OPIA, Anthony Kingsley Ugboma

Born March 2, 1947
in

Lokoja, Kogi State

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

– West African School Certificate (WASC): Grade II, 1971.
– G.C.E. A Level: Economics-“B”; Government- “A”; Special Mathematics-“3”; 1972( All at a Seating).
– B.Sc. (Hons) Economics, Second Class Upper Division, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1976.
– M.Sc Public Finance: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria: 1980.

Mr. Anthony K. Ugboma Opia, an elected member, represents Onitsha South Federal Constituency, Anambra State. He was born in Lokoja, Kwara State on March 2, 1947. He is from Akili Ogidi, Ogbaru District, Onitsha Local Government Area, Anambra State. He was educated at St. Mary's High School, Ifite-Ukpo, Anambra State, 1963-67 and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained B.Sc (Hons) in Economics in 1976. He also obtained an M.Sc. in Public Finance in 1980. Mr. Opia is a financial consultant and Managing Director, Apex Finance Ltd. He is married with children. His hobbies are reading, travelling and music.
Gender: Male
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State of Origin: Ogbaru LGA (Akili-Ogidi Town), Anambra State
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Profession Consultant , Politician
Working Experience

Business Development Service Provider (BDSP), 1980 - Date; Chairman/CEO, Project Concept and Management Ltd, Lagos, 1990 – Date; Chairman, Media Masters Ltd, 2000 – Date; Member, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), 2000 - Date; Vice National Chairman, Mega Progressive Peoples Party(MPPP), South-East, 2014-Date;

Previous Appointments:

BUSINESS / PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACTIVITIES:

– Library Assistant, Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria, 1971-73;

– Lecturer, Staff Training Centre, Potiskum, Borno State, 1976/77(National Youth Service Programme);

– Secretary, Governing Council, Centre for Social and Economic Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; 1977 – 1979;

– Graduate Assistant/Lecturer, Centre for Social and Economic Research/Economics Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1977-1980;

– Chairman, Apex Finance and Securities Ltd, 1985 – 2001;

– Chairman, Board of Trustees, Centre for Development and Civic Education (CECODEC), an NGO involved in Poverty Alleviation Programmes and Micro-credit Administration in Anambra State, 1998 -2007;

– Vice President, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria 1999 – 2000;

– President, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria, 2000 – 2001;

– Chairman, Committee of Consultants, Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), 2000 – 2003;

– Chairman, NASME Committee on SMIEIS (Small and Medium Industries Equity Investment Scheme), 2001 – 2005;

– Chairman, Finance Committee, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, A.I.T Road, Alagbado, Lagos State, 2003 – 2005;

– Economic Consultant to National Coordinator, National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), 2011 – 2012;

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE / ACTIVITIES:

– Secretary, East Central State Students Association, Ahmadu Bello University Branch, Zaria, 1973 – 1974;

– Vice-President, Economic Society, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1974 – 1975;

– National Secretary, Ogbaru United Club of Nigeria, 1987 – 1989;

– Member, Constituent Assembly, Abuja, 1988 – 1989;

– Member, National Executive Committee, Liberal Convention, 1988 – 1989 (an unregistered Political Association during the Transition to Civil Rule era of President Ibrahim Babngida);

– Governorship Aspirant, Social Democratic Party(SDP), Anambra State, 1989 – 1991;

– Chairman, Governing Council, Anambra State College of Agriculture, Igbariam, Anambra State (now Anambra State University of Technology, Igbariam), 1991 – 1993;

– Senatorial Candidate, National Democratic Party, Anambra State, 2003 General Election (Lost at the Election Tribunal);

– Governorship Aspirant, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State, 2007 General Election;

– Governorship Aspirant, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State, 2013 General Election;

– Chairman, Special Presidential Convention Committee, Mega Progressive Peoples Party, November, 2014;

– Presidential Aspirant, Mega Progressive Peoples Party, December, 2014;

– Senatorial Candidate, Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), 2019.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

– Member, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCON), 1982;
– Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (FIMCON), 1999.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED WITH DATES: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1976; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1980.
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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS:

