By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa
Former head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, former President, Olusegu Obasanjo and fomer President, Goodluck Jonathan are among dignitaries expected to grace the memorial service of Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson, mother of Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
It would be recalled that the late Mrs. Gold Coast died in 2018 after being diagnonised of Lung Cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, United States of America.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that the memorial service billed to hold at the country home of the Dicksons, Turo-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area, with a formal launch of the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation.
He said that the Foundation, the Goldcoast Dickson Cancer Centre was being set up by the Governor in fulfillment of his earlier promise to raise a cancer awareness centre, and to tackle the cancer scourge in the Niger Delta and communities in other parts of the country.
Soriwei said that “the Cancer Centre would render the invaluable service of spearheading a well coordinated action against the killer disease especially through early detection, treatment and dialysis”.
According to him, “the GDMC would collaborate effectively with universities such as the Brown Cancer Centre, the American Hospital, Dubai, and their local counterparts like Niger Delta University, Bayelsa Medical University, University òf Africa, and the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, through partnership agreements signed with them.
The Dickson family would also carry out a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of the construction of the Cancer Centre deliberately designed to be the most resourceful Centre against the endemic nature of cancer in the society.
Adding that dignitaries would plant trees in honour òf loved ones who died of cancer with their names ascribed on the trees as part of the efforts to create the requisite awareness about the disease,” he stated.
Soriwei said that the event scheduled to hold under the chairmanship of former Head òf State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, would have Former President Olusegun Obasanjo as Special Guest òf Honour and Former President Goodluck Jonathan as Special Guest.
He stated further that the President òf Senate, Ahmed Lawan, the Speaker òf the House òf Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila, National Chairman òf the Peoples Democratic, Prince Uche Secondus, his All Progressives Congress Counterpart, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman òf the Nigerian Governor’s Forum, Dr, Kayode Fayemi, all governors, the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, Abubakar Bagudu, members of the National Assembly, members of the Bayelsa State House òf Assembly, the business community, academics, the international community, traditional rulers and the public would be at the event.
He stated further that the Amayanabo òf Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete Spiff and Hajia Maryam Abacha, would be father and mother of the day respectively.