Lafia - Justice Suleiman Umaru-Dikko was on Monday sworn-in as the substantive Chief Judge of Nasarawa State following the confirmation of his appointment by the state House of Assembly.
During the ceremony at the Government House, Lafia, Gov. Umaru Al-Makura said appointment of Umaru-Dikko followed the retirement of the former Chief Judge, Justice Badamasi Maina, in December. 2012.
He said the appointment and submission of the name of Umaru-Dikko as Acting Chief Judge to the legislature in January for confirmation was in fulfilment of his constitutional obligation.
He also said it was based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.
``I am happy to state that the House promptly confirmed the appointment of the new chief judge.
``I thank the speaker and members of the House for this spirit of cooperation and partnership.
``I trust that this understanding and unity of purpose will grow from strength to strength as we strive to take Nasarawa State to lofty heights,” Al-Makura said.
The governor, while congratulating the chief judge on his appointment, expressed optimism that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of his duty, urging him to live up to expectation.
``As head of the judicial arm of government, you are the symbol of fairness, equity, justice and objectivity which are the qualities that a civilised society yearns for at all times.”