Governor Seriake Dickson has described the Late Dame Mercy Gboribusuote Alagoa as a great woman whose legacies shall continue to be remembered by generations yet unborn.
He stated this while speaking through his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd) at the King Koko Square, Nembe City during a Funeral Service in honour of the Late Matriarch of the Alagoa family who departed on November 09, 2016 at 89.
He, therefore, challenged other women in the state to strive to emulate the Late Dame Mercy Alagoa and fill the vacuum created by her departure, stressing that she was a pillar in Nembe Kingdom and indeed in Bayelsa and Nigeria.
He further commiserated with Prof. (Emeritus) Ebiegberi Alagoa, a Distinguished Icon of the Ijaw Nation, her husband and the entire members of the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that at 89, she lived a fulfilled life, given her numerous achievements.
In his tribute, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government , said that the Late Mercy Alagoa was a virtuous woman who was very passionate about whatever she chose to do.
According to him, he knew her as a child when she became a senior manager in the United Africa Company in the fifties and later as the pioneer managing director of the then Rivers State Government-owned Pabod Supplies Company in Port-Harcourt, adding that she had always been a serious minded person.
In their separate remarks, Chief Alabo Tonye Graham-Dougla, a former Minister of Culture in former President Ibrahim Babangida’s cabinet and Dr. Boladei Igali, a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service also eulogized Dame Mercy Alagoa, stating that she was among those that initiated the creation of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs through the platform of the National Council of Women Societies .
Also speaking, Chief Francis Doukpola, who led a delegation of the Bayelsa State Council of Elders, said that the Late Mercy Alagoa would be greatly missed by the Ijaw Nation, given her indelible contributions towards the development and unity of the Ijaw Nation.
Earlier in his sermon at the Funeral Service, RT. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, Bishop of the Niger Delta West Diocese of the Anglican Communion, stated that life is a journey, adding that what was more important was the destination .
According to him, while those that have right standing with God would eventually end their lives in Heaven, others that continue to live in sin and belong to secret societies would definitely find themselves in hell.
The funeral was well attended by an array of dignitaries from all walks of life, including top government functionaries , the clergy, captains of industry, the academia and the traditional institution.