Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation Announces 2024 Education Support Program Beneficiaries

The Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation is pleased to announce the beneficiaries of its highly anticipated 2024 Education Support Program. This initiative reflects Senator Henry Seriake Dickson’s enduring commitment to investing in education and human capacity development. We extend our deepest gratitude to Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, the Chairman of the Foundation, for his unwavering support and dedication to education, as well as for maintaining the education grant program over the years through the Foundation.

The 2024 edition of the Education Support Program aims to provide educational assistance to deserving students from Bayelsa State. We are proud to present the list of beneficiaries selected for this year’s program:


  1. Bayelsa West Senatorial District
  • Sagbama:                         150
  • Ekeremor:                         150

Total                                                               300

2. High Flyers (Bayelsans on First Class & 2nd Class Upper Standing)

  • University of Africa Toru-Orua (UAT): 129
  • Niger Delta University (NDU):   51
  • Bayelsa Medical University (BMU):   48
  • Federal University Otuoke (FUO):   25
  • IJB College of Education (IJBCOE):   25
  • Bayelsa State Polytechnic (BYPOLY):   25
  • Federal Polytechnic Ekowe (FPE):   25

Total                                                             328

3. Candidates on Master’s Degree Programmes

  • Sagbama: 46
  • Ekeremor: 33

Total                                                               79

4. Candidates on PhD Programmes

  • Sagbama: 29
  • Ekeremor: 16

Total                                                               45

5. Nigerian Law School Beneficiaries

  • Bayelsans the 3 Senatorial Districts             80

And Others









TIME: 10:00AM


  1. Arrivals
  2. National Anthem
  3. Opening Prayer
  4. Welcome Address by Chairman, HSD Education Support Scheme: Prof. Barclays Foubiri AYAKOROMA
  5. Opening Remark by Chairman of the Occasion: High Chief Fidelis AGBIKI
  6. Motivational Talks
  7. Remark by Royal Father of the Day: HRM King Seiyifa KOROYE, Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom
  8. Keynote Address by Special Guest of Honour: H.E. Sen. Henry Seriake DICKSON, Senator Representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District
  9. Presentation to Beneficiaries
  10. Response by Representative of the Beneficiaries
  11. Vote of Thanks: Secretary, HSD Education Support Scheme, Dr. Akpoebi ADESI
  12. Closing Prayer
  13. National Anthem
  14. Group Photographs
  15. The End

Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation Announces 2023 Education Support program

The Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its 2023/2024 Education Support Scheme, continuing Senator Henry Seriake Dickson’s long-standing commitment to investing in education and human capacity development. Application forms for the Senator Henry Seriake Dickson Education Support Scheme 2023 are now available for collection.

The scheme aims to provide educational support to deserving students from Bayelsa State. The beneficiaries for the 2023 edition will include 300 undergraduates from Bayelsa West Senatorial District, 300 undergraduates from Bayelsa State studying in various universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education within the state, who have achieved first-class or second-class upper standing. Additionally, the committee will consider other eligible candidates, including 100 students pursuing Master’s degree programs and 50 PhD candidates.

The Screening Committee, composed of esteemed professionals, will oversee the selection process. The committee members are as follows:

– Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma (Chairman), Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Africa, Toru-Orua
– Prof. Tawari Fufeyin (Co-Chairperson), Deputy Vice Chancellor, Hensard University, Toru-Orua
– Prof. Christine Odi (Vice-Chairperson), former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Niger Delta University
– Dr. Akpoebi Adesi (Secretary), Registrar, University of Africa, Toru-Orua
– Prof. Peter Ayunku (Member), Dean, Faculty of Management Science, Niger Delta University
– Dr. Tam Azorbo (Member), Acting Head of Department, Theatre & Film Studies, University of Africa, Toru-Orua
– Dr. Sunday Abraye (Member), Acting Head of Department, Theatre Arts, Niger Delta University
– Mr. Bolou Resident (Member)
– Mr. Moses Atti (Member)
– Comrade Tamarapreye Kings (Member)
– Miss Hope Asanakpo (Member)
– Dr. Stella P. Ugolo (Member), Chairperson, Bayelsa State Teachers Registration & Certification Board
– Aaron Richard Pereyei (Member)
– Comr Emi Egbe (Member)

Interested students can obtain the application forms free of charge by contacting any of the committee members listed below:

– Bolou Resident: 0706 630 9531
– Moses Atti: 0813 805 5261
– Hope Asanakpa: 0907 371 8193
– Kings Adueze Jnr: 0906 403 6562
– Aaron Richard Pereyei: 0903 914 7290
– Comr Emi Egbe: 0901 331 3092

The deadline for form submission is Tuesday, 2nd January 2024.

