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Honourable Minister

Patricia Naomi Akwashiki

Minister of Information, Nigeria was born on 2nd November, 1953 and was elected Senator for the Nasarawa North constituency of Nasarawa State, taking office on 29th May, 2007. She is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Akwashiki earned a BA in Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1982. She entered the banking industry, where she became a senior manager. She was elected to the 5th Assembly (2003–2007) of the House of Representatives on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. She could not 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.

After taking her seat in the Senate in May, 2007, Akwashiki was appointed to committees on States and Local Government, Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Communications, Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions and Women and Youth. 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. 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.

In March, 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Senator Patricia Akwashiki as the Minister of Information.