Since the return of democratic rule in Nigeria and Benue in particular, the Benue North West senatorial district (Zone B) has produced different and competent personalities piloting her affairs as Senators who recorded diverse achievements to the best of their own capabilities. This trend continued until the 2019 general election brought on board, Senator Emmanuel Yisa Orker Jev as the current Senator representing Benue Zone B.

The achievements of Senator Orker Jev within his stewardship as the Zone B Senator when compared to those of his predecessors are unmatched, unprecedented and highly exceptional. Sen. Jev has touched the Zone in the areas of infrastructure, education, empowerment of constituents and rural development of communities. 

In his core responsibility of law making, Sen Orker Jev according to record stands out from Benue as the Senator with the highest number of Bills to his credit while several others are at different hearing stages approaching passage. This is a proof of determination, focus and competence as regards the mandate given him by his constituents.

At the senate, his contributions on knotty issues of national security, stability and development has caught the attention of his colleagues who have found it expedient that he should represents Nigeria at ECOWAS Parliament. The work he is doing wholeheartedly without missing any single sitting. 

Aware that water is life, except for Gwer west local government, there is virtually no local government under zone B that has less than ten motorized or hand pump borehole well positioned at strategic areas where clean water has over the years been an issue of concern. Gwer west was however provided with a high capacity Dam to satisfy the water needs of all the local populace within the locality. This Dam also create an avenue for constituents to venture into dry season farming through irrigation system by boosting the Agriculture value chain of the communities.

Rural development and electrification is another area that has received a good touch of Sen Orker Jev stewardship. It is a fact that in less than two years in office, Sen Orker Jev installed over ten transformers scattered across the seven local governments of Zone B. Some selected secondary schools of learning under Zone B received well constructed blocks of classrooms, completed and fully furnished then handed over to their leadership courtesy of Sen Jev in order to provide a conducive learning atmosphere for constituents.

Empowerments. Over 150 women and Youths were trained in the area of fish production and processing (aquatic Agriculture) with full empowerment and start up kits upon completion. many are now into the business of fish production as they catch fish by themselves.

Just recently, in line with the reality that there are no more collar jobs in the labour market Senator Orker has embarked on massive training and empowerment of his constituents to make them self reliant and employed. These skills cut across perfume,soap and detergents, izal, vaseline and powder production where all participants were given full start up kits with empowerment funds to kickstart. Many constituents have been returning with gratitude and testimonies of how the training has changed their way of livelihood as they now sell what they produce to earn a living. Welding and Fabrication came and another set of constituents were trained and empowered with complete start up kits and Many of these empowerment programs lie in pipeline pending when best he will roll them out for constituents to benefit. 

These may not be enough but it was not like this until the coming of Sen Orker Jev, and just as he had said that he will not leave the zone the same way he met it, he has significantly changed the narrative and proven that legislative business is for smart people who has the yearnings and aspirations of his people at heart.

With these best bargain for the people, it is expected that Sen. Jev remaining years will witness more positive imprints to even places that are yet to benefit from his legislative Bonaza. 

Shagba Tersugh. 

Media Coordinator To Senator Emmanuel Yisa Orker Jev, Member ECOWAS Parliament

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