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  • 10 Dec 2017

  • 09 Dec 2017

    RT : This is what the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was up to this week!

  • 08 Dec 2017

    RT : Your weekly recap from the Office of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki is ready!Read the Newsletter here no

  • 06 Dec 2017

    The review timetable is very tight. has suspended plenary till December 19th for committee m

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Today we passed the 2nd Reading of at .The timetable is very tight, therefore, all heads of

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Press Release:Budget Passes 2nd Reading, “Timetable Must be Followed” Says Senate President

    Press Release December 5, 2017 2018 Budget Passes 2nd Reading ….“Timetable Must be Followed” Says Senate President The 8th Senate has passed the Second Reading of the 2018 Appropriation Bill. The Bill has been forwarded to the Committee on Appropriations and its various sub-committees for further consideration and budget defence by the various ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Speaking on the passage of the Second Reading of the Budget, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola ... read more

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Today at the Nigerian Senate, we passed the 2nd Reading of the 2018 Appropriations Bill (). The Bill will now be forwarded to the Committee on Appropriations and the other authorization committees for budget justification by the various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government. We recognize that the budget review timetable is very tight. The Senate will suspend plenary through to the 19th of December for committee meetings and public hearings on the appropriations bill. I have instructed all committee chairmen to ensure that their proceedings adhere to the agreed upon timetable. Most importantly, based on the past practices, it is important for the Senate to warn all heads of MDAs that it is mandatory for each entity to honour the letters of invitation to appear before the reviewing committees and adhere to the timetable for the passage of the budget. Now is not the time for excuses or business as usual. Now is not the time for Ministers or Heads of parastatals to be traveling abroad or to be otherwise engaged. Now is the time to attend to their budget defence. There is no more time! The Nigerian people expect a quick and speedy passage of this appropriations bill. Therefore, I expect all MDAs to respect our invitation and cooperate with the Committees so that the chairmen can present their reports by Tuesday, December 19. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) President of the Senate

  • 05 Dec 2017

    With our passage of the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) at the

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Today at the Nigerian Senate, we passed the budget benchmarks for the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) in accordance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007. We also approved the following benchmarks: - 2.3 million barrels per day; - $47 per barrel as our benchmark price of 2018; - Exchange rate of N305 to $1; - N5.279 trillion for non-revenue oil in 2018; - N1.6999 trillion for new borrowing for 2018; and - An estimated 3.5% growth rate. We also resolved: - That relevant committees of the National Assembly should closely oversight MDA’s on the implementation of the MTEF to ensure the effective and wide spread implementation; and - To insert a clause in the 2018 Appropriations Act that makes it mandatory for the executive to revert to the National Assembly any excesses that arrive from the benchmarks set in the 2018 Appropriation Act. It is our hope that all the relevant revenue generating agencies will meet their targets. In the areas of the oil and gas sector, the Ministry of Petroleum and the NNPC must work to ensure that the benchmark for production that we passed must be met.

  • 05 Dec 2017

    RT : UPDATE from the Floor: The 8th Senate has directed its Ad-hoc Committee on Security Reform - which was inaugura

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Yesterday, I received pictures of Ali Ahmadu, the 6-year old Chibok boy who was run over by Boko Haram in 2014. I was delighted to see him walking and smiling on his way out of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. Read more: dailynigerian.com/news/chibok-boy-run-over-by-boko-haram-back-to-nigeria-on-his-feet/

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Yesterday, I received pictures of Ali Ahmadu, the 6-year old Chibok boy who was run over by Boko Haram in 2014. I w

  • 05 Dec 2017

  • 04 Dec 2017

    Just this morning, students from my constituency sent me the details of the school fees that the Registrar of the...

  • 04 Dec 2017

    Just this morning, students from my constituency sent me the details of the school fees that the Registrar of the Kwara State Polytechnic released for the 2017/2018 academic session through Whatsapp. After reviewing it, I found out that there has been a deliberate attempt to confuse and mislead the state government and the general public. It is obvious that a second year student in 2017/18 is now expected to pay N20,000 more than second year students paid in the 2016/17 session. This is contrary to the claim contained in the statement released by the institution just last week. With the present economic situation, this increment is unacceptable. I stand by my earlier position that education must be affordable for every willing citizen because it is the bedrock of development. Any increase in the school fees must be stopped now. I appeal to all concerned students and their families to remain calm. I am sure that the government will revisit this issue. Thank you to all the students who spoke with me on the phone this morning and helped to provide additional insight on this issue. Senator (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) President of the Senate

  • 04 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates with Omu-Aran People over Passage of Olomu

    Press Release December 4, 2017 Saraki Commiserates with Omu-Aran People over Passage of Olomu President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bokola Saraki, has expressed his condolences to the people of Omo Aran over the transition of a first class traditional ruler in Kwara State, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the death of the revered royal father has left a great vacuum that ... read more

  • 03 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Late Adesoye

    Press Release December 3, 2017 Saraki Mourns Late Adesoye President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the demise of Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye, the Asiwaju of Offa. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Adesoye as a worthy son of Kwara State, who used his wealth, knowledge and enterprise for the growth and development of the state and Nigeria in many spheres. “Chief ... read more

  • 03 Dec 2017

    Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye, the Asiwaju of Offa, was one leader whose lifestyle of simplicity, compassion and hard work will remain unmatched. Adesoye College, which he established is a living testimony of his passion to free humanity from the clutches of ignorance. He will be dearly missed. http://www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com/press-release-saraki-mourns-late-adesoye/

  • 03 Dec 2017

    Yesterday, I was conferred with the traditional title of ‘Enyioma Ikeduru’ (Good Friend of Ikeduru) by HRH Eze Festus Oguwuike Osuji, the Coordinator of Ndi-Eze Ikeduru.

  • 03 Dec 2017

    Yesterday, I was conferred with the traditional title of Enyioma Ikeduru (Good Friend of Ikeduru) by HRH Eze Fest

  • 02 Dec 2017

    Today in Imo, I was delighted to be able to attend Senator Sam Anyanwu’s Thanksgiving and Grand Civic Reception at the Imo Central Stadium. I must say, the people of Imo State really know how to make a person feel welcome!

  • 02 Dec 2017

    I was delighted to attend Senator Sam Anyanwus Thanksgiving and Grand Civic Reception at the Imo Central Stadium.

  • 02 Dec 2017

    ‪It’s always great to be back in Imo State.‬ ‪A big thank you to little Ms. Treasure Amonu for the beautiful garland and flowers that she presented to me at Owerri Airport!‬

  • 02 Dec 2017

    Its always great to be back in Imo State.A big thank you to little Ms. Treasure Amonu for the beautiful garland

  • 02 Dec 2017

    Thank you .Be rest assured, my colleagues in the and I believe that every Nigerian man, woma

  • 02 Dec 2017

    RT : This is what the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was up to this week!

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Its always encouraging to see talent being recognized and celebrated by the rest of the world!

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Congratulations to and on your MOBO Awards! The both of you continue to make us all proud.

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Felicitates With Muslims At Eid El Maulud

    Press Release December 1, 2017 Saraki Felicitates With Muslims At Eid El Maulud President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday congratulated all Muslim faithful on the celebration of Eid El Maulud which is principally to commemorate the birthday of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Saraki, who is the Baba Adinni of Ansar-ul-Islam Worldwide, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, thanked all muslims across the country for their steadfastness and prayers for ... read more

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Today, I join all Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid El Maulud -- the commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). To me, there is no better way to make this day memorable than for all of us to embody the spirit of peace, unity and tolerance.

