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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.
Full Biography

Activity Timeline

TODAY
  • 27 May 2016

    Earlier today, I hosted secondary school students for a presentation of the '1999 Constitution Children's Handbook'.

  • 27 May 2016

    The understanding of the Constitution of Nigeria is crucial to building our next generation of leaders. In...

  • 27 May 2016

    The understanding of the Constitution of Nigeria is crucial to building our next generation of leaders. In light of this, earlier today, I hosted some secondary school students for a presentation of the Children's Handbook on the 1999 Constitution.

  • 27 May 2016

    I just finished reading 'Ngozi Comes to Town' to children from private, government-run schools and orphanages.

  • 27 May 2016

    [LIVE VIDEO] Join me as I meet with Secondary School Students to discuss the Children's Handbook on the 1999...

  • 27 May 2016

    [LIVE VIDEO] Join me as I meet with Secondary School Students to discuss the Children's Handbook on the 1999 Constitution.

  • 27 May 2016

    I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to read and interact with a cross-section of young children from...

  • 27 May 2016

    I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to read and interact with a cross-section of young children from private, government-run schools and orphanages across Abuja. The book we read was 'Ngozi Comes to Town', which showcases the need to revitalise Nigeria's railway system.

  • 27 May 2016

    [LIVE VIDEO] Join me as I celebrate Children's Day with children at the Senate

  • 27 May 2016

    [LIVE VIDEO] Join me as I celebrate Children's Day with children at the Senate

  • 27 May 2016

    Happy Children's Day to the young people of Nigeria, who are the future of our nation.Yesterday, I had the...

  • 27 May 2016

    Happy Children's Day to the young people of Nigeria, who are the future of our nation. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of receiving representatives from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, secondary school children, and Little Miss Nigeria Universe, Sewuese. At the lively interactive session on ways that the 8th Senate can contribute to the development of Nigerian children, the students spoke about the need for the 8th Senate to push for the implementation and domestication of the Child Rights Act across the 36 States of the Federation. In this regard, over the coming months, the Senate will be hosting public hearings and interactive sessions with representatives from the 36 States to ensure that the Child Rights Act is not only implemented across the Federation, but put into practice by our law enforcement agencies and the judiciary.

  • 27 May 2016

    Congratulations.

  • 27 May 2016

  • 26 May 2016

    RT : Senate Passes Bankruptcy & Insolvency Bill">https://t.co/t8ZCFWm6o4

  • 26 May 2016

    Passes Bankruptcy & Insolvency Bill

  • 26 May 2016

    Today at the Senate, we passed the Repeal and Re-enactment of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Bill (2016) for...

  • 26 May 2016

    Today at the Senate, we passed the Repeal and Re-enactment of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Bill (2016) for the third and final time in the Upper Chamber. Many of you will remember that after the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) in March, stakeholders from the business community and Senators agreed that this should be one of the priority bills that the 8th Senate should embark on to strengthen our economy. To keep abreast with the rapidly changing business environment driven by globalisation, we have passed this bill to provide a fair and orderly process for dealing with the financial affairs of both debtors and creditors in the consolidation of debts, and the release of liabilities in an impartial, efficient and expeditious manner. This bill basically ensures: a. Improved and simplified procedures for dealing with insolvency services; b. Clear processes and procedures in respect of international insolvencies; and c. A fair and equitable system for ranking all claims. Moving forward, this bill will be sent to the House of Representatives for further consideration and debate.

  • 26 May 2016

    Courtesy Call by Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

  • 26 May 2016

    Courtesy Call by Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

  • 26 May 2016

    Now meeting with Representatives from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

  • 26 May 2016

    Courtesy Call by Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to mark Children's Day

  • 26 May 2016

    Courtesy Call by Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to mark Children's Day

  • 26 May 2016

    RT : I co-sponsored a motion at commemorating with the '16 Children's Day Celebration tommorrow themed: Stop Violenc

  • 26 May 2016

    There is no in Kindly share the long title of the Bill you are calling Sharia Bill.

