From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos
Plateau state Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, has promised to improve land administration, fiber optics infrastructure and the revenue base of the state.
The governor stated this at the training oragnised for Magistrate’s in the state on Thursday, saying that the exercise marks a significant step towards achieving the objectives set forth by his administration.
The training is under the State Action on Enabling Business Reforms (SABER) in the state on Small Claims Debt Recovery and Alternative Dispute Resolution to improve the ease of doing business and boost economic development.
Represented by his Deputy, Josephine Piyo, the governor said that exercise was part of the process required to achieve 8 Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLI’s), aimed at reducing the time spent on resolving disputes related to small claims and debt recovery.
In a Statement signed by Martha Nyam, chief press secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mutfwang
said that the training would equip magistrates in the state with the necessary knowledge, skills and strategies on Small Claims Practice Direction and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with the aim to empower them facilitate speedy dispute resolution and processing of small claims as it falls within their jurisdiction.
He said that the move would create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and enhance the ease of doing business in the state and boost its economy.
The governor appreciated the Plateau State Judiciary for their commitment to the cause and their eagerness to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Earlier, Engr. Samari Modibo, Head, Programme Monitoring and Results Delivery Office (PMRDO) described efficient dispute resolution as a critical factor in attracting and retaining investments, stating that when businesses have trust in a fair and efficient legal system, they are more likely to establish and grow their operations.
Modibo noted that it has been recognised that traditional court proceedings can be time-consuming and expensive, posing significant obstacles for parties seeking resolutions.
He said it was on this note that state government seeks to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, as it offers parties an opportunity to resolve their disputes in a more cost-effective and timely manner which provides flexibility, privacy and the potential for creative solutions beyond what the court system alone can offer.
Modibo added that the training would delve into the details of Small Claims Practice Direction (SCPD) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for the magistrates to learn best practices, techniques and the necessary tools to effectively implement the processes.
Other areas he said is to help them develop a deep understanding of the principles of fairness, impartiality and justice, that underpin Small Claims Debt Recovery and dispute resolutions.
He added that investing in the judiciary and providing them with the tools they need, would not only empower them but also empower the entire state towards economic growth and development.
Modibo stressed the need for the state at all levels to continue to work together as a united force to implement the necessary reforms that will attract investments that would drive sustainable economic growth.
He said the collective effort and shared vision would create an environment where investors can feel confident, for businesses to thrive and the entire citizens to enjoy the rewards of economic development.