The Citizens Mediation Centre, an Agency of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has received commendation and an Award for its free mediation services offered to the public.
The recognition award which was conferred on the CMC by the Society for Peace Studies and Practice during its annual international conference and general assembly held at Babcock University with the theme, “Collaborating for Sustainable Peace and Security in Nigeria”.
In his address, the President of the Society, Dr. Daniel Danjibo stated that the activities of the Centre have greatly assisted residents of Lagos State in settling their disputes amicably without recourse to violence or self-help.
He, therefore, implored all governments at various levels to ensure that peace prevails in any given society, adding that non-governmental organizations and stakeholders in the peace sector should all make meaningful recommendations to sustain peace in Nigeria and the world as a whole.
Speaking at the event, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, noted that the clamour for restructuring overcentralized political economy, the debate over the Land Use Act of 1978, lack of political ideology among existing political parties, hate speeches and distrust among political elites are all contributory factors to the unrest and wanton destructions of lives and property across the nation especially in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
Prof. Oloyede, who was Chairman at the award ceremony, reiterated that there is an urgent need for inter-agency security collaboration among relevant stakeholders of peace in Nigeria as no security agency can work alone.
Among the individuals conferred with the fellowship award of the Society are Mrs. Oluwatoyin Odusanya, Prof. Oyesoji Aremu, Gen. Jones Arogbofa (Rtd), Dr. Mahfouz Adedeji, Air Commodore Ayodele Dudusola and Dr. Olabamiji Oladimeji amongst others.
Organisations recognized at the event include the Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Search for Common Ground and INFRA-Nigeria.
The Society for Peace Studies and Practice, a not-for-profit organization that was established in 2003, promotes a non-violent approach to conflict resolution through multi-level research, advocacy and actions that strengthen local capacities that will bring about a sustainable culture of peace.