Why Buhari must release funds to NJC for payment of judges, court workers–House


The House of Representatives on Thursday joined the Senate to request President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately make funds available to the judiciary in line with the provisions of the 2016 Appropriation Act.

Federal judges and their support staff were owed salaries and allowances owing to refusal by the executive to release the allocation of the judiciary to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Prominent Nigerians including corporate persons had dismissed President Buhari’s administration over its refusal to fund the judiciary at a time the government is fighting graft on the bench.

The Senate was the first arm of the National Assembly to request the executive to release judiciary allocation after which the House of Representatives made similar request.

The House of Representatives described the refusal by the executive to fund the National Judicial Council as an affront to the principles of separation of powers

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In a motion raised by Aminu Shagari, a lawmaker from Sokoto State, the parliament said Mr. Buhari should direct all relevant agencies to release funds to the NJC in order to clear payment arrears of wages to judicial workers.

Presidential spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Salisu Isa, spokesman for the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, did not also respond to request for comments.