20 December 1979 |
|Education||Bachelor of Tourism (B.Tourism)
|Years active||2003 — present|
|Title||State Minister for Lands|
Aidah Erios Nantaba is a Ugandan politician. She is the current State Minister for Lands in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 15 August 2012. She replaced Sarah Opendi Achieng, who was appointed State Minister for Primary Care. Aidah Nantaba is also the elected Member of Parliament for Kayunga District Women's Constituency, on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party ticket.
She attended Ndeeba Primary School in Kayunga District, between 1986 until 1992, where she finished her Primary Leaving Examinations. Her father did not have money enough to take her to a very good secondary school so she joined Ndeeba Senior Secondary School for her S1 in 1993. Villagers in Kisoga village in Kayunga recall how she used to be carried on a bicycle by a brother to school, about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from their home, daily. In 1994, Nantaba's mother acquired some money and Nantaba was moved from Ndeeba SSS to Katikamu SDA SSS where she studied from S2 to S6; from February 1994 to November 1998. On 26 September 1999, Nantaba was admitted to Makerere University, together with the brother who used to ferry her to school, for a degree in Tourism. She undertook an undergraduate student research project "Medicinal Plants As Tourism potential: Case Study of Uganda Wildlife Educational Center (UWEC)" which was supervised by Professor J.B. Nyakaana. Aidah Nantaba holds the degree of Bachelor of Tourism (B.Tourism), obtained in 2003, from Makerere University, Uganda's oldest institution of tertiary education, which was founded in 1922.
In 2003, following her graduation from Makerere, she worked as a Tourism Officer with Pearl of Africa Tours and Travel Limited. She left that job in late 2003. Beginning in 2005 until today, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Jordan Laboratories Limited, a distributor of photographic and printing equipment. In 2010, she joined active elective politics by contesting the Kayunga District Women's Parliamentary Constituency. She won the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party primary, by defeating the then incumbent, Florence Naiga. In 2011, she was elected during the general election, and is the current incumbent. In a cabinet reshuffle on 15 August 2012, she was appointed State Minister for Lands. After weeks of protracted confirmation hearings, the Appointments Committee of the Ugandan Parliament, finally confirmed her appointment on Tuesday 23 October 2012.
Aidah Nantaba is single. She is of the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
She carries the following additional responsibilities in parliament:
- She is a Member of the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry
- She is a Member of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and Related Matters