Macfoy emerges WIMAfrica President

Eniola Olorundare

A leading seafarer, Mrs Rollens Macfoy, has emerged the new President of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica), Nigeria Chapter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Macfoy was elected after polling 26 votes to defeat Mrs Obiageli Obi, who polled 20 votes at the election held in Lagos on Tuesday.

Announcing the results, Head of WIMAfrica Nigeria electoral committee, Mrs Ify Akerele, urged women in the maritime industry to maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism.

She commended past executives of WIMAfrica Nigeria for their corporate social responsibility towards the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Akerele, a former Director General of Chamber of Shipping, urged women in maritime to join the association and support the new executive to succeed.

In her acceptance speech, Macfoy commended the electoral committee and other continental bodies for ensuring that the election was free and fear.

“I appreciate the existing members presence, 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 the entire contestants for the courage to step out,” she said.

The former Public Relations Officer and the Continental coordinator of WIMAfrica, Mrs Carol Ufere, tasked the new executives to ensure that other members were brought onboard.

Ufere said that the continental body of the association nominated her and Mrs Gloria Kanabe, to ensure that the election was peaceful and free.

NAN reports that among other members of the new WIMAfrica executives are Hajia Aisha Cole of NAN who was elected unopposed as Public Relations Officer, while Lola Adesakin was elected as the Assistant PRO.