Chief Judge of Edo, Justice Joe Acha says the state judiciary is ready and willing to always endorse settlement agreements through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the state.
Justice Acha stated this on Wednesday in Benin at the official launching of Volunteers Mediators Scheme in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the scheme is a brainchild of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Benin branch.
The chief judge noted that if properly deployed, ADR was cost effective and would undoubtedly help to decongest the court.
“It is suffice to say where it is properly deployed, ADR is cost effective, and undoubtedly will help to decongest our court as well as promoting cordial relationship in our homes, offices, business places, society, nation and ultimately, our world.
“As we proceed on this glorious journey, we value the volunteers for your invaluable contribution to nation building, which in its own is also a unique opportunity as you try to practise your skills.
“We commend the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) for living up to its core principle of capacity development and international cooperation through sponsorship of various ADR training over the years.
In his address, Dr Agada Elachi, President of the ICMC, said the scheme was part of the institute’s strategic plans to standardise and expand the frontiers of the practice of mediation in Nigeria and Africa.
The scheme, Elachi said would offer a platform for the speedy, and at no cost, resolution of small claim disputes for the business community and matters that bordered on domestic disputes and interpersonal conflicts.
He explained that the scheme would also be a vehicle to deliver corporate social responsibility by the institute to a Nigerian society.
This according to him, is germaned at this time the country is greatly fragmented by conflict and disagreements.
He, however, called on development partners and relevant stakeholders to support this initiative.
“We are available to discuss the modalities for such support. In this respect, we salute the GIZ’s SEDIN programme for its support to the volunteer mediation scheme.
“It is hoped that members of the public, particularly the indigent, will utilise the scheme.
“This measure, we believe, will promote access to justice,” he said.
Ms Blessing Ajimoti, Edo Coordinator of GIZ’s SEDIN programme, said the agency had been working with Edo and other focal states, to improve the system for commercial dispute resolution and contract enforcement.
Under this partnership, she said SEDIN had supported the Edo Judiciary and other partners since 2020.
“This June and July, SEDIN is expanding its collaborations on affordable and timely dispute resolution through our support for the Benin Branch of the ICMC, to launch the Volunteer Mediators Scheme in the state,” Ajimoti said.
JOHANNESBURG 29 June 2022 – In a ceremony presided over by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the African Risk Capacity Group, in the presence of Representatives of Partners organisations (Ambassador of Germany to Malawi), and of the UN system (WFP and UNDP country directors), delivered a symbolic US$14.2 million insurance payout cheque to the Malawi Government.“I assured Malawians that we have enough food for everyone and even those few whose crops had not done well would be provided for. My confidence came from the fact that we had taken this insurance policy to support Malawians in time of need. And I want to thank the ARC Group for honouring the agreed payout,” said His Excellency, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi.The Government of Malawi had a drought insurance policy, supported by the African Development Bank through its Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRiFi) Programme Multi-Donor Trust Fund. Many regions of Malawi, particularly the Central and Southern regions, are experiencing severe food insecurity caused by drought-related events like erratic rainfall and crop failure.The Governments of the United Kingdom, through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation contributed to the ADRiFi trust fund. The Government of Germany, through KFW Development Bank/Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as the International Fund for Agricultural Development subsidized Malawi’s insurance policy premiums.During the 2020/21 season, the country experienced an unprecedented dry start to the production season, leading to higher rates of sowing failure in significant parts of the Southern and the Central Regions as modelled by Africa RiskView, the African Risk Capacity Group’s (ARC) risk modelling and early warning tool. This, combined with mid-season erratic rainfall conditions in most parts of the country resulted in a modelled number of people affected estimated at about 6.4 million, the second-highest number of affected people, since 2001.“ARC’s drought insurance mechanism is an innovative pan-African tool that provides our member states with the funds needed to better plan, prepare and respond to climate-related disasters,” said ARC Group Board Chairperson, Dr. Anthony Mothae Maruping. “The payout to the Government of Malawi will not only release pressure on public finances but it will also bring nutritional and financial support to those that have been affected by the droughts caused by an increasingly variable and changing climate,” he added.“Malawi is a signatory of the ARC Treaty and a key partner in the region. We have no doubt that the funds disbursed will support the country in scaling up its response to the drought-induced challenges,” said United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and ARC Group Director General, Ibrahima Cheikh Diong.“ARC’s drought insurance product ensures the swift release of funds when they are needed most, allowing them to be channelled effectively to respond to a crisis. The most vulnerable in the country, who are facing severe hunger, will now have access to food relief,” declared Lesley Ndlovu, CEO of ARC Limited, the insurance affiliate of the ARC Group.