The Chief Justice of the Federation, Ibrahim Tanko, earns N279,497 as monthly salary, Luke Onofiok, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary has disclosed.
Onofiok stated this on Wednesday, October 6, while moving a motion on the floor of the House on the need to increase the earnings of the judicial officers, DailyPost is reporting.
Onofiok, a former Speaker of Akwa-Ibom House of Assembly disclosed that low salaries paid to judicial officers can make them vulnerable to corruption.
According to him, the President of the Court of Appeals N206,425 monthly.
“Code of Conduct Tribunal Act restrains Judicial Officers from generally receiving gifts and operating private businesses except farming.”
He noted that the “poor remuneration of judicial officers is a serious threat to the judiciary.”
Consequently, the House resolved to urge the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to immediately review the remuneration of judicial officers in line with present economic realities.
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.