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Duties of Experts appointed by an Arbitral Tribunal; per Article 29 of the ACCI DRC Rules (2017)


•Who is an Expert?

An expert according to the definition of the law dictionary, is a Person or persons examined as witnesses in a cause, who testify in regard to some professional or technical matter arising in the case, and who are permitted to give their opinions as to such matter on account of their special training, skill, or familiarity with it. An expert is a person who possesses peculiar skill and knowledge upon the subject matter that he is required to give an opinion upon.

•When are the services of an Expert required?

An expert is required where there is a need to clarify issues in dispute in a tribunal by employing the service of a person specialized in that particular field to help ascertain the reliability or otherwise of facts presented by the parties to a dispute. 

Article 29 of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dispute Resolution Centre (ACCI DRC) Rules 2017 makes provision for the duty of an expert in an arbitral tribunal. 

Article 29 (1) of the ACCI DRC Rules 2017 provides that, after consultation with the parties during hearing, the arbitral tribunal may appoint one or more independent experts to report to it, in writing, on specific issues to be determined by the arbitral tribunal. A copy of the expert’s terms of reference, established by the arbitral tribunal shall be communicated to the parties. 

Furthermore, according to Article 29 (2) ACCI DRC Rules, the expert shall in principle before accepting appointment submit to the arbitral tribunal and to the parties a description of his/her qualifications and a statement of his or her impartiality and independence within the time ordered by the arbitral tribunal. The parties shall inform the arbitral tribunal of any objection as to the experts’ qualifications, impartiality or independence only if the objection is for reasons which the parties became aware of after the appointment had been made. The arbitral tribunal shall decide promptly what, if any, actions to take. 

Article 29(3) further provides that the parties shall give the experts any relevant information or produce for his or her inspection any relevant documents or goods that he or she may require of them. Any dispute between a party and such expert as to the relevance of the required information or production, shall be referred to the arbitral tribunal for decision.  

Article 29(4) states that upon receipt of the expert report, the arbitral tribunal shall communicate a copy of the report to the parties, and they shall be given the opportunity to express in writing their opinion on the report. A party shall be entitled to examine any document on which the experts have relied on in his or her report. 

Finally, Article 29(5) provides that, at the request of any of the parties, after delivery of the report, may be heard at a hearing where the parties shall have the opportunity to be present and interrogate the expert (s). At this hearing, any party may present expert witnesses in order to testify on the points at issue.  

In conclusion, Expert witnesses are not permitted when giving evidence to tender their own opinions as fact. The reason for this is that to allow opinion evidence would be to usurp the fact-finding duties of the arbitrators.

By Amina N. Nwabuezeh, LL.B, BL, AICMC

Dispute Resolution Officer, Dispute Resolution Centre of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry

WANEP’s 20th Anniversary- Welcome Address by Executive Director


Welcome Address by Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze, FICMC, Executive Director WANEP at the Opening Ceremony of WANEP’s 20th Anniversary, March 26, 2019

Your Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana-Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo, Excellency, former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and former President of ECOWAS Commission, Desire Ouedraogo the Chainman of this occasion, Excellency the United Nations Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Excellency the President of ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude BROU, Excellences Former Presidents and Commissioners of ECOWAS and African Union Commissions, Excellences Special Envoys of African Union and ECOWAS,  Chair and members of the WANEP Regional and National Boards, founding Directors of WANEP, former Board members, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished WANEP partners and friends, leaders of CSOs and peace agencies across the globe (special recognition of the President of ICMC, Executive Director of ACCORD, GPPAC, WASCI, Commandant of KAIPTC, Coordinator of the IPSS and the representative of the Baywood Foundation),  former and current colleagues, our friends from the media, Ladies and Gentlemen 

