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Special Advisers

Mr. Tahav Agerzua

Adviser on Media and ICT

Mr. Agerzua, who hails from Akerior, Utange council ward of Ushongo Local Government Area, was born on 11th November, 1960.He had his early education at the Catholic Pre-Primary School, Tor-Donga in 1966; R.C.M Primary School, Use, Ushongo; 1967-1971; and St. Anne’s Primary School, Adikpo, 1972.  Thereafter, he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate from Amaekpu Community School, Ohafia, 1973-1974; and proceeded to the Ohafia High School, in Abia State; 1974-75.

Mr. Agerzua returned to Benue State where he completed secondary education at Adikpo Comprehensive College, Adikpo obtaining the West African Schools’ Certificate, Division One, between 1975 and 78. He had a brief stint at the Advanced Teachers College, Katsina-Ala, where he was admitted to read English/Economics, between September and December, 1979. But he voluntarily dropped out in order to devote his full time to Christian evangelistic endeavors but later acquired a B.A English and Literary Studies, from the University of Jos, Plateau State, 1982-86.

While he served as Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, his principal sent him abroad for training. He attended the Cardiff University in Wales and obtained a Certificate in Public Relations: The Management of Reputation, in November 2000.

His working experience spans the communication, religious and teaching sectors. Upon graduation from secondary school he was employed as a Clerical Officer with the Department of Posts and Telecommunications, Federal Ministry of Communication, October 1978 to September 1979. Mr. Agerzua thereafter, proceeded to the then Advanced Teachers’ College Katsina-Ala where he dropped out and had a brief stint as full time Christian worker with the Benue State Evangelistic Association, Makurdi; 1980-1981 and thereafter, pioneer class teacher, Igbo Memorial Secondary School, Akerior, 1981-September, 1982. During the mandatory NYSC, he also served as class teacher, Basawa Teacher’s College, Zaria in Kaduna State. When the former Commissioner of Information and Culture in Benue State, Mr. Tor Uja, wanted to experiment with vernacular newspapers, he employed Mr. Agerzua, on account of his proficiency in both spoken and written Tiv, as an Information Officer and Editor, Angwe, the Tiv language newspaper, at the Benue State Ministry of Information and Culture, October, 1987 – May,1989.

Afterwards, the Tiv Youths Organization, under the leadership of Engr. Ahile Yaji, engaged the services of Mr. Agerzua as Managing Editor, Abaver a tyo and Community News, May 1989 – April 1991. Thereafter, he served as Managing Director, Gazette Press Limited, publishers of The Gazette newspapers, April 1991 – August 1992. When The Voice was resuscitated by the Adasu administration he was engaged as Assistant News Editor and later promoted News Editor, September 1992 – March 1994. Mr. Agerzua was a freelance journalist from April 1994 – October 1997.

From November, 1997 to May, 1999, he was Re-write man and Assistant News Editor, Champion Newspapers, Lagos. Governor George Akume appointed him Chief Press Secretary from June 1999 to June 2005. After his disengagement, he was Regional Editor, North-Central, The Comet Newspapers, Lagos, July, 2005 to May, 2006.

Mr. Agerzua worked as Director, Media and Publicity, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam Governorship Campaign Organization, June, 2006 to February, 2007. He has been the Editorial Consultant to Power Magazine, Executive Editor, The Best Option newspaper as well as one time Consultant, Information and Communication Technology, ICT, to the Benue State Government. He was elected President of the Independent Print-Media Publishers Association of Nigeria, IPPAN, and served a complete successful two-year term from 2011-2013.

Mr. Agerzua had a brief stint at the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretariat as Special Assistant to the National Publicity Secretary. He was media adviser to Samuel Ortom and later Media Director, Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization before his appointment.

Mr. Agerzua has traveled widely in Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America as well as the United Arab Emirates.

Married to Mrs. Member Tahav and blessed with seven children, he enjoys listening and recording cultural Tiv music, photography, reading as well as information and communication technology as hobbies.