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A’Ibom commissioner advocates Emotional Intelligence model to check electoral conflict

By Inemesit Akan-Nsoh, Uyo
02 December 2022   |   2:36 am
As 2023 elections approach, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, has called for the adoption of Emotional Intelligence (EI) as a model to prevent conflict.

Akwa Ibom State’s Commissioner for Information Ini Ememobong

As 2023 elections approach, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, has called for the adoption of Emotional Intelligence (EI) as a model to prevent conflict.

The Information Commissioner made the call on Wednesday in Uyo, while declaring open a two-day Dialogue on Elections Conflict Mitigation and Prevention, organised by USAID Nigeria-State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity for stakeholders on the 2023 elections in Uyo.

He said since it is the desire of all to witness a violence-free campaigns towards a peaceful 2023 elections, it was expedient for all political actors to adopt a time- tested conflict prevention model, which is Emotional Intelligence, propounded by Daniel Goleman.

“When we understand ourselves and our triggers and align that with our understanding of others and what may trigger them, we have provided the much-needed foundation for conflict avoidance or prevention.”

“If we understand and apply the underpinning principles of Emotional Intelligence, where we understand ourselves, what stimulates action, empathise with others, apply social skills in the right proportion and self regulate them, conflict would have been effectively avoided,” he said.

Represented at the occasion by the Director of Public Relations in the Ministry, Mrs. Grace Akpan, Ememobong said every conflict starts from communication and will be eventually resolved by communication and therefore urged all stakeholders to get their communication right at all times, to prevent conflict.

Ememobong, who was the keynote speaker at the event, also recommended the Rotary 4-Way Test as a practical model for conflict avoidance and prevention in a communication process. The model requires that you ask the following questions: Is it the truth; Is it fair to all concerned; will it build goodwill and better friendship and will it be beneficial to all concerned. 

“If we apply emotional intelligence and the four-way test, in addition to creating an Early Warning System, (EWS), we will succeed in minimising election-related conflicts as we approach 2023,” he said. 

Stressing that democracy depends solely on the sanctity of the ballot, without which the system is doomed, the state spokesman called on all to take elections seriously as every other development within a democracy is rooted therein.

The two-day dialogue drew participants from government and security agencies, the media, political parties, INEC, women and youth groups, religious bodies and Civil Society Organisations.

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