By Chiamaka Erua, Abuja
The Abuja chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has trained government officials on mechanisms to handle disputes that often arise in the course of procurement and execution of government contracts in the country.
The workshop organized by the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC) of the chamber had the objective of addressing and dealing with issues which invariably arise during the course of performance of Nigerian Public sector contracts and how they could be effectively resolved using Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism.
The two-day workshop also equipped and enhanced the participants on approaches to dispute avoidance and progressive business environment and relationship between the private and public sector.
While giving his keynote speech, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, ACCI President emphasized to the participants on the work that is being done to make it easy to do business in Nigeria and how ADR is beneficial in terms of making the country a progressively easier place to start and grow a business.
In his opening remarks, Barr. Emeka Obegolu introduced the concept of ADR, the activities of the centre and the main objectives of establishing it as well as its role in supporting economic growth.
According to him, at the end of the workshop, participants would be fully aware of strategies to be deployed in resolving disputes that arise in the course of contractual obligations and doing business with the government.
A guest lecturer, Prof Offonze Anucheazi, SAN who dwelt on the topic “Choosing a Dispute Resolution Mechanism/Process” cleared the obscurity of the participants listing and discussing the pros and cons of choosing an effective Dispute Resolution Mechanism in government contracts and whether it actually could be a time cost saving mechanism.
Other participants who spoke with our correspondent stated that the workshop experience was impactful and enriching as it acquainted in them the relevance of ADR to government contractual disputes and the best ADR process to apply to specific contracts whenever disputes arise.
The event which took place at the ACCI International Trade and Convention Centre brought together eminent practitioners and scholars engaged in ADR which were drawn from several Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
High point of the event were presentation of certificates and awards to some deserving participants.