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Today, I join all Muslim faithful to celebrate -- the commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet M

  • 01 Dec 2017

    RT : believes that nobody should be left behind. He believes that everyone, includi

  • 01 Dec 2017

    RT : The Newsletter is out!- intervenes in the ; - SP , inaugurates ad-hoc

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Recent killings across the country have stirred passionate debates in the about the safety of our commun

  • 30 Nov 2017

    RT : Read the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki's thoughts on the Inauguration of the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee to Revie

  • 30 Nov 2017

    Last week, the recent killings across the country stirred a passionate debate in the Senate about the current state of our national security infrastructure. Over the years, we have shown empathy, concern and expressed our condolences to the communities that have been affected, and the families of the victims that have lost their lives. However, recent events have shown us that we must have a more holistic approach to the multifaceted security challenges that we have. This is why, today, following a Resolution of the Senate, I inaugurated the Ad-Hoc Committee that will be tasked on reviewing Nigeria’s current security infrastructure and coming up with recommendations on the way forward. One thing is clear, where we are today in 2017, is far better than where we were in 2015. We have made a lot of progress as a country in our fight against the insurgency. We have done well. However, we can still do better. This is because, as long as fellow Nigerians are still losing their lives we cannot yet say that we have a clear ‘pass mark.’ As elected representatives of the people, the questions before the Senate are: Can we address our security issues in a more holistic manner? Are these issues that have to do with legislative and/or Constitutional mandates? Some have argued that they believe that the security in our communities will improve if we make provisions for state and/or community police forces. Others have said that the current state of our security infrastructure can be enhanced by better funding and better technology. These are questions that will be answered by this Committee. Nigerians should note that we were very careful in selecting this Committee. We have put some of our best hands and minds forward. What I can assure the public is that this Senate is ready, able and willing to do everything within our powers to answer the questions that have been put before us. Finally, we are hopeful that the setting up of this Committee will also be an opportunity for our Servicemen and Servicewomen – people of capacity, who might be frustrated and limited by the current inherited framework which they find themselves -- to redefine and reshape the security infrastructure of Nigeria to keep our citizens safer. Together, I believe that we can solve any problem. I wish the Committee Success as it moves forward with its mandate. - Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

  • 30 Nov 2017

    I am now inaugurating the Nigerian Senate Committee that will be reviewing Nigerias Security infrastructure for...

  • 30 Nov 2017

    I am now inaugurating the Nigerian Senate Committee that will be reviewing Nigeria’s Security infrastructure for better performance.

  • 30 Nov 2017

  • 30 Nov 2017

  • 30 Nov 2017

  • 30 Nov 2017

    Today, I was delighted to attend the book launch for Mallam 's .

  • 30 Nov 2017

    RT : After reviewing the gruesome images and videos that have populated the news media, today, the Senate took action on the o

  • 30 Nov 2017

    RT : Monday, 11th December, 2017, join the Public Hearing on Job Creation.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate Seeks Urgent End to Alleged Slave Trade Activities in Libya

    Press Release November 29, 2017 Senate Seeks Urgent End to Alleged Slave Trade Activities in Libya …It is a ‘Slap in the Face’, Says Saraki The Senate on Wednesday, called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to invite the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria and discuss how to end the ongoing Libyan slave trade which allegedly involves the sale of Africans, some of them of Nigerian descent, as slaves. In a motion titled: “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the ... read more

  • 29 Nov 2017

    After reviewing the gruesome images and videos that have populated the news media, today, the Senate took action on

  • 29 Nov 2017

    RT : The takes action on the ."As a country it is a slap in the face if Nigerians can be treated in

  • 29 Nov 2017

    After reviewing the gruesome images and videos that have populated the news media, today, the Senate took action on the ongoing slave trade in Libya. We passed a Resolution calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria to discuss ending the ongoing Libyan slave trade of black Africans -- many of them of Nigerian descent. The Motion titled “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auctions” also called on Mr. President to use the opportunity of the ongoing EU-AU Summit in Abidjan to table the matter before the Libyan delegation. As a country it is a slap in the face if Nigerians can be treated in this manner. Other countries are taking necessary actions to bring back their citizens, we need to be doing the same. In this regard, we resolved to condemn in totality the current depravity and sheer animalism being exhibited by the Libyan slave traders, who are selling fellow Africans as slaves. We also urged the federal government to urgently investigate how many Nigerians are affected and urgently commence the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of Nigerian citizens caught up in these despicable treatment and human rights abuses.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    The amendment to the NDDC Act that we passed today has put to rest the earlier proposed amendment to the Nigerian L

  • 29 Nov 2017

    We just passed an amendment to the NDDC Act at the Nigerian Senate. This milestone will provide more funding for the development of the Niger Delta by gas companies who before now, never contributed to the commission. Once it becomes law, gas companies must ensure full compliance.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    We just passed an amendment to the NDDC Act at the . This milestone will provide more funding for the d

  • 29 Nov 2017

    RT : Watch LIVE: discusses the Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auction.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    Education must be affordable for all Nigerians. The tuition hike in Kwara Poly does not reflect this affordability. I have made my views known to Governor Ahmed, and I am trusting that he will look into it.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    Education must be affordable for all Nigerians.The tuition hike in Kwara Poly does not reflect this affordability

  • 29 Nov 2017

    DISCLAIMEROne hour ago, it was brought to my attention that there are certain online scammers operating fake...

  • 29 Nov 2017

    DISCLAIMER One hour ago, it was brought to my attention that there are certain online scammers operating fake emails with Russian I.P addresses that are impersonating me. I wish to categorically state that these emails are not from me or my office; they do not represent me or my office; I do not know them; and these scammers have apparently been operating with the sole intention of defrauding the recipients of these emails. We have reported the activities of the scammers in question to the security agencies to take appropriate action. The scammers operate using the following emails: - KISS60KISS@TIM.IT; - DAPANJBKOI@LAGOON.OCN.NE.JP; - BB@CERES.OCN.NE.JP; - WWW@RONDO.OCN.NE.JP, amongst others. The Nigerian public is hereby advised to be cautious of these scammers and report all such emails to the appropriate security agencies. Signed: Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) President of the Senate

  • 28 Nov 2017

    This news coming out of Libya is disturbing and unacceptable. It has to stop.We will be discussing it tomorrow at

  • 27 Nov 2017

    My father had courage. Once Oloye believed in something, he always had the courage to get up and get it done. We must always be ready to stand up to do the right thing for this country of ours.

  • 27 Nov 2017

    My father believed in consensus. He believed in dialogue -- even for the little things, you would always see him consulting.

  • 27 Nov 2017

    My father believed in giving. His life was about giving. Oloye had no limits, he was always giving. Giving was not just materialistic, it was also about giving his time and serving his community.

  • 27 Nov 2017

    Today, I was truly humbled to attend the 5th Anniversary Lecture, hosted by the Northern Union in honor of my late father, Oloye Abubakar Olusola Saraki. In my comments, I emphasized 3 things: that my father believed in giving; he also believed in consensus; and he had courage.

  • 27 Nov 2017

    My father had courage.Once Oloye believed in something, he always had the courage to get up and get it done. We m

  • 27 Nov 2017

    My father believed in consensus. He believed in dialogue -- even for the little things, you would always see him

  • 27 Nov 2017

    My father believed in giving. His life was about giving. Oloye had no limits, he was always giving. Giving was no

  • 27 Nov 2017

    Today, I was truly humbled to attend the 5th Anniversary Lecture, hosted by the Northern Union in honor of my late

  • 25 Nov 2017

    RT : Take a look at what the was up to this week!

  • 25 Nov 2017

    Yesterday, I spoke at the retreat of the Southern Senators Forum in Calabar. In my remarks, I emphasized the need for all Nigerians to see our unity as a prerequisite for our development. All of us, regardless of tribe or creed, must always see the unity of our nation as our primary focus. This is because if we are not united in our objectives, we cannot achieve our desired development, stability or greatness. Although it is clear that right now, there are agitations across the length and breadth of the nation that attempt to threaten our unity, our ability to dialogue, our capacity to listen to one another and our willingness to accept each other’s differences will be an indispensable factor moving forward. Unity must exist before anyone can even talk about restructuring or reform. In seeking to carry out any reform or restructuring, it is worth bearing in mind that the founders of our country, in their wisdom, had laid down some guidelines, making clear that it cannot be done by a simple majority -- but rather by a two-thirds majority. What this means is that we must all be on the same page. We cannot bully or browbeat others into accepting our point of view. Whatever we do must be by consensus — with the buy-in of all critical stakeholders in the debate.

