President, Arbitration And Dispute Resolution Society of Nigeria, ADR, Chief Kole Ojo has decried the increasing number of cases in Nigerian courts which he said could be reduced if Nigerians employ Alternative ways of resolving disputes.
Chief Kole Ojo made this known while featuring on straight talk, a weekly interview programme on premier 93.5FM.
Chief Ojo who said Over two thousand cases before the customary court in Oyo state are yet to be resolved, explained that the long processes in litigation matters was responsible for the delay
He said an average case could last for about six years in court but if properly managed can be resolved within a month through the use of alternative dispute resolution.
He disclosed that ADR has reduced the number of cases that should have ended in court especially at the community level.
While speaking on the lingering face off between Academic Staff Union Of Universities and the Federal government, Chief Ojo said union leaders and government representatives should employ third party expert mediators who understands the nitty gritty of negotiation to resolve the strike.
He advised them to be more educated on the skills of negation, it is not enough to say we have told them what we wanted and they are not listening. That is not negotiation, to really negotiate, you need to see things from the other side and overlook the mistakes of the other side
He maintained that the whole idea of negotiation is to ensure all parties get a win win resolution against the usual court way of delivering winner takes it all judgement.