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By Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, Abeokuta

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says it would soon establish mediation centres on Conflict resolution across the 20 local government and 37 local development areas of Ogun state. 

The State Commandant of NSCDC, Philip Ayodele, disclosed this on Thursday, during the Peace and Conflict Management Department half of the year meeting  held at the Command’s secretariat, in Abeokuta.

Ayodele explained that, it was important for the NSCDC to have a base across the state where crisis and issues concerning individuals, organisations and agencies would be resolved.

He added that the peace and conflict resolution unit in the command was created to serve as a dispute resolution without necessarily engaging the services of lawyers or going to court.

The state commandant noted that the NSCDC was trying to bring peace closer to the people and also find alternative means to resolve crisis.

“Over 306 conflicts reported for the first half of the year, total conflicts mediated on was 263 while a total of 130 conflict cases was resolved.

“We resolved over 46 monetary cases , 45 land dispute cases handled and over 61 marital /family dispute resolved among others. Ordinarily if these cases are taking to court, it’s going to take time.

“NSCDC has the alternative dispute resolution, which we are trying to partner other agencies to see that we create mediation centres in all the local government areas of the state.

“We are trying to ensure that we have a base where we try to resolve crisis and issues in the state.

“Base on our records, the cases we have attended to are more than satisfied, ” he said.

In his submission, Mr Akinropo Omoware,  Advisor, Private Sector Department, GIZ, Abuja, said that the Organisation was working on creating enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

Omoware noted that the GIZ was concerned with the issue of commercial dispute resolution, saying that the organisation had decided to support NSCDC in its mission to mediate in crisis.

“We felt we need to support them in terms of training there members in dispute resolution system and not only them but the  Ministry of Justice and Multi door court house and Organisations that works in this direction, “he said.

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