Detective Inspector Reynolds Yeboah of the Ashaiman DOVVSU speaking during the educational programme.
AS PART of efforts to improve justice delivery, Society for Youth Policy and Poverty Alleviation (SYPPA), an Ashaiman-based non-governmental organization (NGO), in partnership with Star Ghana, has embarked on a project themed, ‘Civic support for improved justice delivery through the ADR system in Ashaiman.’ It was to educate Ashaiman residents on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system.
Resource persons were drawn from the Ashaiman Divisional Domestic Violent and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), Department of Social Welfare, Ashaiman Magistrate Court and the ADR.
Mr. Jonathan Aviisah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SYPPA speaking at the programme, mentioned that his outfit aimed to educate residents on the system because ADR has such powers to sit on civil cases to resolve them through mediation, adding that the ADR system of resolving issues leaves both parties peacefully co-existing with each other.
According to him, it had become significant for residents and Ghanaians to be acquainted with the laws of the country in order for them not to fall foul of them (laws) since ‘ignorance of the law is not an excuse.’
Mr. Kingsley Kutiamah, Ashaiman ADR Secretary, after chronicling some functions of ADR and cases being handled by his outfit, noted that ADR does not adjudicate cases.
He explained that when aggrieved parties take a common stance and after signing an agreement form, one party fails to adhere to its side of the agreement, the case will be referred to the court to use its powers to order the defaulter to meet its commitment.
According to him, the court, like DOVVSU, usually refers cases to the ADR to mediate because of the mutuality in the latter’s system.
Launching the project, Hajia Mariama Ali, former member of the Counsel of State and member of the People’s National Congress (PNC), commended SYPPA for bringing the functions of the ADR to the doorsteps of residents, most of who never knew that such an outfit existed in their locality.
From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman
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