Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe has been sworn-in as the substantive Chief Judge of Abia State.
Before now she has acted twice in acting capacity as the Abia State Chief judge.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Judge at the executive council chambers of the Government House, Umuahia, Governor Theodore Orji said the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vested on the Governor, the state House of Assembly, the Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council (NJC) the power of appointing an acting or substantive Chief Judge and in keeping with section 271(5) of the 1999 Constitution appointed Justice Uzokwe the new chief judge of Abia state.
The Governor expressed confidence that the new Chief Judge of the state would weather through the challenges of her new office and charged her to unite the judiciary and ensure that there is synergy between the three arms of government in the state.
The Abia State Chief Executive further advised the new Chief Judge to try and make an impact and appealed to her colleagues not to distract her but rather give her maximum cooperation to excel.
Responding, the new Chief Judge, Justice Uzokwe expressed gratitude to the Governor for the opportunity and promised to justify the oath she has taken.
Justice Uzokwe who is Anambra State by birth started her job 33 years ago and was made High Court Judge 19 years ago.