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.
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.
The Peace and Conflicts Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it targets to settle more than 18,000 conflict cases in 2022.
This was disclosed during an annual training on Alternative Peaceful Resolution, organised by the Peace and Conflict Management Department of the Command, on Thursday in Ilorin.
The Resource Person, DSC Ese Rhokaye, revealed that 16,648 conflict cases were handled by NSCDC in the year 2021 and the clashes was not among the cases settled.
Rhokaye further said that NSCDC looked forward to handle more than 18,000 conflict cases in 2022, including clashes and communal clashes.
She said that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Arebesola, and the Commandant General of NSCDC, Mr Ahmed Abubakar, had insisted that NSCDC officers should work hard to ensure peace in the country.
“We should try as much as possible to settle issues before it escalates, especially at the division offices and this will involve regular training of our officers on peaceful resolution.
“We have plans for 2022 on training of our officers, establishing peace unit, establishing good relation with the community and sanitising the Public Relation Unit, and many more.”
The resource person said the concept of judgment, which involved the agreement arrived after the court sitting, for the parties to meet and settle.
She said that once the agreement was sealed, the parties can no longer reopen the case through any means, that is, looking for another option.
Rhokaye disclosed that Nigeria have 17 states with conflict mediation unit across the 36 states and NSCDC wished to have mediation units in all the 17 states.
“The mediation unit can be achieved through our officers input, that is having good relationship with Ministry of Justice.
“Also through training and retraining on how to settle conflicts among clashes and communal clashes, including cases like marital issues, contract, indebtedness and the likes.”
She said that when there are communal clashes in residential areas, the peace officers of the unit should be carried along.
“We want monthly reports on peace and conflict, and that is why the officers should be ready to gather information.
“We want pictorial and written evidence on the effort that each state and divisional office are doing to sensitise their officers on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Litigation.”
The resource person however explained that ADR was a better option, saying that it is less expensive, involves both parties agreement and does not involve much money.
According to her, litigation on the other hand is strictly legal, involves more money, time and effort, at the same time, it takes a longer period of time to settle, as it involves court ruling.
She said that there was need for a mediation centre in Kwara Command, but it would start with zones and followed by any active state.
“We want to pick additional 300 officers on peace resolution training, to increase the number of successful mediated conflicts and improve presence of trained peace officers at divisional level,” she said.
Earlier, the Kwara Acting Commandant, Mr Gabriel Jonah, urged the participants to listen attentively to the resource person, saying that the training will add value to the lives of Nigeria.
Jonah explained that the lecture on peaceful resolution would help officers resolve public problems by resolving and tackling their issues.
“There are lots of problems people are going through, which makes them desperate for money and that is why most of the cases we are receiving is about breach of trust and breach of agreement,” he said.
He urged the officers to express themselves well to the resource person and ask questions when necessary to justify the aim of the corps in training officers on peace resolution. (
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has trained 150 of its personnel on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to sustain peace in Jigawa.
The NSCDC Spokesman in the state, CSC Adamu Shehu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Thursday.
Shehu said the personnel included Divisional Officers, Outposts Heads and Peace and Conflict Desk Officers in the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
He explained that the training would be continuous to strengthen the capacity of peace officers.
”The training was organised in collaboration with the Corps’ Peace and Conflict Resolution Department at the National Headquarters.
”Personnel were guided on ways to tackle complex aspects of peace building and mediation, in accordance with international best practice.
“The sensitization exercise is aimed at enhancing the performance of peace desk officers in tackling ADR from the concept of early warning and early response mechanism,” he added.
He said the exercise will enhance the capacity of the personnel in handling disputes, especially with the general elections around the corner. (
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (ADRC), in Yobe, otherwise known as “Zauren Sulhu”, says it has resolved more than 800 disputes within the last 12 months.
Chairman of the committee, Babagana Kyari, stated this in Damaturu, while playing host to officials of the International Alert, an NGO, who were on an official visit to the committee on Monday.
Kyari said that since the inauguration of the committee in April 2021, it had succeeded in resolving more than 800 disputes across the state.
He said that the committee was established to settle disputes without litigation, and avoid the acrimony that often accompanied extended trials, while also allowing parties to understand each other’s position and craft their own solutions.
Kyari said that the committee was currently collaborating with various local and International NGO’s in different areas to ensure peaceful co-existence among the people.
He commended the International Alert for indicating interest to support the efforts of the committee.
He said that the coming of the organisation was another window of progress, which had further strengthened the activities of Zauren Sulhu.
Earlier, Mr Williams Obimago, the State Programme Manager, International Alert, said the aim of the visit was to collaborate with the committee and help it achieve its set objectives.
Obimago expressed hope that the committee would succeed in resolving all conflicts and find ways of mitigating future occurrences.