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President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Senate President Bukola Saraki, Honorable Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of both chambers of the National Assembly

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Senate President Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki Giving the Keynote Speech At The Fourth World Conference Of Speakers Of Parliament At The UN Headquarters, New York

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Senate President at Armed Forces Remembrance Day
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Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

As the Senate President of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Senator representing Kwara Central, I am proud to lead by example as the first Senator in Nigeria to post weekly activities on the Upper Legislative Chambers. I do this because:

  • I believe that all Nigerians deserve to observe, understand, and give inputs into the activities of our representatives in government;
  • I believe accountability and transparency are essential to government, and;
  • I also strongly believe in two-way communication channels where I can get direct unfiltered feedback from the people of my constituency, and Nigerians as a whole.
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  • 30 Jun 2016

    Saraki Mourns Amadi, MaduekweSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday expressed grief over the...

  • 30 Jun 2016

    Saraki Mourns Amadi, Maduekwe Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday expressed grief over the death of two notable Nigerians, Captain Elechi Amadi and Chief Ojo Maduekwe. While Amadi, one of Africa’s finest novelist, poet and dramatist passed on at 82 years, Maduekwe, a former Minister who took charge of three federal ministries at different times and later served as Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was 71. Saraki described Elechi as a literary giant whose impactful life will continue to be of immense educational benefit to Nigerians and the world at large. He noted that Elechi contributed greatly to national development having served in the Nigerian Army. He also extolled the virtues of Maduekwe describing him as a "social-political engineer" whose exploits in the nation's political landscape will remain evergreen in the annals of the country. "Maduekwe was a brilliant, erudite and hardworking politician, a man of fine intellectual background who was not shy to take a position on serious national issues and will articulate the position to the admiration of both his supporters and opponents", the Senate President stated. "It is most regrettable that both Elechi and Maduekwe left us at a time their intelligence and wealth of experience is needed to advance education, deepen our democracy and political culture," Saraki said. While calling on the families of the departed men to be comforted by the exemplary lifestyles of the late ambassadors of the country, he called on the Federal Government to immortalize them. He also prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 27 Jun 2016

    ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort&convenience,but where he stands at a time of challenge & controversy"

  • 27 Jun 2016

    RT : Much needed acceptance 4 peace to reign:I Regret Convening Meeting Same Day Saraki, Ekweremadu Were Elected Oyegun h

  • 27 Jun 2016

    It has become clear that there is govt within govt of who've seized apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda.

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Statement: His Excellency, the President of Senate, Nigeria National Assembly Dr. Bukola Saraki

    Statement: His Excellency, the President of Senate, Nigeria National Assembly Dr. Bukola Saraki June 27, 2016 Abuja, Nigeria, June 27—Today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document. In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the ... read more

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Executive Needs to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. Wasn't an election of Senate peers & Executive Branch participants

  • 27 Jun 2016

    At a time when govt should be working together to meet Nigerias many challenges, executive is more concerned about Election btw Senators

  • 27 Jun 2016

    These trumped up charges is only another phase in relentless persecution of the leadership of Senate that started over a year ago

  • 27 Jun 2016

    farcical to allege a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions & mere suggestion demonstrates desperate overreach by AGF

  • 27 Jun 2016

    charges filed by AGF represents violation of principle of Separation of Powers btw Executive & Legislative as enshrined in our Constitution.

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Today, leaders of reiterate our innocence against charges filed by AGF on allegations of forgery of Senate standing rules

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Statement: His Excellency, the President of Senate, Nigeria National Assembly Dr. Bukola Saraki -

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Statement on Commencement of Trial at FCT High CourtAbuja, Nigeria, June 27---Today we the leaders of the...

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Statement on Commencement of Trial at FCT High Court Abuja, Nigeria, June 27---Today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document. In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the Separation of Powers between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as enshrined in our Constitution. Furthermore, it is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney General. These trumped up charges is only another phase in the relentless persecution of the leadership of the Senate This misguided action by the Attorney General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive Branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. It was not an election of Senate peers and Executive Branch participants. Over the past year the Senate has worked to foster good relations with the Executive Branch. It is in all of our collective interests to put aside divisions and get on with the nation’s business. We risk alienating and losing the support of the very people who have entrusted their national leaders to seek new and creative ways to promote a secure and prosperous Nigeria. As leaders and patriots, it is time to rise above partisanship and to move forward together. However, what has become clear is that there is now a government within the government of President Buhari who have seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda. This latest onslaught on the Legislature represents a clear and present danger to the democracy Nigerians fought hard to win and preserve. The suit filed on behalf of the Federal government suggests that perhaps some forces in the Federal Republic have not fully embraced the fact that the Senate’s rules and procedures govern how the legislative body adjudicates and resolves its own disputes. Let it be abundantly clear, both as a citizen and as a foremost Legislator, I will continue to rise above all the persecution and distraction that have been visited on me. In the words of Martin Luther King Junior, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy”. I will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me. Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate. This is a cross I am prepared to carry. If yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest. Signed Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON President, Senate of the Federal Republic

  • 24 Jun 2016

    8th Senate: Sarakis Move To Revamp Nigerias Economy, By James Sunday

  • 23 Jun 2016

    RT : On banks' licenses withdrawal, Labour Minister, Dr. arrives my office. Public deliberation follows.

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Today, I formally inaugurated the Ad-Hoc Committee which has been tasked by the Senate to take an exhaustive and...

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Today, I formally inaugurated the Ad-Hoc Committee which has been tasked by the Senate to take an exhaustive and comprehensive look at the recently presented physical audit of the 2013 Annual Report of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Additionally, I also declared open the Public Hearing on this report, which has provided us with crucial facts and data, needed to constructively engage with relevant stakeholders on the way forward. We must all understand that accountability and audit are at the heart of our legislative work, in this regard, the Committee has been mandated to fully x-ray this report, and find out how over N1 trillion was lost in Nigeria’s extractive sector in 2013 alone. We need to find out what went wrong; how it went wrong; who is to blame; how much exactly we lost; and how to plug these loopholes through the legislative process. It is great to see that since the Senate considered this report with the leadership of NEITI, some federal agencies have made pronouncements to swing into action - however such commitments came a little too late. I want to reassure Nigerians that the Senate will continue to carry out more of such analysis in our oversight functions - and wherever such leakages occur, we will go after those involved on behalf of the people that we represent. It is my hope that the findings of this report will send a strong message that the legislature stands as the bastion of democracy, with a moral duty to monitor and investigate the executive arm of government. -ABS

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Tune in on to watch clause-by-clause consideration of the Petroleum University Effurun Establishment Bill (S.B 226)

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Nigerian Senate Plenary is now live. Watch online

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Nigerian Senate Plenary is now live. Watch online www.ngrsenate.tv

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Senate Confident Amended Public Procurement Act Will Stimulate Economy -

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Press Release: I Know Nothing About Alleged Forgery, Says Saraki

    Press Release June 22, 2016 I Know Nothing About Alleged Forgery, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Wednesday) maintains he knows nothing about how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth Senate on June 9, 2015 was formulated. He said the on-going efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as Senate ... read more

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Delighted to have had the opportunity to pin my Aide De Camp with his new rank as Superintendent of Police (SP)...

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Delighted to have had the opportunity to pin my Aide De Camp with his new rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) earlier today. Over the short period of time he has worked with me, Officer Na'abu Usman has shown himself to be very professional, diligent and hardworking gentleman.

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Press Release: I Know Nothing About Alleged Forgery, Says Saraki -

  • 22 Jun 2016

    I just signed the Senates version of the Public Procurement Act Amendment. It will now be forwarded to .

  • 22 Jun 2016

    I just affixed my signature on the Senates version of the Public Procurement Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016...

  • 22 Jun 2016

    I just affixed my signature on the Senate’s version of the Public Procurement Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB.232), which will now be forwarded on the House of Representatives for Concurrence. Many countries have used legislative mechanisms like these that focus inwards to diversify their local economies. This amendment helps to position our local producers, manufacturers and service providers to benefit from the government procurement process of ministries, departments and agencies. Hence, once passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by Mr. President, this amendment will help to stimulate Nigeria’s domestic economy, and will go a long way in ensuring that in the process of awarding contracts, funds are available as quickly as possible and jobs are actually completed.

  • 22 Jun 2016

    This was deliberated on today in plenary. Please follow

  • 22 Jun 2016

    As the Senate President and presiding officer, I make all announcements from any party and the executive

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Complaints received was that most senior diplomats were not considered. will get clarity for constituents

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Please visit my facebook page.

