Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has confirmed the passing on of his beloved mother, Mrs Gold Coast Dickson. She was 72 years old!
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, said the late Gold Coast died of cancer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas where she had been receiving treatment. Governor Dickson expressed appreciation to the Centre especially the team of medical professionals who did their best to save the life of his mother.
Dickson also thanked family members, friends, political associates and Nigerians generally for their prayers and support in the most trying times for the Dickson family.
Until her last breathe, she was a quintessential mother, devout Christian and community leader who devoted her lifetime to the service of God and humanity.
Condolence registers have been opened in Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor’s residences in Opolo, Yenagoa and Toru-Orua Community in Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State Liaison Office (IZON Warri) in Abuja and Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. Funeral details will be announced by the family at a later date!
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has expressed shock at the sad news of the death of Mrs Gold Coast Dickson.
Prince Secondus said that the news came to him and the entire PDP family as a rude shock and that he wishes to pass the condolence of the party to the family.
According a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, the National Chairman said that Mrs Dickson would be remembered for the unique motherly role that enabled her raise up good children one of whom is the Governor.
“Even as we take solace on her reaching the ripe age of 72 years and leaving behind huge legacies, we are not oblivious of the fact that death, no matter how and when it comes is always a painful experience, more so when it happens with a beloved and admirable mother.
“PDP family shares in your pain and prays that Mama’s soul rests in the bosom of her creator.
“We urge you and the rest of the family to be consoled that she left behind huge blessings and legacies.
It is our prayer that the good Lord will grant her soul eternal rest and the immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.