Governor Godswill Akpabio has charged the newly sworn-in acting Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, state to use his office to ensure the integrity of the judiciary.
Akpbaio gave the charge at the weekend at the swearing in of the state acting chief judge, Hon. Justice Stephen Okon and seven permanent secretaries in Uyo.
“We urge you to ensure the integrity of the Judiciary. Let the Judiciary not only espouse the idea that justice delayed is justice denied, let them walk the talk so that the public will put more trust in the Judiciary.
“In a matter of days, a new administration will take over the reins of government in our state. We expect that the Judiciary under Your Lordship, Justice Stephen Okon will extend the same cordiality to the new administration. We expect the Judiciary to rise to the challenges of the transition, and solve thorny legal issues and policy questions, which may be generated by some persons who may wish to take undue advantage of the transition process,” Akpabio stated.
He urged the new CJ to improve on the legacies of his predecessor and restore people’s confidence in the judiciary.
The governor also applauded the services rendered by the outgoing CJ to the state in the course of her meritorious career, noting with delight the infrastructure she developed along the way, stressing that she got infected with the bug of the uncommon transformation, ‘’a bug we wish the new acting Chief Judge will be infected with early in his tenure,’’ and wishing the immediate past Chief Judge well in her endeavours.

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