On the 26th day of September 2022, the President of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliator, Agada John Elachi Ph.D., FICMC, FCIArb (UK) led a delegation to the Palace of Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III. The delegation comprised Aisha Ado Abdullahi FICMC Registrar, Amb. Victor A.A.A. Ojaide FICMC Vice President Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Chief George Owarienta, Chairman Warri branch of ICMC, Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Imasuen, Vice-Chairperson Warri branch of ICMC, Chief Solomon Kpomah, Chairman Asaba branch of ICMC, and Kingsley Idrisi, Secretary of ICMC Warri branch.
Dr. Agada Elachi, thanked His Majesty for graciously granting him and his team the audience, and the privilege of the visit to his palace. He congratulated His Majesty on the anniversary of his 1st year on the throne. He also congratulated his Majesty for the peace and pace of development that has been witnessed in the Kingdom since his ascension to the throne of his forefathers. He also commended the ADR initiative of His Majesty which the Institute had been informed had been quite impactful.
He briefly explained that the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) is the professional body of practitioners in Nigeria established in 1999, that trains, regulates and sets standards for the practice of Mediation and Conciliation, and also encourages organizations and institutions to adopt Mediation and Conciliation as the primary mechanisms for addressing disputes. He also spoke on the impact of the Institute’s trainings in providing life skills that improve the overall behavioural instincts of its trainees and participants.
The Olu of Warri His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III lauded the programs of the Institute and in particular the impact of the Institute’s trainings in providing life skills for its members and the corollary effect of promoting harmonious coexistence in the society. His Majesty also commended the Institute for the impact of its trainings on individuals across all disciplines who become accredited and certified Mediators and Conciliators. His Majesty acknowledged that mediation has always been a part of the traditional system of resolving disputes in our society.
The President of the Institute further informed His Majesty and his council of chiefs that the Institute was fully committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians in the area of dispute resolution, and pledged the Institute’s support for the programs of His Majesty and the Warri Kingdom in the area of conflict resolution, and peacebuilding by deploying ICMC members in Warri and environs to provide mediation services on a volunteer basis.
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