The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, on Monday called on the Federal Government to urgently act to improve the welfare of judges.
Mr Maikyau made the call at the Annual Legal Year Ceremony of the Court of Appeal in Abuja. Decrying the poor working condition of the court and the welfare of justices, he urged the government “to deliberately invest in the welfare of Judges and Justices by strengthening the human capital within the justice sector and meeting all the infrastructural needs of the judiciary as a matter of urgency”.
The welfare of judges has been an issue for some time now and attracted national attention recently when justices of the Supreme raised the matter.
According to Maikyau, salaries and allowances of judges and justices in the country have remained the same since 2008 and that has had a negative impact on justice and justice delivery in the country.
Also, he emphasized the need for the judiciary to be truly independent and described as worrisome the fact that “none of the presidential candidates for the upcoming 2023 election, who attended the Opening Ceremony of the just concluded NBA-AGC on the 21st August 2022 spared any thought on the independence of the judiciary”.
Mr Maikyau called on “the Federal Government to revisit the 2018 Report of the Committee on the Review of Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service, to bring same in tune with our present-day realities and give effect to the final recommendations that will arise therefrom.”
Read the full statement below:
NBA PRESIDENT DEMANDS DELIBERATE INVESTMENT IN THE WELFARE OF JUDGES
Today 12th September, 2022, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN delivered an address at the Annual Legal Year Ceremony of the Court of Appeal.
The event was held at the Court of Appeal Headquarters, Abuja and it had in attendance the President and Justices of the Court of Appeal as well as other eminent jurists and members of the Bar.
The NBA President in his address decried the poor working condition of the court and welfare of Justices. He stated that the salaries and allowances of judges and justices in the country have remained the same since 2008 and this has a negative impact on justice and justice delivery in the country.
He emphasized the need for the judiciary to be truly independent and described as worrisome the fact that “none of the presidential candidates for the upcoming 2023 election, who attended the Opening Ceremony of the just concluded NBA-AGC on the 21st August, 2022 spared any thought on the independence of the judiciary.”
The NBA President urged “the government to deliberately invest in the welfare of Judges and Justices by strengthening the human capital within the justice sector and meeting all the infrastructural needs of the judiciary as a matter of urgency.”
Also, the President called on “the Federal Government to revisit the 2018 Report of the Committee on the Review of Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service, to bring same in tune with our present day realities and give effect to the final recommendations that will arise therefrom.”
The NBA President reiterated the commitment of the NBA under his leadership to maintain a robust Bench and Bar relationship.
Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary, NBA
“It Is The Turn Of Ndi Enugu” – Frank To Residents As APGA Storms More Markets In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Enugu State, on Thursday charged traders in Ogbete and Afia 9 markets, Enugu, to take ownership of the next government in Enugu State by voting in APGA in the forthcoming election.
Nweke who told traders and buyers that APGA’s mission was to liberate the State from the shackles of bad governance unleashed by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reiterated the history of the APGA as one founded on the Igbo principle of shared prosperity with the great Odumegwu Ojukwu as a founding father.
In agreement with the concerns raised by the people, Nweke noted the absence of potable water, rising insecurity, non-payment of salaries and pensions, unavailability of jobs and the deepening economic crisis under the PDP-led administration.
He assured the people of his administration’s commitment to tackling the issues that directly affect them and urged them to become a part of the process by ensuring that they refuse to sell their votes to the highest bidders.
“When you sell your votes, you have given looters your own position in the government and you will lose your voice for the next four years. It is your turn to be in government. APGA will make the government house the People’s Building” Nweke said.
Several residents, traders and buyers alike present in the market spoke with hope and a firm resolve to see a new future in Enugu under APGA.
An octogenarian who said he worked together with former President Obasanjo at 58 Ibadan Street Ebute-Metta West, as the head of Electrical Engineering in his Department, said that God will remove all the obstacles from Nweke’s way if he is the Lord’s anointed.
“I was shuttling between Lagos and Abuja when Frank Nweke Jr served as Minister and for me personally, his antecedents made me want him to serve as Governor. We elders are praying that God should crown someone with conscience. I pray that God removes all obstacles from Frank Nweke Jr in Jesus’ name,” he prayed.
Ogechi Godfrey, Chinonso Uzoma and Okey Morocco expressed unflinching support for Nweke whom they said is their choice as Governor due to his simplicity, honesty and good track record.
Madam Joy, a clothes retailer, said that the market women group she belongs to had been pressured to join the PDP, but that they have remained resilient. She therefore affirmed her total support for Nweke stressing that the APGA flag bearer is their own.
Charity Njoku, a trader said she knows APGA flag bearer as a man with a kind heart and that he is the sort of person that will bring the change that many have thought impossible.
Ms. Ofoka, a fruit seller and Ginika Mbah a meat seller expressed support for Frank Nweke Jr adding that with him as Governor, a big change in Enugu State would be evident.
“Frank Nweke Jr should remember us when he gets to office as Governor. He should provide water and power for us. He is one of us, so we are solidly behind him,” said Ms. Onyekperem.
APGA’s Frank Nweke Jr At Ugwu Peak
“The power we seek is to secure the future for our children here”
Kunie! Ka anyi dozie Enugu.
Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics And Development In Igboland
The big day is tomorrow!
The Igbo identity is gradually morphing into an entity without the will or propulsion to claim what is rightfully ours.
Join Frank Nweke Jr tomorrow from 11am as he shares his perspectives on Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics and Development in Igboland.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Venue: Princess Alexandra Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Get ready for deep introspection and a rousing call to restore a lost glory.