Lagos State Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) in the last ten years handled 157,270 matters with 83 per cent of the cases, 130,002 resolved, and over N4bilion recovered for those who came forward for assistance in monetary matters.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem disclosed this today during a press briefing to announce the state government activities to mark the 2017 International Day of Peace slated for September 21.
In his address Kazeem said some of the cases handled were issues relating to land, workplace dispute, monetary claim, compensation, family and criminal among others.
The Attorney General, who was represented by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Funlola Odunlami said the theme of the event aim to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
‘This year’s International Day of Peace will be marked in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre, with the theme, Together for peace: Respect, safety and dignity.Activities meant to celebrate the day to include a walk for peace cum legal clinic on September 18 and 19 and a stakeholders’ conference and book launch on September 21.’
He maintained that Nigeria like every other countries in the world at this particular time needs peace in all its constituents to enable the concept of the Sustainable Development Goals prosper and have a positive impact on humanity, noting that it is because the state government understands that peace is critical to development made it set up the Citizens’ Mediation Centre.
According to him, the centre serves as a non-adversarial dispute resolution centre through the use of mediation mechanism in dispensing justice fairly, speedily and without discrimination fear or favour between disputing residents of the state.
He said the pillars of mediation include preservation of existing and maintenance of the future relationship of disputing parties, confidentialit, neutrality and flexibility of process.
“The centre currently has 18 units spread across the state with the head office at Motorways Centre, Alausa. Other sub offices are located at Agege, Amukoko, Badagry, Bariga, Epe, Eredo, Iba, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Ikotun, Ikosi-Ejinrin, Lagos Island, Alimosho, Ojokoro, Ojo, Oshodi and Yaba respectively.
“However, part of the policy thrust of this government is to ensure that a unit of the Centre is established in all local government areas and local council development areas in Lagos State in order to bring mediation services closer to the people, especially the indigent at no cost to them.”
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