The Authority Icon: UGOCHUKWU BERTRAM UBA
For his profound passion for academic excellence which has enabled him considerably impact and lift seekers in the nursery of knowledge; for his humility and integrity in service, notable erudition in the knowledge arena, qualitative contributions as a national parliamentarian, lifting both region and country, Senator (Dr.) Ugochukwu Bertram Uba is The AUTHORITY Icon
He navigated with a clear set of philosophical goals - academic, professional and governance excellence. To his credit, he has achieved these and is set to go farther. Meet Senator (Dr.) Ugochukwu Bertram Uba.
He was born on May 22, 1949 and hails from Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. He attended St. Cyprian Primary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1962. Moving forward, he attended Stella Maries College, Port Harcourt between 1962 and 1967 where he bagged his WASC. He holds a PhD in Political Science, specializing in Public Administration, government, Local Government from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; an M.A in Political Science, specializing in Public Administration, government, Local Government from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; a B.A in Political Science from the same university.
He has served as Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Culture and later Commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra State where he previously served as Director-General of Public Utilities as well as Director-General, State Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. He was former Executive Assistant in the office of the Military Administrator, following creation of the New Anambra State.
Senator Ubah taught politics in several Canadian universities before joining the University of Nigeria Nsukka where he taught Political Science and rose to the rank of a Senior Lecturer. It was while teaching at the UNN that he got an appointment as Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Old Anambra State, in 1990 and has remained in the public sector since then.
He also served on the boards of many governmental companies, functioned in the board of various organizations, member of many professional bodies and has written numerous informed articles and conference papers on politics and government.
He was one-time National Secretary of Nigeria Political Science Association (1982-1984) and also a one-time Secretary of University of Nigeria branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). For many years he was a resource person for the Centre for Democratic Studies, Abuja. He was a member of the Presidential Committee in 1999.
He served as a Senator from 2003 to 2007 when he represented Anambra South Senatorial Zone. In the senate he was Chairman, Senate Committee on Transport and later Marine Transport as well as member of Committee on Navy, Internal Affairs, National Planning, Economic Affairs & Poverty Alleviation; Constitutional Review; Member, Ad-Hoc Committee on Amendment of Labour Act (2004).
Between 2004 and 2006 he attended several specialized courses. While in the senate, he facilitated the passage of a number of Acts and domestication of several international maritime conventions to which Nigeria is signatory.