In a bid to improve the State Counsel effectiveness in line with best global mediation practice, Lagos State Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) has organised special training on the legal and psychological aspects of mediation practice.
Speaking at the in-house training programme with the theme “Continuous Capacity Building in Mediation Practice”, held at the Auditorium of Folarin Coker Staff Clinic, Alausa, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-bey, commended the agency for the initiative and for extending the training to most of the counsel in the Ministry.
According to her, “This training is a laudable one and it will go a long way in improving the capacity of State Counsel to deliver better mediation services to residents of Lagos State”.
In her remarks, the Director, Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), Mrs. Biola Oseni, stated that the training was organised to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of State Counsel in mediation practice.She said, “Mediators must be well-grounded professionally by applying every necessary skill that would enable them to have hitch-free dispute resolutions”.
In his presentation, titled “Emotional Intelligence/Psychology of Mediation”, Dr. Yemi Agbelusi, a facilitator from the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Lagos Branch, stressed the importance of emotion in mediation and how it affects disputing parties.
According to him, “Parties who are in disputes are most times emotionally disturbed, hence emotions in mediation should be effectively managed in order to have an amicable resolution of disputes”.