Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has sworn in Justice Eme Daniel Ekong and Justice Effiong Asuquo Effiong as two new High Court Judges for the Akwa Ibom State Judiciary.
Eme Ekong, 56, after being called to Bar on December 1990, has served in the Akwa Ibom State Judiciary and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Magistrate 1, while Effiong Effiong FCIA, 48, until his appointment served as Chief Registrar in the State Judiciary.
The governor also promised to approve the appointment of ten new magistrates for the state Magistrates Courts and to give considerations for more members into the Customary Courts.
Speaking after administering the oaths of allegiance and office to the new Judges on Thursday, the governor congratulated them and commended the contributions of the Judiciary to the functioning of the state government.
He, however, called for more collaborations and harmonious relationship of the members of the judiciary with the state executive, while tasking the legal institution in the state to strive to give the state a good representation at the federal benches.
He said, “While I congratulate the two Judges, I’m happy we’re doing this before the end of 2021. I know the work is a whole lot, but as much as we can, let’s keep a good relationship. Let me thank you for how you’ve worked with us so far and I hope we gear up for an even better collaborations in moving the state forward in 2022.
“I know you’ve also made a request for appointments of new Magistrates and Customary Court Members. I will try and make sure we appoint ten new Magistrates. I think we should try and fill that first before we go to the Customary Courts.”
Governor Emmanuel also restated the commitment of his administration to boost justice delivery at all levels of the state judicial system which, he affirmed, informed his effort to ensure the swearing in of the new Judges before the end of 2021.