- N5.2 billion to paid to retired judges in 2017 budget
- 73 percent increase from N1.4 billion in 2016 budget
- N134.4 million to N1.6 billion to be paid in 12 months
The Nigerian National Judiciary Council, NJC, has slapped a whooping N5.2 billion in the country’s budget for the year 2017 for debt servicing, gratuity and pensions owed retired federal judicial personnel.
The massive N5.2 billion documented in the 2017 budget is 73 percent increase against the 2014 and 2016 budget which recorded N1.4 billion. This was unveiled just a day before the Federation confirmed the Honorable Chief Justices as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The revelation came to limelight during the 2016 budget appraisal and 2017 budget defense for the National Judicial Council, Body of Benchers, National Judicial Institute, Federal High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court, at the Aminu Shagari-Led House of Representatives Committee on Federal Judiciary.
Further analyses of the Judiciary’s proposed N5.2 billion revealed N134.4 million meant to offset monthly payment for 12 months to the tune of N1.6 billion.
While reacting upon the findings of the Aminu Shagari-led House of Reps Committee on Federal Judiciary, Aminu Shagari noted that the proposed sum caters for gratuities, pensions and retirements of some 400 judiciary officers whom are retired.
Shagari asserted: “It also caters for the gratuities, pensions and retirement of about 400 retired judicial officers nationwide. With the introduction of democracy and the growth of the Nigerian economy, there had been demands for the establishment of more courts or special courts due to the meteoric increase in the number of cases handled by the existing courts both at the federal and state levels.”