  • 22 Jun 2016

    The minister of foreign affairs will appear before the relevant committee to shed more light on that

  • 22 Jun 2016

    It is important that we address the issues surrounding Ambassadorial list before we commence screening of Ambassadors

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Foreign affairs committee will investigate alleged irregularities surrounding Ambassadorial nominee list and submit a report in one week.

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Following reported discrepancies and the lack of state representational spread in the names of Ambassadorial...

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Following reported discrepancies and the lack of state representational spread in the names of Ambassadorial nominees submitted to the Senate for consideration, today, the Senate resolved to summon the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to appear before it to explain the purported irregularities in the list. It is important that we address the issues surrounding this list before the screening of Ambassadors commences. In this regard, I have asked the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs to immediately investigate the alleged irregularities surrounding this nominee list and submit a report to the full plenary in one week.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF INCIDENCES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. 20TH OF JUNE, 2016.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF INCIDENCES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. 20TH OF JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to be with you today to declare open the public hearing on this important bill that will provide a proper legislation to checkmate the ugly incidence of sexual harassment in our ... read more

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMITTEE ON AVIATION ON THE “WORRISOME AND UNSTABLE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY. MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMITTEE ON AVIATION ON THE “WORRISOME AND UNSTABLE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY. MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this Public Hearing on the findings of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Aviation’s report on “Worrisome and Unstable Position of the Nigerian Aviation Industry,” which has ... read more

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, ... -

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, ... -

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA...

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF INCIDENCES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. 20TH OF JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to be with you today to declare open the public hearing on this important bill that will provide a proper legislation to checkmate the ugly incidence of sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions. The 8th Senate as part of our legislative agenda resolved to take necessary legislative initiative to promote equality and inclusiveness and ensure that the rights of women, youth and vulnerable people in the society are adequately addressed. 2. Distinguished Senators and invited guest, complaints of sexual harassment in our places of learning is on the rise and this dangerous trend has quite a significant impact on the quality of learning, life and dignity of our children as a whole. Sexual harassment incidences are beginning to factor dangerously in our higher institutions in such a manner that we can no longer ignore otherwise we will be abdicating our responsibility to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation. This menace has the potential of hindering academic excellence among our students most especially the female students. One of the greatest achievements African women have made in their quest for empowerment has been in the area of education. And this bill when passed into law will further make the academic environment more accommodating for all who seek excellence. 3. Yes, we have laws dealing with sexual offences in general, just like we have for many other offences. But in this regards we are paying significant attention and treating this matter as a special challenge that requires specific and more deterring direct attention. This is in recognition of the many dimensions of its impact. We are also doing this to further send a message to all those who have utilized the seeming gaps in our body of laws to perpetrate this evil and destroy the hope of our children. 4. This bill must also be seen as a message to our children that we hear their cries and we cannot seat idly by and watch. Let this also sound as a matching order to our law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt greater attention to deal with the growing menace and nip it in the bud. Making law is not enough. The Executive, must begin to pay attention to the right issues affecting our lives as a people including those with direct impact on our peoples’ enjoyment of liberty, freedom and aspirations. We cannot continue to focus on less impact areas of our lives while people suffer on the streets and the quality of individual lives continue to dwindle due to lack of government attention. It is time for our children to feel safe again in schools and worry more about their learning than of their safety and protection. This is what government is about. 5. At this juncture I must commend the initiator of this bill Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege for the timeliness and thoroughness and also the Senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters for their commitment in ensuring we are all here to help contribute to making this bill a good piece of legislation. 6. I am very confident that the intellectual contributions from the academic personalities, civil society and students here present will enrich this bill so that when eventually passed into law, our students can have the best possible protection of the law to ensure that sexual depravity is no longer a factor of consideration as they seek to shape their future and enhance our national productivity through learning. 7.With this few remarks of mine, it is my pleasure to now declare this public hearing open. 8.Thanks for your attention and God bless us all. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR...

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMITTEE ON AVIATION ON THE “WORRISOME AND UNSTABLE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY. MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this Public Hearing on the findings of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Aviation’s report on “Worrisome and Unstable Position of the Nigerian Aviation Industry,” which has been organised by the Senate Joint Committee on Aviation and Anti-Corruption. 2. I thank all of you that have travelled from far and wide to participate in this investigation, which has been prompted by the Senate’s commitment to reposition underperformingsectors of the Nigerian economy for better delivery through our oversight powers. 3. Many of you will recall that at the Plenarysitting on Wednesday, 13th January, 2016, the 8th Senate deliberated on the Report of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Aviation, which discovered certain discrepancies in the disbursement and utilisation of a $40 million AFRIXIM loan, and N35.5 billion. The Federal Government allegedly released these funds in 2011 to modernise the deteriorating infrastructure in Nigeria’s aviation industry. 4. At that session, the Senate directed its Joint Committee on Aviation and Anti-Corruption to further investigate the allegations of misappropriation in the report, and give an account of its findings to the full plenary. This is why we are here today. 5. Undoubtedly, the importance of Nigeria’s aviation industry to our policy thrust towards economic diversification cannot be trivialised. This is because our network of airlines, provides personal mobility to various destinations both within and outside the country; allows the Nigerian economy to participate more freely in the international division of labour; and makes even the most remote locations in Nigeria that have nearby airports, more attractive for foreign investors willing to engage in business in our country. 6. In this regard, it is crucial that at this public hearing, we get to the bottom of how the funds that were released five (5) years ago to bring the degenerating infrastructure of our federal airports up to par were utilised. 7. Doing this would allow us to better strategiseon the way forward for both our aviation industry, and our transportation sector as a whole. Because, as we work to awaken our railway sector through appropriate legislation; and further develop our existing road infrastructure, it is important that the aviation industry is not left behind. 8. Consequently, as we move forward with the business of the day, I would like to encourage you all to contribute freely and fully. 9. Additionally, I would like to stress the importance of this investigation: This is not a witch-hunt. We have no pre-determined agenda going into this investigation. This is only an opportunity for us to get things right, and “get things right, right now.” 10. What I mean by this is that the Senate stands fully committed to pushing for the recommendations and findings of the report that will be generated from this investigative public hearing. 11. For this reason, after tomorrow’s session is concluded, I urge the Joint Committee on Aviation and Anti-Corruption to make haste - yet still be thorough - in concluding and submitting its report for further legislative action by the full plenary. 12. It is my hope that this hearing will further enlighten us on the way forward for the Aviation industry. 13. On this note, may I now formally declare open this Public hearing. 14. Again, thank you for your time. 15. May God bless you all and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Earlier today, at the Tafsirul Quran led by Fadhilat Sheikh Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa Almiskinbillai in Ojodu, Lagos.

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Earlier today, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Tafsirul Quran led by Fadhilat Sheikh Sulaiman Faruq...

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Earlier today, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Tafsirul Quran led by Fadhilat Sheikh Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa Almiskinbillai in Ojodu, Lagos State.

  • 18 Jun 2016

    At opening of the constitution review yesterday, I was told state police is 1 of the provisions they are considering

  • 18 Jun 2016

    Yesterday, at the Dua for Iftar in Lagos, after our deliberations at the Constitution Review Committee.My...

  • 18 Jun 2016

    Yesterday, at the Dua for Iftar in Lagos, after our deliberations at the Constitution Review Committee. My fellow Distinguished Senators and I came together to pray for Nigeria prior to the breaking of our fast. May God continue to bless our great Federal Republic!

  • 18 Jun 2016

    RT : Senate President hosted Senators to iftar yesterday, right after the constitution review in Lagos.

  • 17 Jun 2016

    Are you a contractor seeking to supply government agencies? Procurement Bill passed in Senate has reviewed mobilization fee from 15% to 25%

  • 17 Jun 2016

    5 ways you never knew Procurement Act will affect you, number 3 will shock you via

  • 17 Jun 2016

    Met a local manufacturer who expressed delight over Procurement Bill. "Knowing govt MUST NOW patronise , i will invest more"

  • 17 Jun 2016

    RT : Senate committee on the review of the 1999 constitution;Retreat Lagos.

  • 17 Jun 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE REVIEW ON 17TH JUNE, 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE REVIEW ON 17TH JUNE, 2016. PROTOCOL 1. Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, you would recall that in earlier this year upon the inauguration of this all important committee, I did make the point that the members of this committee had been arrived at in recognition of the enormity and solemnity attached to the exercise of constitutional review. 2. This ... read more

  • 17 Jun 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BYHISEXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON,PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ... -

  • 17 Jun 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT...

