he Senate passed the 3rd and Final Reading of the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities Prohibition) Bill

President of the Senate receiving Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWD)

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE 10TH ABUJA HOUSING SHOW

THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE 10TH ABUJA HOUSING SHOW

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF SENATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE MATRICULATION AND ENDOWMENT OF NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY HELD ON 18 JULY, 2016 AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE SENATE, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX, ABUJA

Senate President with representatives of Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO)

Senate President with representatives of Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO)

Senate President

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
  • 23 Jun 2017

    I congratulate Prince Mohammad bin Salman on his appointment as the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I wish him success!

  • 23 Jun 2017

    The relationship between the National Assembly and the Executive is characterized by cooperation. 185 out of 196 Executive nominees have been cleared. Numbers don't lie.

  • 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

  • 23 Jun 2017

    The relationship between and the Executive is characterized by cooperation.185 out of 196 nominees cl

  • 23 Jun 2017

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

  • 22 Jun 2017

    RT : Watch video of how has headed in the last 2 years By

  • 22 Jun 2017

    The Nigerian Senate's Amendment and INEC Reform Bill will postively impact the lives of Nigerians for many years to come. I explain why in this video.

  • 22 Jun 2017

    Thank You! Together, we will do more to improve quality of life of Nigerians.

  • 22 Jun 2017

    The 's Amendment and INEC Reform Bill will postively impact the lives of Nigerians for yea

  • 22 Jun 2017

    Young Nigerians that are just starting out in life also deserve to have and other financing options to start-up businesses. This is why the Nigerian Senate has passed Bills to make this easier!

  • 22 Jun 2017

    Young Nigerians that are just starting out in life also deserve to have . has passed Bil

  • 21 Jun 2017

    Nigerians that petition are getting their entitlements. I encourage individuals and groups to reach out

  • 21 Jun 2017

    RT : Construction Works commenced on dualization of M/Imodu - Gamma - Amayo road, a project facilitated by

  • 21 Jun 2017

    RT : President of Senate performimg Umrah at the holy Kaaba in Makkah. May Allah accept it as an act of Ibada

  • 21 Jun 2017

    Performing Umrah at the Holy Kaaba in Makkah. May the Almighty answer our supplications and continue to bless our nation.

  • 21 Jun 2017

    Since June 9th, 2015, the Nigerian Senate has treated 72 Public Petitions. Did you know that you can petition your Senator to fight for you?

  • 21 Jun 2017

    Since June 9th, 2015, has treated 72 Public Petitions.Did you know that you can petition your Senator

  • 20 Jun 2017

    RT : Do you agree with that we need to urgently address the use of illicit drugs? cc

  • 20 Jun 2017

    Performing Umrah at the Holy Kaaba in Makkah. May the Almighty answer our supplications and continue to bless our

  • 20 Jun 2017

    RT : 8th Senate Represents the linking hope of electorates, constituents and governance to drive economic bills -

  • 20 Jun 2017

    RT : Rail way bill passed by Senate will allow investors to get into rail business & rejuvenate economy along rail corridors

  • 20 Jun 2017

  • 20 Jun 2017

    RT : Audio representing Lagos East in an interview with on the achievement of #8thSenate in two years

  • 19 Jun 2017

    RT : Watch video of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu addressing issue of Local Government Automy and how it can be

  • 19 Jun 2017

  • 19 Jun 2017

    RT : Deputy Senate President has been in since 2003, watch how he has maintained the partnership with his constituents

  • 19 Jun 2017

  • 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

  • 19 Jun 2017

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

  • 19 Jun 2017

    "I remember calling the NBA to join the legislature into a new partnership in our law making role. I am glad you...

  • 19 Jun 2017

    "I remember calling the NBA to join the legislature into a new partnership in our law making role. I am glad you heeded my call." ~ Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki The President of The Senate - Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 19 Jun 2017

    "There is no way government alone can fund infrastructure financing. The issue of infrastructure financing can...

  • 19 Jun 2017

    "There is no way government alone can fund infrastructure financing. The issue of infrastructure financing can only be addressed by inviting the private sector to come in." ~ Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki The President of The Senate - Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 18 Jun 2017

    This evening, I delivered the Keynote Address at the 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigeria Bar...

  • 18 Jun 2017

    This evening, I delivered the Keynote Address at the 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association. In my remarks, I highlighted that working with the Nigerian Bar Association, the 8th National Assembly has placed a premium on creating the right legal framework for empowering entrepreneurial development, building investor confidence on our economy and renewing our infrastructure base across board. Additionally, in order to directly impact the lives of Nigerians and strengthen the effects of our legislative activities, the 8th Assembly has developed frameworks for collaboration with the private sector, the civil society and the development partners where we can share ideas, engage and consult with one another towards innovative ideas that could help us expand the financing model for our infrastructure development and financing. This is why, working together with the NESG, NBA and the ENABLE DFID Program, the National Assembly is making steady progress towards a methodically legal reformation of the obsolete market laws we have. We have already passed the following laws through this new approach: - The Electronic Transaction Bill 2015; - Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill 2015; - The Credit Reporting Bill; - The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Bill; - The Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency Bill; - The Secure Transactions in Movable Assets Bill; - The Companies and Allied Matters (Act) (CAMA) (Amendment) Bill; and - The Investment and Securities Act (ISA) (Amendment) All these strides are already signaling to the world that Nigeria is ready for business and global competition!

  • 18 Jun 2017

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  • 18 Jun 2017

    RT : The just delivered the Keynote Address at the 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigeria Ba

  • 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

  • 18 Jun 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, ... -

  • 18 Jun 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR...

