About the Governor
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson was born on the 28th day of January, 1966 in Toru- Orua Town of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
Gov. Dickson attended Kolobiriowei Primary School, Toru-Orua from 1972 to 1978 He joined The Nigeria Police Force in 1986and in 1988 gained admission into Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt to read Law from where he graduated with LL.B (HONS.) in 1992. He then proceeded to in 1993, to earn his Bachelors in Law (B.L.HONS) from the Nigeria Law School, Lagos whereupon he was called to the Nigeria Bar the same year.
Upon his graduation in 1993 was appointed a Cadet Assistant Superintended of Police in 1994 whereupon he proceeded to Nigeria Police Academy Kano for Officer Training. From 1994 to 1995, he moved to ALUKO & OYEBODE, a prominent Law firm in Lagos also as an Associate Solicitor in 1995 to 1996 after which he founded the Law firm of SERIAKE DICKSON & CO in Port Harcourt and later Yenagoa and became its Managing Solicitor from 1996 to 2006.
Gov. Dickson was elected Pioneer Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Yenagoa from 1996 to 1998. He was elected the State Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD) 1990 to 2000 and elected National Legal Adviser of the Alliance for Democracy 2000 to 2002. He was equally elected National Legal Adviser of the foremost Pan-Ijaw Socio-Cultural and Political group,the Ijaw National Congress (INC) 2001 to 2003. He became a Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) Nigeria Bar Association in 2004 to 2006. He was also the founding Secretary of the Great Committee of Friends (The Green Movement) in 2006.
Gov. Dickson was appointed the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Bayelsa State from 2006 to 2007 by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who at the time was the Governor of Bayelsa State.
As a result of the positive impact he made on the people and based on his long years of committed and dedicated service to the state and the Ijaw nation at large, he was elected in 2007, as Honourable Member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constitution of Bayelsa State in the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja.
In the House of Representatives where he represented Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal constituency of Bayelsa State, Hon. Dickson served as the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and also a Member of several committees. Owing to his outstanding record of achievements, he was consequently re-elected into the House of Representatives in April 2011.
Prior to the Gubernatorial election, he chaired the House committee on Special Duties.
About Bayelsa State
Bayelsa State is a state in southern Nigeria in the core Niger Delta region, between Delta State and Rivers State. Its capital is Yenagoa. The language spoken here is Ijaw language and dialects of the Ijaw language such as Nembe, Atissa, Akassa, Ogbia, etc. However, like the rest of Nigeria, English is the official language. The state was formed in 1996 from part of Rivers State and thus, it is one of the newest states of the Nigerian federation.
Bayelsa State has one of the largest crude oil and natural gas deposits in Nigeria. As a result, petroleum production is extensive in the state. However, the majority of Bayelsans live in poverty. They are mainly rural dwellers due to its peculiar terrain and lack of adequate transportation, health, education or other infrastructure as a result of decades of neglect by the central governments, state governments, and petroleum prospecting companies. This has been a large problem in the state since its creation and successive state governments have not been able to address and repair the issue. The state, as a result, has an almost non-existent commerce. Successive state governments have, however, embarked on various industrial projects (even venturing into the oil and gas sector), and “poverty-alleviation” programs to reverse this situation, however some argue that there is nothing on ground to show for huge sums of money spent for development by successive and present state governments.
The local population engage in fishing on a subsistence and commercial level. The Bayelsa State government is otherwise the main employer of labour in the state.