By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, ’Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, said that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will reduce the stress at Courts nationwide, stressing that “ADR is a tidier way to resolve matters.”
Makinde, also, noted that the ADR mechanism is “in the best interest of all concerned to find alternative, yet legal, ways of speeding up the process of resolution.”
The governor, who was speaking while declaring open the Conference of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), held at the Hall of Grace, JOGOR Centre, Ibadan, added that he has always been a great fan of alternative dispute resolution.
According to him, Nigeria’s judicial system is overburdened, adding that the innovative use of the ADR process can improve the effectiveness of the system.
The governor said that his administration will ensure effective collaboration between the judiciary and arbitrators in Oyo State.
Governor Makinde added that his administration will be readily available to contribute towards making the collaboration between the judiciary and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators more effective in Oyo State, stating that he was excited about one of the sessions of the conference, which is about how to strengthen the arbiter process in Africa.
The governor charged CIArb to think more about issues that can affect Nigeria, as there are definite gaps in the dispute resolution process that need to be filled.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chairman, CIArb, Nigeria Branch, Chief Akingbola Akinola, said that the CIArb is an international centre of excellence for the practice and profession of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
He explained that the theme of the 2021 Annual Conference is “Future Perfect: Securing Africa’s Ascent on the Global ADR Stage.”
Akinola said the conference will present a platform for robust discussions and contributions to enhance a proper understanding of issues related to the growth and advancement of arbitration and ADR in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.
He commended the Oyo State government for being among several states that have established Multi-door court houses offering court-connected ADR and thereby making available alternative doors for dispute resolution.