The founding father of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola has expressed his sympathy for Nigerian judges who drive rickety automobiles and reside in rented residences of built-up areas.
Afe disclosed this on Sunday in Ado Ekiti through the presentation of a e book, ‘Testament of Judicial Pronouncements,’ as a part of actions to mark the retirement of Ekiti Chief Judge, Ayo Daramola.
The SAN who mentioned he feels sorry for the judiciary every time he sees judges’ automobiles break down on the highway as a result of age of such automobiles, urged federal and state governments to improve the wage of the judicial officers, particularly judges, to ensure dedication and equity within the dealing with of lawsuits.
“Each time I see judges’ automobiles break down on the highway as a result of age of such automobiles, I really feel sorry for the judiciary. There are conditions the place a few of them don’t even have automobiles.
“Worse still, unlike the judges in those days who used to move around with their police orderlies into their gorgeous residences in the GRAs, many judicial officers now live in rented houses in built-up areas, and this is very risky,” mentioned Mr Babalola.
He mentioned, “No profitable senior advocates would abandon his profitable apply to function a choose except we tackle the difficulty of remuneration of judges.
“In the previous, judges’ remuneration was at par with the remuneration of judges in England.
“Today, the salaries of Nigerian judges, compared with the salaries of their counterparts in different nations, are, to say the least miserably low.”