  • 17 Jun 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW ON 17TH JUNE, 2016. PROTOCOL 1. Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, you would recall that in earlier this year upon the inauguration of this all important committee, I did make the point that the members of this committee had been arrived at in recognition of the enormity and solemnity attached to the exercise of constitutional review. 2. This is why the essence of this retreat cannot be overemphasized. 3. Since, independence, our nation has sought to develop for itself workable Constitution on which her unity can be perfected. Other nations have trodden a similar path. For instance, following the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War in 1776, the original 13 States of the United States of America operated an Article of Confederacy, a necessary but unwieldy document that institutionalized a central government. The Article lasted for 8 years before it was jettisoned for the current Constitution of the United States. 4. Constitution making has always been a challenging issue in any polity. Because it is expected to put together the aspiration, commitment, values and agreement of different communities, debates can be polarizing, contentious and in some cases conflictual. These defaults issues should be viewed as part of the process of building consensus and strengthening our democracy. As polarizing as these issues are, with robust engagement, inclusive participation and process-led initiatives we can resolve the contentions and agree on some of the issues. 5. As I had noted in my inaugural address, this senate isseeking to further consolidate and entrench the essence of our constitution as the only basis for the exercise of all powers under a constitutional democracy forged under the rule of law. This review process must not in anyway dent the solemnity, integrity and infallibility that should be ascribed to the 1999 Constitution. Rather we are by this process celebrating and affirming the inviolability of our constitution and its integrity. It is in no way a ritual or a routine. 6. It would be recalled that the 7th National Assembly had done a good job of obtaining national consensus on key challenges to the operation of the constitution and the utilisation of the constitution as the coherent framework for our development as a nation through its work on the 4th Alteration Bill. This is why I urge the committee to, in this first phase, to concentrate on the 4th Alteration Bill and conclusively address it before dealing with other proposals. 7. Yes, the issues of constitutional amendment as they affect the 1999 Constitution are enormous especially those affecting the smooth running and development of our federation, cannot be fully captured within the framework of the 4th alteration bill. I will however, urge you to pay attention specifically on the 4th alteration due to the immense work and national consensus already garnered in determining it. This will help us concentrate effort on clearing these already agreed areas and a other few exceptional issues that are integral. This is the surest way of delivering to our people a more acceptable constitution before the commencement of the partisan political activities early next year. 8. Upon the completion of this phase of the work, I believe we will then take on the next berg of issues that continue to agitate the minds of many Nigerians. I have purposefully avoided reflecting on these issues as I would have normally done, because upon the retreat for the next phase we will comprehensively enquire into these and proffer workable solutions upon the overarching principle of greater freedoms for our people, abhorrence of discrimination of any nature that inhibit the enjoyment of our people’s rights, the enthronement of the rule of law, accountability of all offices and authority derived from the constitution, the issue and concept of "continuity in governance” which assumes that a country needs continuity in its government to continue to meet the demands of modern day governance. Most of these issues you would find interlocked in the current 4th alteration. I am also convinced that some of the hard national questionswould remain contentious and unresolved beyond this exercise, but be sure of this, we have the necessary will, courage and wisdom to interrogate them all and find solutions to them. Meaning that we are ready to take another plunge at cementing the process and deepening our constitutional framework through a second phase of amendments. 9. Distinguished colleagues’ ladies and gentlemen, by the caliber of the composition of this ad hoc committee, I am assured that your deliberation will be robust, courageous and vibrant and your recommendations to the senate will embody the greater aspirations of our proud heritage and people. There is no better time to exhibit and bring to bear your statesmanlike maturity, nationalistic considerations and vision to the mandate that our people have bestowed on us, to help bring their hope and dreams to reality. 10. In concluding, as you deliberate, I urge you to bear carefully in your mind the challenges of our past and the vision of our future. I urge you to consider every opinion and allow as many ideas as possible into the discussions. Nigerians of all works of life will be looking up to you to provide a new direction towards to cementing of our union through the recommendation you will be offering from this process. 11. I cannot finish this address without a resounding commendation to the Chairman, the DSP, Onwa Ndigbo, my charismatic and humble brother, Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, for his untiring devotion to this quest to bequeath to our people a near perfect constitution, may God continue to reward and strengthen you in all your endeavours. And to you my exceptional colleagues for making today a reality, God bless you all. 12. I wish you all a most fruitful deliberation. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 17 Jun 2016

    Watch live Opening remarks of the retreat of the committee on the review of the 1999 constitution today 17-06-2016

  • 17 Jun 2016

    Watch live Opening remarks of the retreat of the committee on the review of the 1999 constitution today 17-06-2016

  • 17 Jun 2016

    Public procurement Amendment Bill will ensure higher quality of goods and also help to improve local content capacity

  • 17 Jun 2016

    It is now A MUST. Senate passes law mandating Government to Patronise Made-in-Nigeria goods....

  • 17 Jun 2016

    It is now A MUST. Senate passes law mandating Government to Patronise Made-in-Nigeria goods. https://www.thecable.ng/force-senate-passes-law-compelling-govt-patronise-made-nigeria-goods

  • 17 Jun 2016

    RT : History to return as academic subject NERDC

  • 17 Jun 2016

    Do you mind explaining why you think encouraging Nigerian businesses will encourage mediocrity ?

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Press Releasee: Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki

    Press Releasee June 16, 2016 Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate towards the advancement and empowerment of women in all spheres of the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, said the red chamber will also ensure the eradication of all discrimination against women through the Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill now being considered by the ... read more

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate towards the advancement and empowerment of women in all spheres of the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, said the red chamber will also ensure the eradication of all discrimination against women through the Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill now being considered by the lawmakers. The statement reads in part: "The Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill (GEO), which initially suffered some set back at its second reading has been reworked to reflect the broader views that were hitherto not accommodated and submitted to the Senate President. As promised earlier by Senate President, we are glad to announce to the public that the bill was formally presented and scaled first reading on the floor of the Senate. "In line with the 8th Senate's commitment to enhance the cause of women by eliminating all forms of discrimination against women, we hope the bill will enjoy expedited action in the form of accelerated hearing and hopefully passage into law. We expect support for this bill to cut across all party lines in reflection of the consensus that has been built into it even as it goes through the second reading. "Once again the 8th Senate wishes to reiterate its commitment to the advancement and empowerment of women through its action, not just by proclamations, and hopes that the actions it takes will reflect this position." Signed: Fatima Kakuri Special Assistant Gender Advocacy

  • 16 Jun 2016

    I am utterly delighted that today, the 8th Senate was able to keep its promise to pass the Public Procurement Amendment Bill. This amendment will mandate all ministries, departments and agencies to give first option priority to Nigerian businesses in the procurement process. This amendment will also support the implementation of the 2016 budget by slashing the days for processing contracts in half. This amendment will also encourage those who have chosen to invest in Nigeria. As we promote ‘Buy in Nigeria’, we must also promote ‘Make in Nigeria.’ In this regard the Public Procurement Bill is aimed at making our procurement system work on behalf of all Nigerians, support the implementation of the budget, and stimulate the growth of the Nigerian economy by creating more opportunities for small and medium scale business owners. It is our hope that a substantial percentage of the N6 Trillion in the 2016 Budget will be retained in Nigeria and in the pockets of Nigerians.

  • 15 Jun 2016

    Today, in accordance with Section 4 (4) of the NEITI Act of 2007, the Senate considered the 2013 Audit Report of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI). This report, exposes discrepancies of billions of Naira in Nigeria’s extractive industries and also shows that several federal government assets were either significantly undervalued, or transferred with no proof of purchase made. NEITI as an institution, is established to promote more transparency and accountability in the management of Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining revenues. In this regard, it is important to find out why nobody acted on this report for 3 years, and how $518million has been unaccounted for. In this regard, the Senate has set-up an Ad Hoc Committee to look into the findings of the report, and to develop ways of ensuring that findings of irregularities in the oil, gas and mining sectors have agencies that are established by law to enforce findings of discrepancies. As there have been no prosecution based on this report to date, moving forward, the Senate will task the executive branch to ensure the recovery of the unremitted funds; prosecute all those found culpable; and take new legislative action to strengthen NEITI to do more work in this direction. We must continue to fight corruption by plugging leakages like this one that go unchecked, instead of paying "lip service" to this issue. Finally, I must commend Mr. Adio and the entire leadership of NEITI on a job well done so far. They have done a commendable job of working for the accountability of the sectors under their purview.

  • 14 Jun 2016

    I am pleased to announce that today the Senate received the Final Report of the Senate Committee on Special Duties on the Bill to Establish the North East Development Commission (NEDC). The report contains the observations of a wide group of stakeholders on the modalities that should be considered in the set-up of the commission. Some of the areas that I have asked the Committee on Special Duties to still go back to consider are: the funding mechanisms that will be employed to make the NEDC a sustainable government commission, and the prospective location of the commission. Additionally, the Senate also passed a Motion paying homage to Nigeria’s former National team coaches: Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu. Both men were legends in their own rights, and they contributed immensely to the development of sports in Nigeria. In this regard, the Senate has nominated a delegation to condole with the families of the deceased.

