Senate Mulls Uniform Retirement Age Age for Judicial Officers

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By Iyojo Ameh

The Senate, on Tuesday, directed the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA) to transmit Constitution Alteration Bill No. 20, which provides for uniform retirement age for Judicial Officers in the country to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent in line with the provisions of the Authentication Act.

This followed the consideration of a motion titled: “Passage of Constitution (Fifth) Alteration Bill No. 20 (Uniform Retirement Age for Judicial Officers), 2023” sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC -Delta Central).

The motion reads: “Recall that on Tuesday, 4th April, 2023, the Clerk to the National Assembly was directed to transmit Constitution Alteration Bill No. 47 (Establishment of State Security Council), after it met the requirement of Section 9(2) of the Constitution to Mr. President for his assent.

“Recall also that Sokoto State House of Assembly was among the State Houses of Assembly that were yet to forward their resolution, others are Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Plateau, Sokoto and Taraba State Houses of Assembly.

“Aware that Sokoto state House of Assembly has forwarded its resolution; and convinced that with the approval of Sokoto State House of Assembly, the Constitution (Fifth Alteration) Bill No. 20 (Uniform Retirement Age for Judicial Officers), has met the provisions of Section 9(2) of the Constitution, for passage.”

The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC – Niger North), in his contribution, said: “This is one of the key elements of the Ninth Senate Legislative Agenda to reform the Judiciary.

“Having a uniform retirement age for the Judiciary will remove the backlog of cases and ensure speedy dispensation of justice.”

Senate President Ahmad Lawan in his remarks said: “This is very important amendment to the Constitution. And we are happy that it is going to be part of our legacy as the 9th National Assembly.”

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