The dignitaries, facilitators and participants after the opening session
The dignitaries, facilitators and participants after the opening session
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The seventh Professional Mediation Training programme of the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre (MCRC) has opened at the Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre in the Brong Ahafo Region, with a call for more creative ways of settling protracted disputes in the country.

The MCRC, which is under the Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre near Sunyani, aims at using the five-day course to train professional mediators to assist in resolving disputes in all sectors of the economy.

It is being attended by about 65 participants, including traditional, religious, political and labour union leaders, legal and media practitioners, human resource managers, security officers, school heads, Assembly Members, among others.

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Very Reverend Fr. Andrew Amankwah Mensah, Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani, addressing the opening session on Monday, expressed concern about the spate of disputes at the community and national levels, and called for measures that ensure sustainable resolution of disputes.

Prof. Daniel Obeng-Ofori addressing the opening session
Prof. Daniel Obeng-Ofori addressing the opening session

He expressed optimism about the use of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism in providing creative resolution measures, and recommended its mass adoption by Ghanaians.

“We need creative ways of resolving conflicts in a sustainable manner,” he said.

Professor Daniel Kwabena Obeng-Ofori, Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University College, who chaired the opening ceremony, lauded the objective of the training programme, and described ADR as a vital opportunity for effective conflict resolution.

He also commended the MCRC for the progress of the mediation training, and the commitment of the facilitators and volunteers which continued to help in sustaining the work of the Centre.

 By Edmund Mingle/

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