  • 24 Nov 2017

    Press Release Restructuring: Nigeria’s Unity Must Be Our First Focus, Says Saraki

    Press Release November 24, 2017 Restructuring: Nigeria’s Unity Must Be Our First Focus, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola, has emphasized that unity is a prerequisite for Nigeria’s development, stability and greatness. Speaking in Calabar, at the retreat held by the Southern Senators’ Forum, Saraki insisted that “we must always put Nigeria first” in the ongoing debate about restructuring of the country and other similar agitations. “As a nation, unity is a prerequisite for development, stability and ... read more

  • 24 Nov 2017

    RT : Hello rest assured, and are intervening in this situation in the hope of bringing an e

  • 24 Nov 2017

    RT : As a nation, unity is a prerequisite for our development, stability and greatness. Unity is the first focus. Without unity,

  • 24 Nov 2017

    RT : Today, the , spoke at the Southern Senators Forum Retreat in Calabar, Cross River State. His remarks

  • 24 Nov 2017

    RT : The Senate President's newsletter is out!- calls for solutions to African problems- debate

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges India to Invest in Health Sector to Reduce Medical Tourism

    Press Release November 23, 2017 Saraki Urges India to Invest in Health Sector to Reduce Medical Tourism President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Indian authorities to partner with the Federal Government in encouraging investors to build and maintain world class health facilities in the country. Saraki who made the call when the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nagabruihana Reddy, visited him in Abuja, said such partnership would drastically reduce the number of Nigerians who ... read more

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Smuggling is the most extensive form of economic sabotage. This is why today, adopted recommendations to

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Today, the Nigerian Senate adopted the Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on anti-smuggling and dumping of agricultural commodities in Nigeria. Earlier this year, we held a public hearing at the Senate that was centered on ‘Tackling Smuggling'. At the hearing, I highlighted that “we have invested over $7billion over the last 10 years in stimulating local production. If we do not address the area of smuggling, this investment will go to waste.” In this regard, this Report that we adopted today, must be seen as more than just another ‘recommendation.’ The implementation of this Report can go a long way in providing more opportunities for our people in the agricultural sector. If the only thing that we do over the next year is the full and holistic implementation of the recommendations of this Senate Report on smuggling, we will be able to turn around the future and fortunes of this country for the better. On our part, we will continue to work with our Committee on Agriculture to legislate on the issues that have been raised in order to provide more certainty in the areas of policy for investors. It is necessary for Mr. President to take this report and personally see to the implementation of its recommendations. This is because many of the challenges that our people are having is that some of our existing policies also conflict with some of our actions. For example, there is no way we can achieve self-sufficiency with rice if right before our eyes people are smuggling in rice across our borders. Oftentimes, the officers in charge of safeguarding our borders see this happening and no sanctions are applied. Till date, I have not seen or heard of any officer who has been charged or dismissed for aiding and/or abetting the smuggling of rice into Nigeria. Unless we do this, nothing will happen. This is because smuggling is the most extensive form of economic sabotage in Nigeria today. The same thing applies to poultry. Many farmers and producers now have stock that they cannot sell because we have chickens coming in from countries like Brazil. We need to engage with many of these countries and make it clear to them that we do not want these products imported into our country. Right now, the most important thing for us to do is backing up the Senate's recommendations with the implementation power of the executive. If we do this, I am confident that we will see an upsurge in agriculture revenues across the nation.

  • 23 Nov 2017

    RT : Another from the Floor: The has passed the Conference Committee Report on the F

  • 23 Nov 2017

    RT : UPDATE from the Floor: The has said that that Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba (Establishmen

  • 23 Nov 2017

    RT : from the Floor: The has passed the Conference Committee Report on the Bankruptc

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Yesterday, I met with a delegation from the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation’s Management and Advisory Council. Our meeting centered around fostering unity, promoting dialogue, advancing education and improving security across the nation. I told the delegation that we must learn to cultivate a true spirit of dialogue in the handling of our affairs. Yes, sometimes, somethings will be rejected, however, with proper dialogue we can learn to understand the viewpoints of others. Moving forward, I appeal to everyone: we must tone down the rhetoric. We cannot understand each other when the noise levels are too high. You can read more about our meeting on this thread: https://goo.gl/NDgeum

  • 22 Nov 2017

    Press Release November 22, 2017 SARAKI TO COALITION: YOUR STATEMENT IS PREJUDICIAL, NOT BASED ON FACTS

    Press Release November 22, 2017 SARAKI TO COALITION: YOUR STATEMENT IS PREJUDICIAL, NOT BASED ON FACTS Our attention has been drawn to a statement signed by a group of journalists under the aegis of The Coalition for Press Freedom and Whistleblower Protection (CPFWP). We are concerned about a number of erroneous assertions in the statement, to the effect that a media organisation, Sahara Reporters, is subject to intimidation at the behest of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The ... read more

  • 22 Nov 2017

    Today at the Senate, we debated a Motion on the urgent need to look into the killings and arson that occurred in Shinkafi Local Government Area, Zamfara. For many years now, we have continued to observe moments of silence for various communities around the country. Yet, we have not sufficiently addressed this problem head-on. This has to stop. We are all tired of this. We all need to take action. Today’s moment of silence is one moment of silence too many. Clearly, all the messages that came out from today’s debate point to the fact that there is a collapse of either Nigeria’s security infrastructure or national security. There is a level of impunity in many parts of our nation today. This impunity has translated to us seeing people carrying illegal arms in the open and causing devastation to communities across the country. This is why, we are going to take profound action on this issue. Tomorrow, I will be setting up a Committee that will be tasked with coming up with long-term solutions to this problem. We must use this opportunity to really ask ourselves, what is the way forward? How do we put an end to these communal clashes and killings that occur? The fact remains, in the past, many committees have been set up to look at the reformation of the police for better delivery, however, up until now, no action has been taken. This is why, this is not just going to be another report and this is not just going to be another committee. I have told the senators that will be on this committee that they will be carrying a huge responsibility on their shoulders. I also acknowledge that it is not going to be easy. However, I am happy that we have former governors, aspiring governors and legislators in the Senate that are up to the task. Whatever it is, together with the right minds and a concerted approach, we can get to the bottom of this issue and solve it. If it is a funding issue, it can be addressed through appropriations. If it is new technologies that other countries use to maintain their internal security, we need to know what these technologies are. In this regard, tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the names of the members of the ad-hoc committee and giving them a time-frame and a mandate to report back to the full plenary, so that we can take a decision on this issue and follow through with it.

  • 21 Nov 2017

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS PARLIAMENT IN ABUJA – NOVEMBER 21, 2017.

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS PARLIAMENT IN ABUJA – NOVEMBER 21, 2017.     PROTOCOL.   On behalf of the entire members of the Nigerian National Assembly and the Nigerian Community Delegation, I bid you all welcome to the Second Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African ... read more

  • 21 Nov 2017

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI C.O.N AT THE NIGERIAN SPORTS SUMMIT 2017, HELD AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM, LAGOS, ON 21ST NOVEMBER 2017.

