Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has sworn in Honorable Justice Stella Maris Chinedum Ururuka Onyenso as the substantive President of the Abia State Customary Court of Appeal, with a charge for her to protect the vulnerable and voiceless in the discharge of her duties.
Speaking after administering of the oaths of office and allegiance on her, at the Government House, Umuahia, on Thursday, Governor Ikpeazu stated that the position of the President of the Customary Court of Appeal is strategic and emphasized the need for the new President to support the government to get justice done amongst the people of the State.
Governor Ikpeazu said that efficient justice delivery in the State and Nigeria had become very crucial and expressed the hope that the new President will discharge her duties creditably and appealed to her colleagues to support her to succeed.
The Governor restated his confidence in her abilities judging by her rich pedigree and wide experience in the Judiciary.
In her acceptance speech, Onyenso thanked Governor Ikpeazu for the honour done to her.
The new President promised to abide by the oath of her office and assured that she would improve on the Customary Court of Appeal system in the State, while calling for the cooperation of her colleagues to achieve the needed success.
It could be recalled that Justice Stella Maris Ururuka Onyenso has been holding the office in an acting capacity prior to her confirmation by both the National Judicial Council and the Abia State House of Assembly.
ND REPORTERS reports that the Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, the State Chief Judge, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, State Head of Service, Sir Onyi Wamah, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Anthony Agbazuere, Honorable Judges of the State Judiciary and family members of the new President were amongst others that witnessed the swearing ceremony.
In another development, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the resumption of all public and private Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools in the state for the second term of 2020/2021 academic session on Monday, 1st March 2021.
The approval was contained in a release by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barrister Chris Ezem and made available to ND REPORTERS on Friday, in Umuahia.
According to the release, the Term would end on Friday, 7th May 2021.
“All School Heads and Proprietors must ensure that COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols are strictly observed in their schools,” it said.