The Lagos State Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) has disclosed that its mediation roles and amicable resolution of disputes mechanism has greatly reduced the numbers of court cases and also decongested prisons as well as police stations across the State.
The Director of the Centre, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi stated this at the weekend in Lagos during a sensitisation Walk around Yaba, Oyingbo, Makoko and its environs to celebrate the 2018 World Tolerance Day.
Rotimi noted that the Centre had within the last 10 months presided over 40,875 cases and recorded 95 per cent success rate of amicable resolution while only five per cent were taken to courts for enforcement.
She maintained that assaults and some life-threatening ailments are preventable if people follow the path of peace and amicable settlement of grievances, stressing that tolerance was needed to make people co-exist and live in peace.
“What we are preaching is tolerance, human understanding and mutual respect. We should always remember that God did not create us all equally, we should learn to understand each other’s weaknesses and strengths as well. We are saying learn to respect other people’s religion as you respect yours as well”, the Director asserted.
She stated that the significance of the Walk was hinged on the hope that having gone round motor parks, markets and some other major areas within Yaba, Makoko and Oyingbo, Lagosians within these areas and of course the State as a whole would henceforth, imbibe the hallmark of tolerance.
According to Rotimi, “Disputes are inevitable in a place as cosmopolitan as Lagos that is home to different tribes and people from varying background hence, the need for us all to embrace patience as a value; parents to children, husband and wife, buyers and sellers, even with domestic staff and at the place of work. In everything we do, even if we share different religious views we should still accommodate others.”
Speaking on the services rendered by the Centre, the Director said that CMC services are free throughout the entire mediation process, adding that there are 18 CMC offices located within the Secretariat of some Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas respectively.