Patricia Akwashiki

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Patricia Naomi Akwashiki
Senator for Nasarawa North
In office
29 May 2007 – May 2011
Preceded by John Danboyi
Succeeded by Yusuf Musa Nagogo
Nigerian Minister of Information
In office
March 2015 – May 2015
Preceded by Labaran Maku
Succeeded by Lai Mohammed
Personal details
Born (1953-11-02) 2 November 1953 (age 63)
Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Patricia Naomi Akwashiki (born 2 November 1953) was elected Senator for the Nasarawa North constituency of Nasarawa State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. She is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1]

Akwashiki earned a BA in Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1982. She entered the banking industry, where she became a senior manager.[1] She was elected to the 5th Assembly (2003–2007) of the House of Representatives on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. She failed to win the PDP nomination to run for a second term, and transferred to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), on which ticket she won election in 2007 as Senator for Nasarawa North.[2]

After taking her seat in the Senate in May 2007, Akwashiki was appointed to committees on States & Local Government, Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Communications, Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions and Women and Youth.[1] In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted that she sponsored a bill to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and contributed brilliantly to debate in plenary and committee assignments.[3] In January 2010 she returned to the PDP, citing injustice and insensitivity of the ANPP national secretariat and factional infighting in the state chapter of the party as reasons.[4] In March 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Senator Patricia Akwashiki as the Minister of Information.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Sen. Patricia N. Akwashiki". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-06-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Akwashiki - Senator Without Constituency?". Daily Independent. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  4. ^ Andrew Oota (23 January 2010). "Why I Dumped ANPP - Senator Akwashiki". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
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