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SERAP canvasses review of political officers’ perks, better pay for judges

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review downward the jumbo perks of the president, governors, lawmakers and related public office holders.

The Lagos-based rights group, however, sought an urgent upward review of the remuneration and conditions of service for Nigerian judges.

It said the proposed tinkering with the allowances of high-ranking political occupants would address the persistent poor treatment of jurists and improve access of victims of corruption to justice.

The group, in an April 10 letter signed by the deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare and addressed to RMAFC’s chairman, Elias Mbam, admonished him, “to send your review and recommendations to the National Assembly for appropriate remedial and legislative action, as provided for by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended).”

SERAP threatened to compel the commission legally if steps were taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of the request.

The communication followed the nationwide industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to press home their demand for financial autonomy.

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