THE TOP10 MAGAZINE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2023:Hon. Terseer Ugbor, (House of Reps. member, Kwande/Ushongo, Benue State),Legislator of the Year

Terseer Ugbor, 42, an entrepreneur, a sustainability consultant and a public policy expert, is the House of Representatives member representing Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency of Benue State. He holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree with interests in Sustainable Development and Circular Economy.

Hon. Ugbor was a Board Member and Executive Secretary of the Alliance for Responsible Battery Recycling (ARBR). He is the founder of REDIN Recycling Industries and also founder of Easyfone Communications and the Gwarinpa Metro Newspaper, which won him the first MTN Budding Entrepreneur Award in 2012 and the World Bank/PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Grant for entrepreneurship in 2013. He publishes the Living Environment Magazine, a niche publication promoting all things environmental sustainability, ecosystems and pollution issues in Africa.

Hon. Ugbor started his political journey as part of the successful Planning and Strategy Team of the 2011 Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Council. He was appointed Head of ICT and Social Communications of Neighbour-2-Neighbour.  He later became Special Aide to the Minister of Aviation on Communications before resigning in 2013 to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) during its formative process.  

Hon. Ugbor contested for the Kwande/Ushongo House of Representatives seat on the platform of APC during the 2014/15 political season but lost narrowly. Later, in the 2018 election season, he contested the Benue State House Assembly election for Kwande East Constituency but stepped down at the request of the party leader, Senator George Akume and was subsequently appointed Deputy Director of Strategy to the Jime/Ode Governorship Campaign Organisation. In 2022, he, again, contested and, this time, won the APC House of Representatives Primaries for Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency and went ahead to win the general elections.

Upon assumption of duties at the National Assembly, Hon. Ugbor became the Chairman, Ad-Hoc Committee on Students Loans and later appointed Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Environment. He organized a Legislative Summit on Students Loans, engaged in public debates leading to far-reaching recommendations for an amendment to the Students Loans Act signed into law by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Before and since his election to the House of Representatives, Hon. Ugbor has been a political player in his  Kwande Local Government Area, supporting party activities, sponsoring people to party positions at Ward and Local Government levels, networking and empowering his constituents.

He paid the school fees of several students in secondary and university levels, paid medical bills, initiated empowerment programmes for small entrepreneurs, facilitated placements in the Immigration Service, Nigerian Airforce and other Federal Government institutions, among others.

To ensure improved security of lives and property in his constituency, the House of Reps member identified the security challenges and held several engagements with security agencies and traditional rulers to resolve them.

In the area of education and agriculture, Hon. Terseer Ugbor is negotiating for establishment of an Institute of Welding and Fabrication Technology as well as an Institute of Forestry in Kwande that would be certified to produce Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) to students from his constituency and beyond who can be employed in the oil and Gas sector and large industrial projects around the world.

He has commenced the groundwork for the establishment of a Technology Incubation Hub in partnership with the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) to serve the people of his constituency.

 Within his first 100 days in office, Hon. Ugbor distributed over 300 bags of fertilizer to farmers in the constituency as his intervention to supplement the federal government and state government supply of subsidized fertilizer in the state for the 2023 farming season.

In the area of infrastructure, the lawmaker has executed a bill of quantities for several major and minor bridges around the constituency with an estimated implementation cost of N1 billion. He has also executed a needs assessment for electricity, water, and health projects across all 26 council wards of the constituency, including the establishment of solar-powered water and public toilets at all the major markets in partnership with development partners and international donor agencies.

Hon. Ugbor’s selection by the Top10 Magazine as the Legislator of the Year is in recognition of his articulate representation of his people as one of the rising stars in the lower legislative chambers of the National Assembly coupled with his other accomplishments and unprecedented records in area of giving dividends of democracy to his people which has greatly endeared him to the people of his constituency.