ABDULSALAMI, OBJ, JONATHAN TO GRACE DICKSON’S MOTHER MEMORIAL, CANCER CENTRE LAUNCH
The Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, is set to organize a memorial service in honour of his mother, Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
The late Mrs. Gold Coast died of Lung Cancer on August 8, 2018, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, United States of America seven months after being diagnosed of the illness.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said in a statement on Friday that the memorial service scheduled to take place at the country home of the Dicksons, Toru Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area, would be followed immediately by a formal presentation and launch of the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation.
He said that the HSD Foundation was being set up by the Governor in fulfillment of the Governor’s promise to raise a cancer awareness centre, the Goldcoast Dickson Cancer Centre, 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.
He said that 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.
He stated further 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.
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.