The Senator Henry Seriake Dickson Education Support Scheme, which successfully supported 600 undergraduates and Bayelsa State students at the Nigeria Law School in 2022, is sponsored by the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation (HSDF).

Successful candidates will be formally awarded the grants in January to assist them in their educational pursuits.

Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation

Hensard University gets license from NUC to operate

Today, I was at the National Universities Commission where I joined 36 other Proprietors and promoters who were officially and formally presented with the certificate of registration of new private universities in Nigeria.
On behalf of the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation, promoters of the HENSARD University, I thank and appreciate Professor A.A Rasheed mni, and members of the NUC team for the meticulous job, and their dedication to the cause of promoting and deepening education in Nigeria.
The Hensard University, which is the first private University in Bayelsa State, will promote high academic, ethical and professional standards comparable to any university anywhere else. It will commence academic activities later this year and also run a robust pre-degree foundation school aimed at raising the standards of young people desirous of University education with links to several universities in Nigeria and abroad.
My lifelong commitment to supporting education and human capacity development is well known.
As governor, I built and established the University of Africa Toru- Oura, and the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa (all buildings and facilities except the hospital building, which we renovated. I established the Bayelsa State Polytechnic, Aleibiri, for the development of technical skills, the Isaac Boro college of education Sagbama, the international institute of Tourism development, Yenagoa, the Driving institute, Yenagoa, School of Agriculture Ofoni, sports Academy, Asuama, I granted monthly subventions to even Federal institutions in Bayelsa:10 million naira to Federal University Otueke and 5 million naira to Federal Polytechnic Ekeowe. I also built and introduced Boarding secondary schools with the Ijaw National Academy as the flagship, with free boarding, uniforms, books etc for the first time, I built headmasters and teachers’ quarters and many primary schools in various communities across the state.
While doing the above, we embarked on reforms to sanitize existing tertiary institutions and our infrastructural interventions and investments in Niger Delta University have made it look like a serious university, same goes for the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Tombia and the College of Health Technology, Otuogidi.
I introduced novel policies and laws supporting these innovations in the educational sector. Some of these are:
1. Educational Development Trust Fund, (EDTF)
2. Bayelsa Higher Education Students Loan Board.
3. The Teachers training and certification Board.
4. Board for Science and technical education (to promote and formulate policies on science and technical education in the state).
5. Bayelsa State right to education law.
Even at a recession, I granted employment to all first-class graduates of Bayelsa state and Ijaw origin to encourage them to pursue their academic careers in our various tertiary institutions and in the public service. I held regular meetings and annual dinners to encourage teachers and increase their morale as the most important workforce in the state.
I also built and handed over boarding schools with improved facilities to all the armed forces and security agencies in Nigeria, which is why the Army command secondary school in Ebedebiri started, a product of that partnership with the military and security agencies. I hope all the security services are following up and living up to expectations.
In our hunger for empowerment and advancement of human capital, our government granted unprecedented scholarships to various Bayelsans who had admission in various disciplines within Nigeria and some of the best institutions around the world.
For these initiatives and the impact our government made on educational indices, my efforts and that of my team received commendations from the country’s highest policy organ, the National Council on Education severally and other regulatory bodies and institutions.
I dedicated a lot of time, effort and resources to the promotion and deepening of frontiers of education, and human capacity building as I fore said.
I did all of these in a period of unprecedented national recession.
I did it because as I always say, no investment makes meaning as investment in education. Every other investment deteriorates with time but investment in human capacity building brings on the contrary, multiplier intergenerational effects.
As a result of my commitment even after all of these, in my current position as Senator, I have always directed scarce resources towards supporting educational advancement by way of scholarships, grants and other forms of support to students and institutions, and more of that will be unveiled even this year moving forward as I promised.
HENSARD University will give me an opportunity to continue to support and promote, education and the development of skills.
The HENSARD University is going to be a combination of academic training and practical professional exposure and work closely with the corporate world to ensure that skills are developed and our graduates instead of seeking for jobs, will themselves be the employers of labour.
HENSARD University will pave the way even in that.
I congratulate all members of the HENSARD team, members of the board of trustees and members of the project implementation committee.
once again my appreciation goes to the Federal Government, the Ministry of Education and the NUC for granting this license.
Parents, guardians and prospective students should await operational statements that will be issued by the management of the university soonest.

