The Kwara Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) has said it will meet with the Chief Judge of Kwara State, Justice Abiodun Adebara, on the establishment of a special court to handle disputes arising from businesses in the state.
The President of the chamber, Barrister Ronke Adeyemi, disclosed this on Monday during an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to her, issues “pertaining to trade should not be tried in courts where theft and other matters related are heard.”
Mrs Adeyemi explained that the establishment of a commercial court was desirable in view of the “frustrations litigants often experience as a result of delay in adjudication of cases in courts.”
She said, “Although we have a court at the High Court that treats mainly financial issues such as cases of EFCC, this will speed up the determination of such cases.”
Mrs Adeyemi, who is the 11th and first female president of the chamber in the state, noted that, “Creating such a court will boost the people’s confidence in doing business in the state.
“Once people know that when they come to do business in Kwara and they have a problem, they won’t be locked up in court for ages, they will be willing to come here.”
Mrs Adeyemi, who is a one-time chairman, state chapter of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), noted that, “The absence of rule of law in the country poses threats to business owners.
“It is also discouraging business owners from bringing in partners into their enterprises owing to fear of sabotage.”
She further said, “It is the rule of law that makes it impossible for a partner in America and Europe to sabotage the business because they won’t only be caught but be punished.
“But in Nigeria, when you bring in a partner, he will be looking for ways to exterminate you and take over your business and nothing will happen.”