  • 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 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 speak on this very vital theme “Law and the Changing Face of Legal Practice”. 2. When I was invited by the NBA in 2015, I made the issue of the economy the central theme of my conversation with you. Today, once again, I come back with the same message. I remember calling on the NBA to come join hands with us the legislature into a new partnership to make the Nigerian economy great again. I am glad you heed to the call. Again, this is important because in our view a surviving democracy must be built around citizen’ participation, broad stakeholder engagement, deliberation and transparency. 3. The Nigerian Bar Association remains not just a stakeholder but one of the most critical voice of reason within our body polity. This is why we at the Senate have continued to seek out and engage you for advice and consultations on national issues. The role the NBA plays in shaping public perception and the opportunity it offers as a vehicle for promoting good governance have continued to grow. This is why when we opened up consultations and engagement with the private sector and the wider civil society on our legislative agenda which has been anchored on the economy, the NBA was one of our first port of call. 4. I remember the promise I made to you then in 2015 shortly after we took office, where I pledged that we will run a much more transparent National Assembly ready to protect our common wealth through effective lawmaking, oversight and representation. I called the NBA to partnership in our lawmaking role. I charged the NBA to come up with ideas on laws that would help us reform the economy and deepen our democracy. today, in partial fulfilment of that promise and the desire to deepen the democratic ethos of the National Assembly the 8th National Assembly is breaking down barriers to engagement and public scrutiny. 5. We have as a matter of deliberate policy put the daily plenary on the worldwide web for all to see and gain first-hand knowledge about the inner workings of the Assembly. We have for the first time in the history of the National Assembly uploaded our line by line budget to the public, subjecting our finances to greater openness. As part of this Open Nass initiative, the 8th National Assembly is today the first National Assembly to hold a joint public hearing on the budget as part of the budget approval process. Also, we are the first Assembly to deliberate and consider the full detail of the budget on the floor before passage. We are without a doubt the most civil society engaging National Assembly in the history of the consideration and approval of the federal budget. All of these we have embarked on to further strengthen and encourage the continuous interaction and mobilisation of our people towards building a more virile people’s parliament. 6. We have continued to expand and push the bar of engagement ever farther. Today, the NBA-SBL and other private sector groups and the civil society are participating in the law-making process as we work through our economic priority bills by providing and engaging with relevant committees on technical advisory and support. This is another area where we have found very robust engagement and involvement with our private citizens. Aside the added advantage of enhancing the quality of the bills we pass, I am a firm believer that the laws coming out of the parliament must be owned by the people for it to have the value to change lives. Because law is a tool for social and economic re-engineering. Let me therefore use this opportunity to thank all of you in the NBA-SBL and the wider civil society that have so far participated in this process and offered us their expertise. The National Assembly is grateful for all your effort at ensuring that we build a new Nigerian economy. I hope that our timeous passage of the bills you have been involved with has encouraged you that we mean business and we are dedicated for more. For those who have not keyed into this lofty initiative, we extend our invitation. 7. The National Assembly is leading a new role to use legislative intervention as a mechanism for achieving economic reform. While the National Assembly has pursued economic reforms in the past, much of it had not been anchored on a solid legislative reform of the obsolete laws that guide economic exchanges. This has been the missing gap to sustaining meaningfully the economic policies of the past including the vision 2010, 20- 2020. 8. The current 8th National Assembly has placed premium on creating the right legal framework for empowering entrepreneurial development, building investor confidence on our economy and renewing our infrastructure base across board. On infrastructure alone, experts, including the minister of Budget and Planning that Nigeria will need about $3.05 trillion in the next 30 years in order to implement the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, NIIMP. With the state of the revenue basket, it is clear that unless we are able to expand the financing base to incorporate other sources of funding and mobilisation we may not be able to meet our infrastructure target and reduce our deficit. Otherwise, health, education, water sanitation, security and other essential public services will continue to suffer. 9. This is why today, we have a framework for collaboration with the private sector, the civil society and the development partners where we can share ideas, engage and consult with one another towards innovative ideas that could help us expand the financing model for our infrastructure development and financing. I am here to say that I am proud that the NBA is a major player in this framework and that we are making tremendous progress so far. 10. The state of the Nigerian Economy as we met it is worrisome. With an estimated $900b infrastructure deficit, crude oil price falling down to $50-40 from a high of over $140. With a production level still hovering around 2m barrels and a Niger Delta region that remained fragile we had an economic scenario that was challenging. This is further exacerbated by the fact that in the mist of all of these, we had a none oil revenue base of less than 5% and oil was still accounting for over 40% of the federal revenue base. It is within this scenario that we are to create more jobs and stop people losing their jobs. 11. When we came on board we were confronted with the daunting task of creating jobs in an economy with over 13% unemployment. This administration was immediately faced with closing the infrastructure deficit gap of over $350b in an era of sharply dwindling revenue and high rate of divestment. We were confronted also with the need to stop restiveness, secure our peoples welfare, provide more opportunity for our youths on the street and raise their standard of living. This we had to do within the context of the shrinking economy struggling to meet with its recurrent obligations that we inherited. The only option was for government to keep borrowing which is unsustainable with very high negative repercussions on upcoming generations. As a forward-thinking legislature, we knew that we had to do something to ameliorate the challenge. 12. It was on this background that the Senate then decided to frame for herself a legislative agenda with the overarching objective to use legal reform as an enabler for modernizing the Nigerian economy for greater competitiveness and attractiveness for investment. Today, working together with the NESG, NBA and the ENABLE DFID Program and other partners under NASSBER. I am happy to report that the National Assembly is making steady progress towards a methodically legal reformation of the obsolete market laws we have. This is already signalling to the world that Nigeria is ready for business and global competition. Our policy drive is simple; to create jobs and enable SMEs for growth. The focus has significantly been on infrastructure mobilisation, access to capital and credit and the reduction in the cost of doing business to encourage investment. 13. By the end of the second session of the 8th Assembly, we have successfully passed the following bills aimed at creating a modern Nigerian business environment including; The Electronic Transaction bill 2015, Bankruptcy and Insolvency bill 2015, the Credit Reporting Bill, The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Bill, the Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency Bill and the Secure Transactions in Movable Assets Bill. The Companies and Allied Matters (Act) (CAMA) (Amendment) Bill and the Investment and Securities Act (ISA) (Amendment) Bill are today undergoing committee consideration. It is expected that with the passage of these bills together with others we will have a new Nigeria business regulatory environment that is pro innovation and business growth. 14. On infrastructure, we have put together 6 important infrastructure reform bills to help revamp our infrastructure. These include The Nigerian Railway Bill, The Nigerian Ports & Harbour Bill, The National Road Funds Bill, the National Transport Commission Bill, the National Inland Waterways Bill and the Federal Roads Bill. These laws draw from the experiences of other countries with similar demographics with Nigeria. Leaning heavily on enabling the participation of the private sector in the construction and maintenance of roads, railways and ports as well as their operations. The net effect will be more investment in the country, reduced pressure on the forex market and public funds will be channeled towards more governance oriented public services. 15. To put into context the economic implication of what we have done, two of our laws have been identified by World Bank to move Nigeria 40 points ahead in its indicators on ease of doing business, the Credit Bureau Systems Bill and the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Bill. In addition to reducing the cost of doing business, these two bills and the Warehouse Receipts bill will create new capital mobilisation scheme for SMEs while also reducing the potential for non-performing loans. 16. Ladies and gentlemen, the Nigerian citizen is remarked worldwide for his industry. we have seen many advancement that Nigerians across the globe are achieving both in the field of innovation and technology and also in the most difficult areas of human endeavour. We therefore see no reason that the Nigerian petroleum industry is yet become a player in the global oil industry. But the reason is simple, the law on which the industry relies, is no longer an enabler of for efficiency, innovation and development. It has rather become very obsolete and incapable of solving the current problems facing the industry. 17. Today, after 17 years of trying the Senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill the first of the two tranches of bills to reform the petroleum industry for competitiveness and efficiency. The implication of this bill is that will see a total reformation of the NNPC and the creation of a new and efficient Nigerian Oil Company. The derivable efficiency will stop in its track the level of corruption being associated with the NNPC today, it will free up more monies for governance and development that would impact positively on the people and give us a chance to play in the global oil market like other oil producing countries with their national oil companies. 18. One other major legislative intervention that the 8th Senate has pursued to date has been the review of the Public Procurement Act. The reason for this amendment is simple. We cannot be seeking the development of the economy without taken very positive policy action on the issue of patronizing those who have invested in our dear country. The Senate has made this a major plank of its legislative policy. The intended amendment is intended to compel government to patronize made in Nigeria goods, especially where these are very simple with adequate local capacity. 19. The goal here is to ensure that a substantial percentage of the N2.5 trillion set aside for capital expenditure in the budget is retained in the local economy and put in the pockets of our people. That is one of the ways to achieve wealth creation, create jobs, increase the GDP, encourage local industries to grow and stimulate increased productivity among our people. It is also our creative way of creating mass employment. We are drawing inspiration from other developed economies that had done the same thing. US did the same thing around 1922 with the Buy America policy promoted by the Herbert Hoover administration. China, South Africa and other countries also have similar laws. 20. In agriculture, we have target access to finance and policy stability as the key intervention areas. Here, the National Assembly has passed the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (Act) (Amendment) Bill 2016. The objective being to increase the band of the scheme and reduce bureaucratic bottlenecks hindering access to agriculture financing. We are at the moment working on a bill to ensure policy stability in this critical area of our economy. If there is anything we have learnt over the years about investment in the agriculture sector, it is that policy somersaults have made investment unattractive in this potentially rich sector of our economy. We are also pursuing monetary policy interventions with the CBN to reduce the cost of foreign exchange. We have just recently also met on the issue of the interest rate regime- a very sensitive and complex area but for which we think we must again creatively and deliberately look at to further bring down the cost of doing business in Nigeria. 21. On power, we are working closely with the Executive and key stakeholders to revitalize the power sector. The intervention here is multi-pronged at the policy levels and on the legislative side, we are working to empower mini-grids. I see light already at the end of the tunnel. 22. We have in the last month passed a new Customs & Excise Bill. The implication of this law for those familiar with the sector is huge. We believe that the law will bring significant stability, certainty, public participation and reduce too much discretion in the management of tariffs on goods. This is one highlight out of many that will affect doing business in Nigeria positively in the new custom regime that would follow when this bill is signed into law. 23. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, these are all watershed legislative interventions in their own right and represents what is possible when we work together dedicated to one vision. The cost implications are huge for doing business in Nigeria as you can now in the comfort of your couches and bedrooms get into and complete contracts both public and private electronically saving transport fairs, time spent, cost of papers and printing and storage by simply going electronic without fear over legitimacy and effectiveness. Our farmers and other small businesses, will now be able to use their warehouse receipts to get loans and advances and owning a land will no longer be the only means of securing credit. 24. Our Vision going forward is that with the capital outlay and regulation it is expected that Nigeria will create 7.5 million jobs in the next 5 years owing solely to their infrastructure reforms. 25. To ensure a sound economy, our legal regime must be equally sound and provide an assuring platform for investors, entrepreneurs and businesses. 26. Gentlemen of the Bar, it is upon you who work with these legal instruments and on whom the business community and the courts will rely on providing the right advisory that will see to the realisation of the full potential of these laws when signed into law. As you deliberate on your conference theme, it will be good to see the NBA develop new legal culture that will help promote these new laws for effectiveness. We will like to see new tools for better commercial contract development and enforcement, conflict management, private property protection and judicial protection and security of enterprise. 27. This is why our next steps in this ongoing reform will focus on investment securities and the enhancement of rights. Here, we will be working to modernise our intellectual property regime including copyrights, patents and designs and other systems that will help us ensure the safety of investors innovation, unique works and ensure that sharing and distribution of Nollywood movies and our people’s music products are done within the law and in such manner that enables them derive the benefits of their ingenuity. May I once again, urge the NBA-SBL to actively engage with us as we work through these issues to provide cutting edge and comprehensive legislative review on these issues and many more as we enter into the 3rd session of the 8th National Assembly. 28. On the issue of corruption, while we have continued to pursue this issue using our oversight scheme, and for which there has been remarkable success, we however, think that unless we innovate and apply smart technology we will not go too far. The 8th Senate is expanding its anti-corruption policy by empowering its committee to now receive corruption petitions. The National Assembly is also taken another look at the issue of expansive discretionary powers under our laws that may be contributing to make corruption fester. We would therefore want you to ponder on this and work with us to use law amendments and new legislative proposals to narrow corruption opportunities to the barest minimum. 29. Corruption is one area of our national life we cannot afford to play politics with. on the prosecution of cases, it is clear that there is a whole lot of more work to be done to ensure we succeed against corruption. The trend today with the cases we have seen play out indicates that a lot more work needs to be done to guarantee better outcomes. From the prosecution culture to capacity there is a need for thorough investigations to take precedence over media sensations. There may be need for better trainings and strategy building. Let me once again charge you as lawyers to help come up with your ideas on what legislative path we can take to help us close the gap. 30. I will not end this speech without referencing once again the critical role the NBA played in the outcome of the 2015 General Election and the need to ensure that we continue to improve upon what we have already achieved. It is for this reason, that the Senate recently passed the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill to further empower INEC as a neutral umpire and through technological adaptation reduce the corrupting human interface in the process to the barest minimum. It is our hope that this bill will soon be signed into law once it achieves concurrence in the House of Representatives. 31. It is our hope that since we have adopted these level of direct engagement with you, which has borne so much fruit so far, I hope then that our close and constructive relationship will continue to blossom and we will continue to gain from your insight and your observance of the spirit of these laws in the course of your legal work for the overall benefit of growing the Nigerian economy into a well-rounded and modern economy able to meet with the expectations and aspirations of the Nigeria of the 21st Century. 32. Let me therefore congratulate all lawyers and renew my call for us work even more closer to bring about an even better future for Nigeria. I wish you successful conference. God Bless Nigeria. Thank you.

  • 18 Jun 2017

    Just arrived at 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association. The theme: Law and The Changing Face of Legal Practice

  • 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

  • 17 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Senate Vows To End Discrimination Against Albinos -

  • 16 Jun 2017

    Earlier today at the Jummat prayers at Central Mosque, Abuja.May the Almighty continue to answer all our prayers.

  • 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

  • 16 Jun 2017

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

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : This afternoon, I met with The Albino Foundation, led by Dr. Douglas Anele to discuss the discrimination and...

  • 15 Jun 2017

    This afternoon, I met with The Albino Foundation, led by Dr. Douglas Anele to discuss the discrimination and...

  • 15 Jun 2017

    This afternoon, I met with The Albino Foundation, led by Dr. Douglas Anele to discuss the discrimination and stigmatization of albinos across the country. The meeting was aimed at discussing how the Senate can partner with albinos and other vulnerable groups to curb and limit their marginalization in Nigeria. I assured the members of the Foundation that this Senate will always defend the rights of albinos and other vulnerable groups. “You are not alone. You will never be!” Moving forward, we will work to ensure that albinos have the necessary empowerment opportunities, access to education and healthcare services that they need to live productive lives. Additionally, once we receive the Bill on the Rights of Albinos that is currently in the House of Representatives, we will act on it immediately in the Senate! -ABS

  • 15 Jun 2017

    We all need to do more to end discrimination, stigmatization and marginalization of vulnerable groups!

  • 15 Jun 2017

    All in all, today's meeting with Dr. Douglas Anele and The Albino Foundation was quite engaging!