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it received safety information from the European Rapid Alert System for dangerous non food products (RAPEX) that a cosmetic product, Placentyne Hair Lotion, has been banned.The information is contained in a public alert with No. 00332022, signed by the Director-General of the agency and issued to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.According to the alert, the product is said to contained a mixture of preservatives Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone (MCI and MI) which are forbidden in leave-on cosmetics.The statement stated that the product is sold in a 12 ampoules x 10ml cardboard box manufactured by an Italian company, Linea Italiana di Benazzi Anna & SAS with a barcode No. 8029550000126It added that Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone (MCI and MI) are common preservatives which are found in many liquids personal care products, which have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.“Both chemicals inhibit bacterial growth in cosmetic products on their own, but they are most commonly used as a mixture in products.“NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers, healthcare providers and consumers to immediately stop importation, distribution, sale and use of Placentyne Hair Lotion 12ampoules x 10ml by Linea Italiana di Benazzi Anna & SAS“Members of the public in possession of the recalled lots of the product are implored to discontinue sale or use and handover stock to the nearest NAFDAC office,” it said.The statement also encouraged healthcare professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office, or NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks).It advised the public to make any report about the product via firstname.lastname@example.org or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng. (
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command, has trained its area commanders, divisional officers and other personnel on modern conflict management techniques.
NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi, who declared the training open on Saturday in Uyo, enjoined the personnel to take advantage of the efficacy of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop had, as its theme: “Early Warning and Early Response and Conflict Prevention for Communities and Security Providers.”
Majekodunmi charged participants to be serious with every aspect of the workshop which, he said, would equip them to handle the complexities of conflict resolution, using mediation, negotiation and arbitration.
“As divisional officers, you are expected to interface in conflicts at the incipient stage before it degenerates into full-blown crises.
“Alternative dispute resolution is an important non-kinetic tool in conflict resolution which produces great results if rightly and tactfully deployed,” he said.
Majekodunmi commended NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Audi, for organising the workshop to improve the capacity of personnel in conflict resolution as a key factor in promoting growth and development in the country.
NAN reports that the Resource Person, Mr Oguntayo Olayinka, examined the principles and procedures of conflict management.
He discussed extensively the concept of alternative dispute resolution, its modus operandi and the corps’ projections for 2022 in this regard.
Olayinka urged the participants to collaborate with stakeholders in conflict resolution, such as traditional authority, religious leaders, community-based organisations (CBOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) and security agencies.
He identified possible areas of conflicts to include: ’ crises, debt recovery, land disputes and disputes, among others, stressing that they varied from one environment to the other.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has organised a sensitisation and evaluation training for its officers and personnel across 34 divisional offices in the Katsina State command.
During the training on Friday in Katsina, the facilitator, CSC Abdulkadir Umar said the training on Peace and Conflict Resolution (PCR) was aimed to improve their service delivery.
Umar said the PCR was one of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) used to measure the performance of the corps by the Ministry of Interior and other international actors.
“The training is in line with the Commandant-General’s mantra of rejigging, revitalising, revamping, resuscitating and repositioning the NSCDC for improved service delivery.
The National Headquarters Abuja, organised the sensitisation session on PCR through the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (ADRM).
“The Session is an important measure to keep the personnel of the command abreast of the current trends in ADR as an important non-kinetic tool of conflict resolution.
“Among the key issues discussed include the modus operandi of the PCR across different formations from the National Headquarters down to the desk officers at the divisional offices as they tackle the complexities surrounding conflict resolution.
The complexities include issues related to conflict, debt recovery, interpersonal conflicts like domestic crisis and land disputes.
He equally admonished the participants to collaborate with sister agencies and other stakeholders in conflict resolution.
He said security agencies, traditional authorities, religious leaders, community associations and civil society organizations should deliberate on issues of mutual interests and peaceful coexistence.
The State Commandant, Mohammed Sanusi, enjoined the participants to take heed of all the issues being discussed and conduct themselves according to the code of conduct and operational guidelines.
He also welcomed the initiative of CG Ahmed Abubakar Audi in organising such a capacity building programme, to improve the capacity of the Officers and men of the Command.