The on-going effort of Project Harmony to build structures and capacity fr early win-win resolution of conflicts to end escalations, shutdowns and disruption of academic calendars in tertiary institutions got a boost with the inauguration of six Vice Chancellors, Provosts and Rectors as Distinguished Project Harmony Ambassadors. The inauguration was the climax of stream 3 of Project Harmony Conflict Resolution Training held at Enugu.
The Heads of Institutions recognized and honored include: Professor Benjamin Ozumba, Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Professor Luke Anike, Vice Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology; Professor Benjamin Mbah, Provost, Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu; Professor Augustine Nweze, Rector, Institute of Management of Technology, Enugu; Professor Ngozi Mary Nnamani, Provost, Enugu State College of Education, Technical; and Dr. C.E. Uzoezie, Provost Nwafor Orizu College of Education. The Kaduna and Lagos inaugurations will take place on 9th and 25th August respectively.
Deserving Education Leaders and CEOs are inaugurated as Distinguished Project Harmony Ambassadors in recognition of outstanding efforts to promote industrial harmony in education in general and in tertiary education in particular. The Distinguished Harmony Ambassador Award bestows on the recipients the responsibility of extra commitment and determination to avoid escalation of conflicts into shutdowns of their institutions by ensuring early win-win intervention.
Principal Officers of tertiary Institutions, Education Unions and other stakeholders were inaugurated as members of Harmony Action Committees (HAC) to after being trained on leadership, policy-making, decision making, industrial relations, communication, negotiation, bargaining, mediation, arbitration and other skills required for early intervention in conflicts to prevent their escalation. The Enugu Stream 3 Training brings to 303 the number of Executives from 150 institutions so trained and inaugurated as HAC members whose role is to facilitate establishment of neutral Conflict Resolution Centres to serve as early intervention and mediation platforms in institutions The Project Harmony training and inauguration of Harmony Ambassadors and Action Committees continues with Streams 4 of the Project which holds at NTI Kaduna from 9th to 11th August, 2016.
Project Harmony is a multi-stakeholder initiative that is supported and facilitated Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and Trade Unions including: Nigeria Labour Congress; Trade Union Congress; Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment; Federal Ministry of Education; and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association. Other facilitators of the Project include Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution of Nigeria; Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators; Nigeria Institute of Public Relations; National Commission for Colleges of Education; National Board for Technical Education; Ethics Resource Centre Nigeria. (Coordinating Agency)
Critical Stakeholders came together to put an end to routine conflict-induced shutdowns together with serious negative consequences in education including: disruptions of academic calendars; elongation of duration of courses; examinations without adequate teaching; awarding of certificates for knowledge, skills and character not gained or acquired; and production of low quality human resource that falls short of learning and character required for implementation Nigeria's national developmental agenda.
Launched in March 2016, the Project is already a success story as statistics confirm that localized conflict- related shutdown of institutions reduced by 90% within three months of project launch as administrators and union leaders were inspired to work together in the best tradition of collective responsibility, patriotic team spirit.
Ibrahim Jamiu, Programme Director
For: Ethics Resource Centre Nigeria (Coordinating Agency)
JULY 29, 2016