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Taraba legal workers issue ultimatum on pay cut

28 February 2014, 20:36

Abuja - The Taraba State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has issued the government a three-day ultimatum against moves to slash salaries of law officers and magistrates in the state.

It would drag the government to court if did not revert to the old salaries.

Briefing journalists immediately after its monthly congress on Friday at the premises of the New High Court in Jalingo, the NBA State Chairman, Ibrahim Effiong, felt "sad" that the Judiciary arm of the government in the state was being "relegated to the background" in spite of its contribution.

He said the grievances of the NBA included the decision of the present state government to slash the salaries of both law officers and the magistrates by 57 percent without deeming it fit to amend the law that led to the earlier increase.

He described the act as “illegal.”

Effiong said, “Whoever is responsible, wherever it emanated from there must be a reversion to the status-quo immediately. It is until and except there is an amendment to the existing law that anything outside what is in the law can be seen to be lawful.”  

He stressed the need for the state government to as a matter of urgency tread the path of peace by desisting from deducting the welfare packages meant for the law officers and the magistrates.

 “In a democratic setting like is operating in Nigeria, illegality of this nature cannot be allowed. It is an impunity,” he added.

“The collective stand of the NBA is that if there is any time the Executive arm of the government should be learning to respect the law, it is now,” Effiong added.

He said to save the state from "embarrassment", the government should reconsider its steps before it is "too late."

- CAJ News


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