As a way of finding lasting solutions to communal clashes among indigenes and residents in Awori land, Awori Obas have put measures in place to resolve internal wranglings among its indigenes and residents.
This was made known on Monday at a seminar organized to train Awori Obas on conflict resolutions. The seminar, which was facilitated by 'Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators'(ICMC) was held at the Palace of Olota of Otta, HRM Oba Prof. Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege.
Speaking with VOA News correspondent during a tea break, Ogun State Awori Obas's Spokesperson, HRM Oba Abdulwasiu Akanni Ogungbayi, the Onitetiku of Owode, Otta, said that the training was necessary in order to empower Awori Obas to settle their subject's disputes without having to approach a court.
The training will help us to solve dispute within ourselves. It will help to reduce court litigations.
The number of people that are approaching the court in Awori is so much that we are just financially empowering lawyers. If you approach a court and lose, you will end up losing the case and even lose money in the process, hence the need to set up a conflict resolution court in order to resolve our differences on the home front.
Oba Ogungbayi stressed that the kind of documents the Aworis take to court during litigation processes usually end up exposing their historical strengths to their allies, thereby making them vulnerable during inter-ethnical conflicts.
Speaking to VOA News:
Correspondent on behalf of Olota, His confidential Secretary, Prince Adeyemi Olusesi Sulaimon, said that the training will assist Awori Obas, being the closest to the grassroot to judge land matters according to their depth knowledge of history and culture. He added that a separate court is currently underway which will hear cases such as this.
Prince Olusesi advised the Federal government to draft traditional rulers to the National Judicial system so as to ensure quality justice delivery.
Olota of Otta, HRM Oba Prof. Adeyemi Obalanlege, Onitigbo of Tigbo-Ilu, HRM Oba Victor Taiwo Thomas Fagbayi, Onitetiku of Owode, Otta, HRM Oba Abdulwasiu Akanni Ogungbayi, Alagbara of Agbara, HRM Oba Luqman Agunbiade, Onidioke of Idi-oke, Igbesa, HRH Oba Saheed Odusanya, Alagbado of Agbado, HRM Oba Shyllon Shogbulu, Elegushi of Egushi, Otta, HRH Oba Maroof Alagbe, Ajana of Ijana, Otta, HRH Oba Clement Akinyemi, Orile gboko of Igboko land, Seriki of Otta, High chief Taofeeq Bashorun, Lisa of Otta, High chief Akindele Dayo Eluku, were among several other Awori Obas that attended the training.
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