Senator Chief (Dr.) Jack Tilley-Gyado (Ofr)
Senator (Dr.) Jacob Tilley-Gyado was born on 15th December 1944, at Ihugh, Vandeikya LGA, Benue State, Nigeria. His father, Late Chief (Dr.) Jerome Tilley-Gyado, OON, OFR was a Veteran Soldier and Business Mogul. His mother, Chief (Mrs.) Nyiwoo Tilley-Gyado (Nee Yough Adugba), was a Princess of the ADUGBA Royal Family of Vandeikya Local Government Area.
He attended the St. Michael’s Secondary School, Aliade (1958-1963) where he obtained the WASC with 5 Distinctions and 2 Credits. He went to the Federal School of Science, Lagos (1964-1965) for his GCE Levels; London in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry. He then proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria (1966-1969) where he obtained a B.Sc. in Botany (Applied Agricultural Botany) as a Nigerian Tobacco Co. (Nig.) Ltd Scholar).
Tilley-Gyado also attended the Instituto Nationale Per il Commercio Estero at Rome, 1975 as a Scholar of the Italian Government), affiliated to FAO; and then the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (1995) as a Commonwealth Scholar. He was also at the University of Texas (international Petroleum Institute) 2001 – Sponsored by AGIP Petroleum Company and NNPC.
He is a Fellow of several professional bodies in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and USA etc.
His political career and contributions to national development include:
- Senator Tilley-Gyado was elected SENATOR of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of NPN in the second republic which terminated in a military coup in 1983.
- The 3rd Republic (1993) saw Senator Tilley-Gyado as the Benue State Presidential Flag bearer of the then ruling party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) under the famous option A4.
- Member, Committee on Environment, Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC) which led to the establishment of the Ministry of Environment in 1999 by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
- In 1994 – 1995, Senator Tilley-Gyado participated fully in the National Constitutional Conference that fashioned out the current constitution as a Federal Government Delegate.
- In 1995, Senator Tilley-Gyado became one of the Founding members and was later elected the Pioneer National Vice President and Leader in charge of North-Central Zone of the defunct UNCP- United Nigeria Congress Party. The party won 15 out of 23 Local Government Councils in Benue State.
- In 1999, Gyado was Chairman of PDP primaries in Plateau State.
- Between 2000 – 2003, Senator (Dr.) Jack Tilley-Gyado became the Special Adviser on Political and National Assembly Matters to the National Chairman of the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
- Between 2000-2003, Senator (Dr.) Jack Tilley-Gyado was the Chairman, Board of Directors of Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC), a subsidiary of NNPC Group.
- In 2005, Senator Tilley-Gyado was nominated a delegate to the National Political Reform Conference (NPRC) by Benue State Government. He was elected Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Environment and National Resources of the Conference.
- Member of the Benue State caucus of PDP and Member, Benue State Council of Elder statesmen that advised the Governor from time to time.
- 2007, Director-General of Suswam/Lawani Gubernatorial Campaign Organization that also gave overwhelming victory to PDP Presidential Elections thus making Benue occupy the third-highest overall position in the country.
- Conferred with Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) on 14th day of November 2011 by President Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR).
- Member of 2014 National Conference representing Benue “Zone A”
He has been conferred with a number of awards and honours including:
- Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, April 1991.
- “Parakoyi” of Effon-Alaaiye in Ondo State in June 1990.
- “Akara’ Ama (Beacon) of Etiti, Imo State in May 1989.
- Martin Luther King Prize on Environment by the USA Government in 1996.
- “Friend of Delta State Government” by Col. Dungs, Military Governor on the 6th Anniversary Assessment of the State after several oil spillages.
- Akara`Ugo (Eagle) of Obinugwu in Imo State at a colourful ceremony on the 28th December 1997.