The Lagos State Government (LASG) has said that over NGN829 million was recovered from different parties through the settlements of various disputes in the State in the last 8 months.
This was revealed today by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, at a Press Conference conveyed by the government to celebrate the 2018 United Nations International Day of Peace at Alausa, Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The International Day of Peace is observed annually worldwide on the 21st of September. It was declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1981, as a day dedicated to underpinning ideals of peace, both within and among all Nations and peoples.
According to the Commissioner during the Press Conference today, most of the residents who went to the State Government for mediation matters through the Citizens’ Mediation Centre, CMC, have had their disputes sorted peacefully. The Commissioner was represented at the event by the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami.
According to him, “In brokering peace as it relates to civil disputes among residents of Lagos between January and August, 2018, the CMC has successfully registered a total number of 33,670 matters. Out of this number, a total of 18, 982 cases were mediated and resolved while 4,701 were adjourned and referred to other government agencies for further processing”.
The Commissioner added that landlord and tenancy issues were top on the list of disputes resolved by the Centre during the period under review. Furthermore, to promote peaceful co-existence in the State, the Commissioner said that there were various measures the State government had introduced, particularly the establishment of several agencies to maintain law and order.
“The Lagos State Government in line with its constituted functions of ensuring peace within the State had established the Citizens’ Mediation Centre. Other ways government provides access to justice to the indigent residents of the State include the Office of the Administrator-General and Public Trustees, Public Advise Centre, PAC, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Community Service Unit, LandGrabbers Committee, among others”, Attorney-General emphasised.
According to the Commissioner, the theme for this year’s celebration “Right to Peace: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”, underscores the need for all sections of the society to work in harmony to achieve peace and respect for Human Rights.
The Commissioner paid glowing tributes to great heroes who through their entire life and times showed respect for Human rights. Such individuals as Herbert Macaulay, Enarhoro, Beko Ransome-Kuti, Tai Solarin, Gani Fawehinmi were eulogised by the Commissioner, saying “The lives of these heroes attest to the importance attached to the fight and enthronement of Human Rights in Nigeria. Some living legends are still upholding the mantra to ensure continuity and preservation of the course”.
The Attorney-General used the medium to inform the audience that the celebration of UN International Day of Peace and Stakeholders’ Conference will hold on Friday, 21st September 2018 at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.