  • 13 Jun 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour

    Press Release June 12, 2016 Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday called for eradication of Child Labour as part of activities marking this year’s World Day Against Child Labour with the theme:  “End child labour from the supply chain”. Saraki in a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, urged all stakeholders to work towards bequeathing a future devoid of child and all other forms of inhuman practices against children.   The statement ... read more

  • 13 Jun 2016

    Over the weekend, had iftar with a cross-section of people including imams, politicians, teachers, civil servants, community and opinion leaders. Many issues were raised in the discussion that ensued. One of them is the non-payment of teachers' salary in different states. I promised the teachers in the iftar gathering to make the regular payment of their salary a subject for debate on the floor of the Senate in other to have a national position on resolving the issue.

  • 12 Jun 2016

    Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday called for eradication of Child Labour as part of activities marking this year's World Day Against Child Labour with the theme: "End child labour from the supply chain". Saraki in a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, urged all stakeholders to work towards bequeathing a future devoid of child and all other forms of inhuman practices against children. The statement reads: "In this 2016 World Day Against Child Labour, we wish to express our support and join the global community in eradicating child labour from the supply chain. We find this year’s theme (end child labour in supply chain) both apt and significant as we reflect on the particular challenges that our nation faces which have heightened considerably the vulnerabilities of our children to exploitation. "Millions of our children are trapped in child labour, hawking on our streets, working under appalling inhuman conditions in small informal sector enterprises instead of being in school. These challenges are huge and complex and not unconnected with the security situation and economic conditions of most families. Yet we must find a way out of this problem. "We recognize the menace of child laour, abuse, rape and abduction in our dear nation; the Chibok girls remain fresh in our minds and our hearts remain with the families of the girls until they are recovered. . "Among our peculiar problems, early child marriages, baby factory syndrome, domestic violence tied toconservative religious and cultural beliefs remain serious obstacles in our quest to liberate the Nigerian child. " The good news is that, the Senate is doing all within its powers to see that we reverse the situation. Presently, we have embarked on a comprehensive review of our Labour laws and the Child Rights Act to eliminate any gaps, offer adequate protection and provide mechanism for redress in cases of child labour abuse. Equally, we are working to ensure a uniform enactment and enforcement of the Child Rights Act in all states in the nation. "We remain concerned and committed to putting an end to child labour by catalyzing action with key stakeholders and engaging the full capacities of the senate oversight functions in our determination to change the status quo. We are also committed to supporting the executive in its pursuit to eliminate the manace of child labour which at best perpetuates poverty and illiteracy. "Protecting our children from abuse and all forms of exploitation must be a priority. We hope for a better Nigeria and must join forces and renew our commitment to make the future of work in Nigeria, a future, without child labour," he said. Signed Fatima Kakuri Special Assistant to the Senate President on Gender Advocacy

  • 12 Jun 2016

    Senate President, Bukola Saraki keeping with the tradition of maintaining close touch with people of his constituents, had iftar with cross section of people in his house. IDPU, religious, political leaders, reps of women groups, traditional, community and opinion leaders. Posted by SP Asst, New Media

  • 11 Jun 2016

    Earlier today in Ilorin, it was a pleasure to meet and discuss with Hon. Bunmi Afolayan, the newly-elected member from Oke Ero Constituency, the APC Party Chairman of Oke Ero Local Government, Hon. Folake Yusuf, and many other stakeholders from all around Kwara. At the meeting, I congratulated Honourable Afolayan for winning 68 out of 69 polling booths in the recently concluded by-election, and we discussed ways to push Kwara forward by providing more empowerment opportunities for our people. I thank my fellow Kwarans for their continued support over the years.

  • 11 Jun 2016

    Always a pleasure to be back home. Ramadan Kareem

  • 11 Jun 2016

    Saraki Mourns Amodu Shuaibu Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed grief over the death of a former boss of the Super Eagles, Coach Amodu Shuaibu and said it is yet another colossal national loss. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, commiserated with the immediate family of the late Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the unfortunate incident. He described the incident as particularly sad coming barely 72 hours after the country lost another national sports hero, Coach Stephen Keshi. The Senate President said the deceased contributed immensely to the development of football in the country and the greater strides the nation has recorded so far in sports development. He charged the younger generation to use their lifetime to make meaningful contributions to national development adding that the ex-coach left indelible footprints on the sands of time. He said the late coach would be remembered for his immense contributions to the growth of football in Nigeria and by extension the African continent. While praying God to grant the departed soul a place in Aljannah Girdaus, he called on the immediate family, NFF and the sports community to take solace in the fact that the late Amodu lived his life in the service of the nation. Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 10 Jun 2016

    Are you aware the Bill on Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme, 2016 will make it easier to access single digit loans for farming when signed into law?

  • 09 Jun 2016

    SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, DISTINGUISHED SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH SENATE

    SPECIAL ADDRESS ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH SENATE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY By SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI President of the Senate, and Chairman of the National Assembly Federal Republic of Nigeria JUNE 9, 2016 1. Distinguished colleagues; one year ago today, the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was inaugurated. That inauguration marks a further consolidation of our democracy and opens a new chapter in the practice of government by representation in our country. 2. ... read more

  • 08 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THEESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION COMMISSION BILL, ON TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THEESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION COMMISSION BILL, ON TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016.   Protocol; 1.  I want to begin by thanking the Senate Joint Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare, and National Planning and Economic Affairs for their expedited action in reviewing the Bill for the establishment of a National Poverty Eradication Commission. 2.  The ... read more

  • 06 Jun 2016

    AN OPENING REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE RETREAT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INEC, TODAY 6TH OF JUNE 2016

    AN OPENING REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE RETREAT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INEC, TODAY 6TH OF JUNE 2016.   Protocol:   It is my pleasure to be here with you at this very important event and to declare open, this retreat by the Senate Committee on INEC. Let me particularly appreciate everyone here that has taken out time to attend this retreat for your ... read more

  • 05 Jun 2016

    Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers for Peace, Security

    Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers for Peace, Security President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday urged Muslim Faithful across the country to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for peace, security and God’s intervention in tackling the myriad socio–economic challenges confronting the nation. In a statement to mark the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fasting season signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the President of the Senate thanked God for ... read more

  • 05 Jun 2016

    SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration

    SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration The report yesterday  by SaharaReporters about a burglary in the Ilorin home of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki contained series of falsehood and at best an exaggeration of an incident which happened two weeks ago in which N12 million was stolen by some unknown persons inside the Administrative Office located next door to the house. In a statement, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity stated that ... read more

  • 02 Jun 2016

    Farmers, Herdsmen Conflict: Senate to Find Solutions, Says Saraki

    Farmers, Herdsmen Conflict: Senate to Find Solutions, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appealed to herdsmen and farmers across the country to maintain peace as the National Assembly is ready to proffer lasting solution to the perennial clashes over grazing by cattle. Speaking yesterday when a group of herdsmen from Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association, Jigawa State branch visited him, the Senate President who described the perennial clashes between the farmers and herdsmen as unfortunate, also appealed ... read more

  • 01 Jun 2016

    Press Release: Senate committed to a viable pharmaceutical sector  – Saraki

    Press Release June 1, 2016 Senate committed to a viable pharmaceutical sector  – Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday assured Nigerians of the Senate’s commitment toward a viable pharmaceutical industry where capacity and products will meet the health challenges of the citizenry. In achieving this, Senator Saraki said the 8th Senate will through review of existing legislations, reposition the manufacturing sector of the economy to favorably compete in the international market. Addressing the executives of ... read more

  • 31 May 2016

    Press Release: Senate To Debate NEITI Report, Says Saraki

    Press Release May 31, 2016 Senate To Debate NEITI Report, Says Saraki The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said that the Senate would debate the 2013 Audit Report of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in view of the mind boggling revelations of mismanagement contained therein. Saraki, according to a statement in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, disclosed this when the the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio led the management ... read more

  • 29 May 2016

    Democracy Remains Best Solution to our National Problems, Says Saraki

    Democracy Remains Best Solution to our National Problems, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended Nigerians for working to sustain democracy in the past 17 years despite the various challenges the country has encountered within the period. In a statement to mark this year’s Democracy Day, signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described democracy as not only the most globally accepted system of government but also the best ... read more