Twenty years is a milestone. It is an occasion to celebrate- and an opportunity to reminisce on our unique experience as an institution and chart a future that consolidates the vision of our founding directors. I am delighted to welcome you this morning to our celebration of 20 years of peacebuilding practice, learning and contribution to Africa peace and security agenda. I believe this is one of the rare moments of our history we are privileged to host this level of dignitaries comprising leaders of African States and government, leadership from the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS, key stakeholders in the security sector, businesses, civil society and academia to mention but a few.  Some of you have travelled quite a distance to grace this event – whether you battled through our challenging interstate road networks or through our sometimes, impossible regional connecting flights, we are happy you got here to share the WANEP story – a story you have been part of in many ways! Let me specially express my sincere appreciation to His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana, for being the first sitting President to attend a WANEP regional function. We thank you, previous governments and the Ghanaian citizens for providing us with the conducive environment to operative our administrative and program headquarters that facilitates our peacebuilding approach and impact across West Africa.

WANEP was born as a direct response to the conflicts and civil wars that plagued the West African region throughout the 80s and 90s. It was born out of a genuine desire to establish a credible platform for addressing African problems from an African perspective. More importantly, it was a conviction that Africans can establish, nurture, grow and sustain an institution. Today, WANEP is no longer just an institution but an attitude, a bold statement and the pride of Africans. I pay special tribute to my predecessors, Dr. Sam Gbaydee Doe and Hon. Emmanuel Habuka Bombande for sowing and nurturing the mustard seed that is celebrated today as an oak tree of many branches and a forest of many parts.

The birth and beginning of WANEP was not only fraught with difficulties but also bumps and jabs! It took more than a year of consultations and negotiations to get us started and even then, it was seen as an experiment and at best a project with an end date. Our founding Directors and Board with the initial 20 members were resolute and unyielding in their resolve for a new narrative for African peace and security. A narrative that enables us take responsibility for our actions and inactions in Togo, Ghana and Benin as well as allow us lead in the design and implementation of peacebuilding strategies in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. A platform that gives us autonomy and space to reflect and learn from our interventions in Mali, Cape Verde and Nigeria while giving us pride in the successes we record in Gambia, Guinea and Burkina Faso.  Juxtaposed to this is the celebration of our partnerships and accompaniments in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire.  It gives us a sense of fulfilment that while we appreciate our imperfections in responding to our challenges we take pride in what we have learnt as an institution and how it continually motivates and shapes our resolve to find indigenous solutions to conflicts in our region.

Over the years, WANEP has evolved to meet changing and challenging dynamics of conflicts in Africa and position itself to deliver on the expectations of our clients and communities.  In addition to our growing influence and footprint in West Africa peace and security arena, we have expanded our work at the continental level as part of our contribution to address African challenges through the Africa Peace and Security Architecture. In 2017 we seconded a staff to the African Union Commission Peace and Security Department just as we have maintained a Liaison at the ECOWAS Commission since 2004. In this regard, I pay special tribute to His Excellency Ibn Chambas for taking the initial “risk” of signing an MoU with WANEP in 2004 as ECOWAS Strategic Partner in Peace and Security – the first of its kind in Africa! The experiences from AU and ECOWAS has endeared us to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) that has formally requested that WANEP provide them with support in operationalizing its early warning system and to build its partnership with CSOs in the region- a reflection of WANEP-ECOWAS partnership example in West Africa.  We have now advanced discussions to second a staff at the ECCAS Commission to support its vision of bridging the gap between CSOs, intergovernmental organizations and its member states. In the years ahead, we are committed to cross fertilize ideas that cut across borders and boundaries of Africa, expanding the horizon and sharing our knowledge with other Regional Economic Communities and CSOs on the continent

We continue to leverage on our partnerships and the growing expertise of our staff in developing innovative strategies that enable us to remain relevant. A retrospection of where we started from and where we are today clearly shows a phenomenal growth in the key areas of governance, advocacy, program planning and implementation, financial management and accountability and adherence to the organization’s strategic direction. Despite the challenges associated with managing large networks including the harmonization of operational instruments and institutional reforms, WANEP networks continue to play critical roles in supporting ECOWAS, AU and its member states peace and security agenda

