As part of its mandates to ensure amicable conflict and dispute resolutions, Lagos State Citizens’ Mediation Centre, CMC, on Thursday disclosed that it has resolved 1,814 cases ranging from Landlord/Tenants matters, family disputes and Employers/Employees related issues amongst other matters brought to the Centre in the month of January, 2022.
The Director, CMC, Mrs. Biola Oseni, who made this known while reviewing the activities of the agency for the month of January, 2022, stated that the Centre has leveraged on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism as a means of decongesting courtrooms across the State.
Speaking at the agency’s headquarters, Alausa, Ikeja,
the Director disclosed that the total number of cases received by the Centre in January 2022 was 3,611, out of which 1,814 cases were resolved.
According to her “247 cases were referred to appropriate agencies of government; 248 cases were adjourned for further mediation, while 1,302 cases were abandoned due to non-attendance at mediation sessions by parties involved.”
While reiterating the mandate of the Centre, Oseni revealed that the main objective of CMC is to provide free mediation services in a way that is less cumbersome with the assurance of obtaining justice and fairness for all residents of the State as against leaving Lagosians to resort to self-help and impunity.
Her words: “The commitment of the State Government towards Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, in the State as espoused in the T.H.E.M.E.S Developmental Agenda of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Administration is non negotiable.”
She therefore urged members of the public to embrace ADR platforms to have their disputes resolved amicably and free of charge.
Popoola Naheem Olaide
Public Affairs Officer
Citizens’ Mediation Centre