Justice Akon Ikpeme has been sworn in as the substantive Chief Judge of the state 10 months after she was rejected by the State House of Assembly, by Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River on Monday.
The swearing-in ceremony which took place in Calabar, followed the confirmation of the nomination of Ikpeme by the Cross River House of Assembly on Thursday, Jan. 28.
While speaking during the ceremony the governor said;
“I am of the opinion that everyone of us, both the legislature and executive, should give her all the supports that she would need because we need stability in all arms of government in the state.
“As a child of God; those who come before you to seek justice, dispense justice, ensure that no injustice is done.
“Be firm and know that the position you have attained today is given to you by God; no one fought your battle, it was God who fought it, ” Ayade advised.
In her remarks, Ikpeme said;
“If God has been gracious enough to make this day possible, it will be fool hardy to continue to dwell in the past.
“Like I discussed with the governor, there are areas we really need to catch up on and I intend to do just that; I have those areas in mind and I pray that by the grace of God before my tenure elapses, we will have advanced in those areas.
“I advise my colleagues in the judiciary to be up and doing because I cannot do it alone; we need to put heads together and identify grey areas in the state judiciary and ensure that we move the state forward,” she said.