Rivers State Government says it is proud of its sons and daughters who distinguished themselves while on national service.
The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, stated this yesterday during the pull-out ceremony in honour of the immediate past Assistant Comptroller General, African Affairs Division of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS),Sir William Park, in Port Harcourt.
Represented by his deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru, Governor Amaechi thanked the Immigration Service for providing an enabling environment for Rivers sons and daughters like Sir Park to showcase their leadership potentials and dexterity, calling on the service to address concerns raised by stakeholders in its passport regime with a view to making the screening of travellers at the nation’s entry and exit points less cumbersome.
The State Chief Executive congratulated the celebrant, ACG Park (rtd.),on a successful career in the service, urging him to deploy the experience he had garnered while in service to the benefit of the society, expressing optimism that he would be called up for higher service soon.
Earlier, Comptroller General of the NIS, Mrs Rose Uzoma, expressed delight that ACG Park (rtd.) “is being honourably pulled out today after 35 years of meritorious service to our fatherland,” saying that the celebrant had left indelible marks in the history of the Nigeria Immigration Service noting that “the NIS family will miss him for his doggedness and tenacity of purpose, and urged him to keep the flag flying.
Speaking, Comptroller of the NIS, Rivers State Command, Mr Steve Fimibama, said ACG Park (rtd.) had left indelible footprints for posterity, describing his life in the service as exemplary.
Delivering his valedictory speech, ACG Park (rtd.) described his exit from the NIS as “the beginning of a new era,” thanking God for enabling him to retire in good health and at the peak of his career, calling on the Immigration Service to institute an award for good performance, advising it to address issues relating to the pagination of the Nigerian international passport.