Henry Seriake Dickson, born on the 28 January 1966, Toru- Orua Town of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Nanaye Dickson of Orua, he is a descendant of the King Kpadia Royal House of Tarakiri Kingdom. He is also a descendant of the renowned Obu warrior family of Orua, celebrated for their valour, bravery and sense of honour. The Obu family traces it’s ancestry to the Oba Fidipote ruling House in Ijebuland, Ogun State, Nigeria. Governor Dickson is thus a descendant of the Oba Fidipote ruling house and a Prince of Ijebuland.
Dickson attended Kolobiriowei Primary School, Toru-Orua from 1972 to 1978 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Toru-Ebeni in 1978 to 1983 where he got his West African School Certificate (WASC/GCE). He was House Prefect and Deputy Senior Prefect (Boys) of his school.
A life time commitment to matters of law and order began when he joined The Nigeria Police Force in 1986. In 1988, he gained admission into Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt to study Law from where he graduated with LL.B (HONS.) in 1992.
He then proceeded 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 from the law school in 1993, he was appointed a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1994 whereupon he proceeded to Nigeria Police Academy, Kano for Officer Training. It was in the course of his training that he voluntarily withdrew his service after close to a decade of policing, to practice Law.
As a lawyer, he worked with SERENA DAVID DOKUBO & CO as an Associate Solicitor from 1994 to 1995 and moved to ALUKO & OYEBODE, a prominent Law firm in Lagos, also as an Associate Solicitor between 1995 and 1996. He founded SERIAKE DICKSON & CO in Port Harcourt and later Yenagoa and became its Managing Solicitor from 1996 to 2006.
He was elected pioneer Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Yenagoa from 1996 to 1998. He was elected the State Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD) 1998 to 2000 where he led the party to victory, producing the Senator representing Bayelsa West, a Member of the House of Representatives representing Sagbama- Ekeremor Federal Constituency and three Members of the State House of Assembly from Brass Local Government. These victories stand out because they were the most outstanding accomplishments recorded by the AD outside the South West at the time.
In recognition of the achievements, he was elected National Legal Adviser of the Alliance for Democracy and served in that position between 2000 and 2002. He was equally elected National Legal Adviser of the foremost Pan-Ijaw Socio-Cultural and Political group, the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and served between 2001 and 2003. He became a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), Nigeria Bar Association between 2004 and 2006.
He was also the founding Secretary of the Great Committee of Friends (The Green Movement) in 2005. The Green Movement was and remains a notable political tendency of patriotic and committed Bayelsans, desirous of development.
In January 2006, Dickson was appointed the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Bayelsa State (2006 to 2007) by the then Governor, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, who was to become President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
As Attorney General, he was a member of the Body of Benchers, member, Council of Legal Education and Vice Chairman of the State Advisory Judicial Service Commission, amongst others.
Consistent with his attitude of impacting positively, he initiated a lot of lasting reforms in such areas as the welfare of judicial personnel, employment of law graduates as state counsels, and creation of departments and agencies to streamline the work of the ministry. Two reforms he initiated and outstanding till date were the first and only publication of the laws of Bayelsa State and the appointment of state counsels to undertake prosecution of criminal cases in Magistrate Courts across the state thereby freeing the police from that task for which the state and national bar associations wrote letters of appreciation and commendation. These accomplishments are cited in legal circles till today. It is to Governor Dickson’s credit that holding charges have been expunged from the administrative and justice system of Bayelsa State.
As a result of the positive impact he made on the people and based on his long years of committed service to the state and the Ijaw nation at large, Dickson was elected in 2007 as member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency of Bayelsa State in the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja.
In the House, it soon became obvious that you can not hide a lamp under a bushel as he was appointed Chairman, House Committee on Justice and member of several committees including Defence, National Security, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs etc.
He effectively represented his people, kept the executive on its toes through oversight functions, moved critical motions on the floor and brought serious national issues to the front burner of the Green Chamber. As the Chairman, House Committee on Justice, he had responsibility of leading oversight on the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, the Nigerian Law school, Legal Aid Council and also the Law Reform Commission and treaty obligations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as human rights issues. In all of these, he carried out his responsibilities with dedication and patriotism.
Back home in his constituency, the people were full of admiration for his work and returned him to the House of Representatives in April 2011 where he now chaired the House Committee on Special Duties.
At the National Assembly, he sponsored/co- sponsored several bills, which include:
- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2009.
- The Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (Establishment) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2009.
- The Political Parties(Internal Democracy)Bill, 2008.
- The Constitution Alteration Bill, 2010.
- The Legislative Houses, Powers and Privileges Act (Amendment) Bill, 2009.
- The Evidence Bill, 2009.
- The Kidnapping and Hostage Taking (Prohibition) Bill, 2009.
- He also played a prominent role in the enactment of the following bills:
- The Freedom of Information Bill, 2007.
- The Court Ordered Elections (Streamlining of Tenure of Office) Bill, 2008.
- The Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2009.
- Transmission of power by a President or Governor amendment Bill (section 145), 2010
One of Honourable H.S Dickson’s most important efforts at the National Assembly was the amendment of the Evidence Act, 2009, the first ever of such amendment since 1954.
Many of the bills he spearheaded or made critical inputs into provided the framework for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act.
The Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson is a member of the Governing Board of Visitors to the Lincoln University, United States of America, member of the Westminster Africa Business Group, UK, House of Parliament.
He is a member of the International Bar Association, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) Nigerian Chapter, member of the Nigeria Bar Association and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
On February 11 2012, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson answered the clarion call of Bayelsans, ran for election and was overwhelmingly elected governor and sworn in on February 14 2012 as the fourth Governor of Bayelsa State. He then unveiled the Restoration Agenda, whose thrust is the rapid development of Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation.
Widely acknowledged for his dogged commitment to the cause of peace, progress and development which galvanized the fulfillment of his campaign promises, the Honourable Dickson was on January 11, 2016, re-elected Governor after a fiercely contested election.
The Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson is an honorary citizen of the States of Georgia and South Carolina in the United States of America. He was presented a key to the city of Stonecrest, Georgia, as well as a humanitarian award by Trinity International University of Ambassadors, USA in 2017
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