KADUNA COMMANDANT TASKS PCR OFFICERS ON MEDIATION
The Kaduna State Commandant of NSCDC, Zakari Ibrahim Ningi, has called on officers in Peace and Conflicts Resolutions unit to improve on mediation of civil conflicts as an alternative to litigation.
Ningi gave the charge in his office when he received seven officers in Peace and Conflicts Resolution Unit who completed a two-week technical training programme jointly organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with focus on mediation.
The Commandant explained that, mediation of civil conflicts as alternative to litigation is a global trend and the responsibility is vested in the NSCDC as such, the officers trained should justify the confidence reposed in them.
He advised them to imbibe the qualities of a good mediator by being upright, dedicated, confidential, disciplined and focused on issues.
Other qualities highlighted by the Commandant were that they must not be bias, corrupt and hasty in decision making and must never use foul language in addressing any of the parties etc.
The Commandant who promised to accord the unit unflinching support, urged them to be good ambassadors of the corps as so much is expected of them upon completion of the course.
In his remarks, Head of Anti-Fraud Unit of the Command warned the officers to shun act of extortion, stressing that as trained officers in conflict resolution they can be subjected to investigation if any financial allegation of misconduct is leveled against any of them.
On his part, Head of Legal unit of the Command explained that Peace and conflict resolution in the corps is concerned mainly with civil matters and not matters criminal in nature.
He likened peace and conflicts resolution to a new approach called multi-door court House which is aimed at decongesting courts of civil matters, stressing that settling of disputes outside court is inclined in the African culture.
The Head of legal unit, enjoined PCR officers to be careful in resolving conflicts and to exercise caution in compiling reports which might be used as evidence in judicial provident.
Earlier in a presentation, Head of peace and Conflicts resolution Unit, ASCII Mohammed Musa told the Kaduna State NSCDC management that they were lectured on mediation, negotiation, negotiation/skills, emotional intelligence, conflict early warring and communication, conflict and negotiation.
He remarked that they are resolute in finding alternative to conflict resolution and thanked the commandant General for giving them the privilege of attending the training and promised that the knowledge would be fully utilized.
SUPERINTENDENT OGUNTUASE MICHAEL AKIN
for Kaduna State Commandant