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EU, British Council empower traditional rulers on dispute resolution

The European Union (EU) in collaboration with the British Council and a non -governmental organization, Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) have engaged traditional rulers, clergy and other stakeholders who resolve disputes locally with the aim to upgrade their capacity for effective dispute resolution and quality justice.

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State Team Leader of MCN, Mr, Abdulkadir Bello, disclosed this yesterday at a one-day lesson learning and dissemination workshop for traditional rulers and community leaders from Adamawa and Mubi towns which was held at Duragi Hotel in Yola.

He said the programme aimed at training traditional rulers on traditional justice system in order to help them handle conflicts in area like inheritance, destruction of farm produce by cattle and land dispute.

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Technical Team Leader, MCN, Dr. Ukoha Ukiwo said there is the need to enhancee state and community-level conflict management capability to prevent the escalation of conflicts into violence in a number of locations in North-Eastern Nigeria.

Speaking at the workshop, the Lamido of Fombina who was represented by the Galadiman Adamawa, Alhaji Lawal Ahmadu Ribado, said it is with great honour that the traditional rulers are involved in the workshop because this will help them in managing conflicts, knowing the early signs and getting better solutions to the problems.

Professor Aminu Gurin of Islamic Law, ABU, Zaria gave a breakdown of successes recorded by the programme adding that about 457 dispute between January and March 2018 have been resolved by the two emirate council of Adamawa and Mubi.

Gurin called on other traditional rulers to emulate the two emirates and key into the programme for sustainable peace and development across the state .

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