A constitutional lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, has urged President Bola Tinubu to align the salaries of judges in Nigeria with that of Senators.
Ajulo said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja while sympathising with the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Adeyeye who was directly affected during the collapsed of a section of the state High Court.
Ajulo used the opportunity to call on the government to prioritise the reconstruction of old court buildings nationwide and address the issue of judges’ wages comprehensively.
He decried the disproportionate remuneration of the judiciary compared to the other two arms of government in spite the significance of its works.
He emphasised the need to reform the salary structure of judges to bring it on par with that of Senators.
“It is crucial for the government to replicate the successful court redesign and renovation carried out in Lagos State during Tinubu’s tenure as Governor.
“This initiative should be extended nationwide now that he is the President.”
Ajulo said it was imperative to ensure the security of justices, especially in light of the recent extension of their retirement age, citing the issue between the Osun State government and the Chief Judge of the State.
He urged the government to declare a state of emergency to safeguard the welfare and security of federal judges, as they could face potential conspiracies.
“What happened to the Ektit CJ is symbolic and a pointer to the present fortune of most of them as endangered species.” He said.