Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on
Wednesday urged the residents in the state to seek
mediation in settling conflicts.
The governor, who attributed the progress in the
state to the peaceful coexistence of residents, said
the state government had established the Lagos
State Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) to ensure
sustained harmony among the over 22 million
heterogeneous residents of the state.
Speaking at an event to mark the 2016
International Day of Peace, organised by the
mediation centre, Ambode said everything possible
must be done to eschew violence in Lagos in order
to have an all-round development.
Ambode said, “Peace is necessary for
development. It is not only to ensure peaceful
coexistence, but to ensure that we guarantee the
safety of lives of the residents, as well as woo
The governor, who was represented by the
Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-
Governmental Relations, Seye Oladejo, assured
residents of justice and protection of their rights,
saying the CMC and other legal agencies would
offer free legal service to them anytime their rights
were infringed upon.
The governor said the issues of insurgency,
kidnapping, agitation, destruction of critical
national assets, among others, which had
continued to pose serious threat to peaceful
coexistence among Nigerians, must stop for the
nation to move on.
The Director, CMC, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Odunsanya,
said the state government, through the centre,
mediated in 37,000 disputes cases in 2015.
She added that since no profitable development
could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos and
uncertainty, the CMC would ensure peaceful
resolution of conflict in order to attract investors.