CHURCH OF NIGERIA HOLDS WORKSHOP ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN IBRU CENTRE
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
Another milestone was attained last week in the history of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion as it held a Capacity Building Workshop On Dispute Resolution. The workshop was held in conjuction with the Dispute Resolution Associates Ltd and the Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre in Agbarha- Otor, Delta State. The event took place on Monday 31st October to 3rd November, 2011.
A total of ninety four clergy and a few lay persons, men and women, from dioceses of Niger Delta, Arochukwu, Ukwa, Evo, Sapele, Okrika, Ihiala, Enugu Ikwere, On the Niger, Aba, Egbu, Okigwe North and Otukpo, attended the training.
Among those who attended the course were the Bishops of Okrika Diocese and Arochukwu Rt. Rev Tubokosemie Abere and bishop Johnson Onuoha respectively. others are the Chaplain of Ibru Centre, Rev Canon Gabriel A. Kpagban, Admin. Manager, Mr. Lazarus Ojada, Ven Oyovwe Okpara of St. Luke’s Cathedral, Sapele and a host of others.
The workshop was organised to sensitive and equip participants with usefull skills on Negotiation, Mediation/Conciliation, Arbitration, Hybrid Processes and Restorative Justice. Its focus was majorly on Alternative Dispute Resolution which according to the trainer was increasingly being accepted in Nigeria as appropriate mechanism for resolving disputes, instead of the orthordox method to litigation in the court of law which hardly consider good relationship between claimants and defendants after the judgement is given.
The trainer was Kelvin N. Nwosu Esq. – a dispute resolution consultant and former Director of Academics in the Nigerian Law School. Nwosu told participants that the knowledge of dispute resolution will help them as priests to further mediate in conflicts in the lives of their parishioners in the communities in which they serve as priests.
Other resources persons were the Bishop of the Diocese of Warri, Rt. Rev. Christian Esezi Ide who celebrated the communion and Ven. Nath Anyamele of the Abia State University, Uture – Okigwe who gave a talk on ‘Who is a Christian Minister?’. According to Okpara, the workshop was very rewarding, educative and worth attending.
Certificates were later awarded to participants by the Dispute Resolution associates Ltd after which the workshop came to an end on Thursday 3rd November.