At this juncture, Mr. Chairman, Excellences, ladies and gentlemen, permit me to recognize our past and present partners especially those who have funded our activities generously over the years. Some of them took the initial risk of investing in an unknown organization operating in unpopular thematic areas of early warning, active non-violence, women in peacebuilding and other conflict prevention mechanisms while others have helped us sustain the vision of our founders. Institutions like the Catholic Relief Services, Bread for the World, Miseror, United States Agency for International Development, Governments of Finland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Germany/GIZ, European Union, Oxfam, NOVIB, OSIWA, USIP, and other strategic partners like AU, ECOWAS, GPPAC, WACSI, CDD, ACCORD, NPI, defunct FEWER, KAIPTC, IPSS of the University of Ibadan, Institute for Chartered Mediators and Conciliators among many others have all played and continued to play vital roles in the growth and sustenance of WANEP and at this anniversary celebration, we pay special compliment and honour them for their contributions.

I have already acknowledged our founding directors and my mentors for laying the foundation upon which thrive today. Let me respectfully appreciate our professional Regional and National Board members especially the current Chair AVM Christian Edem Dovlo and Chairman Emeritus Professor Isaac Albert, the distinguished and highly committed members of WANEP who are with us today, former board and staff members, my colleagues in the management team, our national staff and all of you our friends. There is no way to adequately thank you for what you have helped us to achieve especially in our early years. Without your focused commitment to improve the peace and security landscape in West Africa, without your dedication to build a solid organization that could really make a difference, we simply would not be where we are today. I equally pay special tribute to our colleagues who have passed on and hope that they will be proud of how our collective dream is helping and changing lives.

In preparing for this 20th anniversary celebration I dug into the archives of WANEP and unearthed a number of gems including the report of our initial consultative meetings to establish WANEP. The good old pictures that portrayed Sam and Emmanuel as boys and Esther as a school girl.  I had joyous moments of how much we have stood true to our vision, commitments and conviction. I reviewed some of the evaluation reports and audited accounts, I reviewed staff list and performance appraisals and more importantly our challenges and ordeals. The story of WANEP is in many respects the story of the changing topography of peace and security. Our work and scope have matured and modified with the transforming needs of African citizens and government and looking into the future we see our potpourri of ideas being increasingly fine-tuned to address priorities such as violent extremism, governance and leadership deficit, integration agenda of Africa, women and youth empowerment, poverty and underdevelopment, strengthening our governance and institutional mechanisms as a network, environmental issues and many more. All these falls under the human security lexicon, the SDGs, Africa Vision 2063 and ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework and I am very pleased that our current and future strategic plans are poised to address and contribute to the success and impact of these initiatives.

Today we are also privileged to have the President of the Republic of Ghana to inaugurate the first ever West Africa Peacebuilding Fellows and I am truly honoured to have them here at this auspicious event. The Body of Fellows is for exceptional West African citizens who work in and beyond their countries of origin and whose contribution has direct bearing on peace and security in West Africa. The Fellowship seeks to harness and leverage the skills of peacebuilding practitioners in support of WANEP, ECOWAS Member States and the Commission as well as other development agencies and practitioner’s intervention for conflict transformation in Africa. It further seeks to support research, teaching, publication, and practical field experience on issues of peace, causes of conflict, and Africa’s development; thereby inspiring people to build relationships for a culture of tolerance and peace while enhancing their capacity, knowledge, and skill through interactions and exchanges. With the fluidity and nature of threats in the region, requiring rapid and innovative strategies to prevent or mitigate their impact, it has become imperative to have a platform of peacebuilding actors across the region with proven expertise and hands-on experience to provide guidance and direction in the design and implementation of peacebuilding programs. To celebrate the birth of this Fellowship a public lecture has been scheduled immediately after this opening ceremony. This maiden lecture will focus on the future and features of peace and security in Africa and will inform the design of WANEP’s next strategic plan 

