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BAYELSA: NSCDC Officers Undergo Conflict Resolution Training . . . Embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism, Resource Person Urges Participants

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Mrs Lucy Fakoya
Bayelsa State NSCDC Commandant

        by Our Correspondent 

The Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has conducted a special sensitisation programme to build the capacity of its officers on conflict resolution.

The programme which was organised in collaboration with the headquarters of the NSCDC in Abuja, had in attendance eight Divisional Officers as well as the state Peace Desk Officers.

The training, which is aimed at educating the officers on the best approaches in discharging their responsibilities in tackling the security challenges facing the country, was declared open by the State Commandant of NSCDC, Mrs Lucy Fakoya.

Fakoya urged the participants to avail themselves of the training as it would be beneficial to them, adding that it would be particularly beneficial during mediation and reconciliation processes.

She expatiated that the programme also sought to achieve the federal government’s target on key performance indicators which is based on inter‐personal conflicts,which if not resolved could degenerate.

The Commandant opined that participants would also find the training useful in tackling communal and farmers/herders conflict as well as early warning and response mechanism.

She further hinted that another essence of the programme was to reawaken the Divisional and Peace and Conflict Resolution Desk Officers, regarded as chief mediators because of their closeness with the locals.

In his lecture, Olayinka Oguntayo, a Peace and Conflict Resolution Department officer of NSCDC, enlightened the participants on the need to embrace the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (ADR) as a tool to mediate among willing parties with a keen interest to give the corps a good image.

Oguntayo charged the Divisional Officers to spread the message around their domains due to the importance and advantage of ADR mechanism in conflict resolution.

He noted that ADR saves time, is cheaper and is a win-win situation for all parties.

Oguntayo further harped on the importance of collaborating with the ministry of justice in the state in order to obtain consent judgement which will enable the agreement reached by the parties after a successful mediation to be binding and enforceable.

The participants commended the gesture extended to them by the Commandant General of NSCDC and promised to put the lessons learnt to work in conflicts resolution scenarios.


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