- Ahmed Gambo Saleh, secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC), says in 2018, former Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJNs) would get N1.3 billion
- Saleh told senators that the budget for the former CJNs was increased from N975 million in 2017 to N1.3billion in 2018
- He also gave a breakdown of the total N100 billion budgeted by the NJC for 2018
Through its secretary, Ahmed Gambo Saleh, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has revealed to a Senate committee that it budgeted a total sum of N1.3 billion for the retirement benefits of former Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN) in 2018.
Saleh made the revelation to the Senate committee on judiciary during budget defence on Tuesday, February 13.
Daily Trust reports that Saleh said the allocation for the retirement benefits of the former CJNs was increased from N975 million in 2017 to N1.3billion in 2018 and that the number of the beneficiaries are stated in the document read by the NJC secretary.
According to him, the pension and gratuity of retired federal judicial officers had been reduced from N5.2 billion in 2017 to N4.1 billion 2018.
He explained that N100 billion had been budgeted for the entire judiciary in 2018 with a breakdown showing that federal high court got N13.9 billion, the Supreme Court got N9.3 billion, the Court of Appeal got N13.2 billion, the National Industrial Court got N.9.3 billion.
Also, the Abuja High Court got N10.2 billion, the Sharia Court of Appeal, FCT, got N2.7 billion, the customary court of Appeal, FCT, got N4 billion and NJC got N5.7 billion.
The Federal Judicial Service Commission got N3 billion, Judicial Service Committee, FCT, N1.7 billion, the National Judicial Institute got N3.5 billion, the Body of Benchers got N3 billion and the corruption and financial crimes cases trials monitoring committee got N581 million.
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