  • 15 Jun 2017

    Once we receive the Bill on the Rights of Albinos that is currently in the , we will act on it immediately

  • 15 Jun 2017

    The will work to ensure that albinos have the necessary empowerment opportunities, education and health

  • 15 Jun 2017

    This will always defend the rights of albinos and other vulnerable groups. You are not alone. You will n

  • 15 Jun 2017

  • 15 Jun 2017

    I just met with The Albino Foundation to discuss the discrimination and marginalization that albinos across Nigeria

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : The Second Reading of the at today demonstrates the political will and momentum of both Houses to reform the

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : I thank the Almighty Allah, the ultimate Judge and the repository of all powers. He alone has brought about this victory.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : Our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : You would recall that at the beginning of the trial, I maintained that I will clear my name.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    RT : Today, the Code of Conduct Tribunal discharged and acquitted me on a case of false declaration of assets, which started i

  • 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

  • 14 Jun 2017

    Vindication on Corruption Charges: My Statement on Acquittal On All 18 Count Charge of False Asset Declaration - Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki 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 courts and our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice. I thank the Almighty Allah, the ultimate Judge and the repository of all powers. He alone has brought about this victory. I am immensely grateful to all my colleagues in the National Assembly for their abiding support. All through my trial, they demonstrated their strong conviction about the choice we all decided to make two years ago. I thank members of my family for their unflinching support. I thank all friends and supporters back home in Kwara State and across the length and breadth of our country for their prayers and their sacrifices. My gratitude also goes to all members of my legal team for their tireless efforts to ensure the cause of justice is served. After undergoing the crucible of a tortuous trial, my vindication today calls for celebration. It is my belief however that if there should be any celebration at all, it should be a celebration of the hopes that this judgment gives us as citizens that despite all the challenges that we face as a country, we are well on our way to building a country where the innocent needs not be afraid. I therefore urge all my supporters to refrain from any unbridled triumphalism. The challenges that our country faces today are enormous and do not allow for wanton celebration. Instead, we should all reflect on the significance of this moment and what it meant for our democracy. On a personal note, I harbour no grudge against anyone, regardless of the role they might have played in the persecution that I had endured in the last two years. I believe that If my trial had in anyway given hope to the common man that no matter the forces arraigned against him, he can still get justice in our courts, then my tribulation had not been in vain. Once again, I thank my colleagues in the 8th Senate for standing firm. Regardless of the distraction of my trial, we have achieved more as legislators than the previous Senates. Now that this distraction is over, we can even achieve so much more. We must now proceed from here with greater vigour to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians and show that this 8th Senate can indeed play a central role in improving the quality of lives of our people. Lastly, I thank all the gentlemen of the press for your abiding interest in this case, which I believe had contributed in no small measure in ensuring that truth and reason ultimately prevailed. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON President of the Senate

  • 13 Jun 2017

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE STAKEHOLDERS ROUNDTABLE TO ADDRESS INCREASING INTEREST RATES IN NIGERIA.

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE STAKEHOLDERS ROUNDTABLE TO ADDRESS INCREASING INTEREST RATES IN NIGERIA. TODAY TUESDAY THE 13TH JUNE 2017, 2PM AT THE SENATE CONFERENCE RM 022, SENATE NEW BUILDING.   Protocol:   1. It is a pleasure to be here with you today to discuss this very important national issue – our rising interest rate regime.   2. I am especially gladdened ... read more

  • 13 Jun 2017

    I am meeting with stakeholders at a Roundtable on Interest Rates in Nigeria. Please send in your questions or comments.

  • 13 Jun 2017

    Just arrived at The Roundtable of Banking, insurance & other financial institutions on

  • 12 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Senate Will Partner ILO To Combat Child Labour, Says Saraki

    Press Release June 12, 2017   Senate Will Partner ILO To Combat Child Labour, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the commitment of the 8th Senate to work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to eliminate all forms of Child Labour in the country.   Saraki, who spoke in Abuja, when the Country Director of the ILO, Dennis Zulu, visited him as part of activities to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, reassured the ... read more

  • 12 Jun 2017

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY , HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL MATTERS

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY , HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL MATTERS ON FOUR BILLS ON MONDAY 12TH JUNE 2017. PROTOCOL; It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. Today’s Public Hearing is significant for certain reasons one ... read more

  • 12 Jun 2017

    VIDEO: MIDTERM REPORT OF #8SENATEAT2 On Friday 9th of June 2017, Eight Senate celebrated two years by sharing our mid term report. In this interview, i answered questions on issues that distinguishes the present Nigerian Senate from previous Senates. Enjoy!

  • 11 Jun 2017

    Press Release June 11, 2017 Saraki: 10.5m Out-Of-School Children A Ticking Time Bomb

    Press Release June 11, 2017   Saraki: 10.5m Out-Of-School Children A Ticking Time Bomb   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the statistics that over 10million children in the country were out of school as not only alarming but a ticking time bomb. He also expressed the readiness of the National Assembly to partner with stakeholders like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to drastically reduce the numbers.   Addressing a UNICEF delegation, led by its Country Representative, ... read more

  • 10 Jun 2017

    Today, I was in Ibadan to attend Chief Bisi Akande's daughters wedding. Wuraola to Olawale Sholabi. I also had the pleasure of taking a selfie with Opeyemi Ilori, Baba Akande's granddaughter.

  • 10 Jun 2017

    Ina lilah wa ina ilayhi raji'oon Today, I attended the 8 Days Fidau Prayer of Senator Obanikoro's late mother, Alhaja Wosilat Ejide Obanikoro. May Allah grant her Al jannah Firdaus

  • 10 Jun 2017

    Press Release: KCOBA Seeks Senate’s Intervention to Save Unity Colleges

    Press Release  June 10, 2017   KCOBA Seeks Senate’s Intervention to Save Unity Colleges   The national leadership of the King’s College Old Boys’ Association (KCOBA) has called on the Senate to urgently cause its Committee on Education to investigate and review the current management model for Federal Unity Colleges in the country in order to save them from total collapse.   The National Secretary of KCOBA, Mr. Lucky Idike, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to ... read more

  • 09 Jun 2017

    REMARKS BY H.E. (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH SENATE TODAY JUNE 9TH 2017.

    REMARKS BY H.E. (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH SENATE TODAY JUNE 9TH 2017.   PROTOCOL     1. Distinguished colleagues, our invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am immensely pleased to welcome you to this special session on the second anniversary of the 8th Senate. Let me begin by thanking all of you my wonderful colleagues for the exemplary and unflinching support you have ... read more

