He said it is ordained for office holders to leave at a stage for others to come in.
He warned the staff of the agency against sabotaging the acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
Lamorde, who spoke for eight minutes, left members of the management and staff in pensive mood.
But his inspiring remarks earned him a big applause in the end because he did not betray his emotion.
He said: “It is historic to witness yet another handing over. I will be doing this for the second time because I did a similar one for a former chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri, in 2008. I will be doing this to a friend and a colleague. Magu has been with the commission since 2003 and we all came back together in 2011.”