The Citizens’ Mediation Centre, (CMC), an initiative of the Lagos State Government for disputes resolution between parties yesterday said it registered 33,670 matters between January and August this year. The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem disclosed this yesterday at a press conference held in Lagos to commemorate the 2018 United Nations International Day of Peace and CMC Stakeholders’ Conference.
He explained that out of the registered number 18,982 were mediated and resolved while 4,701 matters were adjourned and referred to other government agencies for further processing, while a total sum of N829,110,220 have also been recovered for parties through mediation.
The Commissioner said the theme of the conference which commenced on Monday is: ‘Right to peace: The universal declaration of human rights at 70’.
Kazeem who was represented by the Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami said the international day of peace is observed all over the world on 21st September as an annual day of non-violence and cease fire through education and public awareness in issues related to peace. “The existence of peace in any society is germane to democracy and a panacea to socio-economic development and growth; peace is what the world needs at this time to promote bilateral partnerships among nations. The sustenance of Human rights will eradicate acrimony and entrench self love and mutual respect among citizens which in the end contributes to the global peace”, Kazeem said.
The commissioner added that, “Nigeria, like every other country in the world at this particular time needs peace in all its constituents to enable the concept of the Sustainable Development Goals prosper and have a positive impact on humanity. “In the light of this, Lagos state as a leading state in the country therefore believes that in commemorating this day, it would join the rest of the world in bringing to the fore the need for peace and respect for human rights.”
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