By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has said that it is determined to ensure that Law officers handling any arbitral case, that may arise out of a contractual relationship, have required up-to-date skills, that will enhance service delivery.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran made this known during a day training programme on arbitration for Law officers in the Ministry of Justice ,Okemosan, Abeokuta.
The program was facilitated by the International Chambers of Commerce and Youth Arbitrator’s forum.
Mr Adeniran said that, the training would guide participants on ways to resolve disputes from commercial transactions between parties.
Mr. Adeniran explained that arbitration is a pre-dispute agreement that must be documented and signed by parties, saying it had been developed over time and must be taken seriously.
Also speaking, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Adeyemi Adewole said professional Arbitrators should be acquainted with new trend in the discharge of their duties, stating that there would be an assurance of undiluted loyalty of the legal team.
Mr. Adewole pointed out that having in-house arbitration practitioners in the Ministry, would help save much cost by the government, rather than hiring professional Arbitrators to represent parties at proceedings, which he said could attract huge cost.
Contributing, an Arbitration expert, Mrs. Laura Alakija noted that arbitration is a process of resolving disputes, and parties must agree that it should be used in settling such cases, in accordance to the laws applied to it.
Mrs. Alakija advised law officers to be familiar with the rules of arbitration, details of parties, as well as the nature or circumstance that surrounds a case, before the commencement of arbitration.