The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), húhas tasked its members to conceive and draft a new National Peace Policy, to address issues of conflicts among communities in the country.
Dr Ozonnia Ojielo, Founding President of the institute, gave the charge at the 2019 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Conference, Induction and 20th anniversary dinner on Tuesday in Abuja.
The conference has ‘ICMC at 20: A Trajectory of Mediation Practice and Grassroots Conflict Transformation in Nigeria’ as its theme.
Ojielo, while delivering his keynote speech, said that there was a disconnect between the objectives of the draft National Peace Policy and actual practice.
According to him, mediation is closely tied to people’s way of life and social organisation.
“In seeking to create peaceful societies and manage conflict, we must establish mechanism to minimise and overcome tensions,” he said.
He noted that the proposed policy would serve as a national framework and strategy that stipulates leadership, plan, resources and implementation mechanisms which would be adopted by governments at all levels.
“The most that institutions like ICMC and others can do is containment, putting out fires.
“What seems like a good result today is washed away a few years from now as communities resume fighting and violent conflict recurs, because the necessary foundation for effective conflict resolution is lacking.
“What I see in the draft National Peace Policy is a misreading and misapplication of philosophies, principles and approaches for effective conflict resolutions at grassroots, community and national levels.
“I would, therefore, encourage ICMC to engage in substantive discussions with the Institute Of Peace and Conflict Resolution and other similar bodies to totally reconceive what a national peace policy should look like and its composite elements, especially at the sub national level.
“I urge you to also propose legislation for national and state assemblies based on the new framework,” he said.
Oyo Multi-Door Court resolves 200 cases in 2 years–Director
The Director of Oyo State Multi-Door Court, Mrs Anuolu Gade, says the court has resolved no fewer than 200 cases since the commencement of its operation two years ago.
Gade stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ibadan.
She said the court, which was inaugurated on March 20, 2018, had handled 400 cases and resolved 60 per cent of the cases.
The director dismissed insinuations that using Multi-Door Court for settlement of disputes was expensive and designed for only rich people.
“I want to say categorically that coming to Mult-Door Court is not expensive and is designed for everyone, particularly the poor.
“Oyo State Multi-Door Court House charges administrative fees of N5,000 each for the complainant and respondent for commencement of either mediation or negotiation mechanism,” Gade said.
NAN reports that the Multi-Door Court handles all kinds of civil cases, including commercial, tenancy and family among others.
Gade said that it was not mandatory for the parties to engage the services of a lawyer when approaching the Multi-Door Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
“The establishment of Multi-Door Court in the state is governed by law and any resolution reached at the Multi-Door Court will be binding on the parties and must be complied with.
“We have ADR judges that work together with us at the Multi-Door Court House.
“So when cases are resolved, they are taken before the ADR judge for endorsement.
“As soon as the cases are endorsed, they become consent judgment of the court and are binding on the parties.
“If we have a recalcitrant respondent that may want to default, the other party can approach the ADR judge for enforcement of the consent judgment,” she said.
According to her, resolving cases through the Multi-Door Court is faster, cheaper while maintaining the relationship of parties compared to court litigations.
She added that the court would continue to accommodate as many cases as possible.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Members of Chinese medical team visit Palestinian Health Ministry’s Central Health Laboratories
Members of a Chinese medical team meet with Palestinian medical experts in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 14, 2020. A Chinese medical team arrived in Palestine on June 10 to help Palestinians fight against COVID-19. The 10-member team, sent by China‘s National Health Commission, consists of experts specialized in various medical fields including infectious diseases, virus examination and health management. The week-long visit until June 17 is aimed at enhancing bilateral relations in the health sector and the exchange of expertise in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)
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COVID-19: Institute donates nose masks to support ‘MaskUpLagos’
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has donated cartons of branded nose masks to Lagos State Government.
The body, in a statement on Sunday by its Registrar/CEO, Mrs Taiwo Ganiyat Olusesi, said the gesture was part of its support to the MaskUpLagos initiative to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Olusesi said the Institute, a forerunner of ethics and corporate governance practices, must show its support by availing lending hands to the efforts of the government at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
“It has already caused a lot of havoc to individuals, national and global economy.
“We must find a way to move on and revive our economy till an end comes to this scourge.
“To this end, we are donating 5 cartons of facemasks to support the government in its MaskUpLagos initiative,” she said.
The Commissioner of Office of Establishment and Training, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye, lauded the efforts of the Institute in its support to the state government.
Ponnle implored the Institute to partner the state government in the areas of staff training and capacity building.