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Use professional mediators to resolve ASUU crisis, group tells FG

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The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) has urged the Federal Government to involve professional mediators in resolving its crisis with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Institute whose major responsibility is to help in providing alternative to time wasting on litigations stated that, 50 per cent of cases before courts across the country can be resolved by its members.

The President of ICMC, Emeka Obegolu said this during the opening ceremony of a 4-day fellowship course organised by the institute in Abeokuta.

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Obegolu identified lack of professional mediators to settle disputes as the major causes of conflict between the government and the public.

He urged both the federal and state governments to employ professional mediators when there is conflict between them and any organisation.

Obegolu said “My advise to the government and stakeholders within the government is that any intervention that is mediatry in nature should be led by professional mediators.

“We have heard instances where meditation intervention collapse because parties who are sent to negotiate or mediate on behalf of stakeholders do not understand the difference between professionalism in mediation and your status.

“Today in Nigeria, we have a mediation centre in the supreme court of Nigeria, we have the court of Appeal mediation center. The future of mediation is very bright, what we need are stakeholders to key into the system and help justice delivery in Nigeria. We must not have cases in court that ought not to be in court, we urge parties to resort to mediation and resolve their disputes.

The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu thanked members of the institute for promoting and revolutionising the justice sector.

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