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Jonathan wants arbitrations between Nigeria, foreign countries done locally

By Julius Osahon, Yenagoa
23 May 2022   |   3:49 am
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has faulted a situation where arbitrations for contracts entered by the Federal Government with international organisations are done in United Kingdom.

Goodluck Jonathan. Photo: TWITTER/GEJONATHAN

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has faulted a situation where arbitrations for contracts entered by the Federal Government with international organisations are done in United Kingdom.

He called on bodies responsible for arbitration or resolving disputes in the country to ensure arbitration for government contracts were done in the country for proper understanding.

The former President made the call on Saturday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital during the launch of a book titled: “Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in Nigeria”, written by King Collins Daniel, the traditional ruler of Abureni Kingdom in Ogbia Council of Bayelsa.

Jonathan explained that settling disputes outside courtroom is less expensive and make people more bounded morally. He said: “Let me use this unique opportunity to charge bodies in this country responsible for either arbitration or resolving issues to work hard to ensure arbitrations are done in Nigeria.

“All contracts Nigeria entered with international organisations, arbitration are always done in the United Kingdom; can’t we do some of these arbitrations in Nigeria? I don’t know why it must be in United Kingdom, why it must be outside Nigeria. I think we need to work hard, so that some of these things will be done here in Nigeria.”

The author of the book said he used his experience as legal practitioner, law teacher and a traditional ruler to write the book to help the society on how to resolve conflicts.

According to him, dispute resolution is key because in every society, there is bound to be dispute and the way the dispute is resolved to the satisfaction of every party will bring lasting peace to the society.

In his remarks, the paramount ruler of Ogbia Kingdom, King Charles Owaba, said the traditional institution represents arbitration and dispute resolution in Nigeria.

He commended the author for the effort put into his book towards settling disputes without the court. 

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