Women In Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica) Nigeria Chapter on Wednesday elected a seafarer, Mrs Rollens Macfoy as the new President of the association, this is even as the newly-elected president has vowed to take the association to the next level.
The Head of the electoral committee, Mrs Ify Akerele announced the results in Lagos.
Akerele, who is also a former Director General of Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, explained that Macfoy polled 26 votes to defeat Mrs Obiageli Obi who had 20 votes.
Akerele who commended the efforts of the past executive of WIMAfrica Nigeria noted the good work carried out by the past administration especially that of corporate social responsibilities to the needy in the maritime in spite of COVID-19 pandemic.
Akerele said that there was need for all women in the maritime industry to maintain level of integrity and professionalism while urging more women to join the association and support the new executives to succeed.
In her acceptance speech, Macfoy commended the electoral committee and other continental bodies present at the election ground in ensuring the election was free and fear
“I appreciate the existing members present, whether you voted for me or not, the issue now is that WIMAfrica Nigeria most go forward.
“I pledge to take reasonable counsel from different authorities and I will deliver and will take the association to the next level.
“I thank all the contestant for having the courage to step out because of the prevalence issue,” she said.
Macfoy commended the effort of the continental president and the immediate past President of the association for their laudable platform they had created.
The former Public Relations Officer and the Continental coordinator of WIMAfrica, Mrs Carol Ufere, tasked the newly executive to ensure they bring every member onboard and collaborate with other sister associations.
Ufere said that the continental body of the association nominated her and Mrs Gloria Kanabe, to ensure the election was peaceful and fair.
She advised them not to lose the vision and the objectives of the association adding that their expectation was to make the association attain a higher standard and they should always speak with one voice.
The Continental President of WIMAfrica, Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere, congratulated the new executive members led by Mrs Rollens Macfoy.
“I am extremely excited that those who are qualified, well-skilled and dedicated members are those who turn up to win at the polls today.
My appreciation to God for the professional way by the Ambassadors of Nigeria who were appointed by General Assembly to be members of the officiating board that conducted the election.
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“I congratulate Rollens Macfoy who served as Secretary during my tenure as president of WIMAfrica and during the tenure of the immediate past president, she served as the Vice president.
“Macfoy had been very dedicated to the ideal of WIMAfrica Nigeria in general,”Anishere said.
She congratulated the newly-elected executives of the Nigeria Chapter of the association, adding that she wished them the best and the Almighty God will take them to a greater height.
Also, Hajia Aisha Cole emerged the Public Relations Officer of WIMAfrica unopposed, while Lola Adesakan was elected as the Assistant PRO with 43 votes as against Jumoke Olowookere who scored two votes.
Others who emerged unopposed were: Mrs Stella Falaye Vice President, Mrs Chinyere Azike, Secretary, Mrs Benjamin Obiageluakuchukwu, Assist. Secretary, Thodora Nwaeze, Treasurer, Oluwadamilola Adebamipe, National Coordinator.
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