The Lagos State Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje, on Thursday, said it is better to promote peaceful co-existence than run after criminals.
Shitta-Bey-Jeje stated this during the commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Peace 2023, held on Thursday at the Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre’s office in Ikeja.
The UN International Day of Peace is an annual event designed to draw “public attention to the commitment of the Lagos State Government to amicable dispute resolution and the promotion of peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
The Solicitor-General stressed that teaching people to embrace amicable settlement of disputes would reduce conflict in different communities across the state and, consequently, would reduce litigation and the amount of taxpayers’ money used in funding them.
“Therefore, in the discharge of our duties and various responsibilities in our daily lives as children, parents, public servants, private practitioners, and religious leaders, there is a need to ensure that our various actions are geared towards a peaceful society in order to achieve the global goals and also the Lagos State T.H.E.M.E.S.+ Agenda of making Lagos the most peaceful, safest and smartest city in Africa,” she added.
Commenting on the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #Global Goals,’ the Director, CMC, Mrs Abiola Oseni, said, “Everyone has roles to play in promoting peace through the way we relate with one another, and how we speak and address issues.”
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