  • 26 May 2016

    Live Coverage of Courtesy call by Champions Group (Consisting of Former African Heads of States)

  • 26 May 2016

    Live Coverage of Courtesy call by Champions Group (Consisting of Former African Heads of States)

  • 25 May 2016

  • 25 May 2016

    There is no grazing bill in This report is to find a lasting solution to the & farmers conflict

  • 25 May 2016

    Today, we will also receive report on Committee On Agric & Rural Development in respect of tackling Conflict btw farmers & cattle herdsmen

  • 25 May 2016

    Report on North East Development Commission Bill, 2016 (SB.163) will be laid today by A step in rebuilding the North East

  • 25 May 2016

    RT : God bless d 8th Senate for dis bill, a lot has been happening in our schools, with lecturers tormenting lives...

  • 25 May 2016

  • 25 May 2016

    We will need support of students to make sure it is passed and signed into law. Participate in the public hearing

  • 25 May 2016

    RT : I av received anonymous emails and msgs urging the Senate to make sexual harassmnt in our universities a criminal offenc

  • 24 May 2016

    RT : Upon receipt of this all-important report, I in turn presented a copy of the report to the Senate President, Dr.

  • 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

  • 24 May 2016

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment -

  • 24 May 2016

    4) I enjoin members of the civil society and students to join in the process to ensure that the is passed and signed.

  • 24 May 2016

    3) The by will help stamp out all forms of harassment to make our schools more conducive for our students.

  • 24 May 2016

    RT : Need to also pass & ensure enforcement of bill to criminalize sexual harassment in the workplace -

  • 24 May 2016

    2) Many young Nigerian boys and girls suffer at the hands of lecturers, fellow students and those in administrative positions of power.

  • 24 May 2016

    1) Today , a Bill to Criminalise Sexual Harassment in Nigerian Universities passed its Second Reading.

  • 24 May 2016

    Today at the Nigerian Senate, we passed a Bill to Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Nigerian Universities for its...

  • 24 May 2016

    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 help stamp out all forms of harassment to make our schools more conducive for our students. I can attest to the fact that I have received anonymous emails and messages urging the Senate to make sexual harassment in our universities a criminal offence. In this regard, as we have taken this pivotal step to get this bill off the ground, I enjoin members of the civil society and students across the country to join in the process to make sure that this bill is passed and signed, so that students can receive the protection and backing of the law as they pursue their education.

  • 24 May 2016

    RT : Chairman of makes opening remarks. He speaks on the on what led to the Tec

  • 24 May 2016

    RT : now presents the report of the Technical Cttee on to Senate President

  • 24 May 2016

    Senate Committee on Land Transport, and technical committe on Rail Way Reform Bill at the office of Senate...

  • 24 May 2016

    Senate Committee on Land Transport, and technical committe on Rail Way Reform Bill at the office of Senate President to present committee report on the Bill.

  • 23 May 2016

    RT : President with Speaker at meeting of gov board

  • 23 May 2016

    we are working on bills to strengthen our institutions to effectively tackle corruption

  • 23 May 2016

    Yes. Even more important now with new policy on fuel subsidy. It will allow for greater efficiency in the sector

  • 23 May 2016

    Any bill that can restore investor confidence is critical. The economy needs immediate resuscitation

  • 23 May 2016

    I expect Bankruptcy & Insolvency Amendment 2 address, Improved delivery of insolvency services, simplified process, protection of dependants

  • 23 May 2016

    We will not only study that of India, we will also get inputs from other countries and Nigerian Professionals

  • 23 May 2016

    Insolvency system of nations plays important role in attracting domestic & foreign investments as well as promoting entrepreneurial dev't

  • 23 May 2016

    Amendment of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act will also address release of liabilities in an impartial, effective & expeditious manner

  • 23 May 2016

    Bankruptcy & Insolvency act when amended will provide mechanism to enable both debtors & creditors to deal with consolidation of debts.....

  • 23 May 2016

    A bill to provide a fair & orderly process of dealing with financial affairs of insolvent individuals & companies is necessary

  • 23 May 2016

    Amendment of Bankruptcy & Insolvency Bill will help to reposition our economy to tackle challenges of 21st century

  • 23 May 2016

    we will also borrow a leaf from what was just passed in India.

