Hon. John Dyegh (born 2 December 1962) is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist from Gboko, Benue State who serves as a member of the 8th National Assembly, representing Gboko/Tarka Federal constituency at the House of Representatives of Nigeria. Dyegh previously served as a membe
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Hon. John Dyegh
Hon. John Dyegh (born 2 December 1962) is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist from Gboko, Benue State who serves as a member of the 8th National Assembly, representing Gboko/Tarka Federal constituency at the House of Representatives of Nigeria. Dyegh previously served as a member of committee on Appropriations, Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Education, Gas Resources, Inter-Parliamentary Relations, Science and Technology in the 7th National Assembly. He ran for the second term as a favourite candidate, bearing the flag of the All Progressives Congress and retained his seat, following the announcement of 28 March National Assembly Polls in the 2015 General Elections in which he polled 67,463 votes to defeat his challenger, Bernard Nenger of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) with 26,329 votes.
Dyegh was born at Gboko. He received elementary schooling at LGEA Primary School Gboko, earning First School Leaving Certificate before proceeding to Mbawuar Secondary School Ihugh in Vandeikya Local Government Area, for Senior Secondary School Certificate. He then studied at the Benue State University for both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. Dyegh obtained a Doctorate at the same institution, making him the first and the only House of Representatives Member to have represented a constituency with the highest educational qualification from Benue State, a record that is yet to be matched.
Dyegh garnered political prominence when he ran successfully on the platform of the then main opposition party in Nigeria – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) for the House of Representatives seat to represent Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency. Despite running as an out of favour candidate, he polled overwhelming 85,917 votes to defeat rival, Barr. Tony Ijohor who ran under the umbrella of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but trailed Dyegh by 55,540 votes.
Widely regarded as one of the best performing members of the "Green Chamber" in Benue State, Dyegh enjoys overwhelming support and wider admiration for his speedy rural electrification initiatives, donating more than ten transformers to various communities and sinking over thirty boreholes as well as building classroom blocks in many primary and post-primary institutions of learning in his constituency within only three years in office. Dyegh is known for awarding scholarships to students of higher colleges thereby, ending scholarship drought among the students of college age in his constituency; he donates large sums of money to the poor, a quality that marks him out as a philanthropist. The politician is also credited for his unique ability in executing constituency projects, making him one of the most admired politicians of his generation in his constituency ahead of many others.
Dyegh has sponsored the Nigerian Electoral Offences Commission Bill, 2011. The bill seeks establishment of an Electoral Offenses Commission but received only its first reading on 7 February 2012.
On 20 March 2017, Dyegh accused the Federal Government of Nigeria for failing to protect human lives ahead of cows and other livestock in the country, claiming that some powerful Nigerians were frustrating the passage of the bill prohibiting open grazing, pending before the House. Dyegh said this following wanton killing of the Tiv farmers by the Fulani herdsmen in his own state of Benue, with the Nigerian government failing to end the clashes. He cited the case of a bill sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade at the Senate to have suffered the same fate. He advised the government to be decisive in curbing the clashes between the herdsmen and farmers.