Nigeria’s magistrates are demanding a special salary structure as part of incentives to improve their working conditions.
National president of the Magistrate Association of Nigeria, Saidu Umar, addressing a news conference in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, named the demanded salary structure as the consolidated magistrate salary structure.
He said that the proposal will be sent to the state houses of assembly and the National Assembly for consideration.
The president appealed to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to assist in ensuring provision of conducive working environment for magistrates.
Umar lamented a situation where magistrates live in rented houses, adding that they are expected to live in secluded areas with necessary conveniences.
Umar urged the CJN to review the 2014 Revised National Judicial Council Guideline and Procedural Rules for appointment of officers of superior courts, which allows the Nigeria Bar Association to recommend its members.
He complained that the guideline did not extend the same opportunity to the Magistrate Association of Nigeria to recommend its members in the same manner.
He urged the CJN to address the issue so that magistrates too can be appointed to the higher bench as a means of encouraging hard work at the lower bench.
Umar recalled that during a recent courtesy visit on the acting CJN, “he tasked us to work hard, saying that the work of magistrates was too enormous and demanding”.
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