Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has given judges in the state a reason to smile, after he approved the upward rewiew of the salaries and welfare packages of judicial officers.
Prof. Ayade announced the new salary package at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Calabar.
The new salary package takes effect from August 1, 2022, and the salaries of the state’s High Court judges will be increased by 100 per cent.
It was also announced that judges of the Customary Court of Appeal would have their salaries increased by 100 per cent, while those of Magistrates Court would be increased by 50 per cent.
According to Governor Ayade, any judicial officer sworn in will have their official car ready for delivery.
He also approved new recruitment into the state’s judicial service, saying,
“We have witnessed massive vacancy in the Ministry of Justice occasioned by retirement.
“To this effect, we have approved for the Chief Judge with the support of the Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission, the employment of 500 workers in the Ministry of Justice for the first phase alone.”