The Country Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Nigeria, Babatunde Ojei, has a new mantra – ‘nothing is unnegotiable’.

Babatunde coined the mantra after attending a responsible negotiation course hosted by the Global Executive Leadership Initiative (GELI) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

The humanitarian appeared excited after apparently gaining insights into some wonder working negotiation strategies from the course.

He announced that he plans to negotiate whatsoever comes his way from now on, including the ‘unnegotiable.’

The course, which held for six weeks, also had in attendance the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative in Cameroon, Athman Mravili, and the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in Niger, Jean-Noel Gentile.

‘Wrapping up our first course of 2022!’ We concluded the second Responsible Negotiation course with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’, GELI said on its LinkedIN page.

‘Privileged to have been part of this and excited about the continued engagement’, Babatunde replied, as he disclosed his ‘nothing is unnegotiable’ mantra.

The UN Country Representative in Central African Republic (CAR), Mohamed Askia Toure, who also attended the course, said that negotiating skills are a must-have for humanitarian workers.

‘A wonderful programme that strengthens in many, many ways our negotiating skills which will be extremely helpful in the course of humanitarian activities’, Toure said.

‘Furthermore, this has been an opportunity to enlarge our network of humanitarian actors in West Africa. Thumbs up to the facilitators: Bravo’.

Negotiation is a method by which people settle differences. It is a process by which compromise or agreement is reached while avoiding argument and dispute.

Negotiation skills are therefore important in both informal, day-to-day interactions and formal transactions.

Babatunde’s latest professional development underscores the importance of continuous learning, which helps one become wiser, smarter and stronger.

Source: Babatunde Ojei

Photo source: CISLAC


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