Some lawyers have reacted to the advertisement of Almond Solicitors, a law firm, seeking to recruit a lawyer who will be paid N25,000 monthly salary.
Almond Solicitors who described itself as “an excellence-driven firm with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry” released the advert on its LinkedIn page Monday as follows:
“We are looking to recruit a lawyer with 1-3 years of experience. Being a modest firm, The salary will be NGN25,000 for a start. This will be upgraded as clientelle base expands,”
“The ideal candidate should be living in Ogudu/Ojota/ Gbagada/Ikeja axis and will be tasked with attending client meetings, research, and organizing training programs.
“The Candidate will also be working remotely from home. There is room for growth and exposure and the role is rewarding in the medium to long term. Interested candidates should send CVs to email@example.com on or before June 12, 2020.”
The pay is below the N30,000 minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18, 2020, and also lower than the N33,000 monthly allowance received by members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Some Lawyers expressed disbelief over the amount. They described it as demeaning to the status of a lawyer.
“This is just disgraceful and despicable to the hallowed profession,” Oluwatosin Ayinde, a user, wrote.
Chukwudi Ekene Charles, a lawyer, also wrote “You are not even ashamed to advertise this kind of job?”
Eugene Okundaye, another LinkedIn user, compared the salary to what is received by house helps and gatemen.
“Haha, 25k… even house helps and gatemen earned more than that… I seriously think it’s a typo error,” he wrote.
Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, an associate at Perchatone & Graeys, displayed sarcasm saying the firm is probably seeking to recruit an undergraduate intern and not a lawyer.
“There’s a typo somewhere. Either in the figures or they are in search of an undergraduate intern. Can’t be a lawyer!” he wrote.
Joseph Nembe, who described himself as a dispute resolution attorney, said: “25k? And the ideal candidate should be living in Ikeja? What a suck joke!”
“NGN25,000??? That’s like $60 a month??? And you’re shamelessly advertising this on LinkedIn? I’m embarrassed for your “law firm” and for your Bar,” Gideon Christian, another user said.
Khadija Yusuf, a LinkedIn user, said “the firm should be reported to the federal government for offering a salary below the minimum wage”.
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