Early Life: Dr. Nentawe Goshwe Yilwatda, born on August 8, 1968, in Dungung, Kanke Local Government, hails from the esteemed lineage of the late Reverend and Mrs. Toma Yilwatda. His educational journey began at LGED Primary School, Dungung, culminating in the acquisition of the First School Leaving Certificate in 1981. Subsequently, he achieved the General Certificate of Education (O/Level) in 1986 from the Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri.
Academic Achievements: Dr. Yilwatda earned his First Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering in 1992 from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi. His insatiable thirst for knowledge led him to pursue a Master of Engineering and a PhD in Digital Systems Engineering from ATBU Bauchi and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, respectively. He further honed his expertise through specialized training by renowned institutions such as the United Nations University International Institute for Software Tech., Macau, China, and the Association of African Universities (AAU).
Professional Journey: Embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Yilwatda commenced as an Assistant Lecturer in 1995 at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkinladi. He later transitioned to the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi in 1996, where he devoted over 25 years to teaching, research, and project implementation. Notably, he served as the pioneer Director of Information and Communication Technology for 12 years, leaving an indelible mark on the university landscape.
ICT Reforms and Consultancy: Dr. Yilwatda actively contributed to ICT reforms, notably as a consultant between 2003 and 2005, working on the Integrated Financial Management Information System for key government institutions. His expertise extended to projects with the World Bank, UNICEF, and other international organizations, focusing on alternative energy solutions and infrastructure development in health and education sectors.
National and International Engagements: A seasoned negotiator and advocate for technology transfer, Dr. Yilwatda represented Nigeria in energy research delegations to the USA and Canada. His contributions to the Cuban Government/ECN program underscore his commitment to promoting energy efficiency. As the lead consultant for the Energy Commission of Nigeria/UNDP, he conducted crucial energy and economic audits.
INEC Commissioner and Community Builder: In 2017, Dr. Yilwatda assumed the role of Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). His tenure witnessed groundbreaking initiatives, including championing the voting rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), promoting peace through town hall meetings, and empowering women in IDP camps.
Philanthropy and Academic Development: Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr. Yilwatda remains deeply committed to community development. He actively supports academic development, providing scholarships, covering JAMB fees, and offering training opportunities for young minds. His initiatives in animal husbandry, laptop distribution, and cooperative founding exemplify his dedication to uplifting the youth and rural communities.
Recognition and Affiliations: As a registered Engineer with COREN, and a member of esteemed organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Dr. Yilwatda has earned numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to ICT and electronic engineering.
Personal Life: Dr. Nentawe Goshwe Yilwatda is not only a dedicated professional but also a devoted Christian and family man. Married to Dr. Mrs. Martina Yilwatda, their union is blessed with a son. His life’s journey epitomizes a harmonious blend of academic prowess, professional excellence, and unwavering commitment to community upliftment.