  • 09 Jun 2017

    #8SenateAt2 MidTerm Report of Eight Senate At Two BILLS PASSED BILLS PASSED BY EACH SENATE AT 2ND YEAR MARK 5TH SENATE: 65 6TH SENATE: 23 7TH SENATE: 28 8TH SENATE: 95 BILLS PASSED BY EACH SENATE AT 4TH YEAR MARK 5TH SENATE: 129 6TH SENATE: 72 7TH SENATE: 128 8TH SENATE: YET TO REACH THE MARK PETITIONS CLEARED PETITIONS CLEARED BY EACH SENATE AT 4TH YEAR MARK 5TH SENATE: UNKNOWN 6TH SENATE: 6 7TH SENATE: 6 PETITIONS CLEARED BY EACH SENATE AT 2ND YEAR MARK 8TH SENATE: 72 Interventions and Promises Kept by the Senate Senate initiated the first-ever National Assembly Joint Public Hearing on the budget. 3-day Public Hearing was to give the public, CSOs and stakeholders like labour organizations an opportunity to weigh-in on the 2017 appropriations bill. Senate intervened in the Abuja Airport Closure. Stated that it would affect businesses operating in the capital. Pushed for alternatives to the closure of the Abuja airport. Senate investigation exposed abuse of import duty waivers on rice: the senate in a motion mandated its ad-hoc committee to investigate the removal of import waivers on rice. Senate intervention led to review of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN policy to enable small business owner’s access to Forex. Detection of the fraudulent activities involved in the implementation of TSA and resolutions to bring such act to a halt saving Nigeria N20 billion from the implementation of the TSA policy. Senate's mandated Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC to immediately abolish fixed charges on electricity consumption, and bulk marketing of villages and communities. Motion by the Nigerian Senate on International Women’s Day 2016 on Gender Equality: This motion decried the rate of marginalization of Women and sought fair treatment for women in Nigeria. The Senate has set up a Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance to hold Senators and Senate Committees accountable to their deadlines, mandates, etc. In September 2016, the Senate established an 8-man Ad Hoc Committee on North East charged with ascertaining the total amount of funds that have been released to the Presidential Initiative on the North East and probing spending by the Federal Government on the humanitarian crisis in the North-east. This Committee indicted the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for misappropriating funds upwards of N200million. In March 2016, the Senate allocated of N10bn to IDPs in the northeast in recognition of the dire situation. Senate, in a motion mandated Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC to immediately abolish fixed charges on electricity consumption, and bulk marketing of villages and communities. Senate, in a motion, halted the swift intervention on the proposed hike in prices of data plan by the Nigerian Communications Commission. Senate has moved to investigate the Revenue Generating Agencies over alleged Leakages, Non Remittance and Misuse of Generated Revenue. Senate passes motion to investigate the non-remittance of over $3.4bn in revenue by the NNPC. The Senate constituted an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the fraud and anomalies uncovered by the 2013 audit report of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI. This report revealed that Nigeria lost over $9 billion in stolen, unremitted oil money in 2013. The Nigerian Senate exposed how South African telecom giant, MTN, laundered billions of dollars ($12 billion) over a number of years from Nigeria and, failing to pay necessary tax in the country. The Senate promised pharmaceutical manufacturers that it would intervene in the issue of additional tariffs charged on top of the CET for raw materials that are needed to produce drugs and vaccines. This promise was kept. The Senate President promised to set up a technical committee to produce a report on the enabling laws that are needed to make sure that our pharmaceutical industry can meet the demands of the entire country. This promise has been kept. The Senate promised to intervene in the issue of the death of 3 Queens College students. The Senate President promised that the Senate would set up a Stakeholder Summit to look into comprehensive education reform in the country; ensure that additional funds were included for Queens College’s infrastructural challenges in the 2017 Appropriation Bill. The second part of this promise has been kept. In 2015, the Senate President promised to pass comprehensive electoral reform laws before the election season starts. This promise was actualized in April 2017. Senate promised to release the budget of the National Assembly as part of . Fulfilled this promise on the 11th of May, 2017. To make the budget process more transparent, for the first time since 1999, the Senate laid the budget and its details on the floor of the plenary. PROMISES BY SARAKI 1. Saraki promised legislative aides and members of the 7th National Assembly that the payment of their severance allowance will soon commence. - Promise Kept 2. Saraki promised to make the breakdown of the National Assembly budget public. - Promise Kept 3. Saraki promised the proper implementation of the 2016 budget. (When PMB gave address at NASS). - Promise Kept 4. Saraki promised the early passage of the 2017 budget. ?? 5. Saraki promised to include funds for the passage of the NILSpermanent site. (At NILS permanent site). - Promise Kept. 6. Saraki promised to advocate for increased patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods as a show of patriotism, and to help encourage the country’s Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). (At Made in Aba Trade Fair). - Promise Kept 7. Saraki promised to champion a change in the Procurement Act of Nigeria, to give locally manufactured goods first option in the government procurement process. (At Made in Aba Trade Fair) - Promise Kept 8. Saraki promised online publishers that the Senate has no intention to pass any legislation to control or gag the press. (Meeting with online publishers). Promise Kept 9. Saraki promised the Center for Citizens with Disabilities that the Senate would work on examining ways to strengthen our laws for people with disabilities. (Meeting with CCD). - Promise Kept 10. Saraki promised that the Senate would use its supervisory role to plug the leakages of revenue in the country. (Meeting with US Ambassador).- Promise Kept 11. Saraki promised that the 8th Senate will break the PIB jinx. (Meeting with top management of Shell Petroleum Development Company). - Promise Kept (PIB is at 3rd Reading Stage in the Senate) 12. Saraki promised that the 8th Senate would implement the recommendations of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER). (@NASSBER). - Promise Kept 13. Saraki promised that the Senate will be committed to Women Empowerment. — Promise Kept (GEO Bill is at Committee/Public Hearing Stage) 15. Saraki promised that the Senate will work towards the eradication of child labour. ?? 17. Saraki promised that the issue of malnutrition in the north east will be discussed and a lasting solution to be proffered. Promise Kept (NEDC Bill has scaled through both Houses) 18. Saraki promised to support Buhari in the fight against corruption. (Promise Kept — 3 Executive Bills at Committee Stage in the Senate) 11 KEY BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE 1 Customs Service Management Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) (Passed June 2017) As a key percentage of our revenue, it is important that the management of our nations customs and excise systems are run in-line with international best practices. This Bill provides: • Penalties for violation of customs and excise laws: The proposed Bill significantly increases penalties for violations. It is argued that stiff penalties for infractions would help enforce compliance by traders. • Alignment with global best practice: The proposed Bill adopts global best practices on trade facilitation, trader reviews and dispute resolution.helo customs block leakages and generate revenue for the government and it can open and create more employment. • Reform: It seeks to reform the administration and management of Nigeria’s current customs and excise regime. The Bill also establishes the Nigerian Customs Service and repeals the Customs and Excise Management Act of 1979 and other related legislation. • Transparency & Accountability: In the past, excise duties were fixed without reference to the National Assembly. Now, all such changes will be backed by law, because a legislative framework that entrenches transparency and efficiency in our customs operations will be established. 2 Ports & Harbours Reforms Bill (Passed April 2017) • The protection of the rights and interests of port service providers and commercial port users within Nigeria • Makes the ports more professional, creating more access to ease with which doing business, employment • Facilitating the sustainable growth of trade through Nigeria’s ports. • In collaboration with other agencies, ensuring that Nigeria’s ports are effectively integrated with other systems of infrastructure within and outside the ports 3 Secured Transactions in Moveable Assets (Passed May 2017) • It creates a new ‘specie’ of capital that can now be used in our financial system • Everyday Nigerians can now use invoices and receipts for loans and for creating working capital • The market woman can go to the registry and convert her receipts into loans or capital • Formalisation of transactions become more important • More accessibility to loans that will encourage the informal sector to come into the formal sector-- because more people will now be engaged in start ups 4 Credit Bureau Services Bill (Passed May 2017) • This Bill will help to reduce the risk of lending or engaging in business with individuals or companies with a financial history of ;not paying back. • A credit reporting scheme reduces the risk of lending for everybody and reduces the potential for all the non performing loans. • It is a fundamental behaviour changing bill. For employers it cuts down the risk of employing people with questionable financial histories, while for banks and people that lend others money, it helps to show the pay-back record of the ‘borrower’ • The implication in changing our corporate behaviour are profound. 5 Petroleum Industry Governance Bill SB237 (Passed May 2017) · The Bill aims to introduce new operational and fiscal terms for the management of the revenue that is accrued from the sector. · The Bill will allow the Nigerian government to retain a higher proportion of the revenue that is derived from oil industry operations. Additionally… · The Bill will to revise, update and consolidate existing petroleum legislation in Nigeria; · The Bill will create a conducive business environment for petroleum operations and other SMEs. · The Bill will enhance the exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources for the benefit of Nigerians; · The Bill will provide for the inclusion of more local content in the petroleum industry. · The Bill will also optimize domestic gas supplies particularly for power generation and industrial development. I.e. cheaper cost of petroleum products. · The Bill establishes a progressive fiscal framework that encourages further investment in the petroleum industry while optimizing · The Bill will unbundle and restructure the NNPC as well as remove the constraints of government funding and barriers to the entry of new players under a new set of rules that is clear and transparent to all parties · The Bill will deregulate and liberalize the downstream petroleum sector; creating efficient and effective regulatory agencies · The Bill will promote openness and transparency in the industry; and encourage the development of Nigerian content. · The Bill will make Nigeria’s oil industry one of the most transparent and accountable in the world – if properly enforced. 6 Public Procurement Amendment Act: (The Made in Nigeria Amendment) (Passed June 2016) • Makes provision for local content. • Make MDAs give first refusal to indigenous firms and businesses in their procurement process. • Makes MDAs to involve local entrepreneurs, any good or service that is ‘Made in Nigeria’ must be given first priority 7 Nigerian Railway Corporation Act, 1955 N129 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2015 • Brings the private sector in the running of the railways and in terms of concessioning private companies can now own trams etc. • With the participation of the private sector in the railway system, the cost of traveling from one part of the country to another decreases because of competition in the system. • Now, more Nigerian business owners will be able to move more goods and services across the country easily. 8 Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill (Passed May 2017) • This an Executive Bill. • It establishes formalized relations between Nigeria and foreign countries when it comes to criminal cases eg. looted funds. • It aids the anti-corruption fight, so we easily get repatriated funds. • This Bill will also go a long way in bringing confidence to foreign investors in Nigeria, because they will know that there are international formalized channels of getting their funds back if they are ever stolen. More investor confidence translates into more investment in the country, and more jobs. 9. Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill (July 2016) • Nigeria has over 20 million people living with disabilities • This Bill ensures that people living with disabilities are protected from discrimination of all forms (workplace; infrastructure access; healthcare; education etc.) • Establishes a clause that there must be 5% of people living with disabilities employed in government public organizations. 10. Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Bill (Passed October 2016) Over recent years, sexual harassment in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions has reached epidemic proportions with female students routinely failed for declining favours from male lecturers. • Provides for a five-year jail term for a lecturer convicted for sexually harassing male or female students. • Makes provisions for lecturers and educators who may be falsely accused by their students to initiate processes by which students could be punished for false accusation. • This law abolishes the consent defence claim by sexual assault and rape suspects, as currently contained in Nigeria’s criminal and penal codes. This means that any educator shall be guilty of committing an offence of sexual harassment against a student, if he or she has sexual intercourse with a student who is less than 18 years of age, an imbecile or of generally low mental capacity or blind or deaf or otherwise physically challenged. • This law also categorises it as an offence when lecturers or teachers have sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student as a condition to giving a grade or the granting of honours and scholarships, or the payment of stipend, allowance or other benefits, privileges or considerations. • The Bill also stipulates that ‘Educators’ will be guilty of committing an offence of sexual harassment against a student if he or she solicits sex from or makes sexual advances towards a student when the sexual solicitation or sexual advances result in an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for the student 11. North East Development Commission Bill (Establishment, etc.) Act Bill 2016 • This Bill establishes a commission that is tasked with the responsibility of rebuilding and rehabilitating the North East. • The Commission will be partly funded by 3 per cent of VAT (Value Added Taxes) that accrue to the FG over a period of 10 years • The Bill provides that the commission should be located in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital • The Bill is aimed at rebuilding the North East, so that Nigeria’s over 2 million IDPS can be resettled back in their homes PROMISES BY SARAKI 1. Saraki promised legislative aides and members of the 7th National Assembly that the payment of their severance allowance will soon commence. - Promise Kept 2. Saraki promised to make the breakdown of the National Assembly budget public. - Promise Kept 3. Saraki promised the proper implementation of the 2016 budget. (When PMB gave address at NASS). - Promise Kept 4. Saraki promised to include funds for the passage of the NILSpermanent site. (At NILS permanent site). - Promise Kept. 5. Saraki promised to advocate for increased patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods as a show of patriotism, and to help encourage the country’s Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). (At Made in Aba Trade Fair). - Promise Kept 6. Saraki promised to champion a change in the Procurement Act of Nigeria, to give locally manufactured goods first option in the government procurement process. (At Made in Aba Trade Fair) - Promise Kept 7. Saraki promised online publishers that the Senate has no intention to pass any legislation to control or gag the press. (Meeting with online publishers). Promise Kept 8. Saraki promised the Center for Citizens with Disabilities that the Senate would work on examining ways to strengthen our laws for people with disabilities. (Meeting with CCD). - Promise Kept 9. Saraki promised that the Senate would use its supervisory role to plug the leakages of revenue in the country. (Meeting with US Ambassador).- Promise Kept 10. Saraki promised that the 8th Senate will break the PIB jinx. (Meeting with top management of Shell Petroleum Development Company). - Promise Kept (PIB is at 3rd Reading Stage in the Senate) 11. Saraki promised that the 8th Senate would implement the recommendations of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER). (@NASSBER). - Promise Kept 13. Saraki promised that the Senate will be committed to Women Empowerment. — Promise Kept (GEO Bill is at Committee/Public Hearing Stage) 14. Saraki promised that the Senate will work towards the eradication of child labour. ?? 15. Saraki promised that the issue of malnutrition in the north east will be discussed and a lasting solution to be proffered. Promise Kept (NEDC Bill has scaled through both Houses) 16. Saraki promised to support Buhari in the fight against corruption. (Promise Kept — 3 Executive Bills at Committ[truncated b

  • 09 Jun 2017

    Over the last two years, with your support, the 8th Senate has come a long way. We will continue to do more. Celebrating the #8thSenateAt2. (#8SenateAt2)

  • 09 Jun 2017

    Over the last two years, with your support, the 8th Senate has come a long way. We will continue to do more. Celebrating the #8thSenateAt2. (#8SenateAt2)

  • 08 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Senate Moves To Combat Unfair Business Practices, Promote Competition.

