By Abel Johngold Orheruata
SAGBAMA/Nigeria: The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, today, led a very high powered delegation of Delta Ijaw Political Assembly (DIPA) on a condolence visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, over the death of his mother, Late Mrs Goldcoast Dickson aka Mama Gogo, at his country home in Toru-Orua in Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State.
Speaking on behalf of the group, he said “We are here to condole with you. As governor of Bayelsa State, we are integral part of you as you are governor of the Ijaw ethnic nationality. Mama as many of us know lived a life of dedication and service to God”.
Barr. Otuaro eulogized Governor Seriake Dickson’s mother, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson, describing her as a rare gem, selfless and quintessential woman, whose legacies will continue to be remembered by generations.
The DIPA delegation which include the Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District, Sen. James Manager, Member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, Hon. Julius Pondi, Delta State Chief of Staff, Hon. Tam Brisibe, Rt.Hon. Solomon Funkekeme, Chief Frank Omare, DIPA Chairman, Chief J. T. Government, amongst others, prayed for the governor and every member of his family for God to strengthen and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Bar. Otuaro disclosed: “Before the news of your mother’s passing, we have it in our schedule of coming to you to appraise you of DIPA as Ijaw Gov to discuss with you on the way forward for Ijaw nation in the forthcoming 2019 elections”. He said DIPA will still come again as well as participate in the burial rites.
Responding in an emotion-laden voice, the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, disclosed that his mother was from Delta State so he was one of DIPA.
While expressing thank for identifying with him and his family in their time of grief, Gov. Dickson noted that he and his siblings appreciated the DIPA delegation as a pride that his mother’s people came all the way from Delta State to commiserate with them.
The Bayelsa State Governor sent, through the delegation, special appreciation and gratitude to Delta State Gov, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for the concern and encouragement he showed on hearing the news of his mother’s death.
Commending the formation of DIPA, Gov. Dickson noted that it’s a very good step to move Ijaw ethnic nationality forward, adding that he will join them soon.
He disclosed that he and his siblings have resolved to build a cancer foundation center that will be named after his late mother. He added that the foundation will be sponsored and run on charity contributions, donations from people of goodwill and will be publicly launched.
Gov. Dickson enjoined all to be Crusaders of cancer eradication.