Newly Elected AWEP Leadership Promises Fruitful And Productive Tenure Of Growth And Prosperity Of AWEP Nigeria And Africa
By Our Reporter
Oluyemisi Ogundipe, the former Vice President of South West Zone has been elected as the National President of African Women Entrepreneurship Programme, AWEP Nigeria for 2021-2023.
The election came, following the expiration of the two year tenure of the Mrs Angela Ajala led administration of the AWEP, Nigeria at the recently concluded Annual General Meeting of the organization held in Abuja.
Others elected include: Emilia Csaszar, who emerged as Deputy National President; Nelly Osagie Ndaguba, National Secretary General; Maryam Dahiru, Assistant National Secretary General; Amede Achingale, Financial Secretary; Ruqayyah M. Hussaini, Treasurer; Bukola Adesina, Auditor and Betty Oluyemisi Adeolu, Public Relations Officer.
Also elected are the Zonal Vice Presidents including Ramatu Ibrahim, North West; Jackie Ikeotuonye, North Central; Farida Yahaya, North East; Funmi Suleiman, South West; Stella Eneh, South East and Helen Imoagene, South South.
In her acceptance speech after the formal inauguration of the new executive, the newly elected National President, Oluyemisi Ogundipe on behalf of the 2021-2023 team appreciated the previous administration of Mrs Ajala for their commitment and the Electoral Committee for a smooth sailing electoral process which led to the emergence of the new administration.
She commended all the members and especially those who were able to participate in the Conference and Annual General Meeting and prayed to the good Lord to reward them greatly.
She congratulated all the newly elected officers and wished them a very fruitful and productive tenure of growth and the prosperity of AWEP Nigeria and Africa as a whole while pledging their commitment to build on the foundation of their predecessors to move the organization to greater heights.
Speaking before the formal desolution of her executive to make way for a fresh election, Mrs Ajala thanked each and every one of the members for giving her and her team the opportunity to serve.
She stated that she enjoyed greatly the support of every member of her team and registered her deep appreciation to all members of the Executive.
She observed that many have expressed that the years seemed to have gone so fast probably because of the advent of the pandemic which brought with it new ways of doing things which have become endemic in the systems.
Her words, “It’s been a lot of fun and learning and have been very rewarding. It has been a very reaffirming experience and I am looking forward to handing over the baton to the next President. As with other AWEP past Presidents before me, the wheel of Leadership and Governance has to go on, so our commitment to you and to the success of your businesses, our country and to the world has to go on.
“When we took over the mantle of Leadership two years back, our theme for our tenure was, MAMS representing- Mentoring; Access to opportunities, finance and information; Markets; Support. Despite the global disruption occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, we kept our promise as best as we could under the circumstances. My wish and prayer for everyone here and all our members is that you all continue to experience success, to feel fulfilled in all you do, and to have nothing but pleasant results with each completed project. It’s been a pleasure serving you. I take with me fond memories, valuable skills, deep knowledge and great relationships”, Ajala recounted.
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