Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has sworn in Justice Ekaette Francesca Fabian Obot as the Acting Chief Judge of the State.
Obot takes over from retired Justice Godwin Abraham.
At a memorable event held in the state Executive Council chambers on Wednesday, Emmanuel reiterated his stand on gender equality and merit.
While commending the new CJ for a good record of effective discharge of her duties, the governor explained that her selection as acting Chief Judge was strictly on merit.
“Let me congratulate the Acting Chief Judge, don’t ask how the selection process came, she has served the state so well.
“It’s a good thing and I don’t have any doubt that she will do so well, you know women are really struggling and should be given a chance in society.
“I read during COVID-19 how women who were in charge, handled the pandemic so nicely, I want to believe that the judiciary will fare more efficiently,” he said.
He also thanked the immediate past Chief Judge, Justice Abraham for serving creditably.
Governor Emmanuel explained that his government has continued working to fill the gaps and bring about synergy between the executive and the judiciary arms of government.