Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
Patriot Adesina, Deputy Commandant, Administration, Patriot Hammed Sambo and other guests at the occasion
University dons have made a case for the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) mechanism and peace education in resolving conflicts in the country and the world at large.
Making the case in Ibadan during the 2017 annual peace conference and end of the year party of Oyo State Command of Peace Corps of Nigeria were Dr. Bayo Oluwole of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, Dr. Jimmy Omomukuyo who is the Vice-Chancellor/Founder of Beacon University (USA), Nigeria and Dr. Stephen Faleti, a Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies(IPSS), University of Ibadan.
While speaking on the topic: “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Dr. Faleti noted that violence and its display have always created anxiety among humans.
Stressing the need for the adoption of ADR rather than litigation, the peace researcher stated that :”ADR offers a solution to the problem of access to justice, faced by citizens in many countries; it helps litigating parties to enter into dialogue where this was not possible before and to come to their own assessment of the value of going to court. Its processes can involve the assistance of a neutral third party and can empower parties to resolve disputes”.
Faleti who called for the inclusion of peace education in the school curriculum noted that peace is pivotal to development and prosperity.
In his lecture titled: ” Importance of Peace Education in Nigeria School Curriculum”, Dr. Omomukuyo pointed out that nothing could be more important for this generation than peace on earth.
Adesina speaking with journalists at the end of the event
According to the education administrator: ” Peace is the state of being free from any kind of human conflict and violence. All the activities of the country run smoothly in the situation of peace. Peace is the sign of development and prosperity, to avoid the escalation of violence and terror, there had to be investments in health, education, alleviation of poverty and participation, especially for the young. Education is perhaps the single most important factor in development”.
Speaking on the theme:”Leadership with Emphasis on Teamwork and Delegated Authority “,Dr. Oluwole urged the Peace Corps officers to be prepared all the time.
While calling on the officers to identify their areas of competencies, the guest lecturer said leadership should be effective through teamwork and delegated authority.
In a welcome address, the Oyo State Commandant of Peace, Patriot Oludare Adesina said the theme for the event :”Achieving Best Peace/ Alternative Dispute Resolutions Practices in Nigeria ” was chosen because one of the core mandates of the organizsation which is ADR and non-coercive approach to conflict resolution.
Speaking on the essence of the programme, Patriot Adesina disclosed that it was to interface with stakeholders, the general public, especially the academic institutions as well as promoting social interactions among officers and men of the Corps.
Patriot Adesina used the medium to appreciate the National Commandant of the corps, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh for establishing Peace Corps of Nigeria.
The commandant emphasised on the use of quality intelligence in tackling menace such as kidnapping, insurgency, cattle rustling, pipeline vandalism, ethnic clashes and other menaces in partnership with existing sister security organisations.
According to the security chief, the workplace will expose the officers to effective method that could be used when dealing with issues such as; jungle justice, inter-communal clash, and other related issues among the youths.
However, the Peace Corps boss pointed out that the essence of the celebration was to gather all officers across the 35 newly created local government development areas in the state to learn more about the act of patriotism and alternative dispute resolution in the global scene.
He added that the with the inauguration of Commanders the existence of PCN would be deepened at the grass-roots.
The event was graced by stakeholders, dignitaries and experts in the field of Peace and Conflict Management. High points of the event included representation of certificate to officers who have undergone entrepreneurial training, display of vocational products, raffle draw and cultural dance and performance by the corps’ band.