  • 24 May 2016

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki  Reacts to Bill On Sexual Harassment passing 2nd Reading “Today at the Nigerian Senate, we passed a Bill to Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Nigerian Universities for its Second Reading. Many young Nigerian boys and girls suffer at the hands of lecturers, fellow students and those in administrative positions of power when they seek to further their education in our universities. This bill, once passed and signed into law, will ... read more

  • 16 May 2016

    Press Release Saraki Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament

    Press Release May 16, 2016 Saraki Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday called for more powers for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, if the aim of the subregion to achieve full integration is to be realized. Saraki made the call in his speech at the opening of the First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate ... read more

  • 10 May 2016

    Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission

    Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission   In line with the Legislative Agenda approved by the Senate, the President of the Senate today has announced the intention of the Senate to inaugurate an independent Transparency and Delivery Commission to review and improve the oversight systems and tools of the Senate.   The Commission will be led by a working group consisting of a world leading research institution and a partner institute in Nigeria and will be advised by ... read more

  • 10 May 2016

    Video The Senate President speaks on the North East Development Commission Bill

    #Video The Senate President speaks on the North East Development Commission Bill  

  • 10 May 2016

  • 09 May 2016

    Press Release Anti-Corruption War: Saraki seeks private-public partnership

    Press Release Anti-Corruption War: Saraki seeks private-public partnership President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday called for closer collaboration private organizations across the country with the Federal Government for an effective fight against corruption. Saraki who gave the charge when he played host to the executive members of the Institute of Directors (IOD), led by its President/Chairman of Governing Council, Mr. Samuel Yemi Akeju, said it is part of the 8th Senate’s Legislative Agenda to contribute maximally towards ... read more

  • 09 May 2016

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NORTH EAST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION BILL, 2016, MONDAY 9TH OF MAY, 2016.

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NORTH EAST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION BILL, 2016, MONDAY 9TH OF MAY, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to be here with you today to declare open the public hearing on this very important bill, The North East Development Commission Bill, 2016.  2. Distinguished colleagues, our invited guests, it is very hard to under-estimate the importance of this bill. This is especially so, in the context of whatwe as ... read more

  • 08 May 2016

    Saraki Condoles With Victims of Jebba Train Accident 

     Saraki Condoles With Victims of Jebba Train Accident Following report of collision of two trains at Jebba Bridge bordering Kwara  and Niger States in which some passengers were reported to have died and several injured, Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed shock and sadness over the tragic incident while also  commiserating  with the families of the deceased.     Saraki also expressed sympathy with those who sustained injury in the incident and prayed to Almighty God to heal their wounds. He ... read more

  • 06 May 2016

    2016 Budget: Saraki Assures Nigerians of  Adequate  Oversight

    Press Release May 6, 2016 2016 Budget: Saraki Assures Nigerians of  Adequate  Oversight Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended Nigerians for their patience while awaiting presidential assent to the 2016 Appropriation Act and promised that the National Assembly will ensure its proper implementation through diligent oversight. Saraki who today (Friday) joined Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other top government officials in witnessing the signing of the budget into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the responsibility is now that ... read more

  • 05 May 2016

    Saraki Calls for Legislation to Address Marternal Mortality on International Day of the Midwife

    Saraki Calls for Legislation to Address Marternal Mortality on International Day of the Midwife As the Inaugural Global Midwifery Conference in Nigeria rounds off in Abuja, in commemoration of the International Day of the Midwife, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated midwives across the nation for their contributions towards the healthcare of Nigerian women and newborns. The Senate President, who is a medical doctor by profession, stated that over the years, midwives have helped to improve the ... read more

  • 04 May 2016

    Saraki Applauds Senate’s Intervention in Agriculture; Pushes for Formalisation of the Sector

    Saraki Applauds Senate’s Intervention in Agriculture; Pushes for Formalisation of the Sector The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today applauded the Senate’s passage of 2nd reading of A Bill for an Act to establish the National Agricultural Credit Fund to Promote Commercial Agriculture in Nigeria.’ Saraki, in a statement on his social media pages, commended the effort by the Senate to establish the credit fund, saying that once established, the Agricultural Credit Fund would address the current lack of ... read more

  • 01 May 2016

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of Workers

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of Workers President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday urged Nigerian workers to be more committed in their service to the nation especially at this time of economic strain. He said the growth of the economy and overall development of the country depends on how much support workers give to Government’s policies, programmes and projects. In a solidarity message to mark the May Day celebrations signed by his Special Adviser, Media ... read more

  • 30 Apr 2016

    Oba Of Benin: We’ve lost A People’s Monarch, says Saraki

    April 30, 2016 Press Statement Oba Of Benin: We’ve lost A People’s Monarch, says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the government and people of Edo State over the call to glory of the Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, as he said “we have lost a People’s monarch.” In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the President of the Senate, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the ... read more

  • 25 Apr 2016

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, TO DECLARE OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NIGERIAN RAILWAY CORPORATION ACT, CAP. N129 LFN 2004 (REPEAL & RE-ENACTMENT) BILL, 2015, MONDAY, 25TH OF APRIL, 2016.

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, TO DECLARE OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NIGERIAN RAILWAY CORPORATION ACT, CAP. N129 LFN 2004 (REPEAL & RE-ENACTMENT) BILL, 2015, MONDAY, 25TH OF APRIL, 2016.   Protocol;   It is with great pleasure that I welcome all our invited guests to this momentous event as we gather to deliberate on how best to reform our railway system. The Nigerian Railway Corporation Act Amendment bill 2015, is one of the high priority ... read more

  • 23 Apr 2016

    PENDULUM: A Candid Response from the Senate President

    PENDULUM: A Candid Response from the Senate President April 22, 2016 By Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki My dear brother Dele, let me thank you most sincerely for your article last weekend, “My Candid Letter to Saraki.” I take everything you said in that article to heart and I must commend you for your candidness indeed and the sincerity of your intentions. As you said in your article, you are someone I have known more by reputation than by any personal ... read more

  • 15 Apr 2016

    Senate Intervenes on Debts Owed GENCOs by FG

    PRESS RELEASE April 15, 2016 Senate Intervenes on Debts Owed GENCOs by FG Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has mandated the Senate Committee on Power to liaise with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Finance on how to address the debts owed to the Electricity Generating Companies (GENCOs) in the country. He also directed the Committee to meet with the relevant stakeholders on how to address the problems of transmission and capacity needs of the electricity ... read more

  • 14 Apr 2016

    Two-year Observance of The Abduction of Chibok School Girls.

    #BringBackOurGirls Two-year Observance of The Abduction of Chibok School Girls. Today, the Senate passed a motion on the two year observance of the abduction of the 276 Chibok School Girls that were taken at gunpoint from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2012. This abominable event, unforgettable in its own right – as one of the greatest mass abductions of young people in the history of the world – marked a crucial turning point in Nigeria’s ... read more

  • 09 Apr 2016

    Plot to Unleash Sponsored Anti- Saraki Protests Uncovered

    Press Release April 9, 2016 Plot to Unleash Sponsored Anti- Saraki Protests Uncovered The Office of the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has uncovered plots by some politicians to sponsor protest marches and demonstrations in which some hired people will be given placards to disturb public peace. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity), Saraki’s Office stated that sponsors of the proposed protest marches are seeking to forcefully mobilize and pollute public opinion against ... read more

  • 05 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I’m Happy that the Trial Has Commenced

    Saraki : I’m Happy that the Trial Has Commenced Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said he is glad that his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on asset declaration in 2003 has finally commenced. Saraki said the proceedings of today has given him confidence that if the trial is conducted fairly he would be vindicated. The Senate President noted that even though the prosecution tried to bring in some dramatic narratives,  it was clear that they were ... read more

  • 04 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I’ve Fully Complied with Law on Asset Declaration

    #PanamaPaper Saraki : I’ve Fully Complied with Law on Asset Declaration Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today said he has fully complied with the provisions of the law on declaration of assets by public officers. In a reaction to the claim contained in the Panama-based offshore provider, Mossack Fonseca and shared by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists (ICIJ) that he failed to declare assets belonging to his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in secret offshore territories, Saraki said he ... read more

  • 29 Mar 2016

    Saraki Urges Closer Collaboration Between Nigeria, Colombia

    Saraki Urges Closer Collaboration Between Nigeria, Colombia   Press Release   29th 03 2016 The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday called for a closer collaboration between Nigeria and Colombia in order to improve diplomatic ties and enhance democratic governance in both countries. Senator Saraki, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, spoke when he received a Parliamentary delegation from Colombia, led by Senator Edinson Delgado ... read more

  • 27 Mar 2016

    Saraki commiserates with victims of Kano inferno

    Press Statement March 27, 2016 Saraki commiserates with victims of Kano inferno Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commiserated with victims of yesterday’s fire disaster that ravaged the popular Abubakar Rimi market in Kano. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) lamented the continuous occurrences of fire disasters in markets across the country and urged the managements of markets to always employ all modern means of preventing and combating fire disasters to ensure traders are ... read more