    Press Release June 8, 2017   Senate Moves To Combat Unfair Business Practices, Promote Competition    …Passes Federal Competition and Consumer Protection  Commission Acts   With the passage of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act, the Senate has moved the country one step closer to establishing a legal framework to combat unfair business practices, promote competition and protect the rights of consumers.   The Consumer Protection Commission Act, according to a statement by the Media Office the Senate ... read more

  • 08 Jun 2017

    Yesterday, I met with UNICEF Nigeria’s Country Representative, Mr. Mohammed Fall, to discuss the alarming number of children that are out of school in Nigeria. At 10.5 million, Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children in the world. This number represents approximately 20% of the worlds population of children that are not in school. This is unacceptable! Having 10 million children out of school is literally a ticking time bomb for our nation. If proper action is not taken, an uneducated population can remain locked in a cycle of poverty for their entire lives. Additionally, these children could constitute the next generation of suicide bombers and militants. In this regard, we must continue to see education is a national security priority. Moving forward, we will be working with organizations like UNICEF, through their enrollment campaign to ensure that more of our children are in school. Additionally, the Senate will remain committed to doing all it can to address this matter through funding and material resources.

  • 08 Jun 2017

    Yesterday, 4 Bills scaled through Second Reading at the 8th Nigerian Senate. These Bill are: A Bill for an Act to Amend the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act, CAP C4 LFN, 2007 to ensure Transparency and Accountability in the operations of the Bank and subject its intervention advances to the approval of the National Assembly Assembly and for related matters, 2017. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Directorate of Employment to Establish the National Youth employment and Development Agency to provide for the Promotion, Coordination and the Employment of Youths throughout Nigeria and for other Related Matters, 2017. A Bill for an Act to Establish the South East Development Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to act as a catalyst to develop the commercial potential of the South East and other connected matters, 2017. A Bill for an Act to provide for the Reporting, Managing and Enforcing of Unclaimed Funds to establish the Unclaimed Funds Regulatory Authority and the Unclaimed Funds Regulatory Trust Fund and other purposes connected thereto, 2017.

  • 07 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Ethnic Agitations: Saraki Appeals For Tolerance Among Nigerians

    Press Release  June 7, 2017   Ethnic Agitations: Saraki Appeals For Tolerance Among Nigerians   Amid rising ethnic agitations in some parts of the country, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians to tolerate each other and display understanding because there is strength in unity.   Saraki spoke when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, led by its Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam, visited him at the ... read more

  • 07 Jun 2017

    Yesterday, the 8th Senate passed a Motion on the increasing rate of dropped calls and other unwholesome practices by Telecommunications Network Operators in Nigeria. These dropped calls have cost Nigerians billions of Naira. This is unacceptable! The Senate noted that although telecommunications operators have gradually become an integral part of the Nigerian economy and a tool in the social-economic life of Nigerians, millions of subscribers continue to complain about an increasing rate of dropped calls; voice quality problems; and not being able to control their bundle usages, which oftentimes leads to the phone companies automatically switching their services to pricier airtime options. In this regard, the Senate condemned the inefficiency of GSM Network Operators in Nigeria; urged the NCC to immediately invoke the appropriate provisions of the law to protect Nigerian consumers from such practices; and called on all relevant agencies of government to carry out a thorough investigation on the causes of dropped calls in order to improve the experience of Nigerian customers.

  • 06 Jun 2017

    Today, the 8th Senate passed a Motion calling for a stakeholders roundtable to address the increasing interests rates in Nigeria. The need to urgently address this issue is premised on the fact that our banking sector is a necessary tool for sustaining our economy. Additionally, due to liquidity challenges, many businesses have been forced to sack their workers due to their inability to access credit. In this regard, the Senate is concerned that the current regime of high interest rates continues to place a major burden on business investments and households across the nation. This is why the Senate has mandated its Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions to organize a Round-Table session with the Central Bank of Nigeria, banks, NDIC, relevant stakeholders and industry experts with a view to finding immediate, sustainable and lasting solutions that can help to usher in a new interest rate regime that is conducive for businesses and households across the country.

  • 06 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Smuggling of Agricultural Products Economic Sabotage, Says Saraki

    Press Release June 6, 2017   Smuggling of Agricultural Products Economic Sabotage, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condemned the high rate of smuggling of agricultural products into the country and described the practice as “economic sabotage.”   This is even as he mandated the Senate Committee on Agriculture to investigate why the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Finance are yet to pay compensation to all poultry farmers who lost their birds during the recent outbreak ... read more

  • 06 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Osotimehin

    Press Release June 6, 2017   Saraki Mourns Osotimehin   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed deep sorrow over the death of a former Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, at age 68.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the death of Osotimehin as a monumental loss, not only to Nigeria but to the international community.   Saraki said: “Osotimehin was a doctor’s doctor. He was one of ... read more

  • 05 Jun 2017

    Today, we held the first year anniversary of NASSBER, the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable. Over the past year, working with the private sector, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG); the Nigerian Bar Association - Section on Business Law (NBA, SBL); and the DFID’s ENABLE project, the National Assembly has worked to develop and pass critical pieces of legislation that are aimed at reforming Nigeria’s business environment. For us in the 8th National Assembly, lawmaking is not only about the number of bills that we pass, it is more about impact. This is why we will continue to focus on delivering quality and impact for all Nigerians. As a result of this effort, I am more confident that our economy will continue to build an agile private sector that can innovate and respond to global opportunities. Most importantly, once all the Economic Reform Bills are passed and signed into law, they will create 7.4 million new jobs across the country, and reduce poverty by double digits over the next 5 years.

  • 05 Jun 2017

    Press Release: We Need Govt, Private Sector Co-operation for National Development, Says Saraki

    Press Release June 5, 2017    We Need Govt, Private Sector Co-operation for National Development, Says Saraki …As Experts Laud Senate, House over NASSBER Initiative     Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the achievements recorded by the National Assembly Business Environment Round-table (NASSBER) through which legislations that will reshape the national economy have been passed were clear indications that the nation can only develop if there is co-operation between government and the private sector.   Saraki ... read more

  • 04 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: New Bill Won’t Lead to Fuel Price Increase

    Press Release June 4, 2017   Saraki: New Bill Won’t Lead to Fuel Price Increase ***Senate to Discuss Motion on Interest Rates President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that the contrary to wrong interpretations in the media on a recommendation by tue Senate Committee on Works, the proposed National Road Fund Bill would not lead to any increase in the current price of fuel.   Speaking with reporters in Ilorin on Saturday after the breaking of ... read more

  • 02 Jun 2017

    Saraki Represents Greater Ideals Than Many Nigerians Know Of’

    Saraki Represents Greater Ideals Than Many Nigerians Know Of’ A Senior Advocate, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Alli today in Ilorin, Kwara State said Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki represents great ideals which only those who interacted with him and observe him closely would know about.   Alli who spoke while receiving the Senate President and his entourage who paid him a visit to commiserate with him on the death of his father added that it was always a surprise each ... read more

  • 02 Jun 2017

    Saraki: How To Achieve Energy Security In Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday, listed steps that need to be taken to achieve energy security in the country that would lead to safe environment and uplift the social economic wellbeing of the people. Saraki gave the recommendations in his speech at a one day workshop on the State of Energy Security in Nigeria, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) climate policy and energy security programme for sub-Saharan Africa in Lagos. He said that the country must look inwards to provide the required capital to invest in energy infrastructure by reforming the administration of current major source of revenue, improving other revenue generating sectors and instituting an economic diversification framework that could initiate a stepwise transition to a green economic development pathway. Represented by his Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, the Senate President, said it is key for the country to deepen strategic partnerships with countries that have more experience and resources to build capacity for policy coherence and technology transfer in order to generate made in Nigeria energy access innovations to grow the Naira. He said while the 8th National Assembly firmly holds that the supply of adequate and affordable energy mix is essential, it should be a complimentary means to achieve energy security. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, said: "Nigeria must deepen strategic partnerships with countries that have more experience and resources to build our capacity for policy coherence and technology transfer to generate made in Nigeria energy access innovations to grow the Naira. "The 8th National Assembly and the Senate under my leadership believes that the supply of adequate and affordable energy mix is essential in the 21st century, and there cannot be any pretense about this. "But it should be a complimentary means to achieve energy security because energy security can only be achieved through adequate investments that are coherent and consistent. "Looking inwards to provide the required capital to invest in energy infrastructure means (1) reforming the administration of our current major source of revenue, (2) improving other revenue generating sectors and (3) instituting an economic diversification framework that could initiate a stepwise transition to a green economic development pathway. I believe that this is the best way to go if we truly want to achieve sustainable energy security in Nigeria," he said. He further stated that since revenue derived from oil is highly volatile, fixing gaps leading to revenue leakages in the petroleum industry need to be addressed before implementing any policy for energy sufficiency and sustainability. He said that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) by the 8th Senate is meant to reform the oil industry and make it more revenue efficient and investment friendly. "Nigeria’s mono-economic revenue profile derived from oil is highly volatile as it depends on global oil price shocks thereby affecting government budgetary framework and by extension, the entire economy," Saraki said. "Therefore, fixing the lacuna in the oil and gas sector have to be tackled first before implementing any policy frameworks and reforms that can give a robust energy base for the nation. "As a result, last week Thursday, the 8th Senate made history by breaking a 17 years jinx by passing the first part of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill for the reform of the petroleum industry. "The bill established a framework for the creation of commercially oriented and profit-driven petroleum entities that fosters a conducive business environment for the petroleum industry operations that ensures value addition, promote transparency and accountability in the administration of petroleum resources of Nigeria. "The bill applies to the rights, interests, obligations and liabilities of the petroleum industry in Nigeria and establishes a regulatory commission, the Ministry of Petroleum Incorporated, the National Petroleum Company, the Nigeria Asset Management Company and a Fund which shall defray expenditures of the commission," he said. The Senate President stated that if a village of less than 10000 inhabitants in Feldheim can cooperate to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy supply, states in Nigeria can replicate the feet by partnering with the private sector. He said that his vision is for the country to liberalize the energy situation in such a way that all segments of the populace can have uninterrupted access to power to support and uplift their social, economic and educational wellbeing. He said: "In March this year, I visited the 100% Renewable energy village of Feldheim near Berlin and was impressed by the fact that a small village of less than 1000 people was able to form an energy cooperative that generate energy from renewable sources such that surpluses are sold to the national grid. That experience was an eye-opener for my delegation that if a small village in Germany can develop such an energy model, why can’t one state in Nigeria do it in partnership with the private sector? "The 8th National Assembly is working hard to pass the necessary laws to achieve energy security and we will continue to do this with effective support from partners like everyone in this room. "We acknowledge that in order to fundamentally create a robust and secure energy base, strategic and deliberate government policy both short and long terms that will guarantee the present and future energy needs is necessary. "Together we can help liberalize the energy situation in Nigeria in such a way that the rural woman can cook with a clean cookstove and fuel; the school pupil can wake up at night and have light to do his/her home-work; the farmer can power coolers to preserve his/her milk and prevent post-harvest losses; the barber and hair-dresser can make more money with regular energy access; the industrialist will no longer want to close shop and move to Ghana," he said. END Signed Sanni Onogu Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President

