Get to know the man behind the Restoration Government,
what he stands for, and what his plans are for the Izon Nation!
His Excellency, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson was born on the 28th of January 1966 in his hometown of Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
A descendant of royal ancestry, he has his ancestral roots in the king Kpadia Royal House of Toru Orua in Tarakiri Kingdom in Bayelsa and Delta and the Fidipote Ruling House of Ijebu Ode in Ogun States respectively.
As a child, his parents – Pa Dickson and Ma Goldcoast Nanaye, instilled in him the values of discipline, service, probity and hard work.
He began his formal education at Kolobiriowei Primary School, Toru Orua, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certiﬁcate in 1978. Thereafter he was admitted into Government Secondary School, Toru-Ebeni where he served as House Prefect and later Deputy Senior Prefect. He passed out of secondary school in 1983.
In 1986 he joined the Nigerian Police as a Constable. While serving in the Police, he gained admission into the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port – Harcourt to study Law.
Working almost entirely at night and attending lectures during the day, he sponsored himself through the university, graduating as at when due in 1992.
He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1993 and was accordingly called to the bar in the same year. Soon thereafter, he resigned voluntarily from the Nigerian Police after completing his six months basic training as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police to go into full time legal practice.
Between 1994 and 1995, he was Associate Solicitor, ﬁrst with the ﬁrm of Serena David Dokubo & Co, and later Aluko & Oyebode, a law ﬁrm in Lagos. In 1996, he founded his own law ﬁrm, Henry Seriake Dickson & Co., with ofﬁces in Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.
During his years in legal practice, Hon Dickson was actively involved in the Nigerian Bar Association. He was the ﬁrst publicity secretary of its Yenagoa Branch from 1996 to 1998. He was also a member of the National Executive Committee from 2004 to 2006.
His adventure into full-time politics began in earnest with the Alliance for Democracy (AD). He served as the Bayelsa State Chairman from 1999 to 2000 and later, National Legal Adviser from 2002 to 2002.
Honourable Dickson later joined the All Peoples Party (APP) in 2003 when it was transforming to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He played a key role in this transformation. That year he indicated interest in the Governorship position of Bayelsa State.
From 2001 to 2003, he was elected and served as the National Legal Adviser of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the foremost socio-cultural organisation of the Ijaw nation. By 2005, Honourable Dickson joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contributing immensely to the growth of the party in the state.
He became the founding secretary of the Great Committee of Friends – the Green Movement and in January, 2006, he was appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State. Chief amongst his achievements was the stoppage of the use of Police Prosecutors in Magistrate Courts in Bayelsa State. He also stopped the practice of holding charges in criminal trials in the state.
As a build up to the 2007 general elections, he voluntarily resigned his appointment as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in 2007, to contest the election to represent Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. In the House of Representatives, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Justice.
As a testament to his effectiveness at representing his constituency, he was re-elected in 2011, and this time served effectively as the Chairman of the House Committee on Special Duties. That year however, he decided to contest the election of Governorship of Bayelsa State.
He campaigned widely and won the hearts of the electorate. The Independent National Electoral Commission declared him the winner, and he was duly sworn in as the fourth democratically elected
Governor of Bayelsa State on February 14, 2012.
Values, Accolades, and Family
As a believer in transparency and accountable governance, he used his ﬁrst term to ensure the development of the state. He ran an inclusive government composed of seasoned politicians and well- trained technocrats working in admirable synergy.
Over thirty bills were sent to the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for passage including the Annual Thanksgiving Bill (providing for a special Thanksgiving Day in the state), Bayelsa Income and Expenditure Transparency Bill (which supports the monthly Transparency brieﬁngs of Bayelsa income and expenditure; for which failure to comply is an impeachable offence), the Electronic Surveillance Bill (to support the enhanced security and crime ﬁghting prowess of security agencies in the state) etc.
A man of peace and philanthropy, dedicated to service, Honourable Dickson is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He is also a member of the External Board of Governors of the Prestigious Lincoln University, USA; Honorary Member, Westminster Business Council of the United Kingdom Parliament; Member Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
He also holds numerous traditional titles across the Ijaw nation and other parts of Nigeria.
Honourable Dickson lives a visibly simple and humble life. A caring husband and father, he is happily married to Dr. (Mrs.) Rachael Seriake Dickson and is blessed with lovely children. He is an avid reader of books, an enthusiastic sportsman, a lover of history, heritage and the arts, and above all, a lover of God.