Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators Inaugurates Branch Patrons

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The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators(ICMC) on Friday inaugurated patrons for its Ibadan Branch.

The appointed Ibadan branch patrons include Chief Adeniran Adetoye, Hon. Justice T.M. Abdulganiyu, Hon. Justice(Prof.) Alero Akeredolu and Prof. Albert Olawale.

Others are Comrade Olu Abiala, His Excellency, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo and Rev’D. Philip Alakhume.

The Special Guest of Honour at the event, Oyo State Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Abiodun Aikomo, in his address called on ICMC to actively engage the youth in resolving disputes.

Aikomo emphasized the importance of involving younger demographics (age 20-40), stating that mediation skills are essential for the majority in the society.

He stated that the inevitability of conflicts calls for a collaborative effort from the government, communities, and religious bodies to promote peaceful coexistence.

Aikomo expressed concern over the older age representation within the Ibadan Branch of mediators, stressing the significance of skilled young individuals in delivering effective mediation services.

He mentioned the impending establishment of the Oyo State Agency for Mass Mobilisation, a legislative proposal currently before the Oyo House of Assembly, aimed at sensitizing and orienting people on peaceful living.

The Chairman of ICMC, Ibadan branch, Mr Adeyemi Opakunle, lamented the challenges mediators face in establishing their professional existence independently.

He urged collaboration at the branch level to leverage training opportunities for the benefit of society, emphasizing the high cost and time-consuming nature of litigation.

The Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ibadan Branch, Mrs Folasade Aladeniyi, represented by his Vice Chairman praised the decision of the Branch in appointing the patrons noting that those appointed were people of integrity worthy of emulation and honour. He urged the Branch to ensure more participation of its members and make sure the populace feels the impact of the Institute so as to ensure justice is neither delayed nor denied.

Director of Oyo State Mediation Centre, Dr. Titilayo Dairo, who emphasized that the centre focuses on mediating cases, creating awareness about dispute settlement, and addressing issues such as family-based conflicts and gender-based violence. She also advised youths to look before they leap in making marital choices.

Reacting on behalf of the recipients, a former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo expressed their gratitude to the Branch Executive and all members. He emphasized that the appointment was a call to more duties and responsibilities with a promise that he and his fellow awardees would work together to see the Branch to greater heights.

The Vice Chairman, ICMC Mrs Ijeoma Ladele, in her vote thanks commended the inaugurated patrons for their support, dedication, wisdom and contributions to the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators in the Branch and also urge the newly inducted members to actively participate in the affairs of the institute.

The event also featured presentation of awards, recognitions among others.

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