Today we will also present a documentary of our work and impact on the continent and two important books showcasing our contributions to elections and democratic process in West Africa and lessons from our partnership with intergovernmental organisations. Our exhibition will portray our collective work in the last 20 years from the regional and national level. With your support WANEP has grown tremendously over the past 20 years both in terms of the depth of its remit and the impact of its interventions. WANEP is a partnership and a family, it is also 15 countries, several donors, professional Board, 554 members and over 10 million direct and indirect beneficiaries, civil society, indigenous people, and business. Operating as a network allows WANEP to draw on the expertise and capacities of each, giving us a very broad set of competencies, as well as the ability to support ECOWAS and AU and make influence that transcends our internal capacity. So, believe me excellences, ladies and gentlemen when I say I am very proud to have the rare opportunity of leading this team to celebrate 20 years of impact, 20 years of accomplishment and 20 years of solid foundation that bonds us for future challenges.  

Your Excellency Mr. President, permit me to confess that though I have been nurtured by two very shy professionals, I have relied more on the biblical injunction of ask and you shall receive Which is why I humbly bring up the following passionate appeal to you. In 2015 we submitted a request to the Ministry of Foreign affairs to grant WANEP diplomatic status. The request was supported by ECOWAS in the form of a recommendation to the government  and backed by an MoU with AU. Our ability to meet the demands of ECOWAS, AU and member states and the cost of our doing business is hindered by our inability to access this status and we use this opportunity to collectively ask your excellency to kindly facilitate this process within his powers to enable us serve Africa better.

Naturally, we are deeply encouraged by the enthusiasm we see out there for the future of WANEP. Your attendance here today is just one of many recent examples of that enthusiasm, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help harness and leverage it. We have truly embraced our role as a catalyst and partner for change. In fact, we have made that catalytic work a central pillar in our plan as we look forward to another decade of peacebuilding practice in Africa. Of course, our plan for reaching the big goal will largely depend on you our partners and friends and as we share this moment with you, we invite you to continue to be part of our story – this is why we invited you here today. We want the benefit of your good thinking, and the energy generated by your enthusiasm, to help us chart the road ahead and to continue to be relevant to you. Thank you for your friendship and for believing in us. Akwaba!

Welcome Address by ACCI President at the Inauguration of the Planning Committee for the Government Contract Dispute Resolution Workshop



I am delighted to be here today, February 28, 2019, to inaugurate this Committee on Government Contract Dispute Resolution Workshop. This Workshop will no doubt mark a giant stride in the development of amicable and alternative ways of resolving government contract related disputes in Nigeria other than the traditional means.

I would first like to thank the stakeholders who have accepted to Co-coordinate this workshop and are present today for this inauguration.

For the keen observers, it may interest you to recall that, over a year ago, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in line with the best international practices as laid down by the International Chamber of Commerce; established a Dispute Resolution Centre where interested parties can have an additional option for resolution of commercial disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This was consequent upon the need to remedy the critical challenges in expeditious resolution of commercial disputes and indeed all disputes in Abuja and Nigeria in general.

It is now well established that one of the critical factors driving economic development, ease of doing business as well as investment in any society is the existence of effective and efficient disputes resolution mechanisms. 

Today, I look back at the journey so far, with a sense of accomplishment and further drive to do more. The biggest room in life is the room for improvement. Indeed, more has to be done and more will be done. It is therefore in the light of the above that I commend the Chairman of the DRC, Chief Emeka Obegolu and his team for their doggedness to ensure that the Centre’s mandate is now being brought to fruition.

This Dispute Resolution Centre, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, will coordinate this workshop designed to address and deal with issues, which invariably arise during the course of performance of Nigerian Public Sector Contracts and how to resolve these issues using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The workshop is targeted at stakeholders including contractors, lawyers, company secretaries, General Counsel, ADR Experts, Procurement Officers and anyone else interested in the evolving process of dispute resolution in the federal contracting space.

