Ayade receives report for judges’ welfare review and promises new model

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Governor Ben Ayade of River State received the report of the state’s Court Protection Review Committee on Wednesday with a commitment to announce a new salary model for state bailiffs by a week.

Speaking at the Boardroom of the Governor’s Office, Calabar, the venue for the presentation ceremony, the Governor, who is also a presidential aspirant on the APC platform, expressed his optimism that the report would throw the basics of a review of the well-being of judicial officers across the country.

According to him, “the request for an increase of 200% for judges’ salaries and 100% for magistrates’ salaries is before me and you were kind enough to give a second option of 100% and 50% respectively.

“In one week, we will call back all the judicial officers and the magistrates in the room of the Executive Council where we will pronounce clearly all of our own action points on the basis of your report.

“We believe this report will lay the groundwork that the whole country can emulate. We believe this report will provide a foundation for a corruption free justice system, we believe this will provide a foundation for which the incitement and challenges that characterize the Nigerian space where people are compromised by the circumstances of their services and the conditions in which they may find themselves will come to an end. »

Ayade reiterated his administration’s commitment to the welfare of Cross River’s bailiffs despite the meager financial resources the state is struggling with occasioned by the meager federal allocation.

He undertook to pay the new salary structure of the judicial officers adjusted “without fault until I leave my functions”.

Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Judge Rtd Eyo Effiom Ita, thanked the governor for trusting them and giving them the necessary support to carry out their mission.

While calling for the inclusion of retired judges in the new welfare package, Justice Ita told the governor that he and his members have done a thorough job.

Inaugurated on May 5, 2022 with a mandate to review the welfare of Cross River Judicial Officers and come up with an acceptable model, other members of the committee included State Service Chief Timothy Ogbang Akwaji who has served as secretary, state attorney. General and Justice Commissioner, Tanko Ashang, Justice Syvelster Obi (Rtd) and Justice Francesca Isoni.

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