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ICMC Celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

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Greetings from the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC)
 
In the essence of women’s participation in mediation, you do not have to play masculine to be a strong woman – Mary Elizabeth
 
Today, the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) joins hands with women across the globe to celebrate International Women’s Day under the theme “Gender equality today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”
 
Over time, women are known to play crucial roles in the social, economic, cultural, and political developments and achievements of our society. They are the foundation of the home, caring for, and lending strength to their partners and children.
 
Therefore, gender equality “does not mean that women and men will become the same, but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female.” Gender equity is about fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different, but is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.
 
As an institution committed to advocating the use of Mediation, and other dispute resolution methods, we value the strength, determination and courage of women everywhere, who at their core, are remarkable peacebuilders. We acknowledge the invaluable efforts of our staff, our leaders, and our members, who make up half our membership body.
 
Happy International Women’s Day.
 
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ICMC to partner with the Nigerian Police Force in peacebuilding and Alternative Dispute Resolution

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On the 23rd day of February 2022, The President, Agada John Elachi, Ph.D. FICMC, FCIArb (UK) led a delegation to the office of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali. The delegation comprised of past president Chief (Dr.) Paddy Njoku, Chief Emeka Obegolu, SAN, Registrar, Aisha Ado Abdullahi, Chairperson, ICMC Abuja branch Dr. Rosemary Chikwendu, Usman Ogwu Sule, SAN, Mr. Robert Idoko, Hajiya Jamila Salik and Mercy Akpor.

The President thanked the IGP of Police for receiving the delegation of ICMC and introduced the Institute to the IGP. He explained the services offered by ICMC and the milestones reached in its time of existence as an institute. He also mentioned areas of possible partnership and collaboration between the Nigeria Police Force and the Institute.

With regards to trainings, he noted that ICMC can provide training on mediation and conciliation skills for Force community relations officers across the nation adding that acquiring these skills will help to improve institutional performance for the Nigerian Police Force and equip them with skills to engage with the community better. Dr. Agada John Elachi advocated the use of verbal judo by officers of the Nigeria Police which is a de-escalation strategy to mitigate the conflict situations.

The President also noted that the rate of gender-based violence/spousal abuse has been reported to be on the high and that this is usually downplayed by describing spousal issues as family disputes which eventually may lead to loss of life of one of the parties. A special training on family mediation will help broaden the scope for officers and assist them in promoting and advocating mutually beneficial solutions for all parties involved when dealing with such complaints.

The President stated further that a further collaboration proposed by the Institute is the provision for the various police formations programmes across the country such as seminars for its rank and file which is held weekly. The President announced ICMC branches will provide the resource persons for such interaction which will be undertaken at no cost to the Nigerian Police Force. This will form part of the Institutes’ corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Other possible area of a strategic partnership that the President of ICMC mentioned is the provision of pre, during and post elections peacebuilding activities in partnership with the Nigeria Police Force. With the 2023 general elections approaching, workshops, seminars, and sensitization campaigns on peaceful co-existence and tolerance targeted at community leadership, peace actors and stakeholders around the country would go a long way to promote peace in the polity.

The President further stated that the Institute is willing to put the Volunteer Mediator Scheme (VMS) platform at the use of the Nigeria Police for referral of cases, particularly family-related and gender/children issues to various ICMC branches where ICMC trained Mediators will assist disputing parties reach a settlement.

The IGP thanked the President and the entire delegation of ICMC for the visit. He noted that the points raised by the President are valid especially because peaceful co-existence is a necessity in society. He added further that with regards to collaborations on training and capacity development, the Nigerian Police force is willing to partner with ICMC and he is also available to serve as a resource person at such training. He also emphasized that capacity development is necessary for institutional performance; training and knowledge is very useful and his office is ready to provide whatever is necessary for this partnership to be achieved.

He stated further that he looked forward to receiving a comprehensive proposal from the Institute on the proposed areas of partnership and assured the delegation that when the proposal is received, he shall assign the relevant officers and units to work with the Institute to actualize the objectives of the proposal.

The visit ended with an exchange of contact details, presentation of institutional gifts and group photographs.

Free Webinar – Building a Career in Mediation.

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“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” — Chris Grosser

Planning out your career path will help you climb the ladder toward your goals, it is important to identify your values and skill set to figure out the profession that is right for you.

The Institute is pleased to inform you that the first episode of the “Let’s Mediate” is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: Monday, March 21st, 2022
Time: 11:00am
Venue: ZOOM 

Participation is FREE!

Topic: Building a Career in Mediation
Guest Speaker: Agada Elachi Ph.D., FICMC, FCIArb(UK)

To register, kindly visit; https://bit.ly/letsmed
(100 seats available)

For more information and enquiries, please contact; support@icmcng.org

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Thank you and warm regards.

