Members of the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Nigeria Branch recently paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu. The aim of the visit was to discuss areas of collaboration.

Chief J. Akingbola Akinola, SAN, CIArb thanked the Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu for taking out time from his very busy schedule to receive the CIArb delegation, a statement obtained by CITY LAWYER noted. He observed that Lagos State plays a pivotal role in the Nigerian economy and it remains the focal point of economic, financial and commercial activities in the country.

Akinola added that a lot of infrastructural development is ongoing in Lagos State and that as disputes are an inevitable part of commercial activities, the establishment of an effective and efficient dispute resolution framework with well-trained and equipped human capital is essential for the economic growth as well as commercial activity within Lagos State. He lauded the progressive nature of the Lagos State Government under the Leadership of the Governor.

He informed the Governor that the Institute is positioned to partner with the Lagos State Government in capacity building and the use of the ADR mechanisms to support the activities of the government.

The Governor thanked the CIArb delegation for the visit and commended the CIArb Nigeria Branch on the work being done by the institute in the field of ADR and training of ADR practitioners. He noted that arbitration is an important tool to settle disputes and there is a need for capacity building in this area. He assured the CIArb Nigeria Branch of his support to develop Lagos State into an ADR hub.

Among the CIArb Nigeria Branch delegation were the 1st Vice Chair, Mrs. Sola Adegbonmire, C.Arb; the 3rd Vice Chair, Mrs. Obosa Akpata, C.Arb; Branch Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Akinwunmi, FCIArb; Branch Treasurer, Mr. Akin Omisade, FCIArb; Chairman of the Training Sub-Committee, Mr. Seyilayo Ojo, C.Arb; Assistant Secretary, Mr. Ibifubara Berenibara FCIArb, and the General Manager of the Branch, Ms. Chinelo Agbala.

The Lagos State delegation included the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat; the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, FCIArb; the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab and the Account-General of Lagos State, Mr. Abiodun Muritala.

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