National Park Service Headquarters which is situated along Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway today, 13th December, 2018 marked the formal retirement from service of Assistant General Edet Effa and Lamidi Monsur.
Ntufam Richard Edet was born in Orem in Akamkpa local government area of Cross River state on the 7th November, 1958.
He attended Comprehensive Secondary School, Aba from 1971 – 1975 where he obtained the West African School Certificate and later proceeded to PANJUB University India for a course leading to the award of Bachelor of Science honors degree in Economics in 1984.
In his quest for more knowledge, Ntufam enrolled into the University of Calabar where he currently holds two Masters degrees in Business Administration 1993 and Wildlife Management in 2015.
He joined the National Park Service on 1st November, 1994 and rose through the ranks, to the rank of Assistant Conservator General (ACG) in 2015.
Alhaji Lamidi Monsur Ayoade was born on the 1st of January, 1960, in the ancient town of Ogbomosho in Ogbomosho local government area of Oyo state.
He attended Alate District School, Alate Ogbomosho from 1965 – 1970. Methodist Modern School 1971 – 1974 and Irepo Grammar School, Oyo State 1974 – 1979.
On completion of his secondary Education, Alhaji Monsur proceeded to the Premier University, University of Ibadan where he bagged both a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Economics 1982 – 1985 and a Masters degree in Economics 1986 – 1987.
His career as an astute Public Servant started on the 20th of April, 1988 when he was appointed as an Assistant Park Warden II (Planning) with the National Park Service Board and rose through ranks, to the rank of Assistant Conservator General in charge of Budget and Fiscal Planning in 2014. The rank he held until his voluntary retirement in 2018.
The Conservator General, Alhaji Ibrahim M. Goni speaking during the occasion, said the Service has made tremendous strides in the areas of human capital development, Park infrastructural development, Biological research, Service regimentation, Organisational reforms Conservation education, Publicity and Public relations, tourism among others in his short period of stewardship.
He stated that the achievements were made possible with the active cooperation and involvement of these officers who are leaving today, thanking them for transferring their knowledge to the younger ones and wishing them a blissful and fruitful post – retirement life.
He ended his speech by recognizing the support and contributions of the president.
“I cannot end this address without seizing this opportunity to recognize the support and contributions of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mohammed Buhari, the out – going Honorable Minister of Environment, Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Leon Aliboh to the National Park Service during my watch”.
He also congratulated the outgoing Minister on the occasion of his ascendancy to the throne of the emirate of Nasarawa State as the new Emir of Nasarawa.
The retirees individually thanked God for his protection, their families for their unwavering support throughout their service years and also the Bosses, Contemporaries and Subordinates they met during their meritorious service.