The Bayelsa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has trained its personnel to build their capacity on conflict resolution.
The training was specifically organised for Divisional Officers and Peace Desk Officers in the state.
In a speech, the state Commandant of the corps, Mr Lucy Fakoya, urged the participants to avail themselves of the opportunity to improve their mediation and reconciliation skills.
Fakoya said that the programme also sought to achieve Federal Government’s target on key performance indicators in the area of interpersonal conflicts.
According to him, the issues on communal clashes, farmers/herders conflict, early warning and response mechanisms will be discussed at the training.
The commander said that as chief mediators, the participants were expected to deploy their knowledge in settling disputes in local communities.
Mr Olayinka Oguntayo of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Department of NSCDC, Abuja, lectured the participants on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (ADR) in settling conflicts.
He said that ADR saves time, is cheaper and a win-win approach for all parties.
Oguntayo also spoke on the need for them to collaborate with the ministry of justice to obtain consent judgement.
He said that the judgment would help to legalise agreements reached by parties after successful mediation.
Some of the participants commended the NSCDC for the training and pledged to put the lessons learnt in conflict resolution. (NAN)