… Urges Residents To Embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Lagos State Government has commissioned two new offices of its Citizens’ Mediation Centre, a directorate under the Ministry of Justice, promising to expand the number of outlets across all the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas for easier access to justice.
Speaking during the commissioning of the new offices, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu called on residents to embrace alternative dispute resolution in settling disagreements rather than engage in self-help through violent means.
“I will use this opportunity to appeal to all Lagosians to continue to seek the services of the Citizens’ Mediation Centre in resolving disputes that are within its competence to handle”, Sanwo-Olu said.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the commissioning is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to institutionalising alternative dispute resolution through Citizens’ Mediation Centres and other government-owned agencies for proper dispensation of justice in all matters.
While commending its efforts since its inception, the Governor disclosed that the Citizens’ Mediation Centre recovered over N1billion from over 44,000 cases it handled in 2019.
Earlier in her address, Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, maintained that the establishment of two additional offices of the Centre will bring justice to the doorstep of the people.
Shitta-Bey assured that the State government will continue to fulfill its commitment to ensuring effective administration of justice in the State, adding that CMC ensures speedy dispensation of justice at no cost to its clients.
The Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ojo Constituency I, Victor Akande, expressed joy at the Governor’s gesture towards the residents of Iba and Ojo axis, thanking him for bringing the administration of justice closer to the people.
Saying the gesture will promote peace around the location of the new offices, Akande said, “It gives me joy that disputes will be settled here instead of going to courts and this will ensure peaceful co-existence amongst the people”.
Delivering his response, the Chairman Ojo Local Government, Rosulu Idowu Olusola, averred that the residents enjoyed a rare privilege with the establishment of such centre in the local government, urging the residents to make judicious use of the facility in settling their disputes amicably.
He gave an assurance that the community will continue to support the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the State Government towards achieving a Greater Lagos.