Members of faculty,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
With a grateful heart, and on behalf of Exco and Council of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria-ACEN, I want to welcome every one of you to the 2020 Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects.
The past few decades in the history of the African continent have witnessed tremendous increase in the amount of resources invested by the 54 African nations in infrastructure development. This is a move in the right direction as infrastructure development is identified as a crucial component of any poverty alleviation strategy in developing countries.
As necessary as these steps are for the development of nations, unfortunately, disputes often arise from major infrastructure projects as a result of contractual, cultural, and legal factors.
There is no denying that disputes in construction projects causes delays, escalate costs, and frustrate project outcomes. And as project consultants, contractors, project managers, and dispute practitioners, we cannot but acquire the requisite skills needed to avoid disputes, manage claims, and resolve conflicts amicably.
In Africa, infrastructure dispute resolution varies significantly from one jurisdiction to another. To this end, it is altogether fitting and proper at this juncture of our existence as a continent that we develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for a more cost-effective resolution method that can fit nicely in the nature of the dispute and adjudication under the 2017 edition of the FIDIC contracts.
Today, and in the days ahead, we would be taught by faculty of experts in the fields of construction, project management, dispute management, and dispute resolution. These are men and women of impeccable quality, high level of expertise in their fields of endeavours, and long-standing track records of effective dispute management.
I want to thank very kindly, all the resource persons onboard this program for their time and acceptance to bless us from their wealth of knowledge.
My unreserved appreciation also goes to all our corporate partners and sponsors, and most especially to our Honoured Guest, Engr. Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin, OBE, and the CEO of FIDIC for accepting to keynote this event.
I am convinced deep down my heart that at the end of this event, we would all leave here better refined and equipped with cutting edge insights needed to proffer solutions to dispute in construction projects in the power sector, public-private partnership projects, and in the oil & gas sector.
May I, therefore, very respectfully invite Engr. Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin, to give his keynote address.
Please sit tight and enjoy the moment.
Thank you very much.
Engr. George C. Okoroma, FNSE, JP