Regional Maritime Development Bank to be opened soon – MOWCA Secretary-General

L-R: Dr Paul Adalikwu, Secretary-General of Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa and Cote D’Ivoire Secretary of State for Transportation, Celestine Doh Sere

The Secretary-General of Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Dr. Paul’s Adalikwu says the Regional Maritime Development Bank (RMDB) will be formally inaugurated in the coming months.   

Adalikwu stated this while presenting his strategic plan for the organisation to the host country, Cote D’Ivoire, in his maiden meeting with the Ivorian Secretary of State for Transportation, Dr. Celestine Doh Serey.

According to a statement on Monday, Adalikwu thanked the government of Cote D’Ivoire for the support given to him to emerge Secretary-General and solicited the government’s assistance for a permanent secretariat edifice for the multilateral body.

He said the bank top his strategic plan for the organisation. He also presented the new organogram and proposed draft budget for the year 2022 to the Secretary of State, Permanent Secretary, and the chief of staff of the host country’s government.

Adalikwu who assumed office fully in December in Abidjan after his victory at the 16th Extra-Ordinary Session in Accra Ghana thanked the Ivorian government for their invaluable support to MOWCA since its inception and other efforts it has made to consolidate the body.

He reassured that the MOWCA secretariat under his watch will keep the host government and all organs of the organisation fully abreast with its activities while welcoming inputs to achieve efficiency and fulfill expectations of member countries

Serey in his response commended Adalikwu for the visit and congratulated him on his election. He said he has listened to his submissions and saw sincerity and willingness to make things better for the organization, however, the limiting factor will be financed.

He gave assurances that the government of Cote D’Ivoire is fully in support of the new SG’s administration and that they elected a Nigerian knowing the size and strength of the Nation and the ability of its citizens to perform and deliver.

On the issue of the permanent secretariat for MOWCA, he said it will be looked into and sorted out soon and assured that his technical team will always be available to assist MOWCA anytime the need arises On the issue of budget documents presented to him, he assured that his technical team will look into it and revert back in due course.

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