The Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute at the weekend, held its 24th graduation ceremony at which 29 students who pursued its Professional Executive Master of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (PEM ADR) course, graduated.
The PEM ADR is the longest running ADR masters training programme in Africa, currently organised in collaboration with the University of Virgin Islands, USA.
After going through 31 weeks of training, the graduating students who are professionals from diverse fields, were certified to work as ADR practitioners, particularly as Mediators and Arbitrators to resolve disputes in various sectors across the country.
They join over 570 graduates trained by the Institute since 2003 who are practicing in various fields.
Fresh students forming the 25th Cohort for the 2023 PEM.ADR course, were also matriculated as part of the joint ceremony.
The ceremony was held under the theme, “ADR: The Key to Sustainable National Peace, Wealth Creation and Enhanced Productivity.”
The graduating students include lawyers, human resource managers, bankers, medical practitioners, security officers, traditional leaders, union leaders, industrial relations officers, school administrators, pastors, university lecturers, media practitioners and business executives.
Justice Irene Charity Larbi, a Justice of the Court of Appeal, and Judge in charge of Court-Connected ADR, who was the guest speaker, commended the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute for the contribution to the growth of the ADR industry in Ghana and Africa in general.
She was confident that the provision of quality training by the Institute would support efforts to provide the requisite human resource expertise to offer professional ADR services to the public.
She encouraged the public to increasingly adopt ADR for the amicable resolution of disputes due to the benefits that ADR offer.
Justice Larbi also congratulated the graduating students for the achievement, and reminded them to act professionally and provide quality services that would continue to enhance public confidence in the ADR system.
Mr Austin Gamey, Chief Executive Officer of the Gamey and Gamey Group, urged mediators to intervene in helping to resolve troubling chieftaincy and community disputes, citing the Bawku crisis which has assumed an alarming level.
“We have too many chieftaincy, land, labour, marital and family disputes in Ghana that should be of great concern to all,” he said, and urged mediators “to get themselves together to help parties in difficulties in our dear country.”
By Edmund Mingle/www.adrdaily.com