Vicky Haastrup, the chairman of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has condoled with the Onyema-Orakwusi family over the death of their matriarch and former president of the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi.
She died on April 28, 2023, after a brief illness.
Haastrup, who sent a condolence message to the family of the deceased on behalf of all the members of STOAN, described the demise as shocking news to her.
“I am still in shock and find it difficult to comprehend the fact that my dearest sister and friend, as I fondly called her, is no longer with us,” the message reads in parts.
She said that Onyema-Orakwusi lived an impactful life and left indelible marks in the maritime industry where she served diligently for more than 30 years.
“I recall with fond memories the huge contributions she made to the growth and development of the industry when she served as President of the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), chairman of the then annual Nigeria International Maritime Exhibition and Conference (NIMAREX) and chairman of the Shipowners Forum,” Haastrup said.
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According to her, the deceased also served together with her on the Board of the Nigeria International Maritime Summit (NIMS) and as Trustees of the Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) Nigeria.
“We collaborated to host a surprise birthday party for the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh just in February this year. During preparations for the event, Margaret gave no sign that she would be joining her Maker anytime soon. She was full of energy and vigour. She gave her time, talent, and resources generously to ensure the success of the event.
“It saddens me deeply that her pet project – a very big jetty she is developing in Lagos – did not commence operation before her demise. She was very passionate about the jetty, and she was determined to make it a model facility in the industry. Indeed, Margaret was a good woman. She was always there for the industry and ever willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Without a doubt, she played her part very well during her earthly sojourn,” Haastrup said.
Haastrup assured Onyema-Orakwusi’s children, siblings, and other family members that they are in her ‘thoughts and prayers at this difficult time’ even as she prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.