The ability to resolve conflicts have been described as an underlining factors for peace and socio-economic development of any society.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said this at the opening of a four-day mediation/conciliation training programme organised by the State Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the German Agency for International Development (GIZ-SEDIN) at the conference room of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Governor represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi, stated that socio-economic development cannot take place in a society devoid of security, hence, the need for mediation and conciliation in Ogun State which has become a commercial hub of the nation.
‘’I can assure you that resolution of disputes in Ogun State, especially commercial disputes will receive a boost with this training.’’ He emphasized.
Speaking at the event, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, added that the new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) law in the State provided for both domestic and international commercial agreement which applies to dispute arising from commercial transactions.
In his words, ‘’In order to have an economically stable and viable government at all levels in the society, there must be in place a standard ADR mechanism where commercial disputes are resolved promptly as the State is now the destination of choice for both local and foreign investors”.
Representative of the German Agency for International Development (GIZ-SEDIN) and Deputy Head of Programme, Sing Uti-Waziri, acknowledged that Ogun State has attracted more investors in the last four years necessitating the need for the training in Alternative Dispute Resolution.