By Mike Ekureku
Friends, family members and associates of the outgoing Permanent Secretary of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, Chief Walton Liverpool on Saturday gathered to honour him as he clocked 60.
At the event, a book titled FRONTLINES, The Liverpool Educational Resource Development Initiative (LERDI), was unveiled.
The book x-rays the life and times of the foremost educationist, his rise in the civil service, his philanthropy, and as a great family man as well as community leader.
One after the other, the guests at the event, eulogized Chief Liverpool, describing him as a man that history will forever be kind to.
The Acting Registrar, Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Dr. Ovienadu Torutein, who reviewed the book said through hard work, Liverpool rose to the pinnacle of his career.
He said the book captures the heroic feats of Liverpool, who despite all odds made a mark, adding that no honour could have been more befitting than the piece of literature on him.
While wishing him a successful retirement, Torutein called on youths to learn from Liverpool, and strive to make a difference in any area they find themselves.
In his remarks, the member representing SagbamaEkeremor Federal Constituency, Hon. Fred Agbedi, described the celebrant as a seasoned administrator who is very down to earth, and whom God has blessed with wisdom and good health.
In his words: “A leader of my father’s constituency, a man who has achieved many accolades as a seasoned administrator who retired without blemish, and that is the reason we have so many dignitaries gathered here to honour him and that shows that he is a good man “.
The immediate past commissioner for Education, Dr. Jonathan Obuebite said Liverpool may be retiring but the state is not done with him, as his services will always be needed.
Obuebite who is the current Special Adviser to Governor Douye Diri on Investment, disclosed that he had a wonderful working relationship with the celebrant while he (Obuebite) was commissioner in the Ministry of Education.
“The people of Bayelsa are not done with you yet. Though retired, the people still need your service and God willing you shall be called upon soon to serve in a higher capacity in the state” he said.
Dr. Liverpool, in his remarks said God has been kind to him and he will continue to remain grateful for all that he has achieved in his sojourn on earth.
He said he came from a very humble background and passing through primary/secondary school was hell as he had to struggle by engaging in menial jobs to support his education.
He informed the guests that he has set up a foundation to take care of the educational needs of the less privileged in the society to reduce crime and other societal vices.
Liverpool said: “The aim of the book launch is to promote educational advancement in the society with the mission to galvanize resources to promote education growth and societal development through education friendly programmes and polices.
“I thank all of you for your presence, the outpouring of love, support, solidarity and the soothing words contained in your goodwill messages. I sincerely appreciate”.
Some of dignitaries that attended the event were; the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, former Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah, the Commissioner for Education, Hon Gentle Emelah, former Commissioner for Education, Deacon Markson Fefegha, among others.