  • 24 Mar 2016

    Easter: Saraki Urges Prayers For Peace, Economic Growth

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called on Christians across the country to use the Easter celebration to pray for sustainable peace and economic growth in the country. Saraki in his message to mark the Easter festivities being held in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by Christians across the world, said it is imperative for all Nigerians to borrow a leaf from the humility and sacrifice exhibited by Christ when he yielded his life for ... read more

  • 23 Mar 2016

    Saraki to Senators: Use Oversight to ensure implementation of Budget

    Press Release March 23, 2016 Saraki to Senators: Use Oversight to ensure implementation of Budget Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has tasked the various standing committees of the National Assembly to ensure full implementation of the 2016 budget through effective use of their oversight duties. Giving his remark during the plenary after the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill by the Senate in Abuja, the Senate President also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure an effective implementation of the budget, ... read more

  • 21 Mar 2016

    Senate, House to Begin Debate on PIB Next Week, Says Saraki

    Press Release March 21, 2016   Senate, House to Begin Debate on PIB Next Week, Says Saraki   …As Expert Says 15 Critical Business Bills ‘ll Determine Success of 8th NASS   The Senate and the House of Representatives will commence debate of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by laying it in their respective chambers next week as a demonstration of the synergy existing between both Chambers of the National Assembly.    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki stated this ... read more

  • 21 Mar 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MAIDEN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT ROUNDTABLE (NASSBER), TODAY 21ST OF MARCH 2016.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MAIDEN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT ROUNDTABLE (NASSBER), TODAY 21ST OF MARCH 2016. PROTOCOL; 1. Let me begin by thanking all of you for honouring our invitation to this groundbreaking edition of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER). I want to especially thank the technical team lead by Professor Paul Idornigie, for their far reaching and very well ... read more

  • 20 Mar 2016

    National Assembly Hosts Round-table Session on Economy

    National Assembly Hosts Round-table Session on Economy The inaugural National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) will hold tomorrow (Monday) in Abuja with key stakeholders drawn from the executive, legislature and the private sector coming together to seek workable solutions to the nation,’s economic problems. In a statement in Abuja, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the session would deliberate on the recommendations of the Business Environment Legislation Review Report which was submitted by ... read more

  • 19 Mar 2016

    Bukola Saraki Mourns Rep Onwana, Says He Was A Fine Parliamentarian

    Bukola Saraki Mourns Rep Onwana, Says He Was A Fine Parliamentarian President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed shock over the sudden death of a House of Representatives member representing Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State, Hon. Musa Baba Onwana, describing him as a fine parliamentarian. In a Statement issued and signed by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the President of the Senate, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, Saraki said the nation has lost one of ... read more

  • 17 Mar 2016

    Saraki sues for peaceful elections in Rivers

    Press Release March 17, 2016 Saraki sues for peaceful elections in Rivers Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, urged the various stakeholders in the Saturday national and state legislative rerun elections in Rivers State to ensure that the poll is free, fair, credible and violence free. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, Saraki said it is high time the country moved away from turning election into event for blood letting. ... read more

  • 15 Mar 2016

    My Comments on ‪#‎GEOBILL‬.

    My Comments on ‪#‎GEOBILL‬ Today, we discussed the Domestication of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention Eliminating all forms of discrimination against women under A Bill For An Act To Incorporate and Enforce Certain Provisions of The United Nations Convention On The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women – the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and Other Matters Connected Therewith. As I said during the ... read more

  • 15 Mar 2016

    Senate President  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

    Saraki  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday 14 March 2016 visited the National Assembly Clinic located in Area 11, Abuja and promised members of staff that the present National Assembly Will provide all the necessary support that will put the health institution in a position to offer world class medicare for the over 6000 staff and members of the National Assembly. He said the plan is to ensure that ... read more

  • 15 Mar 2016

     Saraki  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

     Saraki  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday 14 March 2016 visited the National Assembly Clinic located in Area 11, Abuja and promised members of staff that the present National Assembly Will provide all the necessary support that will put the health institution in a position to offer world class medicare for the over 6000 staff and members of the National Assembly. He said the plan is to ensure that ... read more

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Repositioning Economy Our Priority, Says Saraki

    Press Release March 14, 2016 Repositioning Economy Our Priority, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said the repositioning of the Nigerian economy to effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century is a major priority of the current Senate. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, disclosed this on Monday, while declaring open a one-day public hearing on a bill to repeal and re-enact the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of ... read more

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Speech on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

    AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE ONE-DAY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY ACT, NO.16 OF 1979, CAP B2 LFN, 2004 (REPEAL AND RE-ENACTMENT) BILL 2016 HELD ON MONDAY, 14THMARCH, 2016.   Protocol;   1.    It is with great pleasure that I welcome you our invited Guests to the 8th National Assembly, and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for this important public ... read more

  • 13 Mar 2016

    Ibru Was An Exemplary Leader, Says Saraki

    Press Release March 13, 2016 Ibru Was An Exemplary Leader, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday expressed sadness over the news of the passing on of the first Elected Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja described Ibru’s death as painful and a great loss to the people of Delta State, Niger Delta Region, the political class and the entire nation. “Ibru’s ... read more

  • 13 Mar 2016

    We’ll Never Cover Up Corruption, Says Saraki

    Press Release March 13, 2016 We’ll Never Cover Up Corruption, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has reiterated the commitment of the current Senate to supporting the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption, saying “under my watch the Senate will never cover corruption except if the information didn’t come to us”. Speaking with a team of editors of the London based “The Economist” newspaper at the weekend, Saraki, according to the statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, ... read more

  • 11 Mar 2016

    Senate President Saraki Announces Attendance at CCT-led trial

    -Prepared for Justice to Run Its Course at the Trial -Re-states belief in the rule of law -Announces application filed by his legal team   The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, seeks to inform the wider Nigerian public that as a firm believer in rule of law, he intends to totally submit himself to the due process of the law as the trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) begins today, Friday, March 11, 2016. This ... read more

  • 10 Mar 2016

    Video: Saraki Meets Female Students on #InternationalWomensDay

    Video: Saraki Meets Female Students on #InternationalWomensDay On Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, engaged in a no-holds-barred conversation with female students from Model Secondary Maitama, Abuja. The conversations ranged from female participation in governance, to the future aspiration of the young girls. You can watch the video on the following link:

  • 09 Mar 2016

    International Women’s Day: Saraki Holds Interactive Session with School Girls

    March 9, 2016 International Women’s Day: Saraki Holds Interactive Session with School Girls *Promises  Greater Women Participation In Governance Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday celebrated the International Women’s Day by holding a no-holds bar interactive session with female students of Model Secondary School, Maitama-Abuja and assured them that the 8th Senate would work to ensure that more women aspire to and occupy leadership positions in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, ... read more

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Saraki Pays Tribute to Osinbajo at 59‎

    Press Release March 8, 2016 Saraki Pays Tribute to Osinbajo at 59‎President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday lauded the unwavering commitment of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to the development of Nigeria. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja. congratulated the Vice President on his 59th birthday celebration. The Senate President said that Osinbajo remains very vibrant and steadfast to the course of building a progressive and ... read more

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Remarks by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on #InternationalWomensDay

    International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. On this special occasion, we must not only take a moment to reflect on the great achievements and transformative role that women of all ages have played across the globe – we must especially look at the impact and role of women and girls here in Nigeria. We must take stock and appreciate the ever-evolving ways that women ... read more

  • 08 Mar 2016

    CCT Trial: Saraki’s Media Office Raises the Alarm Over Blackmail Efforts

    Press Release March 8, 2016 CCT Trial: Saraki’s Media Office Raises the Alarm Over Blackmail Efforts The Media Office of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has alerted members of the public of the renewed attempts being made by forces behind his on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal to muddle up the case and blackmail key individuals and groups involved directly and indirectly in the case. In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Senate President ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2016

    Ocholi’s Death,  A Monumental Loss, Says Saraki 

    Press Release March 7, 2016 Ocholi’s Death,  A Monumental Loss, Says Saraki …Condemns killing of APC Chieftain, Wife,  Son in Rivers Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday expressed deep shock and disbelief over the demise of Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Chief James Ocholi, his wife and eldest son in a road mishap along the Abuja – Kaduna road on Sunday. The Senate President has also condemned the murder of an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2016