  • 02 Jun 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: How To Achieve Energy Security In Nigeria

    Press Release June 2, 2017 Saraki: How To Achieve Energy Security In Nigeria   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday, listed steps that need to be taken to achieve energy security in the country that would lead to safe environment and uplift the social economic wellbeing of the people.   Saraki gave the recommendations in his speech at a one day workshop on the State of Energy Security in Nigeria, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) climate ... read more

  • 31 May 2017

    Saraki’s Media Office Replies African Confidential Re – Ambitious Men

    Saraki’s Media Office Replies African Confidential Re – Ambitious Men This letter comes to directly refute the information reported in your most recent publication whereby in an article titled ‘Ambitious Men’ you wrote that the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was one of “those who stood against Muhammadu Buhari for the All Progressives Congress nomination in 2014”. The story also mentioned erroneously that Dr. Saraki has “retained London Communications consultants Aequitas, ... read more

  • 31 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki to IDPs: Government Will Not Forget You

    Press Release May 31, 2017   Saraki to IDPs: Government Will Not Forget You …Visits Camp In Abuja   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some parts of the country that government will continue work to ensure their security, social and economic wellbeing as well as safe return to their homesteads.   Saraki who said the government will not forget the displaced persons was speaking when he led a Senate delegation on a ... read more

  • 30 May 2017

    Press Statement: Saraki: My Relationship With Buhari Cordial

    Press Statement May 30, 2017   Saraki: My Relationship With Buhari Cordial …. Nigeria not ripe for Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket, Says Islamic Cleric   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday said that his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari remains cordial despite false claims in some social quarters.   He spoke when the National Executive of the Islamic group, Jamaatu Izalatul Bidiah Wa Ikamatus Sunnali (JIBWS) led by its President, Sheikh Mohammed Sani Yahaya Jingiri visited him at the National ... read more

  • 28 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: Let’s Sustain Democracy by Building a Strong Economy

    Press Release May 28, 2017   Saraki: Let’s Sustain Democracy by Building a Strong Economy   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted and united effort by all Nigerians to build a strong economy as a means of sustaining the nation’s democracy.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to commemorate the 2017 Democracy Day celebration, said the real challenge to the sustenance of the democracy which ... read more

  • 27 May 2017

    Press Release: Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers For Buhari, Help For IDPs

    Press Release May 27, 2017   Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers For Buhari, Help For IDPs    Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to dedicate the Ramadan period to offer prayers for the full recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and the prosperity of the country.   Saraki in a message personally signed by him, said that the Holy Month presents another opportunity for Nigerians to show love to the less privileged, especially those ... read more

  • 26 May 2017

    Press Release: Children’s Day: Saraki, CSOs Canvass Domestication of Child Rights’ Law

    Press Release May 26, 2017   Children’s Day: Saraki, CSOs Canvass Domestication of Child Rights’ Law   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and a group of Civil Society Organization (CSOs) have advocated the complete domestication and strict implementation of the Child Rights Act (CRA) across the country.   This consensus, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, was reached at a roundtable on “Advancing the Rights of the Nigerian Child” organized ... read more

  • 24 May 2017

    Press Release : North East: Saraki Seeks More EU Support For Humanitarian Situation

    Press Release  May 24, 2017   North East: Saraki Seeks More EU Support For Humanitarian Situation   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the European Union and other donor agencies for more support to solve the humanitarian crisis foisted by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.   Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, made the call when the President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and ... read more

  • 24 May 2017

    Press Release: National Assembly, NESG, NBA To Mark NASSBER

    Press Release May 24, 2017 National Assembly, NESG, NBA To Mark NASSBER  The National Assembly will next week (Monday June 5), commemorate the first year anniversary of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), with activities that include an interactive session to explore and discuss legislative interventions to actualise the theme: “Creating Opportunity through Legislation” for local businesses. The Special Assistant (New Media) to the Senate President, Bamikole Omishore, in a statement, said the event is being organized by the 8th National Assembly in partnership ... read more

  • 23 May 2017

    Press Release: Senate To Investigate Increase in Rape and Sexual Assault

    Press Release​ 23 May 2017 Senate To Investigate Increase in Rape and Sexual Assault   The Senate on Tuesday passed a motion to investigate the increase in rape and sexual assault across the country. The motion titled: “Urgent need to investigate the alarming rate of Rape and Sexual Assault against Women, Children and Vulnerable people across the country” was introduced by Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South).   Na’Allah in his lead debate called for urgent attention ... read more

  • 23 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Channels TV Reporter, Chukwuma Onuekwusi

    Press Release  May 23, 2017   Saraki Mourns Channels TV Reporter, Chukwuma Onuekwusi   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of the State House Correspondent of Channels Television, Mr. Chukwuma Onuekwusi, in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Onuekwusi as a hardworking, passionate and conscientious reporter who left nobody in doubt ... read more

  • 21 May 2017

    My interview with @MaupeO of Channels TV on the program Hard Copy

    My interview with @MaupeO of Channels TV on the program Hard Copy, where I discussed about #OpenNASS, the fight against corruption led by President Mohammadu Buhari, Electronic Voting in National Assembly and need to strengthen institutions to sustain the fight against corruption.

  • 18 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: Electoral Act Amendment To Check Malpractices, Violence

    Press Release May 18, 2017   Saraki: Electoral Act Amendment To Check Malpractices, Violence   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed confidence that the recent amendments to the electoral law will strengthen the nation’s electoral process and make it conform with the international best practices.   Saraki stated that when assented to, the amendments will eliminate rigging, violence and other malpractices associated with the voting process.   The Senate President according to a statement by his Special Assistant ... read more

  • 17 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Global Action Against Terrorism, Illegal Migration

    Press Release May 17, 2017 Saraki Seeks Global Action Against Terrorism, Illegal Migration Senate President. Dr.Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for a concerted international effort to tackle terrorism, poverty and illegal migration, even as he described the menace as a global challenge. Saraki spoke yesterday when a delegation of students of the Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom, led by Major General Lawrence Craig visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja. Responding to an address by the leader ... read more

  • 16 May 2017

    Press Release: Senate To Partner US Chamber of Commerce on ICT For Job Creation

    Press Release May 16, 2017 Senate To Partner US Chamber of Commerce  on ICT For Job Creation The Senate has pledged its preparedness to work with the US Chamber of Commerce African Business Centre to develop the nation’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector towards diversifying the nation’s economy and creating jobs. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki made the pledge in Abuja when the Group led by Ms. Leila Ndiaye visited him ahead of the launch of the ICT ... read more

  • 15 May 2017

    Press Release: How To Win The War Against Corruption, by Saraki

    Press Release    May 15, 2017   How To Win The War Against Corruption, by Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advocated the need to prioritize deterrence rather than punishment in other to permanently win the ongoing war against corruption.   Saraki gave the charge in his speech at the Public Presentation and Book-Signing ceremony of Senator Dino Melaye’s book titled: “Antidotes For Corruption – The Nigerian Story”, held in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement ... read more

  • 15 May 2017

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE BOOK, ‘ANTIDOTES FOR CORRUPTION’ BY SENATOR DINO MELAYE

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE BOOK, ‘ANTIDOTES FOR CORRUPTION’ BY SENATOR DINO MELAYE, AT THE SHEHU YAR’ADUA CENTRE, ABUJA, MAY 14, 2017.    A couple of years ago, I read an interesting article in The Economist that tried to argue that there is direct correlations between corruption and development. I thought this was pretty obvious. What set me thinking more about the subject however was the graphics. ... read more

  • 12 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks Nurses, Midwives on Reduction of Maternal, Infant mortality

    Press Release  May 12, 2017 Saraki Tasks Nurses, Midwives on Reduction of Maternal, Infant mortality  Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nurses and Midwives in the country to rededicate themselves to quality service delivery in order to boost healthcare and reduce the high prevalence of infant and maternal mortality in the country. Speaking during a courtesy call on him by a delegation nurses and midwives to mark this year’s International Nurses Day, led by his wife, Mrs. Toyin Saraki ... read more

  • 11 May 2017

    Full line by line details of the National Budget as promised #OpenNass #PromiseKept

    Full line by line details of the National Budget as promised #OpenNass #PromiseKept Download 1 Download 2 Download 3 Download 4 Download 5 Download 6 Download 7 Download 8 Download 9 Download 10

  • 10 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges ECOWAS Leaders To Resist Trade Policy Manipulation

    Press Release  May 10, 2017   Saraki Urges ECOWAS Leaders To Resist Trade Policy Manipulation    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, called on leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to resist ongoing manipulation of its well intended trade polices by other countries to the detriment of the sub-region.   Saraki who gave the advice in his speech at the opening session of the 2017 First Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, also ... read more

  • 09 May 2017

    Press Release: Ease of Doing Business: Saraki Charges Technical Committee on CAMA, ISA

    Press Release May 8, 2017   Ease of Doing Business: Saraki Charges Technical Committee on CAMA, ISA     Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki has inaugurated an 18-man Technical Committee on the amendment of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and the Investment and Security Act (ISA) with a charge to improve the ease of doing business in the country.   The Senate President also urged the Committee to work out modalities to halt the exodus of manufacturing companies ... read more

  • 07 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Condoles Families of Lagos-Ibadan Highway Accident Victims

    Press Release  May 7, 2017 Saraki Condoles Families of Lagos-Ibadan Highway Accident Victims  *Restates Senate’s plan to Intervene on speedy completion of reconstruction work President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the road accident which claimed about 26 lives at the weekend on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Saraki, in a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the tragic loss of lives on ... read more

  • 07 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Hails Buhari, Security Forces on Release of 82 Chibok Girls

