Nigeria Quits West Africa Maritime Body

3 August 2021

Nigeria has quit membership of the Maritime Organization for West and Central Africa (MOWCA) following what it termed "disregard for the rules of procedure regarding the eligibility of candidates nominated for the position of the secretary-general of the organization."

This was the position of the delegation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the 8th Bureau of Ministers and 15th General Assembly of MOWCA held on Thursday, July 29 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, a statement from Eric Ojiekwe, the Director Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Transportation, said.

"This position followed the presentation for election for the position of Secretary-General of over-aged candidates by Guinea and the Republic of Benin, leading Nigeria to further observe: 'Nigeria draws the attention of the General Assembly to the comment of MOWCA as presented by MOWCA secretariat in the annotated Agenda circulated this week to the Committee of Experts meeting, which confirmed that Nigeria is the only country that met the age eligibility criteria requirement that candidates must not exceed 55 years'.

"The candidate nominated by Nigeria was 55 years as at when nominations closed in 2020 while the candidate of Guinea was 60 years old and that of Benin was 62 years old."

By this, it said: "The Nigerian candidate and Director, Maritime Services, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Paul Adaliku, was the only eligible candidate and should have been declared unopposed."

It also said no member state has supported MOWCA as much as Nigeria, as the records showed it has contributed over $5 million in the past 10 years with the organization not employing a single Nigerian."

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