By Tobi Soniyi in Lagos
The pioneer Secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Mr Danladi Halilu, has called for the harmonisation of the laws of administration of pension of judicial officers to make the payment of retired judges’ pensions easier.
Halilu, who spoke Wednesday in Abuja at a valedictory session held for him by the NJC to mark his retirement from service, said that the harmonisation of the laws would ensure that only the NJC pay pensions of retired judges whether they retired from states or the federal judiciary.
He noted that lack of harmonisation of pension laws meant that some judges who retired from states had been subjected to harrowing experience and untold hardship before they got their pensions.
He said: “This will guarantee the security of officers, in particular of state judicial officers who in some states are hardly paid their gratuities and pension after retirement from office.”
Halilu also used the occasion to applaud the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for increasing the funding of the federal judiciary in the 2017 appropriation.