Conflict Resolution Centre Of The Catholic Church Solves 100 Disputes

A conflict mediation centre set up by the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) has within the past five years successfully settled in excess of 100 disputes in Brong-Ahafo Region.

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Catholic University College of Ghana, Sunyani
Catholic University College of Ghana, Sunyani

Dr. Patrick Ohene Gyaase, a lecturer at the University, said this was done together with the regional court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Catholic University College of Ghana, Sunyani
Catholic University College of Ghana, Sunyani
The cases involved land and labour feuds, loan default, defamation and property inheritance disagreements.

He made this known at a workshop organized by the centre in Fiapre in the Sunyani West District, to equip lawyers, religious and traditional leaders with conflict mediation skills.

Dr. Gyaase said the goal was to assist to substantially reduce the pressure on the courts and to save litigants cost.

He announced that the CUCG had incorporated ADR as a mandatory course for all of its students and said it was the university’s contribution towards the peaceful resolution of the numerous conflicts plaguing the society.

Monsignor George Kwame Kumi, the Vicar-General of the Sunyani Catholic Diocese, said sub-arbitration committees had been added to the pastoral councils of the parishes to help address prevailing conflicts – protracted chieftaincy disputes and family litigations.

It was a step taken to prevent matters from escalating, he added.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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