Stakeholders constitute Committee on Government Contract Dispute Resolution

I am not unaware of the fact that costs and risk management are important factors that must be taken into account when undertaking projects. Studies have shown that main causes of disputes between contractors and the Government were non-payment of certified sums; financial claims; wrongful determination of contract, ambiguous contract documents; inadequate provisions in the contract conditions and misinterpretation of contract documents.

It is already a challenge to resolve these disputes as parties resort to litigation as the preferred resolution method thereby causing delays in project delivery and also make projects expensive in the long run. Also, these disputes have been seen to have caused poor performance in government projects and often leads to prolonged delays in implementation, interruptions and sometimes even suspensions of work.

However, in recent times, Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration and all forms of ADR have been accepted as the appropriate means of resolution of Government Contract Dispute hence this workshop.

Our expectation is that this Workshop will enhance participants approach to create possibilities for Government and Contractor relationships, prequalification amenability, avoid disputes and resolve them when they arise amiably by avoiding unnecessary litigation and adversarial settlement, create a more productive and progressive business environment, explore a diverse range of ADR modalities which prevent, avoid or moderate disputes while retaining relationships of both parties.  It will also position them to know how to access related expertise, resources, tools and references for further learning, development and resolution support.

On this note, I invite Members of this Planning Committee to note that you have the planning and execution of an exciting Workshop programme ahead of you and I wish us all a successful Workshop. The Chamber will give you all the necessary support to for the successful execution of this workshop, as that is the only way to take our country to the next level.

It is now my pleasure and privilege to inaugurate this Committee. The work starts now.

Thank you and best wishes.

Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, CON., SAN

President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Announcing the 145th Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators in Portharcourt


Become a Certified and Accredited Mediator and Conciliator!

I am pleased to inform you that the 145th Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification course of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date: April 8-11 2019

Venue: NBA Portharcourt Branch House, No. 1 Bank road, Portharcourt, Rivers State

Time: 9am-4pm daily

The course is a rich blend of legal and therapeutic disciplines, creating an inspiring learning experience. 

It is a 4-day program but in 5 parts: 

1. Theories

2. Practical sessions – Role plays

3. Accreditation Examination

4. Post Course Assignment

5. Induction Ceremony 

ICMC Mediation Skills Training in Enugu

Course fee: N150,000 (One hundred and fifty thousand Naira) only

Payment should please be made in favour of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators: Zenith Bank, Acct No: 1012451855

l look forward to the privilege of warmly welcoming you to the program. 

Please call Mrs. Fiberesima (08037248599), Chidy (08099359008) or Irene  (08066292907) for enquiries. 


 ‘Segun Ogunyannwo

 Registrar, ICMC

Educating a New Generation of Practitioners


By Chidimma Onyiaorah

Reigstrar, Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre (ACCI-DRC)

One of the most overlooked areas, which must be addressed, as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) evolves, is the importance of educating and empowering a new generation of emerging practitioners. Some universities and institutions currently offer post graduate degrees and diplomas for students interested in ADR.

However, if the focus is solely on postgraduate opportunities, we have failed to communicate the importance of other ADR processes to a significant number of university students who graduate without appreciating that there are other legitimate and effective forms of dispute resolution other than litigation.

Along with any innovation and development comes a new challenge, and with that a new method to deal with it. Unsurprisingly, the segment of dispute resolution is no different from the others and also needs to rapidly adapt to the fast paced developments in the world of international commerce.

After years of litigation reigning in the world of dispute resolution, Arbitration, Mediation, Negotiation and other forms of ADR are becoming  more recognized and this, no doubt, affects the requirement for specialized training and practice in numerous ways.

In order to follow this new “legal” trend, training and re-training is inevitable to those wishing to keep up with the emerging trends and to satisfy current or future client’s needs. This is a sure way of refocusing capacity or strengthening same. In this case, there is need to discover the skills set of these practitioners, upskill and reskill them.

