*Ag. Director speaks with WESTERN POST on achievements, activities of centre
By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
The Acting Director, Kwara State Citizen Mediation and Conciliation Center (CMCC), Mr. Yeken Lawal, has disclosed that the center has settled no fewer than 150 cases in the last six month.
The cases, which are mainly civil-related range from family disputes ,landlord/tenancy matter, employer/employee disputes,compensation and death recovery.
Lawal made this disclosure while speaking with WESTERN POST Correspondent in Ilorin
“So far so good because of the Financial situation in the state we have handled about 150 cases from January to June this year. We pray things will improve so as to do more for in the remaining six months.
“We deal with civil matters such as family cases, landlord/tenancy feud, employer/employee matter, compensation, death recovery, etc but mainly civil matters,” he said.
According to him, “there are referral cases among the 150 cases handled like the cases that arose in Lagos but reported here. We referred it back to meditation center in Lagos. Also, another case was referred to Ogun though the case arose in Kwara but the concerned parents reside in Ogun State. Then, another case was referred to Osun, and we have just called the Director there informing him that a matter is coming to his table”
He noted that before the centre rejects any civil matter, an inquiry would be made to know if the case is in court or not, adding that courts too refer cases to the court if court sees that the matter can be amicably resolved by the centre.
“They refer it here and a Memorandum of Understanding will be sent to court, then the court will make it part of its final judgment,” he added.
The acting Director listed the security agencies the centre works with to include the Police Force, Road Safety Corps and Civil Defense Corps in order to fulfil the purpose of the centre’s establishment, which is peaceful resolution.
“We work with security agencies like Police, once they have any civil matter we take it. While they handle crime or criminal aspects. Other agencies we work with are the Federal Road Safety Commission, Civil Defence Corps. Our main aim is peaceful resolution,” he said.
“We create awareness, we meet the association of nomadic,farmers, talking to them on averting causes of rancour as we believe early and constant communication pays most.”
He advised Kwara residents to always visit the center whenever the need arises to avoid their suffering in silence and savour the opportunity of free legal-like resolution services rendered.
“My advice to Kwaran is that they should not suffer in silence, they should embrace us here, instead of going to court where their cases will linger for long periods unresolved. They should seize the opportunity of the free legal-like services we offer here at the Mediation Centre”