Senator Henry Seriake Dickson distributed gifts to the representatives of various communities in Bayelsa West Senatorial District on Thursday, 28 December 2023, in Yenagoa, the State capital.

Cash, rice, and cooking oil, were distributed to over Ten Thousand of his constituents as part of the 2023 outreach programmes of the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation.

The programme that has been on for years was to alleviate the economic hardship of his constituents in Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

“I am aware of how hard the times are. No matter how hard the times, we can help each other participate in the festivities that end the year,” Senator Dickson had said in an interview earlier.

“We have held this programme for years and 2023 would not have been different”.
The items were delivered inclusively, ensuring that a certain number of women, elderly people, youths, and special cases were accommodated in every community.

Chairman of Bayelsa West Youth Congress, BWYC, Comrade Ebide Brown appreciated Senator Dickson’s gesture. “We are happy that our Senator has reached out to his people. He has shown again that he is a father to all and this gesture will go a long way to enable our people in Bayelsa West to join in the celebration,” he said.

While thanking the former Governor for donating the rice and cash to them, the Ekeremor Co-ordinator of BWYC, Alhaji Letugbene prayed God to bless him and restated the people’s commitment to Senator Dickson.

“This gesture by our leader and father brings so much joy and smiles to the faces of our people. Remember that this period is one that we are supposed to show love and Senator Dickson has done just that. The people love him and are grateful to him for remembering them during the yuletide,” he noted.

Making the presentation of the item, and cash, Mr. Jeff Ebimobowei-Amasuomo said Senator Dickson had shown he was aware of the plight of the people and remained committed to assuaging their pains even during the festive period when people ought to be celebrating.
He described Senator Dickson as a father and leader who is dedicated and committed to the welfare and upliftment of his people, saying little wonder he was giving quality representation at the National Assembly.

Receiving the bags of rice and cash gifts on behalf of their communities, Barr. Billy Tobiyei, former Ekeremor Local Government Area Chairman, Barr. Awipi Odudu, Hon. Ebiowei Miller, Chairman, Opuokede Creek Rural Development Authority, Hon. Omoku Pena and Mr. Jonah Gede thanked Senator Dickson for extending his benevolence to Bayelsa West.

They emphasised that the philanthropic gesture by Senator Dickson, who they fondly refer to as The Ofuruma Pepe, The Great White Shark, had placed him in their hearts perpetually. At the same time, he called on other individuals from the area and State to emulate him.

Senator Dickson had at different engagements with the people and thanked them for their support for him, the Governor, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the recent elections in the State. “Thank you for standing with us during the elections. The story would have been different without your support,” he had said.

Senator Dickson, whom his successor Governor Douye Diri has praised for his exemplary maturity and leadership that stabilised the politics of the State, as against the succession turmoil in other places, also thanked his constituents for peace in their various communities and asked them to maintain it.