Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

FCT Monarchs drilled on alternative dispute resolution

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced intensive sensitisation of FCT traditional and community leaders to improve on their skills in utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) model for tackling disputes in the nation’s capital.
Participants were urged to adopt the ADR model in resolving conflicts among Nigerians living in FCT, due to its huge and impactful advantages over litigation in courts of law.
According to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, made this point while addressing stakeholders at the Abuja Municipal Area Council Town Hall, Apo, Abuja, on Monday,
Bello explained that the ADR method was cost-effective, takes a shorter time for justice dispensation and resolves disputes amicably, without spoiling relationship between or among those involved. He therefore called on the traditional and community leaders to continue to discharge their responsibilities effectively, admonishing them to make good use of the ADR in resolving problems with their neighbours.
Bello, who was represented by the Secretary, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Sen. Isa Maina, recalled that for long, it had been the role of traditional rulers in solving conflicts.
According to the Minister, the workshop, which was organised in partnership with Green Horizon Law and Development Consultants, would enhance capability of the traditional rulers in discharging their responsibilities effectively, as well as resolve conflicts without letting the parties go to court.
He however regretted that hitherto, if a stranger arrived a town, he or she would either report himself to the Ward, Village or District Head, for people to know who he is but it is no more practiced.
“This workshop, I know will go a long way to ease and guide you in solving most of the conflicts be it family or land issue.
“We are also exploring the same ADR mechanism at the FCTA on land issues as we now usually bring the factions together, sit with them and amicably resolve conflicts with one another without spending a kobo,” the Minister stressed.
While calling on the participants, especially the Ward Heads, to pay special attention during the training.
Bello observed that, such conflicts usually start within their dormain before escalating to the village or district heads, even, as he warned them against collecting money from the people after resolution of conflicts.
Also speaking, Director of Training, Green Horizon, Ibrahim Naiya Sada, noted that the workshop could not have come at a better time, because the participants would be able to learn new things in conflict resolution.
He said: “It will also open new window for them towards peaceful coexistence with their subjects and help the people to come them. And the people’s money will be judiciously used in solving other issues, instead of paying the lawyers.”
On his part, General Counsel and Secretary, Legal Services Secretariat, Barr. Mohammed Babangida Umar, who noted that ADR had saved the FCTA billions of Naira, also told the participants to use it because it was better than litigation.
Umar, who was represented by Acting Director, Advisory Legal Services in the Secretariat, Mr. Aminu Basha, also urged the participants pay serious attention to teachings at the training, so that they could get imputs that would be of help to them and their subjects.
Sakaruyi of Karu, Emmanuel Kyauta, who represented Sarkin Jiwa, Alhaji Idris Musa, expressed gratitude to the FCT Administration for the workshop, noting that the programme would help the leaders in solving many challenges in their dormain, in particular and the Territory at large.
He noted that Abuja was a complex place where traditional institutions have to maintain a symbolic relationship with one another because the people had every reason to live in peace, adding that it was a good thing that the awareness training ingredients was coming right on time when conflicts were increasing in the FCT, “we should have good understanding among ourselves and live in peace and tranquility.”
To the Sa’Payi of Garki, Alhaji Usman Nga-Kupi, the workshop would greatly enhance the leaders’ capacities in discharging their duties much more effectively.
The Sa’Payi, stressed that there was no nation on earth without challenges and Nigeria would not be an exception.
He adds that: “We must try as much as possible to live in peace with one another because that is the only way we can have uninterrupted development around us.”

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