Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has stated that the Nigerian judiciary has received the finest funding to date under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami made the announcement on Monday, November 28, 2022 in Abuja.
When the proposed upgraded packages are put into effect; he also predicted better days for the country’s judicial officials and their institutions.
Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, made this known during a speech at the Supreme Court’s inauguration of the 62 Senior Advocates who had just been appointed for the 2022–2023 legal year. He said that in keeping with its commitment to advancing the rule of law; the administration led by President Buhari has given the funding of the judiciary first priority.
Specifically, Malami said the government had ensured a “progressive budgetary allocation to the judiciary, which has seen an increase from N73 billion in 2015 to over N130 billion in 2022.”
He revealed that a further increased sum of N150 billion had been proposed for 2023.
“In addition to the foregoing, we have provided special intervention when the need arises; particularly, in meeting the huge cost of running election tribunals,” he said.
Malami urged the judges to work together to achieve the required levels of good governance and development since; in his view, law and development are intertwined.
He pointed out that the necessary conclusion was that improvements in the judiciary would be of huge value; especially by triggering the urgently required changes in the national polity.
The Minister expressed extreme optimism that the recent approval by President Buhari; in addition to an increase in the salaries and allowances of judicial officers; but also for conditions for their health, well-being, and professional development; will usher in a new lease of life and impetus for the judiciary to operate maximally in a more advantageous and rewarding environment.
Malami disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Justice is reviewing the National Policy on Justice; adding that this will enhance stakeholders’ ability to tackle issues hindering the entire justice sector.
“Only recently, the Federal Executive Council approved the revised National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan (2022–2026). We have also recorded modest gains from the operationalization of the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act, 2022,” he said.