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ICMC Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training (Virtual)

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The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators is the professional body of dispute resolution practitioners with the mandate to regulate the practice of Mediation, train prospective candidates and encourage organizations and institutions to adopt Mediation and Conciliation as the primary means for resolving disputes.

The Institute is pleased to announce that the Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification training is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: March 7th – 11th, 2022
Time: 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm daily
Venue: Zoom
Course fee: N120,000 (One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) only.

Successful participants of the Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training will be invited to the Institute’s Induction Ceremony to be inducted into the Institute as Associate Members (AICMC).

For registration and further enquiries, please contact:
Mercy Akpor – (08103209095 icmctrainings@gmail.com)
Irene – (08066292907 info@icmcng.org)

ICMC Virtual Admission to Fellow.

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The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators is the professional body of dispute resolution practitioners with the mandate to regulate the practice of Mediation, train prospective candidates and encourage organizations and institutions to adopt Mediation and Conciliation as the primary means for resolving disputes.

The persons qualified to participate in the Admission to Fellow Course include the following:
1. Members of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators who have maintained membership (MICMC) for a minimum of five (5) years
2. Serving and Retired High Court Judges, Khadis and Judges of Customary Courts of Appeal
3. Executive Directors and Heads of Public and Private Establishments/Enterprises
4. Serving Civil Servants on GL15 (Assistant Director) or above
5. Holders of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in any field
6. Holders of a Master’s Degree, in any field, obtained at least 5 years preceding the year of application
7. Holders of a Bachelor’s Degree, in any field, obtained at least fifteen years preceding the year of application
8. Legal practitioners with a minimum of 15 years post-call practice experience.

The Institute is pleased to announce that the Admission to Fellow is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: March 23rd – 25th 2022
Time: 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm daily
Venue: ZOOM
Course fee: N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira).

For registration and further enquiries, please contact:
Mercy Akpor – (08103209095 icmctrainings@gmail.com)
Irene – (08066292907 info@icmcng.org)

Cultural Dilemmas in Mediation and Negotiation (CPD Units: 09)

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cultural dilemmas in Negotiation and Mediation
cultural dilemmas in Negotiation and Mediation

In Negotiations and Mediation sessions, a difference in cultural views can impede the process, especially where the issues in question are contentious.

Most people are influenced by cultural practices and these cultural practices cannot be denied or erased easily, even though we have seen cultural practices evolve over the years.

Where these cultural elements arise in a dispute, a mediator’s ability to understand and respect these diverging views is important to resolving the dispute.

For a mediator to provide solutions to disputing parties that will be mutually acceptable, the mediator must develop the necessary skills and level of awareness of the cultural biases of the parties and provide culturally acceptable solutions.

The Institute is pleased to announce that the training is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: March 1st, 2022
Time: 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm 
Venue: ZOOM
Course fee: N30,000 – Members (Thirty Thousand Naira only)         
40,000 – Non-members (Forty Thousand Naira Only)

For registration and further enquiries, please contact:
Mercy Akpor – (08103209095 icmctrainings@gmail.com)
Irene – (08066292907 info@icmcng.org)

ICMC to Launch “LET’S MEDIATE”

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Lets Mediate Program
Lets Mediate Program

“LET’S MEDIATE” is a virtual program where a group of mediators engage in topic-based or case-based discussion relating to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

This discussion will be led by a Facilitator/Host engaging the audience, with the aim of generating new ideas for solving conflicts, providing solutions to an issue of concern, and also equipping members with various interpersonal skills. The event will be hosted once a month (every 3rd Monday) for forty-five (45) minutes.

GOAL
1. Engagement with the members of the Institute
2. Provision of expert opinion on a topic.
3. Encourage members in active ADR participation
4. Exposure to diverse views in ADR
5. High degree of members involvement

Participation is FREE!

In conclusion, the primary objective of this program is to build a consistent relationship with the members of the Institute and I think you’ll agree that the value this program will add to the Institute is priceless.

ICMC to collaborate with the National Industrial Court ADR Centre

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On the 31st day of January 2022, The President, Dr. Agada John Elachi, FICMC, FCIArb led a delegation to the office of the President, National Industrial Court Honourable Justice B. B.Kanyip Ph.D. FNIALS. The delegation comprised of past president, Chief Paddy Njoku, Immediate past president, Chief Emeka Obegolu, SAN,  immediate past 1ST vice president, Mrs. Margaret Nwagbo, immediate past registrar, Amb. Segun Ogunyanwo, current deputy registrar, Mr. Babatunde Oyefeso, vice President Exams and Records, Dr. Adeola Adams and distinguished fellows of the institute, Yakubu C. Maikyau, SAN, Paul Harris Ogbole, SAN, Mrs. A. Adeshina, SAN, and Head of training of the Institute, Mercy Akpor, and secretary Abuja Branch of the Institute, Adamma Isamade.

