WHY DISPUTE RESOLUTION IS CENTRAL TO ANGLICAN CHURCH’S OBJECTIVES

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013.

WHY DISPUTE RESOLUTION IS CENTRAL TO ANGLICAN CHURCH’S OBJECTIVES

BY

ERNEST ONUOHA

THE third Alternative Dispute Resolution course will kick off tomorrow April 8, 2013, at the Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, and end April 11, 2013.

The course, which started in April 2011 and is usually held the week after Easter, is open to both ordained and lay members of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

Our thanks go to the Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Archbishops and Bishops of the Church, for facilitating a course that contributes to peace building in the society.

The Centre, in collaboration with Dispute Resolution Associates Limited, has for three years held seminars and workshops in pursuit of this objective to the glory of God. And Dioceses are encouraged to play a leading role by sending their ordained and lay members to attend the course.

The course sensitises people on the need to downplay litigation and seek alternative means to conflict resolution. People have wrongly held the view that litigation is most appropriate. That, however, is changing. The practice, now, is to ensure that people live in peace and neighbourliness without having to resort to court processes.

The course is timely in view of problems across the country – pipeline oil vandalisation, bombings by the Boko Haram sect, intra communal clashes, leadership tussle, marital upheavals etc. A programme of its kind could help resolve some of these knotty issues. It is expected that participants, at the end of the course, would make individual contribution to discourse on peace building.

The Bible teaches: ‘blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God’ (Matt. 5:9). Anything contrary to this negates the word of God. Christians must yield themselves to be used by Him as instruments for social engineering and repositioning.

Litigation destroys relationships, but Alternative Dispute Resolution heals wounds and builds bonds among people of different persuasions. It walks with a human face.

The Church of Nigeria is determined to make its contributions to peace building. It is of the opinion that the course is laudable and the nation stands to benefit.

We salute speakers who have been slated to speak at the event. They include: Mr. Kelvin Nwosu, former Dean of Academics, Nigeria Law School, Lagos; Rt Rev. Chidi Oparajioku; Rt Rev. Christian Ide; Mr. Ben Odoh; Mr. Feyi Kemi Onifade; Rt Rev. Blessing Enyindah and Rt Rev. Cyril Odutemu, among others.

We at the Centre appreciate the Church for the initiative and wish all participants a safe trip.

Welcome.

VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre,
Agbarha-Otor,
Delta State.
 

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