The director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh visited the home of the late Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi on Monday to pay his respects to her family.
Orakwusi passed away on April 28, 2023, following a brief illness, as announced by her children.
During his visit, Jamoh expressed his condolences and described Orakwusi as an extraordinary industry stakeholder who dedicated her life to the betterment of the Nigerian shipping industry. He added that her demise is a huge loss not only to the maritime sector but also to the nation as a whole.
Jamoh further highlighted Orakwusi’s numerous strategic roles in the maritime sector over the years. She was the chairperson of the Nigerian Ship-owners Forum, the first woman president of the Nigeria Trawler Owners Association and the pioneer co-chairman of the Nigerian Fisheries Laboratory. She was also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the board of trustees of the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria, among others.
Jamoh praised Orakwusi’s humility, brilliance and willingness to contribute, stating that she was loved by all who knew her. He concluded by saying that her memory should be a blessing that inspires everyone who worked with her.
“The passing of Orakwusi is a great loss to Nigeria’s maritime industry. She was a visionary leader who made significant contributions to the development of the sector. Her legacy will continue to inspire and guide those who work in the industry for years to come,” Jamoh added.