Betty Jocelyne Okagua Apiafi is a Nigerian politician who currently serves as the Senator representing Rivers West Senatorial District, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. She was a Federal House of Representatives Member for Abua/Odual-Ahoada East Federal Constituency of Rivers State, between 2007 and 2019. She is the first female member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and Senate from Rivers state. Apiafi is an economist, retired banker and educationist.
Born on 19th February 1962. She is married to Kalada Apiafi.
|Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Rivers State||Master’s Degree|
|University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State||B.Sc Economics|
19th February 1962
People’s Democratic Party
House of Representatives, Abua/Odual/Ahoada East Federal Constituency (2007-2019)
Senator, Rivers West Senatorial District (since 2019)
In 2007, Apiafi was elected into the House of Representatives, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, to represent the Abua/Odual/Ahoada East Federal Constituency of Rivers State. She served in this capacity till 2019.
During her time in the House of Representatives, she was a strong advocate for women’s affairs, education, and bank sector reforms. Apiafi also served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, and the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora.
In 2019, she was elected into the 9th National Assembly to represent the Rivers West Senatorial District, on the platform of PDP. She is the current Chairman of the Senate Committee on Women’s Affairs.
She will be retiring from her position as the senator representing Rivers West senatorial district in the upcoming 2023 election.
Awards & Honours
- 2019 Award of Recognition for Contribution to the Development of the University of Abua Teaching Hospital
- Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State