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Plateau Government Trains Magistrates In Alternative Dispute Resolution

GOVERNOR Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State on Thursday, promised to improve land administration, fibre optics infrastructure and the revenue base of the state.

Mutfwang stated this at a training organised for Magistrates in the state, saying that the exercise marks a significant step towards achieving the objectives set forth by his administration.

The training is under the State Action on Enabling Business Reforms (SABER) in the state on Small Claims Debt Recovery and Alternative Dispute Resolution to improve the ease of doing business and boost economic development.


The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Josephine Piyo, said the exercise was part of the process required to achieve 8 Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs), aimed at reducing the time spent on resolving disputes related to small claims and debt recovery.

He further explained that “This training would equip magistrates in the state with the requisite knowledge, skills and strategies on Small Claims Practice Direction and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to empower them to facilitate speedy dispute resolution and processing of small claims as it falls within their jurisdiction.

According to him, “This move would create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and enhance the ease of doing business in the state and boost its economy.

He appreciated the State Judiciary for their commitment to the cause and their eagerness to enhance their knowledge and skills.

In an earlier address, Samari Modibo, Head of the Programme Monitoring and Results Delivery Office (PMRDO) described efficient dispute resolution as, “a critical factor in attracting and retaining investments.

He further stated that when businesses have trust in a “fair and efficient legal system”, they are more likely to establish and grow their operations.

Modibo noted that it has been recognised that traditional court proceedings can be time-consuming and expensive, posing significant obstacles for parties seeking resolutions.

He said it was on this note that the state government sought to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, it offers an opportunity to resolve their disputes in a more cost-effective and timely manner which provides flexibility, privacy and the potential for creative solutions beyond what the court system alone can offer.

Modibo added that the training would delve into the details of Small Claims Practice Direction (SCPD) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for the magistrates to learn best practices, techniques and the necessary tools to effectively implement the processes.

Other areas he said are to help them develop a deep understanding of the principles of fairness, impartiality and justice, that underpin Small Claims Debt Recovery and dispute resolutions.

He added that investing in the judiciary and providing them with the tools they need, would not only empower them but also empower the entire state towards economic growth and development.

Modibo stressed the need for the state at all levels to continue to work together as a united force to implement the necessary reforms that will attract investments and drive sustainable economic growth.

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