- Ambode Seeks Improved Dispute Resolutions
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday inaugurated the governing council of the Citizens Mediation Centre, urging members of the council to provide free and effective alternative dispute resolutions.
Ambode, at the inauguration held at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said his administration would continue to ensure the growth and expansion of the CMC in recognition of the important role the centre played in mediating in disputes.
The governor said the centre was apt for a populous and economically buoyant state like Lagos for easier and faster resolution of matters.
He said, “The CMC serves as an alternative dispute resolution centre providing a non-adversarial forum for the mediation and settlement of disputes between parties who voluntarily agree to the mediation of the disputes by mediators.”
Ambode, who said the members were chosen based on their track records, urged the council to be diligent and demonstrate integrity in discharging their duties.
The governing council is chaired by Justice Olayinka Gbajabiamila (retd.) and has Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ogunsanya, Mrs. Omololu Adesina, Mrs. Amanda Asagba, Mr. Iskil Lawal, Mr. Tokunbo Jaiye-Agoro and Mrs. Yinka Odukoya, as members.
Earlier, while introducing the members, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, recalled that the CMC was established in 1999 as a unit under the Directorate of Citizens’ Rights of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice before it emerged as an entity by law in 2007 to provide speedy free legal services irrespective of tribe, race and religion.