ROLE OF DISTRICT HEADS CAN PROMOTE PEACE, UNITY, PROGRESS IN THEIR DOMAINS – La’ori
By Shafi’u Saleh
A two day intensive training that is meant to empower district heads and other critical stakeholders with the basic skills of alternative dispute resolution has been organized at the Pwanobato Event center, Numan by Hon Kwamoti B Laori, the Member representing Numan/Demsa / Lamurde Constituency in the National Assembly, has been ended.
The all important training which is meant to promote peaceful coexistence among his constituents had participants drafted from the religious, traditional institutions, community security structures, women, youth and cultural groups.
The training which was segmented into different brain storming sessions and practical experimentation approaches was made rich by having resources persons such as Professor Chinyere Alimba, Dr Agoso Bamaiyi, Dr Clement Jakhinwa, Musa Shalangwa who further enlightened participants on the various models and approaches to conflict resolutions.
Representatives from security agents such as the DSS, The Nigerian Police Force , The NSCDC and other related organisations such as the Public Complaint Commission, participated as worthy contributors to the training.
Earlier in his remark, Hon La’ori appreciated the invaluable role being played by District Heads and the community based structures which according to him has tremendously helped in promoting unity, peace and progress in their respective domains.
The law maker laid emphasis on how significant the training is, given that it will sharpen their skills in conflict prevention and management..
He advised against the tendency to resort to Court litigation, saying the cost implication can be somewhat straining on both the part of the complainant and the defendant hence the need to embrace an alternative approach in a manner that preserves relationship thereby restoring peaceful coexistence among conflicting parties.
At the end of the training, participants expressed appreciation to the law maker as they described the program as a huge success where they have immensely benefited due to the vision of the law maker who prioritize peace as a cardinal point of his of legislative duties.
Speaking on behalf of the District Heads and participants Chief Linus Anonoma, the Kpana Rigangun further promised to trickle down the training to village heads and other traditional structures who will in turn apply the skills in resolving dispute.
It is hoped that the process will help reduce pressure on paramount rulers who have been bombarded with numerous trivial cases that ordinarily should have been settled at the lower level.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of certificates to participants by Hon Kwamoti B Laori and assisted by Mal. Mohammed Nasir Umar, the representative of Public Complaints Commission in the Zone.