– The Role of the Agricultural Sector in the Nigerian Economy,1900-1975 (An Unpublished B.Sc Thesis), 1976;
– Local Government Finance in Nigeria: A Case Study of Bauchi State, 1970-1978 (An Unpublished M.Sc Thesis), 1980;
– Economic Integration in West Africa:Is it a Mirage? The Economic Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, April, 1975; Ahmadu Bello University Publication;
– The Yoke of Taxation: Who Bears it most in Nigeria? The Economic Journal, Vol.1, No.5, October 1978, Ahmadu Bello University Publication;
– Democratic Totalitarianism, Afriscope Magazine, Vol. 4, No.1, 1974;
– Praetorianism in Africa, Political Science Journal, June 1976; Ahmadu Bello University Publication;
– The Subject-Matter of Marxist Political Economy, The Economic Journal, Vol, 1, No.3; April 1976; Ahmadu Bello University Publication;
– Fiscal Federalism in Nigeria;A Memorandum submitted to the Presidential Commission on Revenue Allocation in Nigeria, December 1979;
– Taxation for Development; The Case of Kaduna State, The Case of Community and Cattle Taxes in Kaduna State; A Paper Presented at the Centre for Social and Economic Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,1980;
– The Green Revolution- Problems Galore: A Case Study of Ogbaru District, Anambra State of Nigeria; A Paper Presented at a Seminar in the Department of Econmics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, April, 1978;

A. ARTICLES:

Some of these are:
– Democracy and the Folly of the Majority; National Concord, October 12, 1983;
– Election 1983: Peace Before Prosperity; National Concord, July 23, 1983;
– Election 1993: Taking A Cue From America; Daily Satellite, June 22, 1993;
– Election 1993: Tribute to the Press; The Punch, July 21, 1993;
– Lets Make Progress By Going Back( A Character Critique of Nigerian Leaders): The Punch, March 29, 2011;

B. PRESS INTERVIEWS:

Some of these are:
– A. K. U. Opia: Potentials of Guber Aspirants;Weekly Star, February 10,1991;
– A. K. U. Opia: Opia, Abaribe Eye Government House, The Guardian, March 11,1991; P.11
– A. K. U. Opia: Okpara’s Virtues Extolled; Daily Champion, March 8,1991, P.3;
– A. K. U. Opia: Political Profile; Daily Champion, June 30,1991, P19;
– A. K. U. Opia: Anambra Governorship- It is Wawa Vs Ijekebe Showdown, The Guardian, April 22,1991;
– A. K. U. Opia: Mass Protest Greets CARIA; Weekly Star; May 26,1991; P. 1;
– A. K. U. Opia: Discourse – Qualities for Anambra State Governorship; Weekly Star, March 10,1991; P.14;
– A. K. U. Opia: Southern Politicians Insist on Power Shift; Post Express; August 16,1998; PP1-2;
– A. K. U. Opia: Igbos Can Produce Next President, Post Express, August 20,1998; P.25;
– A. K. U. Opia: Consultant Advises Government on Effective Budgeting;
– Opia: Opia Raises Hope for Naira Value; The Guardian,February 18, 2003; P.70;
– A. K. U. Opia: Mega Party Meets in Anambra State, The Guardian, April 11, 2014; P.6;

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS:

– Was a Prefect with one responsibility or the other throughout my Primary and Secondary School Career.
– Won books as Prize for the Best Student in the Department of Economics, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria,1973/74.
– Won Honoraria as a student for outstanding contributions to Afriscope Magazine, 1974.
– Was the only M.Sc Graduant in 1980 in the Department of Economics, A.B. U. in a programme that commenced with 13 students.
– Have always played a leadership role in all organizations that I have belonged to.

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:

Consultant, at one time or the other, to:

– Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN);
– Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME);
– United Nations Industrial Development Programme (UNIDO);
– Regional Programme for Technology Management – an outfit of UNESCO for African Sub-Region;
– African Development Bank (ADB);
– African Project Development Facility, an outfit of the International Finance Corporation/World Bank.

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