The governor said that her choice as the Chief Judge at a time of great change in the state was remarkable as she "is known to be fair and strict in dispensation of judgment".
He also urged the chief judge to sustain and improve the harmonious relationship between judges in the state.
In her response, the new Chief judge promised to build on the legacy of her predecessor and enthrone justice in the state.
"There will be no more room for corrupt practices in our judiciary", she said.Soliciting the cooperation of other judges, she said "we must work for the strengthening of the third arm of the government.
Until her appointment as the Chief judge of the state, she was a judge at the state High Court since 1999. Ikponwen takes over from Justice Cromwell Idahosa who occupied the office from 2010 to January 26, 2017.