FATHER of tourism in Nigeria and president, Centre for Promotion of Peace, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Chief Mike Amachree, has called on elected leaders in government to follow the footsteps of Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike and honour personalities and citizens who have contributed to political and socio-economic development of their areas.
Chief Amachree made the call during a recent chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Citing the example of Rivers State, Amachree said the state’s recognition of some prominent sons and daughters in different spheres of human endeavor in the length and breath of the has contributed immensely to the advancement of Rivers State. The recognition which was organised by the Wike administration in the state, is an eloquent testimony of the sincerity of the government of the state,” he said.
The tourism mogul described the honour done to them as one of many laudable achievements of the present administration.
Amachree, who was a member of the National Vision 2010 Tourism Committee during the military administration of General Sanni Abacha, explained that recognizing excellence is a motivating force. He urged other state governors, especially those of Lagos, Plateau, Kano, Enugu, Cross River, Bayelsa and Osun states to do the same to those who have played prominent roles in the advancement and development of their states.
Governor Wike, during the 50th years anniversary of Rivers State, bestowed honours on former Rivers State governors, legal luminaries, tourism investors, industrialists and religious leaders who have contributed to the growth of the state. Amachree described the gesture as a step in the right direction.
It would be recalled, Chief Mike Amachree, one of the distinguished tourism industry practitioners in Nigeria, was honoured with the Distinguished Service Star River State (DSSRS) by the Wike-led River State government during the 50th anniversary celebration.