Written by Austine ELEMUE

ADR: FCTA commences training of traditional rulers

The Federal Capital Territory Administration last week, commenced intensive training of traditional and community leaders in the FCT to improve on their skills in utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, model in tackling disputes in the nation's capital. 

Participants were urged to adopt the ADR model in resolvimg conflicts among Nigerians living in Nigeria due to its huge and impactful advantages over litigation in courts of law. 

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, while addressing participants at the Abuja Municipal Area Coumcil Town Hall, Apo, called on the traditional and community leaders to continue to discharge their responsibilities effectively, admonishing them to make good use of the ADR in resolving problems with their neighbours. 

According to Bello, the ADR method was cost-effective, takes a shorter time for justice dispensation and resolves disputes amicably, without spoiling relationship between or among those involved. 

Bello, who was represented by the Secretary, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Sen. Isa Maina, recalled that for long, it had been the role of traditional rulers in solving conflicts. 

According to him, the workshop, which was done in partnership with Green Horizon Law and Development Consultants, would enhance capability of the traditional rulers in discharging their responsibility effectively, as well as resolve conflicts without letting the parties go to court. 

He said: "This workshop, I know will go a long way to ease and guide you in solving most of the conflicts be it family or land issue. We are also exploring the same mechanism at the FCTA on land issues as we now usually bring the factions together, sit with them and amicably resolve conflicts with one another without spending a kobo". 

While calling on the participants, especially the ward heads, to pay special attention during the training, Bello observed that, such conflicts usually start within their domain before escalating to the village or district heads, even as he warned them against collecting money from the people after resolution of conflicts.

Director of Training, Green Horizon, Ibrahim Sada, while speaking, noted that the workshop could not have come at a better time, because the participants would be able to learn new things in conflict resolution.

He said: "It will also open new window for them towards peaceful coexistence with their subjects and help the people to come to them. And the people's money will be judiciously used in solving other issues, instead of paying the lawyers."

The legal counsel who was represented by Acting Director, Advisory Legal Services in the Secretariat, Mr Aminu Basha, also urged the participants to be present on all the three days, and pay serious attention to teachings at the training so that they could get inputs that would be of help to them and their subjects.


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