A Bayelsa based non-governmental organisation, Goldcoast Development Foundation (GDF) has described the demise of the patron of the association Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson as a huge loss to the family, Bayelsa state and Nigeria as a country for her immense contribution to better the life of internal displaced persons.
The foundation, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, signed by the founder, GDF, Mr Moses Dickson, who is also one of the sons of the deceased described Mrs Dickson as a visionary and selfless mother to all.
Dickson said through her legacy the foundation was established to positively impact the lives of rural women and children of communities within Bayelsa and the Niger-Delta region.
He said her death was a huge loss to the family, but also a reminder that life is too short to live without purpose and contribution to humanity.
“My mother is an inspiration to me, as she proved that hard work, determination, a positive disposition to life and concern for people less privileged than one is, is all life is about.
‘’In October 2018, the foundation was involved in providing over 10,000 relief materials to women and children affected by the flood in the Niger-Delta region and received a commendation from the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, during his routine visits to flood-affected states,” he said.
He explained that this is a testament to the example laid by Mrs. Goldcoast, as she has been a lifelong contributor to the lives of women and children in Bayelsa state.
‘’The burial schedule for Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson as announced by the family would begin with a service of songs 6 December, 2018 at the Bayelsa state Ecumenical Center, Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. This would be followed by a wake-keep 7 December, 2018 and a commendation and thanksgiving service on 8 and 9 December, 2018, ‘’ he said.
“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know Mrs. Goldcoast have lost a dear mother and a true lover of humanity,” said Mr. Authority Benson, the coordinator of the foundation.
Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson passed away on the 8 August, 2018 at the age of 72 and fondly known as Mama Gogo.