    Press Release  May 7, 2017   Saraki Hails Buhari, Security Forces on Release of 82 Chibok Girls President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, security operatives, and the international Red Cross on the release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls, that were part of the group abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki expressed delight ... read more

  • 04 May 2017

    Press Release: Pharmaceutical Group Lauds Saraki Over Import Adjustment Tax Policy

    Press Release May 4, 2017 Pharmaceutical Group Lauds Saraki Over Import Adjustment Tax Policy  The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) has commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for his intervention which led the Federal Government to introduce an Import Adjustment Tax policy last year that has encouraged pharmaceutical industries in the country to thrive. The National President of PMG-MAN, Mr. Okey Akpa, gave the commendation when he led other national executive members of the ... read more

  • 03 May 2017

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TO THE SENATE PRESS CORPS ON THE OCCASION OF THE ‘WORLD PRESS FREEDOM

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TO THE SENATE PRESS CORPS ON THE OCCASION OF THE ‘WORLD PRESS FREEDOM’ DAY 2017 ON WEDNESDAY, MAY  3, 2017 PROTOCOLS. 1. Good afternoon, Gentlemen of the Press. 2. Although we usually interact in various capacities during the course of our respective duties, today, it gives me great pleasure to be here again with all of you at the refurbished Senate Press Centre. 3. As we all ... read more

  • 03 May 2017

    Press Statement: Senate Moves to Harmonise Child Adoption Laws

    Press Statement  May 3, 2017   Senate Moves to Harmonise Child Adoption Laws    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has pledged that the 8th Senate will harmonise all child adoption laws in the country to make it easier for Nigerians wishing to adopt children do so without hindrance.   Saraki spoke when the South East Professional Women Association of Nigeria and the Diaspora (SEPWAND), visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja.   He also said that the objective ... read more

  • 01 May 2017

    Saraki to FG: Set Up Review Panel on Workers’ Demands

    Saraki to FG: Set Up Review Panel on Workers’ Demands   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised the Federal Government to immediately constitute a panel consisting of stakeholders to work on demands of Nigerian workers for increased wages and arrears of pension, promotion and allowances.   Saraki while speaking with newsmen at the Eagles Square, Abuja, venue of the May Day Celebration said if the workers had allowed the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, to ... read more

  • 01 May 2017

    Press Release: May Day: Workers Are the Lifeblood of Our Nation, Says Saraki

    Press Release April 30, 2017   May Day: Workers Are the Lifeblood of Our Nation, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described Nigerian workers as the life-‘blood and driving force of the nation’s development in view of their invaluable contributions.   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to mark the 2017 Workers’ Day celebration, Saraki lauded the resilience and commitment of workers in both the formal and ... read more

  • 30 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode

    Press Release April 30, 2017 Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated Mrs. Funke Egbemode, on her reelection as the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), during the guild’s Biennial Convention in Lagos. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that the choice of Egbemode, who is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspapers, is a clear testimony that she has successfully ... read more

  • 27 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges Nigerians To Embrace Preventive Healthcare Strategies

    Press Release April 26, 2017 Saraki Urges Nigerians To Embrace Preventive Healthcare Strategies …Leads Senate Leadership to Immunize Children Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on communities to embrace preventive healthcare strategies like immunization, in order to prevent the outbreak of preventable diseases. Saraki gave the charge while speaking to reporters at the National Assembly Clinic, where he led the Senate leadership to administer Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) on babies as part of ... read more

  • 27 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Prof. Borishade …Says He Was An Academic Per Excellence

    Press Release April 27, 2017   Saraki Mourns Prof. Borishade …Says He Was An Academic Per Excellence   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has received with shock the news of the death of a former Minister of Education, Prof. Babalola Borishade, who he described as an academic and public servant par excellence.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the former Minister as a dynamic administrator and great reformer.   He ... read more

  • 27 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Calls For Urgent National Dialogue To Fix Education Sector

    Press Release April 27, 2017 Saraki Calls For Urgent National Dialogue To Fix Education Sector …As Queens College Old Girls’ Petition Senate Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for an urgent roundtable discussion involving all stakeholders, the government and international development agencies on how to halt the dwindling fortunes of education in the country. Saraki spoke yesterday when the Advocacy Group of the  Queens Collage Old Girls’ Association led by its National President, Dr. Frances Funmi Ajose, submitted ... read more

  • 21 Apr 2017

    Saraki Laments Death Of Football Fans In Calabar

    Saraki Laments Death Of Football Fans In Calabar Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed shock over the death of football fans through electrocution at a viewing centre in Calabar, the Cross River State capital and described the incident as tragic. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, commiserated with the immediate families of the victims, the government and people of Cross River State and football enthusiasts across the country ... read more

  • 15 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Don’t Stop Supporting Govt in the Education Sector, Saraki Urges Religious Bodies

    Press Release April 15, 2017 Don’t Stop Supporting Govt in the Education Sector, Saraki Urges Religious Bodies Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today in Ilorin urged religious groups to continue to support government in providing sound education for the youths in Nigeria. He said religious groups pioneered the funding, establishment and nurturing of educational institutions from pre-colonial periods. Saraki who spoke in Ilorin during the 75th Anniversary of the Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria where he was turbaned as ... read more

  • 14 Apr 2017

    Saraki Calls for Concerted Efforts to #BringBackOurGirls

    Saraki Calls for Concerted Efforts to #BringBackOurGirls Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for concerted efforts to bring back the over 200 school girls that were abducted from their secondary school in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State three years ago. Speaking on the third year anniversary of the abductionof the girls, Saraki pledged that the Senate will continue to do everything within its power to advocate for the return of the remaining Chibok girls — stating ... read more

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Saraki Tasks GLOBE Nigeria on Climate Change Bill

    Saraki Tasks GLOBE Nigeria on Climate Change Bill Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday tasked the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) Nigeria, to tackle the challenges of the climate change, gas flaring and other challenges of the sustainable development goals in Nigeria. The Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE) is an international organization comprising national parliamentarians from over 80 countries committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development. According to a statement by the Special ... read more

  • 07 Apr 2017

    World Health Day 2017: Saraki Raises Alarm Over Withdrawal of International Funding for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

    World Health Day 2017: Saraki Raises Alarm Over Withdrawal of International Funding for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called for increased global attention for HIV/AIDS funding in Nigeria. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, on the occasion of World Health Day 2017, Saraki, who is a medical doctor by training, stated that with the decision by major foreign donors to suspend funding for ... read more

  • 05 Apr 2017

    CSOs Commend Senate Over Meningitis Response

    CSOs Commend Senate Over Meningitis Response A coalition of over 40 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), that work to ensure equitable access to vaccines in Nigeria, has commended the 8th Senate for its resolution, which called for meningitis vaccination to be made free in public healthcare facilities across the country. In a statement signed by Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, the national convener of the coalition – Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) – the CSOs “noted with pleasure, the motion on the ... read more

  • 04 Apr 2017

    Watch the Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017

    Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017  

  • 04 Apr 2017

    Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017

  • 04 Apr 2017

    Meningitis: Senate Urges Health Ministry to Make Vaccines Free

    Meningitis: Senate Urges Health Ministry to Make Vaccines Free • “We will provide ample funding for healthcare”, Saraki Says On Tuesday, the Senate urged the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to make meningitis vaccinations free in public healthcare facilities across the country. The resolution followed a motion titled: “Outbreak of Meningitis and the Urgent Need to Curb its Spread & Stop Further Deaths” sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa and 16 other Senators. The ... read more

  • 02 Apr 2017

    N310m Was Never Stolen From Saraki’s House, Aide Insists

    N310m Was Never Stolen From Saraki’s House, Aide Insists The attention of the Media Office of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a rehash of mischievous and concocted allegations aimed at misleading the public with spurious claims that the Senate President allegedly owned the sum of N310million said to have been stolen  from a Bureau de Change operator in November 2015, by suspected operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and some army personnel. This ... read more

  • 31 Mar 2017

    Nigerians In US Commend Senate For Passing Diaspora Commission Bill

    Nigerians In US Commend Senate For Passing Diaspora Commission Bill Nigerians in the United States have commended the 8th National Assembly for keeping to its promise by passing the Diaspora Commission Bill. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had vowed during a courtesy visit by the group to the National Assembly last year for the Diaspora day, that his leadership would ensure the bill is passed without further delay. Persistently, Nigerians in the Diaspora have been contributing money in billions ... read more

  • 30 Mar 2017

    Senate Passes Amendment To Electoral Act

    Senate Passes Amendment To Electoral Act …Approves Electronic Voting …Says Collated Results to be Electronically Transmitted The Senate Thursday passed amendments to the  Electoral Act 2010, approving the use of electronic voting in future elections. It also approved that election results should be electronically transmitted to collation centers. The passage of bill followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act ... read more

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals  Today is another great day in the history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on allegation of non Payment of customs duty on an Official Vehicle by Senate. As the President of the 8th Senate and Senator from Kwara Central, I am proud of the Senate as an institution and its Constitutional role to represent the interests of the Nigerian ... read more

  • 21 Mar 2017

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide Special Adviser to Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu has stated that the allegation raised today by Senator Ali Ndume linking Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to the importation of vehicle lacks basis as it was outright falsehood. In a press statement, Olaniyonu said from the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it is obvious that the Senate President has nothing to do with the importation of ... read more

  • 20 Mar 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. PROTOCOL It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this year’s National Assembly Management retreat and I thank the organisers for putting together this retreat. The National Assembly has been established not only as the highest law-making institution but more important, as the enabler ... read more

  • 18 Mar 2017

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has identified regional cooperation and partnership as the only  solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the African continent. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made this known in a keynote address at the opening session of the on going Crans Montana Forum of Africa and South South Cooperation For Africa’s Development holding at Dakhla, Morocco. He noted that, ... read more

  • 17 Mar 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT I thank the Crans Montana Forum for the opportunity to speak at this highly prestigious event and to this distinguished audience. I must also commend the Forum and everyone associated with its work for providing this platform for us ... read more

  • 11 Mar 2017

    ‘Why Germany Should Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’

    ‘Why Germany Should Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’ Head of Bundestrat, the upper chamber of the German Parliament, Ms Malu Dreyer, has said that Nigeria as the leading country in Africa must be economically strong and therefore deserved the support of a European giant like her country.Dreyer who spoke at the weekend while receiving a delegation of the Senate led by its President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in Berlin said Germany attached great importance to the strong relationship with Nigeria ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKET ON THE NEED TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF UNCLAIMED N90 BILLION DIVIDENDS IN SECURITIES FOR NIGERIA INVESTORS AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF CAPITAL MARKET REGISTRAR’S (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2016, HELD ON TUESDAY 7THMARCH, 2017.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKET ON THE NEED TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF UNCLAIMED N90 BILLION DIVIDENDS IN SECURITIES FOR NIGERIA INVESTORS AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF CAPITAL MARKET REGISTRAR’S (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2016, HELD ON TUESDAY 7THMARCH, 2017.     Protocol;   1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this important occasion today of this Public Hearing organized by the Senate Committee on ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2017

