Safe and orderly environments in the tertiary institutions are essential to promoting high standards for learning and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potentials. Too often, however, university students are involved in diverse set of conflicts in the school settings. There are diverse concerns ranging from assaults, agitations with administration, disputes between students over choices, class, clothing, and other possessions, to graver tendencies such as, cultism and riots, which at times make the tertiary institutions a hotbed of conflicts.
Project Zero Violence Zero litigation is the most recent initiative of the NCMG International. In all democracies, credible, free and fair elections are a mediating tool for resolving competing claims to power. Through voting, citizens are able to make choices among the contesting parties and candidates. The credibility of elections is itself enabled by the ever vigilant stakeholders, always ensuring that elections retain the mediating role. Unsurprisingly therefore, in developed democracies, elections stabilize and legitimize governance.
Project Zero Violence Zero Litigation (“Project Zero”) is convened by the NCMG International as a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder response to electoral violence and disputes in Africa. More to the point, the project’s point of departure is that achieving zero violence and zero litigation is impossible unless all stakeholders in the electoral process perform their roles in an effective manner. All stakeholders, including the electoral management bodies, political interest groups, trade associations, youth, women, security agencies, religious bodies, media establishments and legal community must all become willing and vigilant watchdogs of the African electoral process. The project is anchored on the following components namely:
1. Electoral Peace Pledge (EPP)
2. Eminent Persons Group (EPG)
4. Monitoring and Evaluation
To ensure the provision and maintenance of international standards in training, service and accreditation for the ADR industry, NCMG International also champions the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and is a member of AfMA (African Mediation Association) headquartered in South Africa with European offices in The Hague, the Netherlands. NCMG International is also accredited by IMI (International Mediation Institute) in the Netherlands as a training provider.
Support implementation of actions to improve efficiency of Fast Track and Multi door courts in Lagos and Kano States. The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical assistance to support the implementation of recommendations to improve the functioning of the Fast Track Courts (FTCs) and Multidoor Court Houses (MDCs) in Kano and Lagos including the development and implementation of strategies; guidelines; protocols and manuals; training and initial mentoring/supervision during early implementation of the processes;
• Development of a detailed action plan for this assignment in conjunction with the judiciaries with clear actions and outputs; responsibilities and agreed timelines. The plan should be in the template agreed with J4A
• Conducted interview with various stakeholders identified before project commencement such as the Chief Judges of the States, other Judges, Chief Registrar, MDC Directors and Staff of the Registries among others. Designed and developed the “AS IS” map of the current structure of the registries in all the courts.
• Designed and developed the “AS SHOULD” mapping of the same courts registries after international benchmark analysis.
• Support to and regular meetings and consultations with the Chief Judges; judges and chief registrars and any committee that may be established for the project/or for implementing recommendations of the review of the registries.
• In conjunction with the relevant committees established by the judiciaries, develop a detailed costed strategic/action plan for restructuring the court system and establishing multidoor central registry models with short, medium and long term practical actions for implementation by the judiciaries. The plans should include detailed proposal for the online and off line platforms and detailed process maps and organisation structures for the new structures/registries
• Support the development of the FTC/MDC registries towards their integration in the central registry for the planned Multi Door High Courts in the long term.
• Developing/designing/drafting for each of the courts, the following processes to aid effective operations of the registries:
Reorganising the cases & complaints mechanisms of the National Human Rights Commission - a project proposal for the production of a standardised treatment manual on cases and complaints by the NHRC
a) Conduct its investigations and inquiries in such manner as it considers appropriate
b) Institute any civil action on any matter it deems fit in relation to the exercise of its functions
c) Visit prisons, police cells and other places of detention in order to ascertain the conditions thereof and make recommendations to the appropriate authorities
d) Make determination as to the damages or compensation payable in relation to any violation of human rights where it deems necessary in the circumstances of the case
e) Co-operate with and consult with other agencies and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, as it may deem appropriate; and do such other things as are incidental, necessary, conducive or expedient for the performance of its functions under this act.