The Director, Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi has lauded the efforts of mediators in Lagos State, saying that the resolution of disputes in a highly-populated city like Lagos, with a wide range of economic, religious and tribal indices that can equally lead to conflict, is cumbersome and requires a larger number of arbitrators to settle disputes.
Speaking during a training session for 45 volunteers to sharpen their skills on the roles of a good mediator, Mrs. Rotimi declared that arbitrators, especially volunteer mediators, must ensure justice gets to Lagosians at the shortest possible time without the hinderances and cumbersomeness that entails court procedures.
She commended the volunteers for their exceptional contributions in settling disputes within their domains but expressed the need for some of the mediators to adhere completely to laid down rules and procedures guiding their duties.
The training programme, which held at the CMC headquarters, also witnessed presentations on “Communication Skills” by its Deputy Director, Mrs. Olubunmi Adesomoju, as well as a lecture, titled “What is Mediation/Mediation Stages” delivered by Mr. Oluwafemi Adeniji, the Assistant Director, CMC, Agege,
At the end of the training sessions, a Chairman of the Police Community Relations Committee, Apostle Kehinde Sowemimo, attested that the training provided an avenue for attendees to acquire more skills to make them better mediators.
In appreciation of the training, he declared that all mediators in CMC will become automatic members of the PCRC, saying that participants are, henceforth, free to attend meetings of the PCRC.
A representative of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikorodu also thanked the centre for organising the training programme, describing it as very apt.
The programme closed with the presentation of certificates to attendees who are members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikorodu Chapter and the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC).