Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide: FCT’s third Minister of State


Educational pursuits

The had her primary and secondary education between 1963 & 1974 at Maryhill Convent School & St Louis Grammar School, both at Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria respectively. She then left the Nigerian soil & shores for the United Kingdom (UK), where she attended Kings College, London, University of London and bagged in 1980 a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with 2nd Class Upper. Not still satisfied with this achievement, she proceeded to the United States of America (USA), where she attended Harvard Law School and with speed in 1981 bagged a Master of Laws (LLM). She was at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where she was called to the Nigerian Bar (BL) in 1982. Not scared or tired of examinations, she passed her English Solicitors’ Final Examinations at the College of Law, London in 1993 with first class honours.


Born on the 4th August, 1959 the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide is the third amongst female Ministers of State of the Federal Capital Territory. She assumed duty on Tuesday, 12th July, 2011.

Career advancement

A professional to the core, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in July 1983 while in March 1996, she was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. She is a member of various local and international professional bodies/associations such as Nigerian Bar Association, Law Society of England and Wales, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators USA, International Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) to mention just a few. Similarly, she was variously nominated/elected member of Committees/Board such as Aviation Sector Reform Implementation Committee (2000-2002), Board of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999-2002), Arbitration Law Reform Committee of Lagos State 2007, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, etc.

The Barrister & Solicitor has had varying work experience in both the public and private sector. She was the Special Assistant to Mr. President (SAP) on FCT Matters (2001-2002) and SAP on G77 and Nigerians In the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) – 2002 to 2003. She was a Principal Partner to NEWMAN LEGAL – a Law firm based in Lagos & Abuja and the former Managing Partner of Akinjide & Co. where she was Joint Head of the Energy Law Dept. and the Head of Company Law Department. She was also the Chairperson, Local Organising Committee, Association of International Petroleum Explorationists (AIPN), West Africa Chapter. Beside these ventures/endeavours, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, is the Founder & CEO of Olajumoke Akinjide Foundation which is a Non-Governmental Organisation for social development that has provided • Free surgical/medical operations for over 10,000 indigenes of the Oyo Central Senatorial District • Free malaria and typhoid medication for the Oyo Central Senatorial District • 270 free NECO Examination forms for indigent students of the Oyo Central Senatorial District

The FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, the Iya Yeye of Ona-Ara has spoken as a guest lecturer and written on the following topics amongst many: • Investment Opportunities for Oil Service Companies in Nigeria (1996) • Current Legal Issues for Gas Production and Utilisation in Nigeria (1997) • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Petroleum Industry (1999) • The Nigerian Power Sector: An Industry in Transition (2001) • Local Content – Provision of Professional Legal Services in the Petroleum Industry (2004) • Good Governance & Africa’s Development (2007) • Globalisation of Legal Services – Fears of African Countries (2007)

It is worthy to note that the FCT Minister of State is a Christian who is married with three (3) children.

Squabbles on the home front

In a recent political development, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, has vowed to stick with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and President Goodluck Jonathan, despite her husband’s defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mrs. Akinjide’s husband, Ahman Pategi, was one of the 37 ex-PDP members of the House of Representatives who defected to the APC on recently.

Mr. Pategi, who was elected to the lower legislative chamber on the platform of the PDP, represents Edu/Moro/Pategi federal constituency of Kwara State. He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources. Mrs. Akinjide, who hails from Ibadan in Oyo State, responded dismissed speculations that she was going to join her husband in the APC. She vowed to remain in the PDP to work for the success of the president, the Transformation Agenda, and the party at future polls.




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