Akwa Ibom - The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly on Thursday in Uyo passed a bill for the establishment of a Customary Court of Appeal in the state.
Mr Samuel Ikon, the Speaker of the house, said that the constitution allowed states to establish Customary Courts of Appeal.
Ikon said that other states of the federation had since established their Customary Courts of appeal.
He, therefore, underscored the need for Akwa Ibom to have one.
Ikon said that the establishment of the court would help to facilitate quick dispensation of justice and broaden access to justice.
He also said that when established, the court would provide further employment opportunities to indigenes of the state.
Earlier, Mr Ekong Sampson, the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions and chief sponsor of the bill, presented the report of the committee to the House for consideration.
The House dissolved into a committee of the whole and considered the bill clause by clause.
Mrs Ekaete Okon, the Deputy House Leader, moved the motion that the house adopt the report from the committee of the whole and that the bill be read for the third time and passed.
The motion was seconded by Mr Nsikak Ekong, representing Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara state constituency.
The Speaker said that the commencement date of the law would be June 21, 2012, and directed the Acting Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to send the clean copy of the bill to the Gov Godswill Akpabio for his assent.
He announced that the house would proceed on two months recess with effect from June 26 and reconvene for plenary on Aug. 26.