  • 23 May 2016

    Yes. The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act, repeal & re-enactment act sponsored by Sen Gemade is one of our priority Bills

  • 19 May 2016

    I just received the public hearing report from the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, on the North East Development Commission (NEDC) bill. It's great to note that Senator Nyako and his committee beat their own deadline of getting the report ready by the 25th of May. At this point, we will work to bring this bill for its third and final reading on the floor of the Senate at the soonest possible date. -ABS

  • 19 May 2016

    We just wrapped up a meeting with the National Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by Comrade Ayuba Philibus Wabba, to listen to the concerns of Nigerian workers and to discuss ways of resolving the current strike action.

  • 18 May 2016

    I join all Nigerians and our well-wishers in the international community in celebrating the safe return of Amina Ali Nkek, one of the kidnapped Chibok Girls. Amina’s return should strengthen our collective belief that our missing daughters and sisters from Chibok that are still held hostage will eventually be returned. As we join the Nkek family to celebrate Amina today, we must also remember and continue to pray for the remaining families that are still yet to see, hear from, or locate their daughters. The 8th Senate is determined to provide appropriate legislation to protect lives and properties of every Nigerian God bless you all.

  • 17 May 2016

    As I assured Nigerians during Social Media Week Lagos in February this year, earlier today, following the recommendation for withdrawal from the Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters, we stood down the at the 8th Senate. This withdrawal was prompted by the fact that any piece of legislation with real or perceived violations on the fundamental rights of Nigerians must be set aside for the greater good of our nation. I thank my Distinguished Colleagues for their contributions and decision on this matter. As a legislature, we will continue to be responsive to the demands of the Nigerian people whom we serve.

  • 17 May 2016

    Dear father, It has been four years since you left us. You died as a titan of your time; a legend of the years that you walked the earth. As we remember you today, and pay homage to your memory, I want to say: “Thank you Baba. We miss your presence.”

  • 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

  • 16 May 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 President, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja. The Senate President said that even though the ECOWAS parliament is evolving in the right direction, it was his fervent hope that members of the sub region will begin to invest in it, more responsibility and opportunity as a sure path to creating the right structure for closer integration of the sub-region. Saraki said: "The ECOWAS sub-region has come a long way in pursuit of integration and development. However, what is clear today is that we need to do more. Other regional bodies including those who we inspired have moved faster towards integration than we have. "Sadly, this has been due to our inability to add to the institutional building blocks and muster the courage to reorder our structures for the vision of a virile and integrated ECOWAS. "The ECOWAS Parliament remains a critical place to start. We must as a necessity, give the parliament greater authorization and capacity to duly legislate on common areas and provide oversight on certain issues of common interest and interdependency. "For as long as we are unable to, or fail to remit to this parliament more powers, the dreams for greater integration will remain a myth. This singular reason may be responsible for the lack of adequate cohesion in the fight against terrorism, cross border crimes and the implementation of agreed trade agreements and protocols. "With greater oversight and authorization, it is possible that we would see greater inroads made in the areas of the enforcement of ECOWAS regional trade agreements and instruments especially the Common External Tariff Order," he said. He said that the ECOWAS Parliament has shown itself as a primer of integration and a key instrument for stability in the sub region having utilizèd "its instruments to provide opinions on various issues such as infrastructural development, migration, public health and investment referred to it by other Community Institutions, especially the ECOWAS Commission; with the aim to positively impact on the standards of living of West African citizens." He noted that there has been a significant increase in the level of cross boarder businesses in the sub-region - with investment criss-crossing regional boundaries by nationals of the ECOWAS region - as a result of the implementation of the free movement of goods and persons across the region. While saying that the policy on free movement of goods and persons is beginning to bear significant fruits across the length and breath of the region, he lamented that "very little is being done to provide the right legal and institutional inter-ECOWAS-states frameworks that would guarantee and insulate these enterprising citizens from discriminatory practices, anti competition, human rights abuse and the possibility of host bias in the treatment of conflicts arising from their cross-border enterprise. "This further underscores the need for us to act together to encourage this free flow of capital as a means to deepen our integration and avoid the possibility of recoiling our gains by enabling the parliament have more powers to make laws and fill in the legislative gaps where necessary to aid our regional development agenda," he said. He however reiterated the support and assistance of the nation's National Assembly to the work of the ECOWAS parliament as it strives to provide the necessary legislative leadership for greater development of the ECOWAS region. While the region is proud that the Parliament has done creditably well in fulfilling its mandate according to the Senate President, he noted that "in recent times, we have seen the scourge of terrorism cut through and expose the weaknesses of our regional integration efforts as our various governments scrambled to find a foothold for proper coordination of intelligence, resource mobilization and rapid response to terror threats. "This weakness we also witnessed in the coordination of responses to the spread of Ebola virus in 2015. These are glaring cases in which we were severely examined and our imperfect union exposed. "While these may have happened, we have also shown resilience and our leaders shown ingenuity in coming up with measures that have helped us contain these scourges. "However, they remain stark reminders of the challenges ahead and the need for us to revisit our protocols and treaties in order to create a more virile union that can help us deal with the challenges of the 21st century. "As we speak, the average citizen of the ECOWAS is yet to feel meaningfully the impact of the ECOWAS union beyond free movement of persons and goods. This is another reason I believe the enhancement of the ECOWAS Parliament remit merits deliberation," he said.

