The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, ICMC is organizing special course for members and non members of the ICMC who aspire to become fellows of the institute. The course schedule is as follows:
Non members: Thursday, September 7, 2017. Venue: Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja
ICMC Members: Friday, September 8, 2017. Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Abuja
In his welcome speech at the commencement of the Special Course, the President of the Institute Chief Emeka Obegolu expressed his delight over the number of persons who have become interested in mediation. “I am highly elated by the current level of interest in mediation and the high degree of response to our deliberately chosen nominations for the fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators. The Council of ICMC carefully selected and approved each of you in this room for this course and that explains the quality of resource present here.”
Extoling the advantages of mediation in dispute resolution, he said
“Mediation is a dispute resolution mechanism in a spectrum that includes formal and informal adjudicatory processes, and retributive self-help orientations. Adjudication allows for a third party to decide and give a binding decision that would end a dispute. The other end of the spectrum is what we see manifesting in the human desire for revenge.”
“The practice of mediation is a conviction. A lawyer will go to court and follow the rules of court; lead evidence and cross examine witnesses, but a mediator is limited in his/her adherence to rules to only those rules he/she selects and allows to govern the mediation process. The mediator is continuously forced to depend on his/her intuition and prior knowledge of human nature and subject matter to guide the process. It is not possible to teach how to be a mediator per se, as this is a function of your personal conviction and we believe that each of you have mediated disputes before now, though informally. But it is possible to assist you learn how to conduct a mediation session. Once your conviction brings you to mediation, learning how to conduct a mediation session becomes routine. It becomes a routine that builds seamlessly into habits which your nature has already established.”
Successful participants would be inducted as fellows of the ICMC at the Annual Conference and Induction ceremony scheduled to hold on the 28th and 29th November, 2017 at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.