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The Rivers State House of Assmbly held a plenary last week Thursday and received reports from the committee on Judiciary regarding the Rivers State Arbitration Bill 2018.
The Speaker, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, equally used the sitting to inform the House of the governor’s visit Monday to present the 2019 budget.
Rt Hon. Ibani called on members to make themselves available on the day of budget presentation, as the House was expected to be full to welcome the governor.
Presenting the reports of the two bills which have passed public hearing stage, Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Hon. Sam Ogeh, said the bill witnessed contributions from different legal bodies, and therefore placed them before the joint committee of the house for further debate.
Recall the penultimate week, the House held a public hearing session attended by professional groups and members of the public to proffer their views on the State Abitratin Bill and Multi-Door Court House Bill 2018.
In her presentation for the Mulli-Door Court House bill, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Barrister Florence Fiberesiwa opined that the proposed law will help the citizens have access to justice since they were given an alterative to settle their disputes.
She revealed that ahead the passage of the bill, the ministry had already put all logistics in place for the take off the Multi-Door Court.
In her words, “there is increasing pressure on the judiciary, so it will reduce the mono-litigation option as litigants will be provided with other options to settle their disputes”.
The permanent secretary called on the House to do all it can to quickly pass the bill in to law as the benefits were numerous.
On her part, representative of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Nancy Obinna, hailed the proposed law as overdue.
She said, “we are in full support of this bill because already FIDA has been applying alternative dispute resolutions in most of its cases”.
Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and head of its legal team, deacon Promise Uchegbu, was of the view that the Mulli-Door Court House Bill will gender harmony in the church.
Said Uchegbu, “it will help the Church in handling some of its matters internally, and we also believed that the Church should be involved in ADR”.
He added “the Church sees this as an oppourtinity to settle some of its cases and not allow them to escalate”.