Chair, and dear colleagues, Practically everyone knows that Benin Republic used to have only one University. The Universite de Benin. Not long ago, it was renamed Universite d’Abomey Calavi with another autonomous campus now in Parakou and three months ago, a third public University uniquely for Agriculture in Ketou. On my arrival in Cotonou last year July, I observed serious problem of private Universities mushrooming in Cotonou. Abo
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ut thirty had welled up seeking recognition. Practically all of them were founded by Nigerians, generally these ragtag Vice Chancellors hardly know their left hand from their right, literally. Also 99.9% of the students are Nigerians. One was called Houndegbe North American University, Cotonou. Most of us could have heard about it.It has about 5,000 Nigerian Students and another 3000 long distance students almost all are Nigerians. I even offered a free 3 month sept- Dec,2012,Conflict Management lecture o their 400 level students and that gave me a closer look. Nigerians are so desperate for a degree! The name, ‘North American University’ must have enthralled our youngsters and undeserving parents.we found out that it was not accredited for the courses it had been offering since 1999. I had for one year tried to persuade the founders of these private schools to do the necessary to obtain requisite recognition, accreditation for their courses. However, apparently the aroma of lucre had overpowered their sensitivities. Some require qualified lecturers, some ontol of course contents or simple affiliation to a nearby Nigerian University such as LASU, UNILAG OR FUTA, Abeokuta etc. My officers negotiated with the host Ministry of education for about four months. The result is the list of thirty or so private universities accredited for courses listed against them. Pls note some were accredited for just one course. I am pleased to have found out the authentic list of Private Universities accredited for courses in Benin Republic( that has about 6.5m Nigerians and Nigeria-related persons). This list has been published serially by the Sun Newspaper since 15 Aug, and its on the website below,Maurice Archibong has been a close journalist collaborator in our Embassy. Enjoy the contents and please help warn likely student or parent victims dodging JAMB or Nigerian admission problems or ASU epileptic strike action feats. Regards. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin, Ph.D Ambassador. Cotonou. Sent from my iPad Begin forwarded message: From: acts review <email@example.com> Date: August 25, 2013, 12:20:55 AM GMT+01:0Subject: Re: Maurice Archibong sends link to very interesting report Reply-To: acts review <firstname.lastname@example.org> Every Nigerian should read these Are you a Nigerian parent or guardian? Are you thinking of sending your child/ward abroad for education? Is your child/ward already enrolled at a foreign tertiary institution? Do you know any Nigerian currently studying at a foreign university? Then you must read these … and pass on these links. By so doing, you would save someone serious heartache now and in the future. http://mauricearchibongtravels.blogspot.com/2013/08/10000-nigerian-undergrads-chasing.html http://mauricearchibongtravels.blogspot.com/2013/05/abroad-nigerian-students-graduate-on.html
Amb.Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin, Ph.D • Amb.Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin, Ph.D • A very interesting assertion indeed! First and foremost, to me, can we as mediator ever imagine any mediation at all,without creativity? I doubt seriously. I agree with Mika’s views above. Theoretically from Roger Fisher and William Ury’s famous book, Getting to Yes:Negotiating Without Giving In, Penguin, 1991, inventing options for mutual gain is a critical path in peaceful resolution of conflict. You may recall, the other two earlier principles or steps are: Separate people from problems, and Focus on Interests, Not Positions.
From practice, it is somehow obvious that if the parties to conflict were able to innovate or were creative about their conflicts then they would not invite a mediator! They would have resolved the conflicts themselves.
In other words, a mediator is a guide, revealing opportunities for collaboration rather than competition.
Innovation, is literally inventing an idea, usually out of the box. It is for this reason that we in Christian or faith based mediation pray for illumination, or divine revelation either in closet preparatory prayers or if the parties agree we do so at the opening prayer session before briefing begins.
Still on theory and practice, according to Shirzad Chamine in Positive Intelligence, Austin Tx, Greenleaf Book Group, 2012, we assist conflictual parties ‘to let go of their saboteur grievances and empathize with one another’.
I therefore submit that conflict and creativity are not just kissing cousins, they are frequently kissing cousins.