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI C.O.N AT THE NIGERIAN SPORTS SUMMIT 2017, HELD AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM, LAGOS, ON 21ST NOVEMBER 2017. PROTOCOL. I am especially pleased to be here with you today for The Nigerian Sports Summit 2017 on the theme, ‘Nigerian Sports And Its Economic Diversification Into Entrepreneurial Investment To Enhance Talents, Empowerment and Employment, Security Tool To Make Sport More Productive’. I thank the ... read more

  • 20 Nov 2017

    Press Release November 20, 2017 Saraki Mourns Ekwueme, Commiserates With Nigeria, Family

    Press Release November 20, 2017 Saraki Mourns Ekwueme, Commiserates With Nigeria, Family President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the demise of the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also lauded the dedication and service of Ekwueme to the development of the country. He described Ekwueme as a rare personality and an exceptional leader while praying to ... read more

  • 20 Nov 2017

    Today, I join Ndigbo and the entire nation to mourn the passing of one of Nigeria’s most illustrious sons, H.E. Dr. Alex I. Ekwueme, our first elected Vice-President. As we mourn his death, we celebrate his dedication and service to the development of our country. We remember his unique and exemplary courage in the face of overwhelming odds — when he stood up to past military regimes, and his dexterity in his personal pursuits as a successful architect, lawyer, businessman and philanthropist. Dr. Ekwueme was a rare man and a great leader. He will be missed. I pray for God’s strength for his family at this difficult time. May the Almighty in His infinite wisdom and grace continue to guide the family and the nation that he has left behind.

  • 19 Nov 2017

    Congratulations to APC Kwara on a successful . To all the new LGA Chairmen and Councillors, I wish you all success as you assume the leadership of our great State at the local level. Let’s all continue to work to provide more opportunities for our people!

  • 17 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges Auditors-General to Block Revenue Leakages in Public Service

    Press Release November 17, 2017 Saraki Urges Auditors-General to Block Revenue Leakages in Public Service President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Auditors-General in the country, particularly at the Local Government level, to partner with the Senate in its current effort to block financial leakages and ensure that maximum revenue accrues to government at all levels in the Federation. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the charge when the ... read more

  • 16 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: Senate to Partner NBA To Ease Passage Of Bills

    Press Release November 16 2017   Saraki: Senate to Partner NBA To Ease Passage Of Bills   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the cooperation of the Senate with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to ensure easy passage of bills before the Upper House.   He also immediately directed that all pending and prospective bills before the Senate be made available to the NBA for their input which he said would improve the quality of such bills.   ... read more

  • 15 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Healthcare Reform: Senate Canvasses Implementation of One Percent Clause in 2014 Health Law

    Press Release November 15, 2017 Healthcare Reform: Senate Canvasses Implementation of One Percent Clause in 2014 Health Lawn The Senate, on Wednesday, called for the implementation of the one per cent clause in the 2014 National Health Act, aimed at ensuring that one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund is devoted to restoring and revitalizing the nation’s health sector. The demand came during the consideration of a Motion sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central), on the alarming upsurge ... read more

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates Emir of Ilorin on 22nd Anniversary

    Press Release November 11, 2017   Saraki Congratulates Emir of Ilorin on 22nd Anniversary   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday congratulated the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, on attaining 22 years on the throne of his forebears.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the Mai-Martaba Sarkin Ilorin, as an exceptional royal father whose reign has witnessed peace and phenomenal development in ... read more

  • 09 Nov 2017

    Press Release: UN Scribe Lauds NASS Relationship with Executive

    Press Release November 9, 2017 UN Scribe Lauds NASS Relationship with Executive  The United Nations has commended the good relations between the Executive and the 8th National Assembly as exhibited by the lawmakers at the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, during the presentation of the 2018 Budget by  President Muhammadu Buhari. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambers, gave the commendation ... read more

  • 07 Nov 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (C.O.N) ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL – 7TH NOVEMBER, 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (C.O.N) ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL – 7TH NOVEMBER, 2017.   PROTOCOL.       1. Mr. President, on behalf of my colleagues, Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Honourable Members of the House of Representatives, I welcome you and members of your Executive team to this joint session of the National Assembly.   2. ... read more

  • 07 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New NASFAT’s Chief Missioner, AbdulAzeez

    Press Release November 7, 2017 Saraki Congratulates New NASFAT’s Chief Missioner, AbdulAzeez President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the newly appointed Chief Missioner of the Nasrul-Lahi-Li- Fathi Society (NASFAT), Imam Maruf Onike AbdulAzeez. Saraki, who is the Baba Adinni of Ansar-ul- Islam Worldwide, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the appointment was well deserved and described Imam AbdulAzeez as a consummate scholar, highly educated and enlightened religious ... read more

  • 06 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Paradise Papers: Saraki Hides No Asset and Violates No Law

    Press Release  November 6, 2017   Paradise Papers: Saraki Hides No Asset and Violates No Law   Once again, the issue of offshore company registration which was first raised in 2016 is being revived and thrown to the public space. As a responsible public officer, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will continue to explain his position. We know this is the period of politics when mudslinging is a common trick in the game.   However, we will like to ... read more

  • 06 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Executive, Legislature Not in Competition, Says SGF ….Pledge Closer Collaboration with National Assembly

    Press Release November 6, 2017 Executive, Legislature Not in Competition, Says SGF ….Pledge Closer Collaboration with National Assembly Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Monday said that the Executive and the Legislature are not in competition but would work together to deliver on the promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Nigerians. Mustapha according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu in Abuja, stated this ... read more

  • 06 Nov 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,; AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES OTUKPO (ESTABLISMENT, ETC.) BILL 2017 – 6THNOVEMBER, 2017.

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI; AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES OTUKPO (ESTABLISMENT, ETC.) BILL 2017 – 6THNOVEMBER, 2017.     PROTOCOL.   1. My sincere thanks to the Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND for the invitation to declare open this Public Hearing on the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (Establishment, Etc.) Bill 2017 ... read more

  • 03 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate to Partner EU in Fight Against Illegal Migration 

    Press Release  November 3, 2017   Senate to Partner EU in Fight Against Illegal Migration    President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed the willingness of the National Assembly to support efforts being made by the Federal Government and the European Union (EU) to mitigate the rising incidence of illegal migration into European countries.   Saraki who stated this when the new EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, visited him in Abuja, also stressed the need for ... read more

  • 02 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate Commiserates With Tinubu Over Son’s Death

    Press Release November 2, 2017 Senate Commiserates With Tinubu Over Son’s Death The Senate has expressed sadness over the death of Mr. Jide Tinubu, son of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, after a brief illness on Wednesday. President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who earlier paid a condolence visit to commiserate with Tinubu in Abuja, in a statement he personally signed on behalf of his colleagues described the death as ... read more

  • 01 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Directs MDAs to Submit Outstanding Scholarships to Senate …Calls for Review of Scholarship Policy

    Press Release November 1, 2017 Saraki Directs MDAs to Submit Outstanding Scholarships to Senate …Calls for Review of Scholarship Policy President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday met with representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responsible for the welfare of Nigerian Students on scholarships abroad now stranded due to non-payment of their living allowances and tuition fees by relevant government agencies. The Senate in plenary had mandated the President of the Senate to intervene and know ... read more

  • 01 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate Seeks Adequate Financial Provision for NEDC in 2018 Budget

    Press Release  November 1, 2017   Senate Seeks Adequate Financial Provision for NEDC in 2018 Budget   The Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to make adequate financial provision in the 2018 Budget for the take-off of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).   The Senate also affirmed its commitment to the implementation of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Act following the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari on 26th October, 2017, to the NEDC Bill passed by the National ... read more

  • 30 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Senate Mourns Danjuma Goje’s Late Wife

    Press Release October 30, 2017   Senate Mourns Danjuma Goje’s Late Wife   The Senate has commiserated with one of its members, Senator Danjuma Goje, who lost his wife, Hajia Yelwa Danjuma Goje, in the early hours of Monday.   In a statement personally signed by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate expressed shock and sadness over Mrs. Goje’s death, and described the deceased as an exemplary pillar of support, a dedicated partner and mother ... read more

  • 26 Oct 2017

    Press Release Saraki: NASS Working to Increase Private Sector Participation in Economy

