Tinubu’s Commitment to Strengthening the Judiciary and Upholding the Rule of Law
President Bola Tinubu has taken a significant step towards fortifying the judiciary and safeguarding the rule of law by signing into law a groundbreaking bill that addresses the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers in Nigeria.
The move underscores President Tinubu’s unwavering dedication to enhancing the judiciary’s effectiveness and ensuring the principles of justice are upheld throughout the country.
Empowering Judicial Officers for Effective Execution of Their Responsibilities
During the signing ceremony, President Tinubu reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to empowering judicial officers to carry out their duties with utmost efficiency.
By providing them with the necessary support and resources, the government aims to bolster the effectiveness of the judiciary and enable judicial officers to deliver justice fairly and impartially.
Constitutional Amendment Bill Establishes Uniformity in Retirement Age and Pension Rights
The bill, which was initially transmitted by the Senate to former President Muhammadu Buhari in May, has now been signed into law by President Tinubu.
This constitutional amendment bill achieves a crucial milestone by ensuring uniformity in the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers serving in all superior courts of record.
Under the new legislation, judicial officers listed in Section 6(5)(c)-(i) of the constitution will have a synchronized retirement age of 70, effectively raising it from the previous age of 65.
This change aims to align the retirement age of High Court Judges with that of Justices in the two appellate courts, creating consistency and fairness within the judicial system.
By bringing the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers into harmony, the law aims to strengthen public confidence in the judiciary.
It also serves as a crucial safeguard against any potential interference from the executive branch of government, ensuring the independence of the judicial system.