…swears-in Adeyeye as acting Chief Judge of Ekiti State
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has advocated the review of salaries and allowances of judicial officers in the country, urging the National Judicial Council to renew negotiation for upward review of judicial officers’ salary.
Dr Fayemi stated this during the swearing in of Justice John Adeyeye as the acting Chief Judge of EKiti State, in Ado Ekiti on Monday.
The governor observed that judicial officers in the country have been on the same salary structure for over a decade, even while other categories of public servants have had theirs reviewed .
Dr Fayemi at the event, also spoke on the negative consequences of COVID-19, #EndSARs, and JUSUN Strikes and urged the new acting Chief Judge to develop practical solutions that would sustain the wheels of justice even in the face of lockdowns or strike actions.
“I am aware that between 1999 till date, the Federal Government reviewed the salaries and allowances of Public Servants specifically in 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2011. However the salaries of judicial officers were only reviewed twice during the same period.
“As a result, judicial officers have been on the same salary structure for more than 10 years. It may now be necessary for the NJC to provide leadership on possible renewed negotiation on this issue as part of a holistic discussion on judicial autonomy.
“The frequency of closure of our courts constitutes a threat to the security of this state. It is for this reason that I respectfully urged your lordship to enable practical solutions to ensure that the wheels of justice in our state continue to turn even during lockdowns of strike actions,” he said.
He also expressed concern on the shortage of female judges on the bench, adding that a gender diversified judiciary would positively shape the development of law in the state.
The governor called on the judiciary to support and strengthen the capacity of the Nigeria Police and the Ministry of Justice in the State to deal with all forms of sexual violence by reviewing rules and court procedures to ensure speedy prosecution of sexual violence matters.
Dr Fayemi, who stressed that his administration was conscious of the benefit of an effective judicial system to the socio-political growth and development of the state, charged the new acting chief judge to key into his mission to provide fair and equal access to justice system irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, economic status and other social indices.
Justice Adeyeye, in his acceptance speech, pledged to uphold the oath of office which he swore to and promised to work with all stakeholders in the justice sector of the state to enhance speedy dispensation of justice that defines the 21st century judiciary.