Governor Udom Emmanuel has sworn into office, the Chief Judge of the state: Justice Stephen Okon.
Administering the Oath of Office at the Executive Council Chambers,
Government House, Uyo, His Excellency charged Justice Okon to demonstrate a
high sense of professionalism as he leads the state’s judiciary.
The Governor described the state’s Chief Judge as a committed public
servant who has grown in rank in the legal profession to the present
status and wished him well in his endeavours.
The Governor noted with delight the harmonious relationship existing between the executive and other arms of government.
He particularly charged the judiciary not to compromise justice and
fairness in the discharge of it duties, pledging to make the welfare of
Akwa Ibom State citizens the focus of his administration.
Justice Okon, in his interaction with Government House correspondents
shortly after his swearing-in to office, said he would harness his
wealth of experience in the dispensation of justice in the state and
solicited for proper funding to enable the judiciary live up to its
Justice Okon is the sixth State Chief Judge since the creation of the state.
He was born in 1952.
A native of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, the legal luminary
attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Mbierebe Obio and later attended
Exams Success Correspondence College, Yaba and the University of Lagos
before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island in 1979.
Okon has been engaged in private legal practice until 1998 when he was appointed High Court Judge.
He was the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Uyo branch from
1994 to 1996 and has held key positions as a reputable legal
practitioner until his appointment as Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State.