  • 11 May 2016

    : Senate Organises 2-Day Public Hearing with Stakeholders The joint Public Hearing of the Senate Committee on Special Duties and the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service on a Bill for an Act to Establish the North East Development Commission (SB. 163) concluded its hearing yesterday 10th May, 2016 after sitting for 2 days with stakeholders in attendance from not just the North East Zone but from other parts of Nigeria. The joint Committee, which was Chaired by Senator Abdul-Aziz Murtala Nyako (Adamawa Central) and Co-chaired by Senator Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) organized the 2-day Public Hearing to entertain suggestions and contributions from stakeholders who represent those that will directly benefit from the Commission when created. The North East Development Commission which will be the manifestation of the Act seeks to address the problems of the North East Zone (NEZ), collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to stop insurgency in the Zone, coordinate activities that would stop the incubation of terrorism within the Zone and stabilize the NEZ by stopping the displacement and involuntary movement of people out of the Zone to other parts of Nigeria and bordering countries. Stakeholders present made suggestions and contributions on the areas the North East Development Commission should focus on. Most of the suggestions bothered on issues relating to IDPs – their welfare, livelihood, education, empowerment, reconciliation, the life after their return home and lots more. Amendments to the Act were also made. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako assured all present that the points were duly noted, further deliberations will be carried out in the subsequent committee meetings and more recommendations and suggestions were welcomed as his office is always open to everyone. The Bill for an Act to Establish the North East Development Commission (SB. 163) is slated to be presented on the floor of the Senate for Third Reading on the 25th of May, 2016. Issues relating to the choice of location for the North East Development Commission Headquarters were also raised and extensively discussed, though the Committee suggested Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, as at when this report was filed, location of NEDC Headquarters is yet to be decided on.

  • 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

    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 an internationally acclaimed anti-corruption expert. The independent Commission will work closely with the Senateand the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes to draw up a robust oversight scheme and strengthen the internal structuring and capacity of the National Assembly to fulfil its role as an anti-corruption institution. The Commission’s work will be two-fold. Initially it willconcentrate on analysing the processes and tools by which the Senate and the National Assembly in general can, using its legislative remit, assist the anti-corruption agenda of President Buhari and more specifically strengthen the institutions through legislative reforms. The following medium-term goal is to then deliver recommendations for better ways of working within the Senate and to ensure that it meets the highest global standards includingthe newly announced Commonwealth Secretariat anti-corruption ‘kitemark’ system. Specifically, the group will: 1. . Map out how the Senate could use its oversight tools to actas a catalyst for greater transparency and anti-corruption in other parts of the Nigerian state both at the Federal and State Levels. 2. . Assess how the Nigerian Senate functions as a scrutiny and policy making body and how it can improve in this role 3. . . Undertake a review of the mechanisms of the Nigerian senate and identify areas for improvement in senate efficiency in implementing its legislative agenda and itsanti-corruption capacity. 4. 4. Look at international and regional examples of best practice – such as the Commonwealth Secretariat ‘kitemark’ – and suggest tangible reforms the Nigeria Senate could implement to improve transparency and the policy delivery process internally and across government. Signed Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser (Media and Communication)

  • 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

  • 10 May 2016

    Yesterday, the Senate held a public hearing on the Bill to establish a North East Development Commission to help in the rehabilitation of areas affected by Boko Haram. These are my thoughts on this bill.

