Gabriel Opio

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Gabriel Opio
Born (1945-11-09) 9 November 1945 (age 70)
Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Samia
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater Makerere University
(Bachelor of Arts)
University of Alberta
(Master of Arts)
University of British Columbia
(Master of Science)
Occupation Economist, politician
Years active 1983 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Busia, Uganda
Religion Christian

Gabriel Opio (born 9 November 1945) is a Ugandan economist and politician. He was the Minister of Gender, Labor & Social Development in the Cabinet of Uganda from 16 February 2009 to 27 May 2011.[1] Before his service at the Gender Ministry, he served as the State Minister for Higher Education from June 2006 to February 2009.[2][3]

Education[edit]

Opio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Makerere University, Uganda's oldest university. His degree of Master of Arts in Economics was obtained from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He also holds the degree of Master of Science in Finance from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4]

Career[edit]

Between 1993 and 1996, he served as a member of the National Resistance Council for Samia-Bugwe constituency in Tororo District. In 1996, he was elected to the Ugandan Parliament, representing Samia-Bugwe South in the newly created Busia District. In 1999, he was appointed State Minister for Finance, responsible for planning and investments,[5] serving in that position until 2001 when he lost his parliamentary seat to Simon Mayende.

Between 2002 and 2006, Opio served in various capacities, including as Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Director of Centenary Bank, and Commissioner of the Uganda AIDS Commission.[6] He served as the State Minister for Higher Education from June 2006 to February 2009,[2][7] and as Minister of Gender, Labor & Social Development from 16 February 2009 to 27 May 2011.[1]

In the national election cycle of 2011, he lost his parliamentary seat of Samia-Bugwe South to Julius Maganda, an independent political candidate. In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was dropped from the Cabinet and replaced by Syda Bbumba.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Newvision Archive, . (16 February 2009). "Full Cabinet List As of February 2009". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Ministries Allocated". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Hajusu, Egessa (15 April 2007). "Minister Opio Advises On Universal Secondary Education". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Academic Qualifications of Gabriel Opio
  5. ^ Keeton, Claire (12 May 2000). "Uganda: Gabriel Opio ... A Man With A Mission". The Sowetan (Johannesburg) via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Work History of Gabriel Opio
  7. ^ Hajusu, Egessa (15 April 2007). "Minister Opio Advises On Universal Secondary Education". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  8. ^ New Vision, . (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments And Dropped Ministers". Facebook. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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