The president thanked Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip, Ph.D. FNIALS for receiving the delegation from ICMC in his chambers.  Dr. Agada John Elachi commended the National Industrial Court as one of the foremost courts in Nigeria to have court hearings online, with rulings and judgements uploaded online as well. He added that digital processes and tools have in recent times helped to fastrack the speedy resolution of disputes.

The President announced that the ICMC will be launching an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform for E-Mediation and other related practices on the 31st day of March 2022. The ICMC ODR platform is geared towards making its services much more accessible to members of the public as well as serving as a one-stop shop for ADR practitioners, conflict managers and students.

On this note, he invited the National Industrial Court to partner with ICMC to utilize this ODR platform to create publicity for the NICN ADR Centre and its services.

He also made a case for the practice direction of the NICN ADR centre to be amended to allow for walk in cases and the registration of settlements from mediation processes that were conducted outside the auspices of the NICN ADR centre.

Finally, he offered the services of members of ICMC under the auspices of the VMS programme to help support the staff of the centre in managing the increased traffic that will arise from such amendments to the practice direction and the mediation rules. He promised to send a detailed proposal on this suggestion to the President of the NICN for consideration.

Chief (Dr.) Paddy Njoku presented copies of the ICMC Strategic Action Plan and the ICMC Story to the President of NICN, Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip, Ph.D. FNIALS on behalf of the delegation.

ICMC Calendar of Training for February to April

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ICMC trainings
ICMC trainings

The Institute is pleased to inform you that the training for February to April is scheduled to hold as follow: 

FEBRUARY
1. Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training in Abuja 
Date: 7th – 10th Feb. 2022
Venue: NCC-DRC Abuja Chamber of Commerce, KM 8 Umaru Musa Yar’adua Express Way, Airport Road, Lugbe,          Abuja 
Course Fee: N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) Only 

MARCH
1. Virtual Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training
Date: 7th – 10th March 2022
Venue: ZOOM
Course Fee: N120,000 (One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) Only 

2. Virtual Admission to Fellow (ATF)
Date: 23rd – 25th March 2022
Venue: ZOOM 
Course Fee: N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) Only

March Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
1. Cultural Dilemmas in Negotiation and Mediation – (09 Units)
Date: 1st March 2022
Venue: ZOOM 
Course Fee: Member – N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira) Only 
          Non-member – N40,000 (Forty Thousand Naira) Only 

2. Mediation Advocacy (18 Units)
Date: 10th -11th March 2022
Venue: ZOOM 
Course Fee: Member – N60,000 (Sixty Thousand Naira) Only 
          Non-member – N75,000 (Seventy-Five Thousand Naira) Only 

2. Negotiation Technique and Strategies for out of Court Settlement (05 Units)
Date: 25th March 2022
Venue: ZOOM 
Course Fee: Member – N15,000 (FifteenThousand Naira) Only 
          Non-member – N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira) Only 

APRIL
1. Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification in Lagos
Date: 4th -8th April 2022
Venue: LAGOS
Course Fee: N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) Only 

2. Virtual Admission to Member (ATM)
Date: 25th – 26th April 2022
Venue: LAGOS
Course Fee: N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) Only 

April Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
1. Family Mediation (18 Units)
Date: 7th -8th April 2022
Venue: ZOOM 
Course Fee: Member – N60,000 (SixtyThousand Naira) Only 
          Non-member – N75,000 (Seventy-Five Thousand Naira) Only

2. Psychology of Mediation (09 Units)
Date: 22nd April 2022
Venue: ZOOM 
Course Fee: Member – N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira) Only 
          Non-member – N40,000 (Forty Thousand Naira) Only

For registration and further enquiries, please contact:
Mercy Akpor – (08103209095 icmctrainings@gmail.com)
Irene – (08066292907 info@icmcng.org)

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ICMC Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training in Abuja

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The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators is the professional body of dispute resolution practitioners with the mandate to regulate the practice of Mediation, train prospective candidates and encourage organizations and institutions to adopt Mediation and Conciliation as the primary means for resolving disputes.

The Institute is pleased to announce that the Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification training is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: February 7th – 10th, 2022
Time: 9am – 5pm daily
Venue: NCC-DRC Abuja Chamber of Commerce, KM 8 Umaru Musa Yar’adua Express Way, Airport Road, Lugbe, Abuja
Course fee: N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only.

Successful participants of the Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training will be invited to the Institute’s Induction Ceremony to be inducted into the Institute as Associate Members (AICMC).

For registration and further enquiries, please contact:
Mercy Akpor – (08103209095 icmctrainings@gmail.com)
Irene – (08066292907 info@icmcng.org)