    We Remain Solidly Behind Saraki, Say Senators

    Press Release March 6, 2016 We Remain Solidly Behind Saraki, Say Senators Some Senators today (Sunday) said they and an overwhelming majority of their colleagues remain solid and unshakeable in their support for President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. In obvious reaction to a news story published by a national newspaper, the Senators in a statement said there is no truth about claims that some Senators are discussing or thinking about Saraki’s successor because there was  no basis ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Uphold Rights of Disabled Persons

    Press Release March 6, 2015 Saraki: Senate Will Uphold Rights of Disabled Persons Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the National Assembly will prioritize Bills aimed at protecting and safeguarding the rights of persons living with disabilities in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the pledge when the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities led by its Executive Director, Mr. David Anyaele visited him in Abuja. According to Saraki, ... read more

  • 05 Mar 2016

    Saraki congratulates Obasanjo, New Olubadan, Condoles with Ganduje

    Press Release March 5, 2016 Saraki congratulates Obasanjo, New Olubadan, Condoles with Ganduje Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday congratulated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 79th birthday and the new Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso I on his ascension to the throne as the 41st Olubadan. Saraki also commiserated with the Governor of Kano Sate, Alhaji Abdullahi  Ganduje over the demise of his mother, Hajia Fadimatu Ganduje. The Senate President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and ... read more

  • 03 Mar 2016

    Senate, UK Parliament pledge collaboration

    February 03, 2016 Press Release Senate, UK Parliament pledge collaboration The Nigerian Senate and the United Kingdom (UK) parliament on Thursday pledged to collaborate towards deepening the nation’s democracy and strengthening the ties that exists between both countries. The pledge was made when United Kingdom parliamentarians in the International Development Committee led by Mr. Stephen Twigg visited the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in Abuja. The Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, in a statement in Abuja ... read more

  • 02 Mar 2016

    NESG: Why the Legislature Must Give Priority to Business Environment

    ress Release March 2, 2016 NESG: Why the Legislature Must Give Priority to Business Environment The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has underscored the importance of the legislature in ensuring a conducive and business-friendly environment for the growth and development of any economy. The Chairman of the Board of the NESG, Mr. Kyari Bukar, who stated this during the formal presentation of the Business Environment Legislative Review Report to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in Abuja, said that ... read more

  • 01 Mar 2016

    AS EXPERTS PROPOSE AMENDMENT TO 54 LAWS TO MAKE NIGERIA INVESTORS’ FRIENDLY

    AS EXPERTS PROPOSE AMENDMENT TO 54 LAWS TO MAKE NIGERIA INVESTORS’ FRIENDLY….. Saraki : Our Economic Challenge’s Blessing in Disguise President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his colleagues in both chambers of the National Assembly were yesterday informed by a team of consultants under the auspices of the Department for International Development (DFID) that 54 of the country’s existing laws have to be either amended or repealed if the country is to make progress in her quest ... read more

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Receives the Report on Doing Business in Nigeria

    Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki received a report from Adam Smith International on the institutional, regulatory, legislative and associated instruments affecting businesses in Nigeria. The 10-page report, which can be accessed on the Senate President’s website highlights at least 25 high-priority legislative interventions and 5 medium-priority legislative interventions that the National Assembly can take to improve the business environment in Nigeria. Additionally, the report highlights 23 high-priority bills, 10 medium-priority bills, and over 15 low-priority bills that can ... read more

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria

    Bukola Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will today formally receive the Business Environment Legislative Review Report developed by a team of Legal Advisers to the ENABLE-DFID programme, led by Prof Paul Idornigie (SAN). A statement from the Office of the Senate President in Abuja stated the report initiated by the Senate President was in fulfilment of his commitment to Social Accountability and the Legislative Agenda of the 8th National Assembly ... read more

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Assures On Sustainable Economic Policies

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the 8th Senate will collaborate with the Executive to ensure that the policies and programmes of the present administration aimed at reviving the economy are sustained on a  long term basis. Saraki according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this  when he received the national executive of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) led by its President, Professor Olugbenga Okunola. He said the ... read more

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on today formally receive the Business Environment Legislative Review Report developed by a team of Legal Advisers to the ENABLE-DFID programme, led by Prof Paul Idornigie (SAN). A statement from the Office of the Senate President in Abuja stated the report initiated by the Senate President was in fulfilment of the Legislative Agenda of the 8th National Assembly geared towards creating a business friendly environment in the country. The statement added that: “Following the legislative ... read more

  • 26 Feb 2016

    Press Release on Social Media Bill

    Bukola Saraki Reiterates Commitment to OpenNass – Says that Section 4 of frivolous petition Bill known as Anti-Social Media Bill is ‘Dead on Arrival’ – Announces that CSOs will be part of 2017 Budget Hearing (Friday, 26 February, 2016) – Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, delivered the keynote address at the StateCraft Masterclass series at Social Media Week, Lagos (#SMWLagos). Speaking at the event, the Senate President emphasised the growing influence of social media users in Nigeria’s ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Press Statement: Saraki to Speak on Participatory Governance at Social Media Week (#SMWLagos2016)

    Press Statement: Saraki to Speak on Participatory Governance at Social Media Week (#SMWLagos2016) The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will be attending an interactive session of the Social Media Week Lagos, tagged#SMWLagos on Friday, 26thFebruary, 2016. The Chairman of the 8th National Assembly will be speaking on the Topic: ‘’PROMOTING ONLINE COMMUNITIES TO IMPROVEPARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE’’, the event is one of the major programmes lined up for the closing stages of the 2016 Social Media Week. The topic is imperative, coming at a time ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Video: Saraki Speaks on Niger State Lead Poisoning

    Video: Saraki Speaks on Niger State Lead Poisoning Click below to watch the Video.  

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Press release, Bukola Saraki decries outbreak of lead poisoning in Niger State

    Press Release February 25, 2016 Bukola Saraki decries outbreak of lead poisoning in Niger State …Seeks urgent measures to tackle menace Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has decried the outbreak of lead poisoning in Rafin Local Government area of Niger State due to small scale or artisanal mining of gold in the area. Saraki who stated this when the representatives of Doctors Without Borders led by Dr. Simba Tirima paid him a courtesy call, said it was unfortunate that ... read more

  • 24 Feb 2016

    Saraki remarks on Senate TSA Investigation: Says Upwards of N25billion Saved

    Saraki remarks on Senate TSA Investigation: Says Upwards of N25billion Saved Today, the Senate received the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Finance, Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions, and the Committee on Public Accounts on the Abuse and Mismanagement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) Regime. I am delighted that this report is seeing the light of day within such a short period of time, and I call on other Committees to please emulate the speedy delivery of ... read more

  • 15 Feb 2016

    Saraki : It’s Govt Duty to Ensure Success of Indigenous Firms

    Press Release Saraki : It’s Govt Duty to Ensure Success of Indigenous Firms Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said all arms of government have a duty to ensure the success of indigenous manufacturers as a way of rebuilding the economy and putting Nigerian youth to work. Saraki while receiving a delegation from the Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi, led by Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman and founder of the company, in his office today (Monday) said government should ... read more

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Remarks of Bukola Saraki at visit of German President Joachim Gauck to the National Assembly

    On Thursday, February 11th German President Joachim Gauck visited the Nigerian National Assembly. In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki pushed for greater bilateral cooperation between Germany and Nigeria.  

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Saraki Decries Boko Haram Attack On Dikwa IDPs …Urges Military To Beef Up Security in IDPs Camps

    Press Release ‎ February 11, 2016 Saraki Decries Boko Haram Attack On Dikwa IDPs …Urges Military To Beef Up Security in IDPs Camps Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday decried the suicide bombing in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa, Borno State where scores of persons including women and children were reportedly killed. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the new upsurge in attacks carried out ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2016

    Saraki Seeks Germany, EU’s Support to Eliminate Terrorism, Integrate IDPs

    Saraki Seeks Germany, EU’s Support to Eliminate Terrorism, Integrate IDPs Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, called on the German Government and the European Union (EU) to assist Nigeria in eliminating terrorism from the sub-region as well as the resettlement and full integration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. Saraki who made the call when the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck and his delegation visited the leadership of the National Assembly in ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2016

    SP’s remarks on visit of President of Germany

      REMARKS ON THE VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, HIS EXCELLENCY JOACHIM GUACK ON THURSDAY, 11 FEBRUARY, 2016.   Protocol;   I wish to express my immense delight to receive Your Excellency, Her Excellency and entourage to the Nigerian National Assembly. The National Assembly deeply appreciates the visit of this high powered delegation at this very challenging period in our nation. This is historic and quite welcome.   Traditionally, Nigeria and Germany have very close, ... read more

  • 10 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki: Ineffective Implementation Of Past Budgets Bane Of The Economy 

