Lagos recovers over N700m through mediation

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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Lagos State government says it has recovered about N799, 402, 158 million between January and August 2019 through its Citizens Mediation Centre CMC.

CMC is the agency responsible for resolving disputes in the State.

At a press briefing to mark this year’s International Day of Peace, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo said the Centre, between January and August this year, handled 30,467 cases out of which 21,030 have been resolved and over N700 million recovered.

Onigbanjo mentioned that the government was committed to amicable disputes and conflict resolution and the promotion of peaceful and harmonious co-existence in the Ltate.

According to him, the theme for this year’s UN International Day of Peace is “Climate Action for Peace: Clear Blue Skies,” which draws attention to climate change as a threat to international peace and security.

Climate change
“National disasters, conflicts, food insecurity, growing tension over resources and mass movement of people are all as a result of climate change.

“In the lead up to the International day of peace 2019, the United Nations has asked everyone to take action by raising awareness: from conserving nature, supporting renewable energy to adopting environmentally friendly practices.

“This year’s theme seeks to draw attention of government, policy makers, stakeholders and citizens to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.

“The Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), an agency of government that promotes peace in Lagos State, has always joined the United Nations to commemorate this day,” Onigbanjo said.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria noted that this year’s theme also relates to how environmental challenges affect homes and the society at large.

He stressed that Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security, as natural disasters have displaced three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere.

Waste to wealth
As a way of marking the Day, the Director, Citizens Mediation Centre, Mrs Omotola Rotimi, said the agency would embark on a week-long programme and activities such as tree planting.

She explained that the agency would also support the less privileged through proceeds from sales of plastics to recyclable companies by the agency.

She however urged residents to make use of the opportunities giving by the CMC to resolve issues bordering on conflicts, including settlement of disputes relating to Landlords/Tenants, Employers and Employees disputes, Family Matters (including marital disputes, Child Custody) Property Inheritance, Land Matters, among others.

 

Confidence Okwuchi