CIArb boss lauds Lawan for passage of Arbitration and Mediation Act

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Chief J. Akingbola Akinola, SAN, C.Arb

The Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb) Nigeria Branch, Chief J. Akingbola Akinola SAN, C.Arb has commended the Leadership of the senate, under Senator Ahmed Lawan for passing the Arbitration and Mediation Act so as to provide a unified legal framework for the settlement of commercial disputes.




In a statement signed by Chief J. Akingbola Akinola SAN, C.Arb and Branch Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Akinwunmi, FCIArb said they are pleased with the positive result from the Senate over the bill.

According to the release, the process started in 2005 and had no result until three days ago when the Senate concurred with the earlier passage of the bill by the House of Representatives.


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They also applauded the good gesture of the Committee led by Mrs. Funmi Roberts, C.Arb who worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of the Bill.

“We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the Senate passed the Bill to Repeal the Arbitration and Conciliation Act and enact the Arbitration and Mediation Act.

The process began in 2005 with the inauguration of the National Committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration and ADR Laws by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, C.Arb.

The Committee was chaired by the late Honourable Justice Olakunle Joseph Orojo, C.Arb. At the end of its deliberations in 2006, the Committee produced two Bills, the Federal Arbitration and Conciliation Bill and the Model Uniform Arbitration Law for the States, which were unfortunately not passed.

In 2017, the Arbitration Community, led by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria Branch also set up a Committee for the Reform of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1988.
The efforts of the Committee have culminated in the passage of the Arbitration and Mediation Act.

Our deepest gratitude goes to the Committee led by Mrs. Funmi Roberts, C.Arb who worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of the Bill.

Other members of the Committee are Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN, C.Arb, Prof. Paul Idornigie, SAN, C.Arb, Mr. Mohammed Dele Belgore, SAN, C.Arb, Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour SAN, C.Arb, Mr. Olatunde Busari, SAN, C.Arb, Mrs. Miannaya Essien, SAN, C.Arb, Mr. Adeyemi Candide-Johnson, SAN, FCIArb, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN, FCIArb, Mr. Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN, FCIArb, Mrs. Sola Adegbonmire, C.Arb, Mr. Richard Akintunde, SAN, C.Arb, Mrs. Oyinkansola Badejo-Okusanya, FCIArb, Mr. Seyilayo Ojo, C.Arb, Mr. Isaiah Bozimo, FCIArb, Mr. Henry Chibor, FCIArb, Mr. Adewale Jones, FCIArb, Mrs. Jean Chiazor-Anishere, SAN, ACIArb, Mr. Emmanuel Dike FCIArb, Mrs. Kemi Eweje, FCIArb, and Mrs. Caroline Etuk.

“We also thank our esteemed Chairman, Chief J. Akingbola Akinola SAN, C.Arb, and Mr. Yakubu C. Maikyau, SAN, FCIArb for their invaluable efforts to ensure our inroad into the National Assembly leading to the eventual passage of the Act and also all those who contributed their time and resources towards the passage of the Act.

We now await assent to the Act by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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