    Press Release October 26, 2017   Saraki: NASS Working to Increase Private Sector Participation in Economy   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, stated that one of the primary objectives of the 8th National Assembly is to increase private sector participation in all spheres of the economy in order to make the country viable.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this while welcoming the Board of ... read more

  • 25 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Commends Buhari For Signing NEDC Bill into Law

    Press Release October 25, 2027   Saraki Commends Buhari For Signing NEDC Bill into Law   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu described the Presidential Assent as a “major development in the efforts by the present administration to restore peace and normalcy in the North East and making the harrowing ... read more

  • 25 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Bama Emirate Lauds National Assembly ‘s Role in Rebuilding of North-East

    Press Release October 25, 2017 Bama Emirate Lauds National Assembly ‘s Role in Rebuilding of North-East The Bama Emirate on Tuesday expressed gratitude to the Senate and indeed the National Assembly over their unflinching commitment to the rebuilding of the North East Region, following the devastation visited on the area by the Boko Haram insurgents. The Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Umar Ibn El-Kanemi, gave the commendation when he led a delegation comprised of eminent sons and daughters of the ... read more

  • 15 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Canvases International Conference on the North East, Boko Haram Threat

     Press Release October 15, 2017 Saraki Canvases International Conference on the North East, Boko Haram Threat President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the international community to organize a global conference aimed at galvanizing international resources to  mitigate the  devastation and the humanitarian situation in the North East  of the Country as well as the continuous threat posed by the Boko Haram terrorists.  It could be recalled that Saraki on Thursday led a National Assembly delegation ... read more

  • 12 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to 137th IPU in Russia

    Press Release October 12, 2017   Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to 137th IPU in Russia   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Thursday) led a National Assembly delegation to partake in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the theme: “Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue.”   Saraki who is a member of the Governing Board of the IPU, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni ... read more

  • 11 Oct 2017

    Press Release: International Day of the Girl: Saraki Celebrates Nigerian Girls​

    Press Release  October 11, 2017   International Day of the Girl: Saraki Celebrates Nigerian Girls​   The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has joined the world in celebrating the 2017 commemoration of the International Day of the Girl (IDG2017).   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that IDG2017 is an opportunity for law and policy-makers, community leaders and families to re-evaluate, highlight and scrutinize ... read more

  • 11 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Senate to Partner PSN to Combat Drug Abuse

    Press Release October 10, 2017 Senate to Partner PSN to Combat Drug Abuse President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the commitment of the 8th Senate to work with relevant agencies like the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to curb increasing incidence of drug abuse in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, spoke when the leadership of the PSN visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja. ... read more

  • 09 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Senate, MDAs, CSOs Proffer Solution to Youth Unemployment Challenge

    Press Release October 9, 2017 Senate, MDAs, CSOs Proffer Solution to Youth Unemployment Challenge The Senate, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on Monday convened a roundtable dialogue on the alarming rate of youth unemployment in the country. The event which was attended by the President of the Senate, Principal Officers of the Senate, Senators and CSOs, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, ... read more

  • 07 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Russia 2018: Saraki Congratulates Supers Eagles

    Press Release October 7, 2017   Russia 2018: Saraki Congratulates Supers Eagles   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, congratulated the Nigerian Super Eagles and all Nigerians on the nation’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to hold in Russia next year.   Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that being in Uyo to witness firsthand the dedication, poise and consistency of our players has ... read more

  • 05 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Inaugurates Nigeria/Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group

    Press Release October 4, 2017   Saraki Inaugurates Nigeria/Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday inaugurated the Nigeria-Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group and described the body as a veritable instrument to deepen integration among nations globally.   According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the President of the Senate on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, Saraki also said that the integration process in Africa is a process that its time has come. ... read more

  • 04 Oct 2017

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON NIGERIA-MOROCCO PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP.

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON NIGERIA-MOROCCO PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP AT SENATE CONFERENCE ROOM 0.22, WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2017.   Protocol, 1. I am highly delighted to deliver a goodwill message on the occasion of the inauguration of the Senate Committee on Nigeria-Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group. I welcome all members to this important event. ... read more

  • 01 Oct 2017

    Press Release: 57th Independence Anniversary: Saraki Preaches Unity Among Nigerians

    Press Release September 30, 2017   57th Independence Anniversary: Saraki Preaches Unity Among Nigerians President of the Senate,  Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Nigerians on the 57th anniversary of the country’s independence and for sustaining her status as a united and progressive country. In a goodwill message to mark this year’s Independence Anniversary, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki also urged Nigerians irrespective of creed and tribe to continue to work ... read more

  • 29 Sep 2017

    Press Release September: Saraki Pledges Support to ACP Countries on Cotonou Agreement

    Press Release September 29, 2017   Saraki Pledges Support to ACP Countries on Cotonou Agreement   ….Assures UNDP of Quick Passage of Gender Bill   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the support of the National Assembly to the Cotonou Agreement of the African, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) countries ahead of its meeting in Cotonou, Benin Republic to fashion out a unified terms of agreement with the European Union (EU).   In a similar vein, the ... read more

  • 27 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Youth Inclusiveness Key to Good Governance, Devt., Says Saraki

    Press Release September 27, 2017   Youth Inclusiveness Key to Good Governance, Devt., Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday said that giving young persons the opportunity to partake in leadership is crucial to good governance and economic development.   Saraki, according to statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the remarks in his opening speech at the African Regional Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) at the ... read more

  • 27 Sep 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE IPU AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE IPU AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, ABUJA, 27TH – 28TH 2017.   Protocol;   I am delighted to deliver this keynote address on the regional conference of young Parliamentarians in Africa under the auspices of the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).   The memories are still fresh on how ... read more

  • 26 Sep 2017

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) ON THE 8TH SENATE’S RESUMPTION OF PLENARY FROM THE 2017 ANNUAL RECESS

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) ON THE 8TH SENATE’S RESUMPTION OF PLENARY FROM THE 2017 ANNUAL RECESS ON TUESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 2017.   PROTOCOL   Distinguished colleagues, it a great pleasure to see you all back from our annual recess. In truth, it has always been a special privilege to welcome you my colleagues into this chamber, and today is no exception. I believe the recess afforded us, opportunity ... read more

  • 25 Sep 2017

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF FINANCE ON TAX INCENTIVES MANAGEMENT

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF FINANCE ON TAX INCENTIVES MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY BILL, COMPANIES INCOME TAX ACT 2004 (AMENDMENT) 2017 AND CONSTITUENCY PROJECTS ( BUDGETARY PROVISION) BILL, 2016) ON MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017 .   PROTOCOL; It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing organized by the ... read more

  • 18 Sep 2017

    PRESS STATEMENT: Saraki: National Assembly Will Investigate Crisis in South-east

    PRESS STATEMENT September 18, 2017   Saraki: National Assembly Will Investigate Crisis in South-east   1. Following the clash between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), I hereby call for calm and restraint by all Nigerians so that we would all jointly find the right solution to the current problem rather than worsening the crisis.   2. Our brothers and sisters in the South-east, in particular, should continue to maintain peace and tranquility and go ... read more

  • 14 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Full Registration of Births, Deaths, IDPs, Prisoners

    Press Release  September 14, 2017   Saraki Seeks Full Registration of Births, Deaths, IDPs, Prisoners       President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for full registration of all births, deaths, Internally Displaced Persons and prisoners in the country.   Saraki represented by his wife, Toyin, stated this in his good will message at the launch of a book: “The Challenges of Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria,” by the Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad – Speaker ... read more

  • 12 Sep 2017

    Press Release : I want to leave behind a more effective, impactful Senate, Says Saraki

    Press Release  September 12, 2017   I want to leave behind a more effective, impactful Senate, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated, ahead of the resumption of the Senate from its annual recess, that his focus since he assumed office as the presiding officer of the 8th Senate on the 9th of June 2015, has been to build an effective and efficient legislature that directly impacts the lives of all Nigerians.   In ... read more