Sen. Henry Seriake Dickson gives educational support grants to 90 law school students

Today, I presented an educational support grant to deserving students of Bayelsa origin totalling 90 whose names and LGAs are listed below and are currently in the 2021/22 session of the Nigerian Law School.
They will receive N100, 000.00 (One hundred thousand naira) grant each. I also approved the sum of N870, 000. 00 (Eight hundred and seventy thousand naira) educational support grant for Miss Emmanuel Ebilaere Favour, an indigent Bayelsan student studying in Zanakuro Iscom University, Benin Republic, which has been paid directly to the school account.
Throughout my public career, I have left no one in doubt about the primacy of position I attach to the issue of Education, building educational institutions, infrastructure, policies and the development of human capital in general.
This was why as governor I awarded an unprecedented number of scholarships, both local and foreign even in a recession.
Now in my present capacity as a senator, I have continued to use the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation (HSDF) to support Education, scholarships, sports and human capital development in whichever little way I can.
We have kick-started this today as the first batch and some others will follow. I congratulate the awardees and urge them to accept this as a token of my appreciation for their efforts and to encourage them to do more in their educational pursuits.
As someone who has always been passionate about education, I deliberately extended this batch of beneficiaries beyond my Senatorial District in the same way I extended scholarships and other opportunities as governor to all Ijaws outside Bayelsa.
My Constituency office and officials will follow up on the Postgraduate Educational Support program for PhD. and masters students. Some have already been contacted and others have been noted but for those who are qualified and intend to participate, feel free to contact my constituency office through the numbers listed below for verification.
Tony Ogula – 07066781356
Bar Bordillon Ogugubeni – 08064283764

List of current beneficiaries

1. Amangala M. Joshua
2. Amiekumo Oyeinkule Priscilla
3. Tarilayefa Ogidi
4. Tarinabo-Debi Ebinyo Toyin
5. Timipre Obiene Barigha
6. Maccarthy Izibetoyin
7. Tiebogiren E. Possibility
8. Ebiegberi Zidafamor
9. Ebisuobo Rufus Thankgod
10. Oborie Ephraim Hope
11. Okoko Nathaniel
12. Gigi Benjamin Marcell
13. Azibaolanari Obana
14. Dumbo Desmond Mutu
15. Solomon Samson
16. Hillary Okorotie
17. Nanapere Prudence Tamarapreye
18. Agadaga Donald
19. Favour Onoriode
20 Sam Jonah Godstime
21 Ebitimi Ebidoughebofa Kingsley
22 Lokoson Veronica Ebiwari
23 Amakiri Yibamiemunu
24 Youpele woringidiepreye Sophia
25 Kenigua Pere-ere princess
26 Okpotolomo Ebiowei
27 Victoria Pree ifidi
28 Samuel Abila
29 Akuna Powedei
30 Winston Mercy Ayebatari
31 Bekeowei Tamaradie
32 Ezekiel Ikionana Ellen
33 Onungo Princess Ibiwari
34 Emily Robert Ayalla
35 Peres Mitiya
36 Abowei Annex Bernard
37 Timibra Jonah Wilson
38 Okoko Joy Perefinere
39 Otuogha Gesiye
40 Charles Onyema Chukwuma
41 Jim Ogbo Queen Mienenimebebi
42 Ekanem Tarinabo Helen
43 Happy John Honour
44 Nat- Beregha Hope
45 Ogidi Tarilayefa Ben
46 Arisou Enebikedou
47 Gift Keriebo
48 Afentu Oyindeinyefa Duke
49 Ebiere Theresa
50 Iyudu Usivwi Keren
51 Ukieh Gift Ikioha
52 Beregha Esinfa Temple
53 Abidde Theophany James
54 Dagana W Faith
55 James E Allagoa
56 Kainti Ebiladou Tabitha
57 Anthony P Deborah
58 Genesis Toboulayefa Vivian
59 Igbadiwei Macdonald Ebimoboere
60 Puromeiziba Ipigansi
61 Ebiason Ayebainagbo Annabel
62 Janet T Abiri
63 Ken Austine Izibenifien
64 Ebikeniye Sandra
65 Smith Livinus-Agala
66 Friday Kuroyifa Wisdom
67 Esegi Maureen Izibevie
68 Oyinkepreye Louis
69 Tom Ebibo Ayawari
70 Soroghaye Rebecca
71 Uyabara A Boneghen
72 Daniel Doubra Esther
73 Edevie Delia Afinavie
74 Igbelekumo Emilia Preye
75 Debbie Laye Andrew
76 Primrose Epiekiri
77 Buruboyefe Ukiye simeon
78 Vic-Sandra George
79 John Prosper Obokparo
80 Akamu Oyakemeagbegha Roland
81 Jimmy James Calmday
82 Appam blessing tamarakuro
83 Bestman Queen
84 Ebitimi Osain
85 Olali, Karinate Deborah
86 Frank Naniye Okpara
87 Ogbosain Apeikumo Poweide
88 Akoukiri Rita Douyerinlayefa
89 Igwela, Samuel Obiosa
90 Igodo, Ebiowei Frank Geofrey

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