ADRs Must Be Captured Under National Budget Allocations

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Mr. Alfred Godonoo, a mediator at the Ashaiman Municipal Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Centre (ADR) has called on government to allocate enough funds for ADRs to function efficiently and effectively in the country.

He explained that, the ADRs serve as the best alternative to the court system and must be given the needed attention and resources.

Mr.Godonoo, who granted the Ghana. News Agency an interview in his office at Ashaiman, said the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Centre had helped in settling many disputes between aggrieved parties over the years.

He noted that, clients preferred mediation to arbitration as they had ample time to freely vent their sentiments for amicable adjudication.

The Alternative Dispute Mediator also said, cost incurred during the mediation process was relatively low compared to what litigants pay in the law courts.

Mr. Godonoo further called on stake holders and other benevolent organizations to assist in resourcing the ADRs in the country for effective and timely dispute resolutions.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, 58 years old tenant Mr. John Agbodzi, said he always depended on the ADR when there was a disagreement between him and his land lord.

“The processes in settling disputes were fair and very swift. I prefer coming here to going to the court, ’ he said.

The Ashaiman Municipal Alternative Dispute resolution and mediation centre sits on over 20 cases daily.

The cases include land litigations, family disputes, rent issues among other minor domestic cases

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