  • 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

    My Remarks at the Public Hearing on the North East Development Commission Bill: 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. 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 a nation especially the North Eastern part of our country have gone through and endured in the last 7years. The North East has endured unprecedented pervasive brutality, satanic barbarism meted out against them; Christians and Muslims alike, young and old, men and women by the activities of Boko Haram. For 7 years, innocent citizens of our dear country Nigeria suffered untold destruction of both privateand public properties worth billions of naira. In an orgy of un-abating and indiscriminate attacks on the Nigerian state and its circularity, they employed everything destructive to threaten our national security and socio-economic stability; maiming, bombing, attacking every institution that would help us remain a virile and united nation. Distinguished colleagues, our invited guests, what we have witnessed in the North East demands special attention from all well meaning Nigerians, not just from government. We must all rise up and say never again. We have seen families wiped out, children orphaned, incomes plunged below a tenth of what they were a decade ago. Families that have survived this onslaught, have largely survived with little to live by and now rely directly on handouts for food rations. More than aquarter of the children in this area are either malnourished or in danger of malnourishment. Schools have become deserted and the social fabric of our national unity severely perforated in this area, threatening to create deep set divisions amongst us, fueling animosities amongst Muslims and Christians.Leading to the entire economy of the region bleeding profusely. It is in this unique and dire context that we must appreciate the importance and urgency for us as a legislature and government to act, to restore hope and rebuild the North East. For us in the 8th National Assembly, this is more than a National priority; it reflects our mandate to make laws for the good governance, peace and security of the entire country. The effort at this bill therefore, is aimed at creating the legislative framework to enable government provide the basic structures and capacities that will enable it rebuild the North East. It will also provide an avenue for external collaborators such as international development agencies to make effective contributions towards the region; further ensuring internal stability, a base for restoration, rehabilitation and conflict resolution. All the aforementioned are crucial not only for the sustained futures of the people of the North East but also for the country as a whole. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a peculiar time in our history. Thankfully we can talk about rebuilding due to the remarkable bravery, patriotism and courage of our Armed Forces who continue to take the fight back to the Boko Haram who have now largely retreated to sporadic soft attacks. We are therefore here to show solidarity to their gallantry and act like leaders of a united and indivisible nation. However, we must not forget that this war against terrorism cannot be won by might but through the hearts and minds of citizens who are certain that they have a secure and guaranteed place within the fabric of our society and thus choose to live and act in harmony towards collective growth. Thus, in making a conscious, collective decision to focus development efforts in this region, we are fostering a strong sense of place and rebuilding a positive, shared identity. Distinguished colleagues, our dear invited guests, it is my firm hope that your contributions to this public hearing would further enrich the bill, deepen our discussion at Senate plenary and help provide us the missing links if any towards the process of giving back hope, belief and optimism to our people that wherever they may be, their welfare and security will remain the central purpose of government. I urge you to make haste in bringing this Bill to pass. Every day we wait to take legislative action, we delay the opportunities that ought to abound within and from the North East. I therefore enjoin all stakeholders in this publichearing to contribute freely and fully to this Bill in order to help the Committee arrive at a more informed and conclusive decision. On this note therefore, I now declare the Public Hearing open God bless Nigeria. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE (Delivered today, Monday, May 9th, 2016)

  • 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

  • 08 May 2016

    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 also urged the management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) to investigate the cause of the accident and immediately put in place measures to prevent recurrence. "As we work to improve rail system in Nigeria, we have to ensure that we pay attention to safety. Our plan is to make railway the centre of our transportation system conveying thousands of people around the country. With such a plan, the safety consideration must be top in our plan", he stated. The Senate President noted that the overhaul of the rail system for efficiency and safety is part of the core mandate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government which explains why the Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar rail lines are already part of the recently signed 2016 budget "It is my prayer that this kind of tragic incident will not be witnessed in Nigeria again. May Almighty Allah in His infinite mercy grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and uphold their families in this moment of grief and sorrow", Saraki prayed. Signed Bamikole Omishore Special Assistant ( New Media) to Senate President

