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Akpabio Charges Acting Chief Judge On Integrity

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 3:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri Uyo

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, Friday, after the swearing-in ceremony of the state acting chief judge, Hon. Justice Stephen Okon and seven permanent secretaries at the Governor’s Office, Uyo.

He remarked; “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.

“Over the years, the executive arm of government had enjoyed a most cordial relationship with the Judiciary and the Legislature. This cordial relationship set the tone for the peace, which we have in this state, and which created the conducive environment for the uncommon transformation of our dear state.

“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.

Congratulating him, the governor remarked, “As we mark the beginning of Your Lordship Justice, Stephen Okon’s tenure as the Chief Judge of our State, we are hopeful that your tenure will be defined by standards of excellence, and the same devotion, sense of honour and integrity that stood you out as an icon in the bench. Your faith in the highest ideals of our justice system should chart a refreshing course for the Judiciary and further bolster public confidence in our justice system. We believe that you are uniquely positioned, superbly qualified and sufficiently grounded in law to take Akwa Ibom Judiciary to the next level.