Nigeria’s Paul Adalikwu emerges scribe of MOWCA
A Nigerian, Dr. Paul Adalikwu, has been elected as Secretary General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) at the 16th Extra Ordinary Session of the body in Accra, Ghana.
Adalikwu, who was unanimously accepted by transport minister-members, would run the organisation’s affairs for the next four years from its headquarters in Abidjan.
The Nigerian, in a short acceptance speech, thanked the 25 MOWCA nations for their support, assuring them of running the body in line with the dictates of the founding fathers.
He also pledged his commitment to molise all countries in West and Central Africa to maximise their maritime potential for their individual economic growth and collective interest of all.
He said: “It is with utmost respect and emotion that I address you on my success at the just concluded election that has placed on me the onerous task of piloting the affairs of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) in the next four years.
“I wish to most sincerely thank the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for presenting and seeking the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari that I be presented as Nigeria’s candidate for the post of Secretary-General of a regional organisation that controls maritime activities in 25 countries of the West and Central Africa sub region.
“My warmest regards to Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State, Transportation. She has doggedly championed the campaign activities in her capacity as the chairperson of Nigeria’s Election Planning Committee. Senator Saraki, indeed, proved herself, the amazon, resolute and resilient, never giving up and never getting tired even when it appeared that the election was taking a nosedive. ”