  • 09 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Senate to Prioritize Passage of Occupational Safety Bill, Says Saraki

    Press Release September 9, 2017 Senate to Prioritize Passage of Occupational Safety Bill, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that the 8th Senate will give accelerated consideration to the Occupational Safety and Health Bill (SB. 200), once the National Assembly resumes from its annual recess later this month. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President emphasized that with the nation’s focus on economic growth ... read more

  • 06 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: New Collateral Registry, Credit Reporting Law, A Boost For MSMEs

    Press Release September 6, 2017   Saraki: New Collateral Registry, Credit Reporting Law,  A Boost For MSMEs Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said the new legislations – Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act and the Credit Reporting Act – passed by the National Assembly last June and immediately signed into law by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will support the growth of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) through increased bank lending and reduce bank exposure to ... read more

  • 05 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Senate Welcomes Improvement in Nation’s Economy

    Press Release September 5, 2017   Senate Welcomes Improvement in Nation’s Economy The Eighth Senate, on Tuesday, applauded the report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that showed Nigeria’s economy finally staging a comeback. In a statement signed by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, its spokesperson and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, the Senate emphasized that it was truly commendable that after five consecutive quarters of contraction, the Nigerian economy grew by 0.55% in the ... read more

  • 05 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Lauds Super Eagles Performance …Urges Them to Remain Focussed

    Press Release September 5, 2017 Saraki Lauds Super Eagles Performance …Urges Them to Remain Focussed President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended the Super Eagles of Nigeria over their superlative performance in the ongoing World Cup qualifying series which has put them at a vantage position to qualify for the 2018 tournament. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja lauded the Eagles for defeating the Indomitable Lions of ... read more

  • 31 Aug 2017

    Press Release   August 31, 2017   Eid-El-Kabir: Saraki Seeks Rededication to Nation Building   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, called on all Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the dreams and aspirations of building a strong, united, economically sound and politically stable country.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, felicitated with Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year’s Eid- El-Kabir, while urging all Nigerians irrespective of ... read more

  • 29 Aug 2017

    Press Release:Saraki Off to Saudi Arabia for Hajj

    Press Release August 29, 2017   Saraki Off to Saudi Arabia for Hajj   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday (Monday) night flew out of Abuja to Saudi Arabia to join the two million Muslim faithful gathered in the holy land for this year’s hajj.   In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the President of the Senate will spend the period of the pilgrimage to pray for the unity, stability and ... read more

  • 29 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-Senator Kanti Bello

    Press Release August 29, 2017   Saraki Mourns Ex-Senator Kanti Bello   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed grief over the death of former Senate Chief Whip, Muhammad Kanti Bello, who passed away on Tuesday.   The deceased who served in the Senate for two terms represented Katsina North Senatorial District between 2003 and 2011 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).   In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph ... read more

  • 28 Aug 2017

    Press Release: N/Assembly, US Congress Men Meet on North East, Security Crises

    Press Release August 28, 2017   N/Assembly, US Congress Men Meet on North East, Security Crises   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki led a team of National Assembly members on Monday in a meeting with a United States (U.S) Congressional Delegation to discuss issues around security, humanitarian crisis in the North East, and ways to build a better working relationship between the Parliaments of both countries.   The U.S. delegation led by Senator Christopher Coons included Senators ... read more

  • 26 Aug 2017

    Press Release: UBEC Act Amendment: Queens College Alumni Association Commends Senate

    Press Release August 26, 2017   UBEC Act Amendment: Queens College Alumni Association Commends Senate   The Queens College Old Girls Association (QCOGA), has commended the Senate, under the leadership of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, for passing the amendments to the 2004 Universal Basic Education Act.   In a statement signed by its President, Dr. Frances Ajose and the Chair of its Advocacy Pressure Group, Mrs. Abieyuwa Eke Sanyaolu, the Queens College Alumni lauded the UBEC amendment ... read more

  • 24 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Illegal Recruitment: Senate to Accelerate Passage of Existing Vacancies Bill, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 24, 2017   Illegal Recruitment: Senate to Accelerate Passage of Existing Vacancies Bill, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate will accelerate the passage of the Existing Vacancies in the Federal Civil Service (Prohibition) Bill, once it resumes in September.   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said that the Bill, which is currently due for Second Reading, will ... read more

  • 22 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Flooding: States, Stakeholders Should Take Proactive Measures, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 22, 2017   Flooding: States, Stakeholders Should Take Proactive Measures, Says Saraki   As the raining season is underway across Nigeria, President of the Senate has called on States across the Federation to take proactive measures to mitigate against and minimize the risk of flooding in their areas.   In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that recent reports show that as many as 30 of ... read more

  • 19 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Senate Warns PenCom, CBB, ICPC Nominees Not to Resume Before Confirmation

    Press Release August 19, 2017   Senate Warns PenCom, CBB, ICPC Nominees Not to Resume Before Confirmation   The Senate has advised the nominees into the headship of three Federal Government institutions whose names were recently announced not to resume work until their nominations are confirmed in accordance with the provision of the constitution and the establishment laws of the affected institutions.   The nominees affected by the Senate directive are Alhaji Ali Usman who has been nominated to become ... read more

  • 19 Aug 2017

    Saraki Welcomes Buhari, Says: “President “ll Resume With Greater Vigour”

    Saraki Welcomes Buhari, Says: “President “ll Resume With Greater Vigour”     President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to Nigeria.     In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked God for the safe return and recovery of the President, and reaffirmed the commitment of the National Assembly to continue working alongside the President in achieving objectives aimed at improving the standard of living ... read more

  • 19 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Civilians Should Never Be Targets of Violence, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 19, 2017   Civilians Should Never Be Targets of Violence, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today joined other world leaders and international organizations like the United Nations (UN) to insist that civilians must never be targets in conflict situations in commemoration of this year’s World Humanitarian Day   Through the official Twitter page of the Office of the Senate President — @SPNigeria — Saraki stated that the 8th Senate will continue ... read more

  • 19 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Proactive, Responsive Governance Key To Senate’s Performance, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 19, 2017   Proactive, Responsive Governance Key To Senate’s Performance, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that proactive and responsive governance are key to the performance of the 8th Senate.   In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki who spoke on the past and upcoming activities of the 8th Senate stated that governments at all levels should work to emulate the strategy of ... read more

  • 17 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: IBB, A Major Part of Nigeria’s Political History

    Press Release August 17, 2017   Saraki: IBB, A Major Part of Nigeria’s Political History   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as a major part of Nigeria’s political history.   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to congratulate the former Head of State on the occasion of his 76th birthday, the Senate President described IBB as one of Nigeria’s most ... read more

  • 11 Aug 2017

    Press Release: International Youth Day: Saraki Calls for Youth Inclusion in Governance

    Press Release August 11, 2017   International Youth Day: Saraki Calls for Youth Inclusion in Governance   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for the creation of sustainable opportunities and empowerment programmes for young Nigerians to enable them play their role in the governance of the country.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Adiviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, gave the charge in his goodwill message to commemorate the International Youth ... read more

  • 10 Aug 2017

    Press Release: More States Will Soon Access UBEC Funds, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 10, 2017   More States Will Soon Access UBEC Funds, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that Senate’s amendment of the Act that establishes the Compulsory Universal Basic Education, will provide all 36 States of Nigeria with needed funds to enhance the quality of education in the country.   In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said that for many years, many States ... read more

  • 09 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Senate Frowns At Police Brutality Against Protesters

    Press Release  August 9, 2017   Senate Frowns At Police Brutality Against Protester   The Senate has condemned the action of the Nigeria Police in using force to disperse a group of protesters in Abuja campaigning against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari.   In a statement by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate stated that while it condemned the subject of the protest which is aimed at forcing President ... read more

  • 08 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Leave Buhari Alone, He Violated No Law, Says Senate

