In furtherance of its justice reform system in the state, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said his administration is determined to ensure the growth and expansion of the Citizens Mediation Centres into remote areas of the state
Ambode, who spoke while inaugurating the Governing Council of the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC) in Lagos, urged members of the Council to work assiduously to enhance the capacity of the Centre to provide free and effective alternative dispute resolution of matters.
The governor emphasized that his administration will continue to ensure the growth and expansion of the CMC in recognition of the important role the Centre plays in mediating on disputes reported in respect of all matters that fall within the ambit of its statutory duties as well as providing free dispute resolution options.
“In every city where monetary, human and other capitals flow in such large volume as can be found in our state, an alternative to the adversarial means of resolving disputes must be put in place for easier and faster resolution of matters. Lagos State’s answer to this trend is the Citizens Mediation Centre.
“The Citizens Mediation Centre serves as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre providing a non- adversarial forum for the mediation and settlement of disputes between parties who voluntarily agree to the mediation of the disputes by mediators.
“In recognition of the important role the Centre plays in mediating on disputes reported in respect of all matters that fall within the ambit of its statutory duties as well as providing free dispute resolution options, we, as government have continued to ensure the growth and expansion of the Centre into remote areas of the State,” Ambode said.
The Governing Council is headed by Hon. Justice Olayinka Gbajabiamila rtd as Chairman and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ogunsanya; Mrs. Omololu Adesina; Mrs. Amanda Asagba; Mr. Mohammed Iskil Lawal; Mr. Tokunbo Jaiye- Agoro and Mrs. Yinka Odukoya as members.
In his vote of assurance, the newly appointed Chairman of the Council, Justice Gbajabiamila thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence reposed in him and members of the Council, assuring that they would work assiduously to carry out their task in the best interest of Lagosians.
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