Tinubu signs bill on judges’ retirement age
Written by Adeola Ibrahim on June 9, 2023
President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, assented to a constitutional amendment bill bringing uniformity to the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers.
“With the signing of the constitutional amendment bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters,” a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, read on Thursday.
The statement was titled, ‘President Tinubu assents to constitutional amendment bill on uniformity in retirement age of judicial officers.’
“In exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution, as amended, President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, at the State House assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“President Tinubu signed into law the ‘Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023’ presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly,” the statement read.
While signing the amendment bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.
Until Thursday, the retirement age of high court judges was 65 years while it is 70 years for Justices of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
The new law extends the retirement age of high court judges from 65 to 70 years.