Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Friday, sworn in Lilian Abai, as the substantive Chief Judge of Abia State, after serving, as acting Chief Judge for a few months.
Ikpeazu in a speech during the swearing in ceremony, held at the Government House, Umuahia, congratulated Abai on her new appointment and for the tenacity to rise to the zenith of her judicial career.
He expressed the hope that her tenure will be successful and add greater value to the state judiciary.
According to the Governor, her stint as the acting Chief Judge of the state witnessed tremendous positive changes, which he described as a sign of greater things to come and wished her well.
The Governor challenged her to ensure that the Judiciary continues to play its role, as the last hope of the common man, by dispensing justice without fear or favour.
Abai in her acceptance speech, thanked the Governor for abiding by the provisions of the constitution and ensuring that the processes leading to her appointment were without rancour.
She pledged to abide by her oath of office, as well as to work to uplift the judiciary, through quick dispensation of justice.
Abai also pledged to work in harmony with the state government for the good of the state.
The oaths of office and allegiance were administered on the new Chief Judge, by Ugochimdi Ejiogu, the alternate permanent secretary, Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General of Abia State.