Judges’ Pay To Increase By 100%, As Approved By Ayade

Judges' Pay To Increase By 100%, As Approved By Ayade

Judges’ Pay To Increase By 100%, As Approved By Ayade

Judges’ Pay To Increase By 100%, As Approved By Ayade

Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State, has approved for a review of the benefits and wages of the state’s judicial officials.

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He made the new pay announcement at the Governor’s Office in Calabar’s Executive Chamber.

Beginning on August 1, 2022, the judges of the state’s supreme court will get a salary raise of 100% under the new compensation plan.

Additionally, it was revealed that the wages of Magistrates would increase by 50% while those of Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal would increase by 100%.

Similarly, the governor has granted all judicial officers in the state immediate land allocation.

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Ayade said, “As a matter of state government’s policy, any judicial officer sworn in will have his or her official car ready for delivery.”

He approved new recruitment into the state’s judicial service, saying, “We have witnessed massive vacancy in the Ministry of Justice occasioned by retirement.

Judges’ Pay To Increase By 100%, As Approved By Ayade

“To this effect, we have approved for the Chief Judge with the support of the Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission, the employment of 500 workers in the Ministry of Justice for the first phase alone.”

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According to him, his administration has approved the setting aside of 25 percent of the gross emoluments to support judicial officers’ allowances in terms of vacation, and travel, among others.

He said that he has addressed the immediate challenges of the state judiciary and pledged his administration’s support to that arm of government.

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Ayade said he acted in accordance with the report of the State Judicial Welfare Review Committee he set up in April.

The Committee had retired Justice Eyo Effiong Ita as Chairman and the state’s Head of Service, Timothy Ogbang Akwaji as Secretary.

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It was charged with reviewing the salaries of Cross River state judicial officers.

The governor lauded the state Chief Judge, Justice Akon Ikpeme, “for her diplomatic, studious and consistent push in achieving these goals.”

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