The Bono Regional Office of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in collaboration with the Marian Conflict Resolution Center (MCRC) of the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) has made significant achievements through the use of ADR mechanism.
Since January this year, the office and the Centre had resolved 93 out of the 124 cases referred to it by the Sunyani District Court ‘B’, Dr. Mrs. Vida Korang, the Executive Director of the Centre told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at the University’s campus, Fiapre in the Sunyani West Municipality.
The cases comprised debt recovery, rent, and marriage and land disputes among others.
Dr. Mrs. Korang, a Senior Lecturer at the CUCG explained the Office had referred 21 of the cases back to the Court, while 10 of them were still pending, saying through the use of ADR, peace and tranquility was prevailing in people’s hearts, families and communities.
Established in 2011, Dr. Korang said the MCRC had trained more than 600 certified mediators and 60 arbitrators across the country, and had since 2013 engaged in mediation of disputes at the Sunyani District Court ‘B’.
“The Centre has therefore decided to train more professionals who will be competent, certified and licensed mediators and arbitrators to support the young ADR practice in the country by helping to resolve conflict situations around them”, she said.
“As a result of this, there are series of training programmes we undertake annually to help strengthen the nation’s ADR practice”, Dr. Mrs. Korang added and underlined the need for the nation to pursue ADR development as a multi-dimensional concept that encompassed economic, social, institutional and physical elements of development.
“In this wider sense, it would be relatively easy to effect the necessary changes for a truly effective development system.
This is fully in consonance with our official position to support the concept of making ADR accessible to all who matters”, she said.