ADR in the conflict resolution process has, over the years, been down-played as legal education foists on students the inevitability of learning the law through legal principles.

Justice Opeyemi Oke of the Lagos High Court, as she then was, while delivering a keynote address at Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Training on ADR a few years ago, underscored the need for this radical change and stressed that ADR should be taught in the universities and the law school to help de-emphasize litigation. She said “Enhancing the conflict resolution processes deserves a legal education that imparts the necessary skills that can prepare practitioners including lawyers, judges and policy makers for their tasks.”

When this is done, the conflict resolution processes will have a positive effect on our justice delivery system in terms of service that will be provided by conflict resolution practitioners, not only to their clients and users of ADR, but most importantly to the society at large.

In Nigeria, research already shows that Alternative Dispute Resolution is rarely taught in the Universities as a course or even part of a course but as post graduate courses. In Law schools, ADR is barely expatiated on as another way of dispute resolution. This, in my opinion has necessitated that efforts are injected into this area to make for expeditious ventilation on disputes.

I believe it is important that ADR mechanisms are not only taught as post graduate courses but for it to be taught in the universities and the Nigerian Law School to build capacity in dispute resolution. Students also need to be brought to light, the career opportunities in ADR; from being Arbitrators, Mediators to Tribunal Secretaries even before graduation. This will encourage them to build their career parts early in this field if interested.

Many international and local ADR Institutions have realized this gap and the need for skilling, reskilling and even upskilling practitioners in ADR and have since continued to offer relevant trainings to bridge these gaps.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) has over the years provided trainings to individuals in Arbitration and other specialized ADR courses who thereafter are certified as Arbitrators.

The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, (ICMC) Nigeria has also embarked on the mission with a vision to offer trainings on Mediation and mediation techniques. Further, the Institute realizing the need and importance for lawyers and indeed law students to be provided with knowledge of Mediation as an Alternative to Litigation have collaborated with the Nigerian Law School to offer these trainings to law students.

In the same light, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre (ACCI-DRC) has diversified its target audience for ADR training. In addition to offering postgraduate trainings in ADR, the Centre is working towards delivering trainings to Law  schools and universities on ADR, most particularly on ADR Registry and Secretarial Services; an aspect of ADR which is mostly ignored. These developments will no doubt bring the needed changes and awareness on ADR. Indeed more has to be done and more will be done.

The further growth of ADR depends greatly on collaboration, interdependence and genuine reform at a grassroots level. 

Moving forward, there is need to form more meaningful partnerships with academic institutions, ADR institutes and encourage the emerging generation of practitioners to form and lead new societies and associations. This will ensure a workable partnership which will impact positively on the fortunes of all concerned.



Become a Certified and Accredited Mediator and Conciliator!

I am pleased to inform you that the 146th Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification course of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date: March 25-28, 2019

Venue: Aston Ville Hotels & Suites, 33 Goshen Estate Road, Premier Layout, by Independence Layout, Phase II, Enugu

The course is a rich blend of legal and therapeutic disciplines, creating an inspiring learning experience. 

It is a 4-day program but in 5 parts: 

1. Theories

2. Practical sessions – Role plays

3. Accreditation Examination

4. Post Course Assignment

5. Induction Ceremony 

Course fee: N150,000 (One hundred and fifty thousand Naira) only

Payment should please be made in favour of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators: Zenith Bank, Acct No: 1012451855

l look forward to the privilege of warmly welcoming you to the program. 

Please call  Hon. Anioke (08037129020), Chidy (08099359008) or Irene  (08066292907) for enquiries.

‘Segun Ogunyannwo

Registrar, ICMC



As the Nigerian elections come to a close, the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) urges aggrieved candidates and Nigerians to utilize Mediation, Conciliation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms to resolve post election disputes.

According to the President of the Institute, Chief Emeka J.P. Obegolu, FICMC, FCIArb (UK), Mediation and other mechanisms within the Alternative Dispute Resolution spectrum should be given the opportunity to resolve violence and disputes arising from electoral activities. 