  • 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

  • 06 May 2016

    : 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 of both the executive and the legislature to ensure that the objectives and goals of the budget are duly realized. He called on ministers, heads of departments and agencies to hit the ground running with the implementation of the various provisions made in the budget so that the expectations of the people can be fulfilled. "On our own part as members of the National Assembly, we will closely monitor the implementation of the budget by providing effective oversight. We will also ensure that all necessary laws that will aid the transformation of the contents of the budget into practical policies, projects and programmes that will directly have positive impact on Nigerians will be put in place. "That is why we have started the amendment of the Public Procurement Act to ensure that a substantial percentage of the money to be spent in the budget are made available to Nigerians through government patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods and services." The Senate President thanked Nigerians for their continued support for the present administration and promised that now that the budget has been signed into law people will start seeing the positive impact on the economy and their standard of living. Saraki restated the National Assembly's commitment to early passage of subsequent budgets since the President had promised earlier presentation. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the President of the Senate

  • 06 May 2016

    Today, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill into law. With this in place, to ensure that this year's budget works for the benefit of every Nigerian, through our oversight powers, the Senate will work to ensure its timely and proper implementation.

  • 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

  • 05 May 2016

    Today I congratulate the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the WellBeing Foundation Africa on this years celebration of International Day Of The Midwife. As a medical doctor by profession, I personally appreciate the contributions of Midwives in saving lives. Over the years, Midwives have helped to improve the maternal health of the Nigerian woman. According to available data, the risk of a woman dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria is still high compared to developed Nations. As we declare the inaugural international Midwifery Conference in Abuja open, the 8th Assembly under my watch will partner with these organizations and others to provide legislation that will help to strengthen the efforts of Midwives in Nigeria to enable them provide better support for expecting mothers and also to other health practitioners.

  • 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

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Saraki assures ex-legislative aides on payment of severance allowance

    Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has assured  legislative aides and members of the 7th National Assembly that the  payment of their severance allowance will soon commence. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu said all efforts were being made to ensure that the former aides are paid their entitlements, and attributed the delay to the non-release of the funds by the Federal Ministry of Finance. The ... read more

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Late Olubadan Was A Courageous Monarch, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday expressed sadness over the news of the passing on of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the late Olubadan was a great and courageous monarch who fought valiantly to preserve the dignity of the Ibadan traditional stool and by extension the nation’s traditional institution. He described the late traditional ruler as a highly ... read more

  • 17 Jan 2016

    Saraki Orders Review of NASS Security

    Chairman of the National Assembly and President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has directed a review of all security arrangements in the National Assembly to keep the institution abreast of the current challenges in the country, especially now that the Boko Haram insurgency has receded. According to the Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Security, Major General Saleh Maina (rtd), the review of the security around the complex is part of the periodic plans to ... read more

  • 14 Jan 2016

    Senate Will Only Accept Budget Submitted by Buhari

    Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, announced that the Senate will only accept the version of the 2016 Appropriation Bill that was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly. Saraki made this statement after the Senate ad hoc committee setup to investigate the claims of the 2016 budget being misplaced delivered its report at the Senate plenary. In their report, the investigative committee revealed that the Senate have ... read more

  • 14 Jan 2016

    Saraki: 30 Governance, Economic Reform Bills Await Senate Debate

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that in a bid to provide adequate legislative instruments to fast-track the necessary change and reforms expected in all critical sectors of the country, 30 Bills to address identified key areas have been submitted by his colleague-Senators and now await Senate’s consideration and passage. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, the Senate President stated this at a meeting with his key aides as part of preparations for the ... read more

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Speech Delivered by the President of the Senate at the Inauguration of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review

    Protocol: It is my honour, distinguished colleagues to inaugurate the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review today. The 1999 Constitution was indeed, a bold and innovative attempt to come to grips with some of Nigeria’s most fundamental and pressing problems of the time. This Constitution has taking us thus as a united indivisible nation. As the blueprint of our developmental aspiration, there is a developing national consensus that the constitution as presently constituted requires realignment with our political, economical, ... read more

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Bill to Amend Agricultural Lending Scheme Passes Second Reading; Saraki Calls for Serious Intervention in Lending to Farmers

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today called for the need for Nigeria to take agriculture more seriously in order to diversify the country’s economy. Speaking against the backdrop of the consideration of a Senate bill to amend Nigeria’s Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme, the Senate President stated that with the proper mechanisms in place, agriculture would soon take the driver’s seat in Nigeria’s economic development as it stands to create sustainable employment for young people. “This scheme when actualized ... read more