    Press Release August 8, 2017   Leave Buhari Alone, He Violated No Law, Says Senat08   The Senate has cautioned the sponsors and participants in the protests by a coalition of civil society organizations, operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo, and demanding for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over his medical vacation in the United Kingdom to stop heating up the polity with their unreasonable demands.   In a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the ... read more

  • 08 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Alignment of Education Curriculum With Industry Requirements 

    Press Release  August 8, 2017   Saraki Seeks Alignment of Education Curriculum With Industry Requirements  President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday stated that Nigeria’s university curriculum and teaching methods must be upscaled to reflect the demands of employers from both the public and the private sectors. Speaking on the need for the country to urgently reposition its educational system to reflect current domestic and global realities like rising unemployment and the need to strengthen the economy ... read more

  • 07 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: Access to Finance Key to Curbing Youth Unemployment

    Press Release August 7, 2017 Saraki: Access to Finance Key to Curbing Youth Unemployment President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that youth unemployment in Nigeria can be curtailed with a collaborative policy and legislative thrust that would help improve access to finance and develop basic infrastructure. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Monday, noted that the inability to access finance, inadequate power supply and the ... read more

  • 06 Aug 2017

    Press Release: Anambra Massacre: Saraki Condoles with Families of Victims

    Press Release August 6, 2017     Anambra Massacre: Saraki Condoles with Families of Victims – Says “Perpetrators Must be Brought to Justice”   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed deep sadness over the massacre that occurred at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Anambra State on Sunday.   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that the killing of worshippers represents the purest kind of evil, and the ... read more

  • 02 Aug 2017

    Press Release: I Stopped Kwara Pension on My Own Volition, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 2, 2017   I Stopped Kwara Pension on My Own Volition, Says Saraki   Contrary to reports that it was the agitations by certain groups that prompted Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to stop the payment of his pension, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of the Senate, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, has clarified that on August 20th, 2015, Saraki wrote to the Kwara State Government to stop the payment of his pensions. ... read more

  • 28 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Pledges To Support Surgery For 6-Year Boko Haram Victim

    Press Release July 28, 2017   Saraki Pledges To Support Surgery For 6-Year Boko Haram Victim   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged to contribute to the spinal cord corrective surgery for a six-year old boy, Ali Ahmadu, ran over by Boko Haram terrorists.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made the pledge when the victim was presented to him in Abuja by officials of the Global ... read more

  • 28 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Reiterates Commitment to Freedom of Speech

    Press Release July 28, 2017   Saraki Reiterates Commitment to Freedom of Speech   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday reiterated his commitment to freedom of speech and the use of social media.   In a series of tweets on his personal account @BukolaSaraki, the President of the Senate, was responding to a story carried by some publications that a civil servant was being allegedly vilified for criticizing him.   “I use social media, so I ... read more

  • 27 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Three PIB Related Bills Scale Second Reading in Senate

    Press Release  July 27, 2017   Three PIB Related Bills Scale Second Reading in Senate   In keeping with its promise to fast-track the passage of all relevant laws that will reposition the nation’s oil industry in line with global best practices, the Senate on Thursday, passed to second reading stage three Petroleum Industry Bills (PIB) related Bills.   The three Bills are aimed at providing legal frameworks and other critical aspects of the petroleum industry not captured in the ... read more

  • 26 Jul 2017

    Closing Remarks by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, President of Senate after the conclusion of the Constitution Amendment Process.

    Closing Remarks by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, President of Senate after the conclusion of the Constitution Amendment Process on the floor of the Senate.   I want to thank all our colleagues. I want to really commend and appreciate the efforts of our Deputy Senate President and all members of the Constitution Review Committee. This is an exercise for which we gave a promise and we have kept to it. Definitely, we have made history this afternoon with the exercise ... read more

  • 25 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Financial Intelligence Bill Scales Second Reading in Senate

    Press Release  July 25, 2017   Financial Intelligence Bill Scales Second Reading in Senate   Today, the Nigerian Senate passed the Second Reading of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency Bill.   The Bill was referred to the Committee on Anti-Corruption, which is Chaired by Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North). The Committee has been asked to present its report to the plenary on Wednesday, July 26th.   Recall that on Wednesday, July 19th, the Senate resolved to pass a law to ... read more

  • 25 Jul 2017

    Press Release: National Assembly Committed To Accountability, Transparency, Says Saraki

    Press Release  July 25, 2017 National Assembly Committed To Accountability, Transparency, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday reiterated that the 8th National Assembly remains committed to accountability and transparency in the discharge of its legislative and oversight functions.   Saraki who stated this during the opening session of the 16th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference (CSPOC), in Abuja, added that the National Assembly recognizes that there is wide spread public distrust of ... read more

  • 24 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Universal Health Coverage A Right, Says Saraki

    Press Release July 24, 2017   Universal Health Coverage A Right, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a right of all Nigerians, irrespective of their stations in life.   Saraki who disclosed this during the launch of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement by his chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, also added that government at all levels must strive ... read more

  • 24 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Constitution Review, Another ‘Promise Kept’, Says Saraki

    Press Release July 24, 2017   Constitution Review, Another ‘Promise Kept’, Says Saraki   As both chambers of the National Assembly begin the clause-by-clause consideration of the proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution on Tuesday, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the process as another ‘Promise Kept’ by the 8th National Assembly.   In a statement by his Media Office, the Senate President described the constitution amendment process as the fulfillment of a major commitment the 8th Senate ... read more

  • 24 Jul 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE LEGISLATIVE NETWORK FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE LEGISLATIVE NETWORK FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE,ON MONDAY 24TH JULY, 2017.   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be here at this occasion for the launching of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This platform is indeed remarkable as it aims to strengthen institutional cooperation to advance legislative activities on health ... read more

  • 23 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Social Media Potent Tool In Checking Excesses In Government, Says Saraki

    Press Release    July 22, 2017   Social Media Potent Tool In Checking Excesses In Government, Says Saraki       The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described social media as a potent tool which put leaders on their toes and help to checkmate excesses in government.   Saraki stated this in his goodwill message at the maiden public lecture titled: “Building Parameters for Trust to Achieve Political and National Growth,” ‎organised by the Penpushing – ... read more

  • 21 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Senate Vows To End LAUTECH Crisis

    Press Release July 21, 2017   Senate Vows To End LAUTECH Crisis   The senate has vowed to bring to an end the crisis bedeviling the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) that led to the closure of the institution for almost two years.   Speaking while receiving a delegation led by the president of LAUTECH Alumni Association, Professor Adewale Sunday, in Abuja, the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, described the continuous closure of the school as ... read more

  • 20 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Senate to Partner Refugee Commission on IDPs, Migrants

    Press Release July 20, 2017   Senate to Partner Refugee Commission on IDPs, Migrants   The Senate has expressed its total commitment to collaborate with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) to ensure effective coordination of intervention efforts geared towards protection, rehabilitation and reintegration of migrants and IDPs in the country.   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, made the remarks when the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants & Internally Displaced Persons, Ms. Sadiya Umar ... read more

  • 19 Jul 2017

    8th Senate Passes Another Anti-Graft Bill —This is a Promise Kept, says Saraki

    8th Senate Passes Another Anti-Graft Bill —This is a Promise Kept, says Saraki   The 8th Senate today, passed the Whistleblower Protection Bill.   The Bill, which seeks to encourage and facilitate the disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies was presented by the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Senator David Umaru, the member representing Niger East in the 8th National Assembly.   Otherwise known as “An Act to Protect Persons Making ... read more

  • 19 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Anti-Corruption: Senate Moves to Strengthen Financial Intelligence Unit

    Press Release July 19, 2017   Anti-Corruption: Senate Moves to Strengthen Financial Intelligence Unit   In-line with its commitment to support the anti-corruption agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, on Wednesday, the Senate resolved to pass a law to establish a substantive and autonomous Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), following the suspension of Nigeria from the EGMONT Group.   The EGMONT Group is a network of 152 Member Countries that share information relating to criminal intelligence and financial ... read more

