WIMAfrica Nigeria, Elects New Executive

Isaac Ombe

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bomarah Group of Companies, Mrs Bola Muse, has emerged the new President of Nigerian chapter of Women International Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica) with a promise to ensure participation of women in all aspects of the blue economy.

In a keenly contested election Tuesday, in Lagos, Mrs.  Muse, emerged with 23 votes against two other contestants,
Mrs Obiageli Obi, who scored seven votes and Mrs Rollens Macfoy, who had one vote.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Muse who believes in collective responsibility to take the association to the next level, said she would collaborate with her executive members to promote cooperation with national, regional and international organisations to advance the interest of women in maritime sector.

She assured that WIMAfrica Nigeria would also maintain the mainstream participation of African women in all aspects of the blue economy, including policy, advocacy, as well as create maritime awareness among women.

The new president said she would provide strategic leadership and support for the advancement of women in the maritime sector in West and Central Africa.

She promised to strengthen maritime capacity in the continent for the promotion of safe, secure and efficient shipping on cleaner seas.

Muse said that mentoring of the younger generation would not be overlooked, saying that a committee would be set up to look into the issue on mentees having access to mentors.

She, however, said that the new executive members would continue with the tempo of teamwork and togetherness; being the culture of the outgoing president of the association.

In her speech, the outgoing President of the association, Mrs Jean Chiazor-Anishere, urged  the newly-elected executive members to continue with the good legacy of collaboration and dedication to enable them take the association to a greater height, noting that  the new executive members were not new to the mission and the vision of the association.

Chiazor-Anishere, who is the current Continental President of WIMAfrica however, urged the new executive members to continue with the mentorship programmes to enable more young women participate in the shipping business.

She advised members to engage in continuous training in order to tap all the potential in the Blue Economy and acquire wealth for the country.

The illustrious Oyo-born daughter sits atop Bomarah Investment Limited, a maritime, agricultural and general merchandise firm; Bomarah Integrated Travels & Tours Limited; Bomarah Petroleum and then Bomarah Foundation.

She has to her credit several awards from reputable organizations, schools and religious bodies in Nigeria and abroad. Bola is also the Governor, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents-ANLCA, Women’s Chapter.