In line with his avowed commitment to the rule of law and approved order of seniority in the appointment of Acting Chief Judge, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday swore in Justice Adama Iye Iyayi -Lamikanra as the Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State.
Justice Adama Iye Iyayi-Lamikanra, Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State is primarily an indigene of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State while her late husband hailed from Rivers State and the present husband, a Yoruba.
Speaking during the swearing-in of the new Rivers State Chief Judge, Governor Wike insisted that the rule of law and respect for the laid down succession was followed in the appointment, adding that this is the first it is happening in the country.
The Rivers Governor re-affirmed his administration’s commitment to continue to accord women their rightful positions in government, no matter the circumstances, even as he emphasized that women will continue to enjoy more than 35 percent of appointments in his administration, noting that women already occupy about 70 percent in different positions.
Governor Wike said: “Nobody should talk about twenty five percent or thirty percent, the women appointed since my administration came into power, has covered up to 70 percent”.
The Governor, while congratulating the newly sworn in acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra on her new office, charged the Acting Chief Judge of the State to consolidate on the legacies bequeathed of her predecessor.
”We thank God that the Judiciary is back, let the Acting Chief Judge continue from where her predecessor stopped. Your predecessor has done very well, I am very proud to say this. Do your best and at the end of the day people will commend you”, the governor said.
He then advised the newly sworn in Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, to dispense justice to the people without fear or favour.
Responding, the newly sworn-in Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, Adama Iye Iyayi-Lamikanra, while expressing gratitude to the Governor of Rivers State for finding her worthy for appointment as the Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, promised to dispense Justice at all times.
Simeon Nwakaudu, is the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,