Coordinator, Goldcoast Developmental Foundation
Authority Benson holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management Science from University Putra Malaysia. He is well grounded in civil society organization work owing to his varied working experience with civil society organizations over the years. Authority is a former Programme Director of Safe Environment Foundation (SEF) between 2013-2015, a non-governmental organization that promotes sustainable environment, grass root development, and peace in the Niger Delta.
He is also the founder of Safe Nigeria Environment Group (SNEG), which builds the capacity of Nigerians at the community level, and engages citizens for dialogue and debate about the impacts of human activities on the environment, makes policy recommendations on democracy and good governance, and led various campaigns with other civil society organisations to influence government policies and programmes against poverty. Authority has a strong reputation for doggedness, professionalism, and strategic structural approach to issues.
He has attended various capacity building programmes and received training from local and international agencies on youths development, leadership, policy advocacy, peacebuilding, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Gender and Vulnerable Groups (GVGs) assessment, resource mobilization, project management, corruption risk assessment, governance, and development etc. He has authored two books. Prior to his appointment as acting Coordinator of Goldcoast Development Foundation, he worked as Project Coordinator on Sustainable Development, Planning and Management at Global Peace Development in Delta State.
Authority Benson Coordinator Co-ordinator, GDF
Secretary of the Foundation
Ag. Treasurer, GDF
John Ebedebiri is a Nigerian. Born in Bulou-Orua Town to the Family of Ogidawari in Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
Mr. John Ebedebiri is currently the Group Head, Accounts of Modickson Consortium and treasurer to Goldcoast Developmental Foundation.
He obtained the best Student awarded on Professional Ethics and Standards from College of Accountancy, Jos, Plateau State, 2008/2009 session.
He began his career as an audit Training immediately after his professional studies with Banton Akpuruku & Co, at the same time he also doubled as internal auditor in Etebor Nig. Ent, after which he settled in the Accounting firm and grew to Audit Senior in 2011.
In 2015, he joined Solalina Investment Group as an accountant; he was later made the Group Head, Accounts at Modickson consortium in 2017
Mr. John Ebedebiri believes in Honesty and uprightness. He is self-motivated and pro-active professional Accountant with the ability to work in an innovative and dynamic organization as an individual or as a team.
John Ebedebiri Ag. Treasurer, GDF
Anita Dickson Eyerin-Ebi Oruaze was born to the family of Femodei and Tokere Okou on June 10th in Isampou Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
She obtained her first school leaving certificate from the Community Primary School
Peretoru Bayelsa State where she graduated in flying colours. She thereafter proceeded to Community Secondary School Isampou. While there, her leadership skills were easily spotted by her school leadership and peers which culminated in her appointment as senior prefect and subsequently graduated from same.
Anita Dickson Eyerin-Ebi Oruaze began her tertiary education from the Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science, Elebele. There she studied Public Administration (OND) after which she proceeded to Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri Nigeria where she also studied Public Administration from 2010 – 2012 for her Higher National Diploma.
Thereafter, she proceeded to the University of Bedfordshire United Kingdom where she bagged a degree in Business Administration (BA) with upper division credit.
Graced with an excellent communication skill and an ability to work with minimal or no supervision as exemplified in her subsequent appointment as executive director of Solalina Decent Foods limited. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in the Nile University Abuja.
Anita began her career path in the humble job as an operations staff at the NNPC PMS Bayelsa State sales station in 2009. From this humble yet demanding job, she saw herself and others through school. Furthermore, in obedience to the clarion call to fatherland, during her mandatory National Youth Service, she taught at the Mbiama Secondary School Rivers State. Thereafter, she proceeded to work at the Agro Allied division of the Solalina Investment group called Solalina Decent Foods where she rose to becoming an executive director.
Arising from her love for selfless service, she devoted her time as a volunteer in the activities of the Goldcoast Developmental Foundation from where she was appointed as a program director in charge of Strategic Youth Development. It is worthy to say that at all points she takes pride in service to humanity as also exemplified in the volunteer roles she played even as a student in the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom wherein she was a team leader at the funding activity for the Happy Days Children Charity Foundation in Luton UK. Please see link below;
TRAININGS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Ma Cherie as she is fondly called by her loving husband is a trained Executive Assistant and personal detail professional.
She is currently undergoing her Master Degree Program in Management from the Nigerian Turkish Nile University Abuja FCT.
A balanced world view that accommodate fairness and equity.
Cooking, Swimming and Reading
Anita Oruaze Dickson Ag. Program Director - Strategic Youth Development
Grace Oruaze Dickson
Program Director - Health
EARLY LIFE AND FAMILY:
Born on 09 MAY to the family of Bamidele and Comfort Samuel from Sabongidda-Ora in Owan west of Edo State. She began her educational pursuit at Family Support Program (FSP) Nursery and Primary School, Marine Base Port Harcourt, where she had her Nursery and primary education. Thereafter, she proceeded to new era brilliant college Port Harcourt and later continued to St. Jude Girls Secondary School, Amarata Bayelsa State for her secondary education and Graduated from same in 2007.
The youngest daughter of Bamidele and Comfort Samuel, Grace Oruaze Dickson attended University of Benin in Benin City and studied International Studies and diplomacy in 2009.
She is currently a student of the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Amassoma, Bayelsa State, studying English and Linguistics. She is married with children.
Grace Dickson is of a very industrious and independent minded personality. She spends most of her time perfecting any cause and responsibility in her care. She is very keenly passionate about touching lives. Hence In 2013, Grace O. Dickson joined the Goldcoast Foundation as a volunteer and participated in numerous charitable and humanitarian programs of the foundation. Her passion for voluntary services earned her a subsequent promotion as Programs Director Health which support vocational training, elderly care, health programs, disease prevention, and food production.
The Goldcoast Foundation is a Non- Governmental Organization established in 2012 and registered under the relevant Laws of Nigeria, with its base in Bayelsa State. With her Mission to continuously render selfless service and improve the general well-being of the needy and vulnerable through collective participation.
The Foundation deploys its resources to generate solutions to challenges that inhibit the growth of the Nigerian youth. Through its commitment to catalytic philanthropy, the Gold Coast Development Foundation seeks to achieve its mission by enhancing the development and capacity of youths and, supporting and driving policies that promote competitiveness, deploying financial capital through impact investments, and educating public and private sector actors through rigorous research.
The foundation has earned awards jointly by the Red Cross, Bayelsa State Government, Nigerian Air Force etc. for its selfless services to humanity.
In addition to her selfless humanitarian duties, Ma doll as she is coldly called by her loving husband, is also an Executive Director of Solalina Mass Transport Limited, a company that offers transportation and logistics services to travelers.
Grace Dickson is a Programme Director (Health) in GoldCoast Development Foundation which is a Non- Governmental Organization established in 2012 and registered under the relevant Laws of Nigeria, with its base in Bayelsa State. With her Mission to continuously render selfless service and improve the general well-being of the needy and vulnerable through collective participation.
Her driving philosophy is a quotation from her role model Nelson Mandela
“It seems impossible until it is done”
Singing, Dancing and cooking.
Grace Oruaze Dickson Ag. Program Director - Health
Chinedu Innocent Adikwu
Part Time Programme Officer
Chinedu earned an LLB degree from the Niger Delta University in 2008. He later proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was thereafter admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2010.
Chinedu is highly focused with a lot of drive and work energy. His major area of practice are Civil and Criminal Litigation, Corporate Law, Property Law and International Commercial Law. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
He loves to touch humanity in any way possible. He is a part time programme officer of this foundation and has organized and participated in many heartfelt programmes cutting across core areas of the foundation.