Did you know that most junior lawyers in Nigeria are underpaid? In 2018, Daily Trust reported the story of a young lawyer whose monthly salary was N15,000 in a law firm. In a more shocking example, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting shared the story of a junior lawyer in Lagos that earned only 630 naira in a month. These and many more are the almost-unbelievable stories of what majority of junior lawyers experience, working in law firms. In addition to poor remuneration, they also work over-time without pay, get no paid leave, have no health insurance and pension, and work under the most stringent of conditions. The thousands of lawyers who suffer this fate deserve better. Here is something you can do about the situation. Sign this petition, asking the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to self-regulate by prescribing minimum standards for lawyers’ remuneration and welfare. Ask the NBA to implement the 2022 report of its Remuneration Committee.

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