The National ADR Society has appointed Emeka Obegolu, SAN as its Patron. In a letter, dated 2nd September, 2022, conveyed to the Learned Silk, the society state; “We write to you with extreme gratitude for your show of support in such short timing sir, and in high appreciation of your good office and we officially invite you to come on board as an esteemed Patron to the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Society (NADRS) to aid in the fulfilment of the Society’s objectives and goals towards the enhancement and promotion of ADR knowledge, experience and skills”.
The National ADR Society as a student-based body is the umbrella body of ADR chapters in tertiary institutions across the country, and the body currently has 13 established ADR chapters, with Prince Abubukar Audu University as the 14th unit.
It is worthy to note that Emeka Obegolu, SAN is a Legal Practitioner by training and an Arbitrator and Mediator by passion. He is a senior and founding Partner of Greenfield Chambers with a Ph.D. in Arbitration.
He is an expert in ADR, holding Fellowship of a number of professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is an alumnus of the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and a certified ADR Trainer with a specialization in Negotiation, Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration and Arbitral Secretarial Services.
While expressing gratitude to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria for accepting the appointment, the letter further reads, “Words are unable to convey our joy as we welcome you on board, even so as we respectfully acknowledge your great work and impact in the ADR professional space.”
It continues thus, “We hold you in very high esteem and we thank you for your kind consideration Sir: We look forward to the great impact your presence will undoubtedly bring about to the Administrative team, the Student body and the general student community.”
The President of the National ADR Society, Osaretin Catherine Amadasun, AICMC, who signed the letter explained that part of the Society’s current administration structure is to establish an all-inclusive and well recognised student based body for the promotion and enhancement of ADR related activities amongst the student community, foster awareness, growth, enlightenment of the fast growing ADR sphere among ADR enthusiasts whilst providing the platform from which ADR opportunities are derived, to in their career development.