Legal practitioners and other residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has been advised to consider alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in resolving numerous land cases pending in FCT Courts.
The FCT Minister, Malam Musa Bello, gave the advice when officials of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA, Abuja Chapter, led by its Chairman; Barrister Ezenwa Anumnu paid him a visit.
Malam Bello said that the protracted land disputes give negative perception of Nigeria as a very difficult place to do business, among the international community.
“Some of the cases that are pending in court are a case that could really be sorted out just by discussions and that is why we have to encourage alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for these issues to be settled out of court,” the Minister explained.
Malam Bello assured that institutions within the FCT Administration would be strengthened to take care of noticeable lapses and promote due process in handling all land related matters.
He noted that the focus of the FCT Administration, among others, was to make the process of doing business much easier in order to move Nigeria’s level on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index to a better level than what it is today.
“We want to move by at least 20 points from where we are now and we realized that land related transactions constitute a very important measure of how systems are judged, whether they are efficient and user friendly or not,” Mallam Bello stressed.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Unity Branch of NBA, Barrister Ezenwa Anumnu said the BAR was happy with the laudable strides the FCT Administration is making in terms of cleanliness of the FCT and other progressive things that are happening within the Territory.