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Archival Review of The Role of the Citizens Mediation Centre in Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution in Lagos State, Nigeria

Taiwo, Kasumu and Onyeonoru, Ifeanyi P. (2015) Archival Review of The Role of the Citizens Mediation Centre in Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution in Lagos State, Nigeria. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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Millions of people in developing and developed countries use rental housing to meet their housing or business needs or as a source of income. While peaceful co-existence between landlords and tenants is the norm in some places, elsewhere, landlord-tenant relations are characterised by suspicion, mistrust, power tussle, and the struggle by each group to get the best out of the relationship at the expense of the other. This situation most times leads to disputes, which if not amicably resolved, could sour the relationship between the two parties and may degenerate into violence and breach of public peace. Although indigenous channels for resolving landlord and tenant disputes exist, lack of fairness of the mechanisms coupled with the cost, prolonged hearing and lack of privacy of the judicial forum led to the establishment of the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC) in 1999. However, it has been observed that the CMC faces many operational challenges which have hampered its functions. These include inadequate coverage of all the local government areas in Lagos State, lack of adequate funding, inability of the Centre to engage with its target audiences, and inability of the Centre in sharing its success stories with prospective disputants. Using the Human Needs Theory, this paper argues that resolving landlord-tenant disputes in Lagos State will require parties recognising the needs of each other and striving to meet them, while at the same time, parties should recognise, respect, accept, listen to or accommodate the other party’s diversities such as culture, language, values, needs and interests. The paper recommends that for a more vibrant CMC to be realised, there is need for greater funding, greater publicity of its activities, and continuous engagement with its target population.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landlords, Tenants, Disputes, Citizens, Mediation, Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 11:00

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