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Ex-MARAN President, Onilemo, elected African Maritime Journalists President

 A former President of Maritime Reporters Association
of Nigeria (MARAN) Mr Sesan Onilemo, has emerged the President of the African
Maritime Journalists Association (AMJA).

This followed resolutions adopted at the
just-concluded inaugural Africa Maritime Journalists Conference (AMJOC), held
29 and 30 January 2016, in Accra, on the need to establish a continent-wide
association or forum for maritime journalists in Africa.
During the conference, delegates
resolved and elected a four member executive committee that would promote the
objectives and benefits of the conference across the continent, at regional and
national levels.
Delegates at the first day of the
conference endorsed the recommendation that such an executive team should
reflect the pan African nature of the conference, pending when other necessary
arrangements are put in place.
In a statement, the Chairman – AMJOC
Organising Committee, Mr Lanre Badmus said the four offices considered were
President – allotted to Nigeria; Vice President allotted to Southern Africa;
General Secretary allotted to Eastern Africa; and Treasurer allotted to the
host country Ghana.
Participants met on the second day of
the conference to consider and adopt the following nominees as proposed:
·       
 President – Nigeria – Mr Sesan Onileimo, Publisher of
Shipping Position Daily Newspaper(print and online), and Producer of Shipping
Position Live on Radio
·       
 Vice President – South Africa – Mr Terry Hutson,
Publisher of Ports and Ships
·       
 General Secretary – Kenya – Mr George Sunguh, Editor
of Our Ports Magazine and Communication Executive for Port Management Association
for Eastern and Southern Africa
·       
Treasurer
– Ghana – Grace Nana Esi Boateng, Presenter of Maritime and Port News on Radio
All the nominees were unanimously
endorsed and duly elected for the offices allotted, according to a statement
issued by the Chairman of AMJOC Organizing Committee.
AMJA will represent members’ interests
at the continental level, while the establishment of national bodies will be
encouraged in all AU member countries, to advance the goals of AMJA at that
level.

AMJA will promote the interests and
welfare of its members, encourage information and knowledge sharing as well as
foster goodwill between the media and other stakeholders in the maritime
sub-sector.

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