Senator Patrick Osakwe was born on August 11, 1948 at Ugiliamai, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State.
He had a first class degree in Political Science, a Masters Degree in International Relations both from the prestigious University of Benin and later bagged a Second Class Upper Division in Law from Ambrose Ali University (then Edo State University), Ekpoma and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995.
Senator Patrick Osakwe
He is an accomplished businessman. He was the Chairnan, Flash Airlines, established in 1986 and the defunct Flash Flamingo Football Club, Benin City. He also established Flash Pools, a company that gainfully employed over 1,000 Nigerian youths, Evidence Merchandise Co. Ltd., Evidence Motors, Osakwe Farms and Flash Estate. He established all before delving into patisan politics.
With vast experience in business and a short spell in legal practice, Senator Patrick E. Osakwe was called upon in 1998 by the good people of Delta North Senatorial District to represent them at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
While at the Senate, he distinguished himself as the vice Chairnan, Senate Committee on Works; Chairnan, Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs; Chairnan, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts; Chairnan, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC; Member, representing Nigeria at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; Member, representing Nigeria at the African Parliamentary Union; Member of several Committees and Ad-hoc committees of the Senate.
Having resolved to improve human lives through legislation, Senator Osakwe sponsored so many bills on the hallowed chamber of the Senate, amongst which are: The Public Officers ( Protection) Amendment Bill (2005), the purport of which is to give all Nigerians wider access to justice by seeking to widen the period of limitation of legal actions against Officers from three months to six months.
The National Office of Industrial Property Act ( Amendment) Bill, 2005) whose purports was to strength the principal Act to enable it meet its overall objectives of encouraging foreign investment in Nigeria.
The National Inland Waterways Authority Decree No. 13 of 1997 ( Amendment) Bill 2005, whose purport was to straighten the activities of the Authority and Operations at the country’s Waterways.
He also moved and supported many motions and bills respectively towards the economic development of our country and the establishment of the rule of law in our chequered democratic experience. Worthy of mention are the motion to abolish the death sentence decree, the motion to set up a panel of inquiry on the killing of Ukwuani indigenes in Obiaruku, Delta State in 2002, etc.
He supported the reviewing of the Appropriation Acts of 2000 to 2003 to increase the percentage of capital projects as a basis for economic growth and development in Nigeria. As the Vice Chairnan, Committee on Works, he contributed immensely towards the major success story of the Obasanjo- led government- $18 billion debt relief as Chairnan, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.
He projected Nigeria’s image positively at the international level, as Chairnan, Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs. He ensured positive legislative approach to the Niger Delta problem towards ensuring peace and stability in the region, as the Chairnan, Senate Committee on Niger Delta.
Senator Patrick Enebeli Osakwe maintained an excellent personal and working relationship with his colleagues and leadership of both Houses of the National Assembly, Abuja, party hierarchy, the presidency and the Governor James Ibori-led administration in Delta State, which earned him a statesmanship status within the country and in diaspora. He stepped aside in 2011 after serving as a Senator for 3 consecutive terms (12 years).
In all of these, how did his Ukwuani people (his immediate constituency) benefit from the scheme of things. This question remained unanswered till his death on March 15, 2022. Adieu the Distinguished Senator and political gladiator.