    Bukola Saraki: Ineffective Implementation Of Past Budgets Bane Of The Economy ….As NASS Engages CSOs on the 2016 budget Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday said that the ineffective implementation of past budgets and abandonment of projects have led to wastages that have negatively affected the nation’s economy in the last 16 years. Saraki who stated this in his speech during the National Assembly’s interactive session with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the 2016 budget in Abuja, said ... read more

  • 08 Feb 2016

    Electricity Tariff Hike: NASS Will Act In The Interest Of The Masses- Bukola Saraki

    Electricity Tariff Hike: NASS Will Act In The Interest Of The Masses- Bukola Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday pledged that the National Assembly would act to ensure that the electricity tariff hike is resolved in the interest of the people. Addressing the rally comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other electricity consumers who besieged the National Assembly Complex, Abuja to protest the recent increment ... read more

  • 08 Feb 2016

    Video of Senate President addressing TUC/NLC

    On Monday, 8th February 2016, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, along with some distinguished Senators addressed representatives of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress who came to the National Assembly to protest the 45% upward increment of electricity tariffs. Link: https://youtu.be/bgBAao-bcU0

  • 07 Feb 2016

    Dwindling Oil Revenue: Saraki Seeks Positive Tax Culture

    Press Release Dwindling Oil Revenue: Saraki Seeks Positive Tax Culture For visible development impact and infrastructure buoyancy, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians from both private and public sectors of the economy to develop positive tax culture in order to sustain governmental responsiveness in meeting the demands of the citizens. Saraki who disclosed this when he received the President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Nike Akande and other executive members of ... read more

  • 06 Feb 2016

    CBN Restriction Of Forex On Imported Goods Has Come To Stay, Says Bukola Saraki

    CBN Restriction Of Forex On Imported Goods Has Come To Stay, Says Bukola Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has ruled out the possibility of reversing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy excluding some imported goods and services from the list of items valid for forex in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market. Saraki, while responding to a request by the Tomato Sub-Sectoral Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), seeking his intervention to lift the ... read more

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Why We Need to Amend Procurement Law, Says Bukola Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that as a way of realising the objectives of the 2016 Budget, the Senate will immediately after the completion of the on-going process of passage of the Appropriation Bill, commence the amendment of the Procurement Act. Saraki while addressing the organizers of the Made in Aba Trade Fair who visited him in his office said certain sections of the Act need to be reviewed to ensure that the scarce resources which are ... read more

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Senate President Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling

    After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows : 1. He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal 2. He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the ... read more

  • 04 Feb 2016

    National Assembly Set To Engage With Civil Society Groups on 2016 Budget

    – Seeks alignment of strategies with CSOs and stakeholders; – Calls for a “budget owned by Nigerians. The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House Of Representatives Rt, Honorable Yakubu Dogara are set to meet with civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) next week. The aim of this meeting is to afford civil society and non-governmental organizations an opportunity to contribute their ideas, perspectives, inputs and strategies to that of the National Assembly, ... read more

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Saraki tasks ECOWAS Parliament on war against terrorism

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, to join hands with Nigeria and the International Community in the ongoing war to wipe out terrorism from the region. Saraki who stated this in his goodwill message at the inaugural session of the 4th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, said unless the region acts in unison to eliminate the scourge of terrorism, it would be difficult to restore ... read more

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Senate Meets with Service Chiefs to Review North-east Zone Operations

    Senate Meets with Service Chiefs to Review North-east Zone Operations The leadership of the Senate and chairmen of committees relating to security agencies yesterday( Wednesday) held a meeting with heads of the military to review the developments in the fight against insurgency in the North east zone, particularly in the wake of the recent vicious attack on Dalori town in Borno State. At the closed door meeting which lasted for about two hours and presided by Senate President, Dr. Abubakar ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2016

    VIDEO: Bukola Saraki meets with Service Chiefs (03/02/2016)

    On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, along with a contingent of Distinguished Senators, the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with the Service Chiefs of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

  • 03 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki to NLNG: End gas flaring

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday challenged the management of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to put an end to gas flaring in the country. According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Saraki who stated this when the Management of the NLNG, led by its Managing Director, Babs Omotowa visited him in Abuja, said it was high time the gas being flared is converted to something ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2016

    I Never Referred to Obasanjo in My Chat with Senate Correspondents- Bukola Saraki

    I Never Referred to Obasanjo in My Chat with Senate Correspondents- Bukola Saraki  The Media Office of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has described a report in which he was said to have replied President Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking to journalists after the presentation of the newly remodeled and refurbished Senate Press Centre as mere mischief, misrepresentation and undue sensationalism. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that during the presentation ... read more

  • 02 Feb 2016

    Success of 2016 Budget Depends on Revenue Generation, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said if the 2016 Budget National Assembly is going to be realistic and successful, emphasis should be on the non oil and independent revenue generating sources. Saraki, while answering questions from Senate Correspondents after commissioning the newly upgraded and refurbished Senate Press Centre at the National Assembly in Abuja, said the eighth Senate will focus attention on the revenue generating areas and to ensure that all leakages are blocked. The Senate President ... read more

  • 02 Feb 2016

    VIDEO: Bukola Saraki Commissions Newly Renovated Senate Press Corps Centre

    On Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki unveiled the newly renovated Press Centre of the Senate Press Corps.

  • 28 Jan 2016

    Letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo

    Yesterday, I acknowledged that I received a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he called the attention of the National Assembly to some issues. I will want to assure President Obasanjo that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation. It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the ... read more

  • 27 Jan 2016

    Budget Remarks of Senate President on Wednesday January 27 2015

    Distinguished colleagues, Let me congratulate congratulate you all for the painstaking insightful and detailed deliberation we have had so far. The debate has been very critical and engaging. From both sides of the isle, I have watched and seen for myself an exceptional commitment towards the Nigeria project. The debate over the 2016 budget has been civil, apolitical and laced with the desire to deliver this budget. Again, both sides of the isle have described this budget as courageous and ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2016

    Saraki Donates To Ilorin Market’s Fire Victims

    The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday donated N2.9 million for the reconstruction of the shops that got burnt at Oja Tuntun market,Baboko, Ilorin, Kwara state about a fortnight ago. He made the donation during his unscheduled visit to the market to commiserate with the victims. Speaking at the sight of the burnt shops, Saraki lamented that the incident had caused dislocation to the economic wellbeing of the people. He urged the marketers to take greater caution to ensure that ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2016

    Saraki To Political Office Holders: We Have No Choice But To Deliver

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday said the nation’s political office holders have no choice but to deliver on their promises to the people. Saraki who stated this in a goodwill message he delivered at the 2016 National Political Summit in Abuja said those who fail to deliver would risk being voted out by the electorate in the next elections. He also said that the 8th National Assembly will work closely with the executive to eliminate corruption and ... read more

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Saraki Tasks PCC On Effective Service Delivery

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the leadership of the  Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to be more alive to their responsibilities so as to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the Public Service. Saraki who gave the charge when the Chairman of PCC, Chief Emmanuel Ogbile led other National Commissioners and Directors of the agency on a courtesy visit to the Senate in Abuja said the PCC should be restructured in order to be true watchdog on ... read more

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Unemployment: Saraki Urges Unilever To Increase Investment In Nigeria

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday urged the Unilever Group to increase their investment in Nigeria with the aim of providing more employment opportunities in the country. Saraki while receiving the management of the Unilever Group,  led by its President in charge of Africa, Mr. Bruno Witvoet in his office, also urged the conglomerate  to source more of their raw materials, especially agricultural produce like palm oil, from the country in order to provide the much needed empowerment ... read more

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Statement: His Excellency, the President of Senate, Nigeria National Assembly Dr. Bukola Saraki June 27, 2016 Abuja, Nigeria, June 27—Today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document. In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the … read more

Press Release June 22, 2016 I Know Nothing About Alleged Forgery, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Wednesday) maintains he knows nothing about how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth Senate on June 9, 2015 was formulated. He said the on-going efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as Senate … read more

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF INCIDENCES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. 20TH OF JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to be with you today to declare open the public hearing on this important bill that will provide a proper legislation to checkmate the ugly incidence of sexual harassment in our … read more

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMITTEE ON AVIATION ON THE “WORRISOME AND UNSTABLE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY. MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this Public Hearing on the findings of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Aviation’s report on “Worrisome and Unstable Position of the Nigerian Aviation Industry,” which has … read more

SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE REVIEW ON 17TH JUNE, 2016. PROTOCOL 1. Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, you would recall that in earlier this year upon the inauguration of this all important committee, I did make the point that the members of this committee had been arrived at in recognition of the enormity and solemnity attached to the exercise of constitutional review. 2. This … read more





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