    Press Release: SARAKI CONGRATULATES OSINBAJO AT 60

    Press Release: SARAKI CONGRATULATES OSINBAJO AT 60 Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on his 60th birthday anniversary.   Saraki in a statement, signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also wished Osinbajo good health, great wisdom and enduring grace to to serve the nation and humanity.   “On behalf of all members of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic, I wish our Acting President, ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2017

    #MadeInNigeria My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today

    #MadeInNigeria My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair. 2. I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German Parliament

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German ParliamentSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation bbbbon a three-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to promote improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany as well as for the purpose of peer review.A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President stated that the delegation which includes Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, ... read more

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians

    Press Release March 4, 2017 Saraki Seeks Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday called on all Nigerians to strive for peaceful  and harmonious coexistence to facilitate the developmental agenda of the present administration across the country.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the charge in his speech during the coronation of the Tor Tiv the 5th, His Royal Highness, Prof. James Ortese Ayatse, in Gboko, ... read more

  • 03 Mar 2017

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH,

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH, 2017.   Protocol;   1. This Senate has made the passage of the various transport sector infrastructure bills, a critical aspect of our legislative agenda. These bills include;   a. The Railway Bill; to reform our rail systems;   b. The Port and Harbour Bill; for the efficient running of the ports;   c. The National Transport Commission Bill; to serve as ... read more

  • 03 Mar 2017

    Sahara Reporters’ Tendency to Fabricate Lies Against Me Now an Obsession, Says Saraki

    Sahara Reporters’ Tendency to Fabricate Lies Against Me  Now an Obsession, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the desire by Sahara Reporters and its publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to fabricate lies and and create phantom information designed to libel him is so legendary and has turned to an obsession. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said it is from that prism that he viewed recent stories by Sowore accusing ... read more

  • 27 Feb 2017

    FACEBOOK COMMENDS SARAKI FOR OPENING UP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    FACEBOOK COMMENDS SARAKI FOR OPENING UP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY   The Office of the President of the Senate is indeed delighted at the endorsement of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for opening up the activities of the 8th Nigerian National Assembly through various channels, especially the daily Facebook Live Video streaming from Senate Plenary.   The Chief Product Officer and Company Lead on Product Management and Development of Facebook, Christopher Cox, gave the commendation while speaking at The Future ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDING OVER OF THE 80-BED HOSPITAL BUILT BY SEN. HASSAN AND DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT POTISKUM, YOBE STATE

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDING OVER OF THE 80-BED HOSPITAL BUILT BY SEN. HASSAN AND DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT POTISKUM, YOBE STATE. PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to be with all of you today to commission this grand 80-bed hospital that my brother Sen. Hassan Mohammed has built for you, the people of Potiskum. Let me start by thanking the Almighty Allah for making this event possible and congratulate Sen. Hassan Mohammad and the entire people of Potiskum, for such great ... read more

  • 20 Feb 2017

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF EXPORT ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA, ON MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY, 2017.

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF EXPORT ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA, ON MONDAY  20TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   Protocol;   It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this investigative public hearing organized by a Joint Committee of the Senate Committees on Finance, Trade and Investment, Gas, ... read more

  • 13 Feb 2017

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELENCY, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 2017 BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017.

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELENCY, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 2017 BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   1. Protocols.   2. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this 3-day National Assembly’s 2017 Budget hearingorganized by the Joint Committees of Appropriations.This is the first public hearing on the Budget that brings together all stakeholders involved in the budget process.   3. Distinguished Guests,   We are at a crucial stage in ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017.     1. Ahusu Billahi Minna Shaiton Rajiim. Bismillah Rahamon Rahim. All praises be to Almighty Allah, the owner of today, the owner of yesterday and the designer of our tomorrow. May His blessing be on our Holy Prophet Muhammmed, ... read more

  • 10 Feb 2017

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical Projects

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical ProjectsSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has lamented the abandonment of critical infrastructural projects after investing huge amount of money on them.Receiving the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, who paid him a visit today in Abuja, Saraki said the action has resulted in a waste and left the country with little options in times of eventualities.He noted that the non-completion of re-modeling projects of Minna airport has left the Federal Government with no option ... read more

  • 09 Feb 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT PUBLIC HEARING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS & LEGAL MATTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION & FINANCIAL CRIMES AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT PUBLIC HEARING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS & LEGAL MATTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION & FINANCIAL CRIMES AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON 9TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing jointly organised by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters, the Committee on Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes and the Committee ... read more

  • 07 Feb 2017

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.    PROTOCOL   I am very delighted that we are gathered together today to seek a solution to one of, if not the most significant challenge to our quest for economic development; the issue of providing adequate power for our economy.   The Nigerian power sector in spite of the enormous resources committed to it within the last 14 years has remained ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2017

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport Sector

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport SectorSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate is presently working on critical legislation to reposition the nation’s transportation sector.Saraki disclosed this when the National Executive Committee of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), led by its National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq visited him in Abuja.The Senate President who was decorated as the Grand Patron of the association by Sadiq, during the visit, according to a statement by his ... read more

  • 27 Jan 2017

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has pledged that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Bill currently before the National Assembly would be given accelerated passage to enable Nigerians living outside the country the opportunity to participate in events within the country.   The  Nigerians In Diaspora Bill when passed would facilitate the establishment of the Diaspora Bond for the in-flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into Nigeria among other benefits.   The Senate ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour, Says Saraki

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour,  Says Saraki   My attention has been drawn to a speculation on some online media about supposed meeting of some Governors who held Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to ransom and sought for Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to take over the Presidency.   My first initial reaction was to ignore this empty rumour but after being inundated with calls from across the country and abroad, it became necessary for me to make clarifications ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work       Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday appealed to elders and leaders of the North-east region to make the North-east Development Commission (NEDC) work and beneficial to the generality of the people when the recently passed bill is signed into law by the President.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, made the appeal when the Governor of Borno ... read more

  • 24 Jan 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NGIERIA AT ADINNER EVENT WITH THE THEME “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, ORGANISED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT AS PART OF A RECEPTION FOR JEFF IMMELT, CHAIRMAN GE GLOBAL, TODAY, MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NGIERIA AT ADINNER EVENT WITH THE THEME “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, ORGANISED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT AS PART OF A RECEPTION FOR JEFF IMMELT, CHAIRMAN GE GLOBAL, TODAY, MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016   Protocol;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be with you tonight for many reasons. First, I am passionately committed to the idea of encouraging our ... read more

  • 20 Jan 2017

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE     Protocol; It gives me great pleasure to flag off this important road construction which will open and connect 14 local government areas in Zamfara state. I must commend His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for this bold and massive project. Indeed, to take up such a gigantic project in this period with such limited ... read more

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident   The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has conveyed his deep regret over the accidental bombing of the Rann Community in Borno State.   Saraki, in a statement on his social media handles said:   “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of today’s accident in Rann Community of Borno State.   I pray that the souls of the victims may rest in peace. I wish ... read more

  • 16 Jan 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bomb Blast …Seeks Strict Security Measures to Curb Trend

    Press Release January 16, 2017   Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bomb Blast …Seeks Strict Security Measures to Curb Trend   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday condemned the bombing of a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri during which a Professor of Veterinary Medicine was reportedly among the casualties.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicly, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, decried the loss of valuable human lives and destruction of property during the ... read more

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Press Release: We Appreciate Contributions of Armed Forces to Nation Building, Says Saraki

    Press ReleaseJanuary 13, 2017We Appreciate Contributions of Armed Forces to Nation Building, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended officers and men of the nation’s armed forces for their tremendous contributions to the survival and development of the country.Speaking today (Friday) at the National Mosque, Abuja, where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the Jummah service held to commemorate the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Saraki said the nation and her leaders will continue to appreciate ... read more

  • 11 Jan 2017

    Press Release: Senate’s Economic Bills Target 7.5m Jobs, Says Saraki

    Press Release January 10, 2017   Senate’s Economic Bills Target 7.5m Jobs, Says Saraki   ….To Reduce Poverty by 16.4%   The 11 economic bills now receiving accelerated consideration by the 8th Senate will help to create 7.5million jobs and reduce poverty by 16.4 per cent when passed into law, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said.   Saraki who disclosed this in his welcome address to Senators on resumption from their Christmas and New Year recess, urged the ... read more

  • 10 Jan 2017

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM 2016 END OF THE YEAR RECESS ON TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2017.

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM 2016 END OF THE YEAR RECESS ON TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2017.   Protocol: 1.   Distinguished colleagues, it is heart warming for me to see you back in good health, refreshed and energised for the work ahead. Let me on behalf of myself and the entire leadership wish you and all ... read more

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday pledged that the Nigerian Senate, upon resumption, will look into the crises that have led to the wanton loss of lives and property in the Southern part of Kaduna State, in recent times.   The Senate President made this known while responding to the cry of a concerned Nigerian on Twitter on Monday, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on New Media, ... read more

  • 31 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Calls For Collective Efforts To Grow Economy in New Year

    Press Release December 31, 2016   Saraki Calls For Collective Efforts To Grow Economy in New Year   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigerians for witnessing the New Year in spite of the hard times and called for collective efforts to end the current recession and grow the economy.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the nation’s challenges are surmountable “but we need to approach them with unity ... read more

  • 25 Dec 2016

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday  felicitated with the Christian faithful in the country as they celebrate Christmas.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also urged Nigerians to use this yuletide season to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasizes selflessness,  piety,  brotherly kindness and love towards one another.   ... read more

  • 21 Dec 2016

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January. In his continued quest to provide a platform for the promotion of Made in Nigeria products in order to boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in the country, Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has informed of his plan to launch ‘Made in Nigeria Challenge’ in January 2017. Saraki, in a statement signed by Bamikole Omisore, his special assistant on New Media, stated that the ‘Made in Nigeria Challenge’ initiative will ... read more

  • 14 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Budget Must Ease Burden of Our People, Says Saraki

    Press Release December 14, 2016 2017 Budget Must Ease Burden of Our People, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday called on the executive arm of government to work to ensure that the 2017 budget truly ease the burden of Nigerians. Saraki in his welcome address during the formal presentation of the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, said there is no hiding the fact ... read more

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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

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

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

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

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





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