Such opportunities are available within the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators and the Electoral Alternative Dispute Resolution Directorate of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

However, Emeka Obegolu, on behalf of the Institute, emphasizes that while Mediation is suitable for resolving pre and post election crises, once a winner has been declared by INEC, ONLY an election tribunal can reverse such a declaration.



Stakeholders from the public and private sector have come together to address issues around the resolution of disputes arising from the award and execution of government contracts in order to check the perennial issues of abandonment of projects and cost overrun.

The stakeholders which include the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ministry of FCT, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigerian Bar Association, JICAM, etc met on the 28th of February 2019, under the auspices of  the Stakeholders Committee on Government Contract Dispute Resolution to announce a National Workshop to be held at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre on the 7th and 8th of May 2019. 

The aim of this Workshop is for major stakeholders in Nigeria to brainstorm and address how disputes arising from government contracts can be resolved speedily 

The registration fee is N150,000 (One hundred and fifty thousand Naira) only which covers tea breaks and lunch, workshop materials and manuals on effective resolution of conflicts. 

The Chairman of the Steering Committee, Mallam Bukhari Bello, CON (Chairman of FRSC Board), on behalf of the Committee, invites Company Secretaries, Private Legal Practitioners, Contractors, Legal Advisers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government and Dispute Resolution practitioners and the public to register and attend the workshop. 


Prince Adetokumbo Kayode, SAN CON

President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry




The Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammed Bello, is to be conferred with the rank of Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).

Following a resolution of the ICMC Governing Council, the President of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Chief Emeka J.P. Obegolu, FICMC, FCIArb (UK), led a delegation to the Federal Capital Territory Administration to inform the Honourable Minister of this award of Fellowship and discuss possible collaborations between the Institute and the FCT.

Chief Emeka Obegolu, in communicating the resolution of Council, stated that the award of Fellowship is the Institute’s highest level of professional recognition and it encourages awardees to continue to bring peace and harmony wherever they are. He stated further that in coming to the resolution, the Council took into consideration the relative industrial peace that has marked his tenure as Minister of FCT as well as the enthronement of ADR as a preferred process of Dispute Resolution in the Ministry of FCT. 

The award ceremony will take place during the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Conference and Induction Ceremony of the Institute scheduled to hold December 3, 2019 in Abuja.



The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammed Bello, who was represented by the General Counsel of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Mohammed B. Umar, commended the good efforts of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) in advancing the resolution of disputes using Mediation.

This commendation was given following a formal courtesy visit to the FCTA from the President of Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Chief Emeka J.P. Obegolu, FICMC, FCIArb (UK), the Deputy Registrar; Aisha Ado Abdullahi, the Vice President, Exams & Records; Lloyd Duru and the Training & Communications Officer; Chimdimma Onyedebelu.

Chief Emeka Obegolu expressed the desire of the Institute to establish a relationship with the Federal Capital Territory in terms of dispute resolution. He emphasized that Mediation and Conciliation will help will help ease the unimaginable burden on the Legal Services Secretariat of the FCTA.

The ICMC President also assured the General Counsel and his team that the Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training of the Institute will help in building interpersonal relationships among staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
Mr. Mohammed Umar and his team, on behalf of the Honourable Minister, Mallam Muhammed Bello, warmly welcomed the delegation from ICMC and expressed their sincere gratitude for the enlightenment.

The General Counsel assured the Institute that the Legal Services Secretariat of FCTA has bought into Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and they are of the firm belief that it does indeed resolve disputes.

The General Counsel expressed the willingness of FCTA to partner with ICMC to set up a Training Institute for the FCT with annual ADR forums, set up a Dispute Resolution Centre within FCTA and, organize special Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification trainings for their Directors and staff.

Both the ICMC President and FCTA General Counsel agreed to engage in further discussions to cement this blooming collaboration.