Nom Or Conrad Terhide Utaan

Nom Or Conrad Terhide Utaan was born on the 13th of September, 1977 in Makurdi, Benue State to the family of Elder and Mrs. Sylvester Tsegba Utaan of Gbajimba, Guma Local Government.

He started school at a very tender age, at Happy Home Nursery & Primary School between 1981 and 1989 before proceeding to the Prestigious Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi in September 1990. In 1995, Nom Or graduated from secondary school, recording great feats in the literary and debate, even as a core Science Student.

While at Mount Saint Gabriel’s, he distinguished himself severally, winning the Ade Ifere Memorial Trophy for the best Public Speaker, Bernard Anwil Prize for best essay writer, President of the School’s Press Club, Secretary and President of the Interact Club (Rotary International) at different times, District Director Membership Development for District 9120,amongst several other positions and recognitions.

Immediately after Leaving Secondary School, Nom Or Utaan gained admission into the School of Remedial Studies in Makurdi to sit for the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) Examination conducted by the Ahmadu Bello University at the time but did not complete the programme as he soon got admission to Study Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in September, 1997.

It was at this Institution that signs of his political salts began to manifest as he was elected President of the Student Union Body, a position he held until leaving midway for the University.

Nom Or soon got elected to represent the College of Engineering in the Student Representative Council and was subsequently elected Director of Sports in the Students Union Government of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. He continued as an active member of the union, and was also a strong voice in the Community of Tiv Students (CTS), National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), both at the local chapters and National bodies until he graduated in 2003.

While at the University, he was also the founder of the two major entertainment outfits on the campus; Vogue Entertainment and Seal of Excellence. These two organizations were reputed for hosting students Award Nights, School Cultural Nights and the likes.

Nom Or later founded the first ever campus Magazine of that University, FACETS Magazine and was its Publisher and Pioneer Editor in Chief.

It was also at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, that the Community of Tiv Students (CTS) bestowed on him the title of ‘Nom Or’, a title his friends and peers have continued to address him with until date.

Upon graduation, he was posted to Oyo State to participate in the mandatory one year service programme of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC). While on Oyo, he taught Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics at the prestigious Oliver Baptist High School, and later Anglican/Methodist High School, Oyo.

Nom Or Utaan joined the services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at the Headquarters in Abuja on contract as a Studio Support Engineer, but voluntarily terminated the contract to go into private business and politics.

In July 2007, Nom Or Utaan founded DC PROJECTS LIMITED and became its Chairman/CEO. A position he has held until recently. Under his watch, DC PROJECTS LIMITED ventured into outdoor advertising and Engineering Servicing with offices in Makurdi, Kaduna and Abuja.

In 2010, after five years in politics, Nom Or made his first venture into active participation in Nigerian politics, winning nomination as candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to contest the Makurdi/Guma House of Representatives seat at the National Assembly in April 2011. An election he lost but certainly established himself with politically, not only in his immediate constituency but indeed across the entire state.

Nom Or Utaan participated actively in the processes that led to the merger of the ANPP, ACN, CPC and APGA to form the All Progressives Congress APC and is a staunch member of the party in the state and a member of the state’s causes of the party. He was appointed a member of the National Congresses Committee of the Party in April/May 2014 and successfully conducted the Wards, Local Governments and State Congresses of the Party in Benue State. He is also the pioneer President of the MINDA APC Youth Forum in Benue State, a member of the APC National Youth League and the National Organizing Secretary of the Buhari Youth Organization (BYO).

Nom Or is married to his college sweetheart, Omozusi Dookenger Utaan (Nee Irigo), and their union is blessed with two lovely kids, Fazuaan Clare and Tar-Rumun David.

 

He is Tiv and a devout Christian.

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