  • 12 Jan 2016

    Welcome Address by the President of the Nigerian Senate on Resumption from Senate Recess on Tuesday 12th January 2016

    WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM THE SENATE RECESS ON TUESDAY, 12TH JANUARY, 2016. Protocol: Distinguished colleagues, I am very delighted to welcome you all back from our end of year recess. I hope you had a very rewarding time with your families and your constituencies? As we resume today, let’s take a few moments to thank the ... read more

  • 12 Jan 2016

    Senate Urges Federal Government to Intensify Awareness of Lassa Fever; Saraki Urges Deployment of Health Workers

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today commended the sponsors of motion on the Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria. Speaking on the floor after the motion sponsored by the members of the Senate Committee on Health, led by its Chairman, Senator Gbenga Tejuosho (Ogun Central), the Senate President stated that it was pertinent for the Federal Ministry of Health to come up with a sustainable strategy to curb the ongoing outbreak as well as work to ensure that such ... read more

  • 08 Jan 2016

    Saraki donates N2.6m to victims of Ilorin violence

    Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday donated N2.6million to the 53 victims of the recent violence in Agbarere and lta-Ajia areas of Ilorin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that each of the 53 beneficiaries, whose vehicles were damaged, received N50,000 at the constituency office of the senate president in Ilorin. The cash was presented to the beneficiaries by the Director General of the ABUBAKAR Bukola Saraki Constituency Office, Alhaji Abdulwahab Issa. In his remarks, the director general said ... read more

  • 07 Jan 2016

    Senate Urges CBN to Relax Forex Policy

    The Nigerian Senate has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to relax its strict Foreign Exchange policy as it is doing more harm to the economy than good. Senate President Bukola Saraki during a meeting with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Christine Lagarde said small businesses especially, are being made to suffer unnecessarily. He called on the apex bank to introduce a more flexible foreign exchange regime and reduce the present restrictions on the autonomous market ... read more

  • 07 Jan 2016

    Saraki to IMF: Support Nigeria’s Policies, Spread Our Message of Change to the World

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Nigeria’s  economic policies and help to spread the message to the international community that the new government in the country is committed to fiscal discipline. Saraki while receiving a delegation of the Fund led by the Managing Director, Ms.Christine Lagarde said the new government also has a supportive legislature which is devoted to enacting legislations that will create a conducive atmosphere for business to thrive. ... read more

  • 06 Jan 2016

    Address of the Senate President on the Visit of IMF Managing Director Madame Christine Lagarde

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI TO THE MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE VISIT OF MADAME CHRISTINE LAGARDE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, (IMF) ON 06 JANUARY, 2016. Protocol: Your Excellency, on behalf of my Distinguished and Honourable colleagues, I warmly welcome you and your entourage to the National Assembly. Your historic visit today, is a testament of the importance ... read more

  • 05 Jan 2016

    Saraki To Meet with IMF Boss, Lagarde on Wednesday

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Wednesday (tomorrow) lead the leadership of the Senate to a meeting with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, who is currently on a four-day working visit to Nigeria. The meeting between Saraki and Lagarde at the National Assembly is expected to focus on the nation’s economy, particularly the recent global developments and their impact on Nigeria. Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President, Yusuph ... read more

  • 31 Dec 2015

    Saraki to Nigerians At New Year : Let’s Join Hands To Make Our Country Great Again

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Thursday called on Nigerians to join hands with the present administration to make the country great again, by supporting its policies and programmes aimed at restoring full security across the country and revamping the economy. Saraki in a New Year message to Nigerians signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, congratulated the people as they mark the New Year festivities and for their resilience and patience especially in ... read more

  • 26 Dec 2015

    Saraki Condoles with Lamido, Emefiele over Mothers’ Demise

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday commiserated with the Lamido of Adamawa, Alh. Barkindo Mustapha, over the death of his mother, Hajiya Adda Gombeji, at the age of 87. Saraki also expressed sadness over the death of the mother of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Madam Alice Emefiele who was 94 years. The Senate President in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, specifically lauded the two ... read more

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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

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

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





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