Owu kingdom trains traditional rulers, chiefs on alternate disputes resolution

The traditional rulers and Chiefs of Owu kingdom of Egbaland have embarked and completed a 3-day intensive training in Alternate Disputes Resolution (ADR) to prepare them as mediators in civil disputes in the kingdom.

Penpushing reports that this followed the decision to establish a Mediation Centre in Owu Palace, Abeokuta, where civil disputes will be adjudicated, with the engagement of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) to train them.

The Olowu of Owu, Oba (Prof) Saka Matemilola initiated the engagement of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) to handle the training for the traditional rulers and chiefs as potential neutrals for the task.

Penpushing further reports that Matemilola announced that a Mediation Centre would be established at the Owu Palace where all civil disputes ranging from family, chieftaincy, land and other inter and intra personal conflicts would be adjudicated in line with the principles of Mediation

The royal father explained that the trainees are neutrals who, by the norm, are no judges but third-party helpers to find solutions to the lingering disputes, expressing optimism that positive results will be recorded at end of the training.

Penpushing also reports that, a notable traditional ruler in the kingdom, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye a Chartered Mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators who is currently running a Mediation Centre in Akinale is at the head of traditional rulers and high chiefs in the training program.

The training exposed participants to the dynamics of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which encompasses Conciliation, Negotiation, Arbitration and Mediation, among others, with focus on their advantages against litigation, which besides its inflexibility, rigidity and expensiveness, is an antithesis to relationship.

Penpushing reports that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) Resource persons led by the Deputy Commander Amos Ajayi drilled the participants in Conflict Dynamics, Alternate Disputes Resolution (ADR) Spectrum, Emotional Intelligence, Conflicts Analysis, Communication and Mediation as well as Professional Ethics and Code of conduct for Mediators.

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