By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
An alternative dispute resolution mechanism known as Multi-door Courthouse has been commissioned in Abeokuta to enhance prompt administration of justice in Ogun State.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the official commissioning of the Multi-Door Courthouse (OMDC), reaffirmed government’s commitment at ensuring that State Judiciary as well as its justice delivery system was placed on higher pedestal among its contemporaries in the country.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, said the State judiciary blaze the trail by introducing the laudable initiative aimed at engendering quick dispensation of justice to the people without the usual bottle-necks associated with litigation.
“One of the goals of the present administration in Ogun State is the effective and efficient administration of justice, to this end, the State Government has never hesitated to lend its support as required in ensuring that the Judiciary is placed on an enviable pedestal. I commend this laudable achievement of the State judiciary and the partnership of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Abuja at re-positioning the justice administration sector in the State.’’ she added.
Speaking at the occasion, the State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, disclosed that the State judiciary was among the few that have complied with the directive of the National Judicial Policy to adopt the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism into the court system.
She said, ‘’It is with a view of facilitating quick and effective resolution of conflicts that motivated the Ogun State Judiciary to partner with the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators to establish the Ogun Multi-Door Courthouse as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre, which also happens to be the first indigenous Multi-Door Courthouse’’.
“It has therefore become important and necessary for the Ogun State Judiciary to adopt this globally recognized fast and less acrimonious means of settling disputes to meet the ever growing desire of our people for justice without stress, particularly within the fast growing commercial community’’, She emphasized.
President of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Barr. Emeka Obegolu, applauded the uncommon vision, commitment and dedication of the State Chief Judge at putting in place effective and affordable resolution system for the people of the State.
He also pledged a continued support of the Institute in developing and sustaining the workings of the courthouse.