284.74

N300,940.40

Legal researchers

N5,055,798.64

N421,316.55

 

 

 

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