  • 17 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Smuggling, Greatest Threat To Buhari’s Economic Policy, Says Saraki

    Press Release July 17, 2017   Smuggling, Greatest Threat To Buhari’s Economic Policy, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has identified smuggling of goods into the country as the greatest threat to the realization of the economic policies of the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.   Saraki stated this on Monday while declaring open a public hearing on tackling smuggling in the country organized by the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs at the ... read more

  • 12 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Akande’s Wife, Omowunmi

    Press Release July 12, 2017   Saraki Mourns Akande’s Wife, Omowunmi   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Madam Omowunmi Akande, wife of former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Omawunmi as a good role model who demonstrated compassion, integrity, and character and lived a fruitful life dedicated ... read more

  • 11 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Senate Passes Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill

    Press Release July 11, 2017 Senate Passes Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill   On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill. The Bill, which was sent to the Senate for Concurrence, seeks to establish a law that ensures that victims of gunshot wounds receive necessary treatment from medical workers and assistance from security agencies.   Speaking on the passage of the Bill, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, ... read more

  • 10 Jul 2017

    Press Release: National Assembly, ACBF Sign $1.1m Capacity Project Agreement

    Press Release June 10, 2017   National Assembly, ACBF Sign $1.1m Capacity Project Agreement   The National Assembly and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), have signed a $1.1million project grant agreement for the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) to enhance the legislative capacity of lawmakers in the West African Sub-region and their staff.   The President of the Senate and Chairman of the NILS Governing Council, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who signed on behalf of the National Assembly, ... read more

  • 10 Jul 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE STUDIES (NILS), HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE SIGNING OF PROJECT GRANT AGREEMENT BETWEEN NILS, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND AFRICAN CAPACITY BUILDING FOUNDATION, (ACBF) ON MONDAY 10TH JULY 2017.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE STUDIES (NILS), HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE SIGNING OF PROJECT GRANT AGREEMENT BETWEEN NILS, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND AFRICAN CAPACITY BUILDING FOUNDATION, (ACBF) ON MONDAY 10TH JULY 2017.   Protocol;   1. On behalf of the Governing Council of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), National Assembly, Nigeria, I wish to welcome our esteemed partners from the ... read more

  • 06 Jul 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks ECOWAS Electoral Body On Credible Elections

    Press Release July 6, 2017   Saraki Tasks ECOWAS Electoral Body On Credible Elections   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that elections in the sub-region reflect the genuine wishes of the people at all times.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the charge when the Chairman of the ... read more

  • 03 Jul 2017

    Maitama Sule: Nigeria Has Lost A Nationalist, Says Saraki

    Maitama Sule: Nigeria Has Lost A Nationalist, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has received with deep shock the news of the death of elder statesman, the Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule, and said that with his death, Nigeria has lost a great nationalist.   Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Sule as a detribalized Nigerian who spoke truth to power at all times ... read more

  • 29 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-Governor Danbaba Suntai

    Press Release June 29, 2017   Saraki Mourns Ex-Governor Danbaba Suntai   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sorrow over the death of a former Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, and said he was a man of peace.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the demise of Suntai has robbed the country of a worthy leader and a gentleman.   He commiserated with the ... read more

  • 24 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Eid-el-Fitr: Saraki Canvasses Tolerance, Patriotism, Unity Among Nigerians

    Press Release June 24, 2017 Eid-el-Fitr: Saraki Canvasses Tolerance, Patriotism, Unity Among Nigerians     Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of a month-long Ramadan fast while urging all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peace, patriotism and love for one another as a way of building a strong and united nation.     In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitri ... read more

  • 24 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New Saudi Crown Prince

    Press Release June 24, 2017   Saraki Congratulates New Saudi Crown Prince   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, on his appointment by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as the Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that Mohammad bin Salman’s appointment as the heir apparent ... read more

  • 23 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Unperturbed By FG’s Appeal Against CCT Ruling

    Press Release June 23, 2017 Saraki Unperturbed By FG’s Appeal Against CCT Ruling Following the decision of the Federal Government to file an appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which upheld the plea of no case submission he made on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration preferred against him, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki wishes to reiterate his earlier position that he remains unperturbed by the development. Dr. Saraki is confident that the ... read more

  • 19 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Senate Orders Committee to Start Treating Petitions on Corruption

    Press Release June 19, 2017   Senate Orders Committee to Start Treating Petitions on Corruption   The Senate has expanded the responsibilities of one its Committees to include taking petitions from members of the public on allegations of corrupt practices in any government establishment across the country.   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who stated this in his speech at the 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association – Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) in Lagos, ... read more

  • 18 Jun 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), AT THE 11TH ANNUAL BUSINESS LAW CONFERENCE OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION- SECTION ON BUSINESS LAW

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), AT THE 11TH ANNUAL BUSINESS LAW CONFERENCE OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION- SECTION ON BUSINESS LAW PROTOCOLS   1. It is a great pleasure to be in your midst today. I’d like to take a moment to thank the organizers and also express my sincere gratitude for the invitation extended to me to be with you here today to ... read more

  • 17 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Senate Vows To End Discrimination Against Albinos

    Press Release June 17, 2017   Senate Vows To End Discrimination Against Albinos Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has reiterated the commitment of the Senate to bring to an end all forms of discrimination against people with albinism, known as Albinos.   Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, further promised to provide equal opportunities for the albinos to enable them contribute their quota to national development.   The Senate President gave the ... read more

  • 16 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Capital Market: Senate Receives 3 Bills from SEC

    Press Release June 16, 2017   Capital Market: Senate Receives 3 Bills from SEC   The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), on Thursday, presented three draft bills to the Senate, aimed at enhancing the operations of the capital market and reposition it as a dependable catalyst for economic recovery.   The Director General of SEC, Mounir Gwarzo, said the bills were in response to the challenge thrown to the Commission by the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, during a ... read more

  • 14 Jun 2017

    Statement By Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on The CCT Decision

    Statement By Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on The CCT Decision   Today, June 14, 2017, the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted me on a case of false declaration of assets, which started in September 2015.   You would recall that at the beginning of the trial, I maintained that I will clear my name. The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position. With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our ... read more

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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
  • Press Release December 5, 2017 2018 Budget Passes 2nd Reading ….“Timetable Must be Followed” Says Senate President The 8th Senate has passed the Second Reading of the 2018 Appropriation Bill. The Bill has been forwarded to the Committee on Appropriations and its various sub-committees for further consideration and budget defence by the various ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Speaking on the passage of the Second Reading of the Budget, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola … read more

  • Press Release December 4, 2017 Saraki Commiserates with Omu-Aran People over Passage of Olomu President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bokola Saraki, has expressed his condolences to the people of Omo Aran over the transition of a first class traditional ruler in Kwara State, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the death of the revered royal father has left a great vacuum that … read more

  • Press Release December 3, 2017 Saraki Mourns Late Adesoye President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the demise of Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye, the Asiwaju of Offa. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Adesoye as a worthy son of Kwara State, who used his wealth, knowledge and enterprise for the growth and development of the state and Nigeria in many spheres. “Chief … read more

  • Press Release December 1, 2017 Saraki Felicitates With Muslims At Eid El Maulud President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday congratulated all Muslim faithful on the celebration of Eid El Maulud which is principally to commemorate the birthday of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Saraki, who is the Baba Adinni of Ansar-ul-Islam Worldwide, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, thanked all muslims across the country for their steadfastness and prayers for … read more

  • Press Release November 29, 2017 Senate Seeks Urgent End to Alleged Slave Trade Activities in Libya …It is a ‘Slap in the Face’, Says Saraki The Senate on Wednesday, called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to invite the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria and discuss how to end the ongoing Libyan slave trade which allegedly involves the sale of Africans, some of them of Nigerian descent, as slaves. In a motion titled: “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the … read more