Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson has been commended for his proposed plan to establish a cancer foundation in honour of his late mother, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson, who died of the ailment at the University of Texas M.D Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.
A press statement by the Governor, s Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Ago noted that the commendation was handed down by Professor Barclays Ayakorom and others when they spoke with Government House Correspondents, after paying condolence visits on the Governor at his Toru-Orua country home. Professor Ayakoromo said, it was a humanitarian gesture and a welcome development, as the cancer foundation would help enlighten the people on early detection and treatment of cancer.
He said, the death of Mama Gogo as Governor Dickson’s mother was fondly called is unfortunate, sad and shocking, stressing that, the sad incident has created a greater awareness on cancer.
On his part, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Walid Jibrin, who was on the entourage of the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the idea was a noble one, adding that, the party would give the needed support to the foundation.
Senator Jibrin, who eulogised Mama Gogo, described her as a good woman, who inculcated the the right values on her children and this is evident in Governor Dickson.
Similarly, PDP BOT member, Chief Remi Kuku, who revealed that, her mother was a victim of the cancer scourge, expressed support towards the establishment of the Cancer Centre, saying she would lead campaigns for people, especially women to be aware of the ailment.
Chief Kuku also advised people in their 40’s to go for regular medical checkup, including screening for cancer.
Also speaking, elder statesmen, Professor Turner Isoun and Chief Joshua Fumudoh, who also paid a condolence visit to Governor Dickson, stressed the importance of regular medical checkups as a reliable way to stay healthy.
They noted that, early detection of cancer is important for a longer and healthy life, while emphasising that the establishment of the Cancer Centre would save a lot of people within and outside the state, who would be needing the services of the facility.
Expressing sadness over the death of Governor Dickson’s mother, Senator Emmanuel Pulker said, he shares in the grief of the Kpadia family of Toru Orua and Governor Dickson, adding that Bayelsans are in a state of mourning.
He explained that the incident has created a vacuum in the life of the governor, which would be difficult to fill and prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Governor Dickson also received in audience, the Yenagoa Restoration Caucus led by its Chairman, Chief Godwin Odumgba, Civil Service Commission, Southern Ijaw PDP Caucus, NGO’s, among others.