In this interview with Joseph Jibueze, Candide-Johnson speaks on corruption in the judiciary, resolving political disputes through ADR and how an effective arbitration system can transform the economy.


What is your appraisal of public/corporate response to ADR in Nigeria? 

That ought to be a strange question because alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is ideally the most natural action any African would consider in settling a dispute. The African continent is legendary for its long-standing traditional means of dispute resolution, which are emulated by modern ADR. However, it is true that awareness and understanding of ADR in a modern commercial context is recently being aroused by advocates like the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and the growing number of Nigerians who are exhausted and disappointed by the failure of the courts. These courts were established in Nigeria by the King of England to operate with efficiency and integrity to promote peace and prosperity in the country. In the light of this, the response has been slow but is gaining pace. Both the private and public sectors are in agreement that commerce requires a conducive operating environment to thrive, one that is not dictated by self-interest.  A key part of that environment is the prompt, efficient and effective resolution of inevitable business disputes.

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