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

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

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

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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
  • 13 Feb 2016

    Looking forward to the meeting.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : The Rise or Doom of Nigeria. Doesn't rely on only d Govt. relies on our people. Buy Made in Nigeria.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    The Procurement Amendment Act that we are working on will address this.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Bring Back "Made In Nigeria" written By Olu Onemola There has been a lot of talk in recent times about...

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Bring Back "Made In Nigeria" written By Olu Onemola There has been a lot of talk in recent times about promoting ‘Made in Nigeria.’ From the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki’s recent visit to the ‘Made in Aba’ trade fair, to the hashtag to , it is clear that Nigerians are beginning to understand that it is only our concerted and collective internal efforts as a nation that can solve our economic worries. In the early 2000s, walking around the street rocking ‘Made in Aba’ goods was synonymous with saying that you shopped at ‘bend-down-select’ markets and roadside stations. Wearing leather sandals produced from the eastern part of Nigeria in those early years of the new millennium, was seen as an unfavourable status symbol for many – despite the hard work and expertise that had been put in to produce those goods from our local manufacturers. Retrospectively, quality-wise, the shoes, clothing, bags and other ‘Made in Nigeria’ goods back then, were nearly on par with their imported counterparts. However, the marker of acceptability in social circles in those days came from the fact that your ‘Nike’ products were truly made by ‘Nike, Inc.’, and your ‘Adidas’ was not labelled ‘Adadis.’ Somewhere along the line, things changed, and Nigerians began to look inwards. We began to understand that our extreme foreign consumption capacity would not fuel the domestic growth of our economy. We began to realise that Timi, Deji and Haruna, could design and produce goods that were just as good as Thomas, Dickens, and Harrisons’. We began to see that indigenous goods and home-grown services could be on par, or even better than those from abroad. Consequently, new small and medium scale enterprises sprung up allover the country to cater for our increased demand. From fashion to finance, from entertainment to edibles, ‘Made in Nigeria’ experienced a positive boom somewhere in the mid to late 2000s. However, with this positive upsurge in our collective social mindsets towards our local products, halfway into the second decade of this millennium, effective policy thrusts to encourage the local manufacturing sector have not been formulated and/or implemented. Even Nigeria’s Public Procurement Act of 2007, which is aimed at advising and assisting “procurement staff to help them carry out their procurement responsibilities,” fails in some critical aspects to address pushing ‘Made in Nigeria’ products. Queue in Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Over the past few weeks, against the backdrop of the President Buhari-led administration’s efforts to boost internally generated revenue (IGR), Dr. Saraki, and his colleagues have embarked on a systematic social and legislative charge to encourage local producers and manufacturers. While speaking at the ‘Made in Aba’ Trade Fair, Saraki mentioned that the Senate would be working on the review and amendment of the procurement act that would ensure that Made in Nigeria goods are patronized by the government. Some parameters of this amendment, Saraki explained, would include provisions that would ensure that government agencies would only resort to imported goods when there are no domestic alternatives. Since the last quarter of 2015, the Nigerian Naira has fallen by nearly 20 per cent against the US Dollar. Additionally, global oil prices have fallen by over 70%. What this means is that Nigeria, an oil-rich nation that is “dependent on oil and gas for 95 per cent of its export earnings, 35 per cent of its GDP and three-quarters of government revenue,” must see this ‘Made in Nigeria’ drive being championed by Saraki and a few of his colleagues like senators Abaribe and Murray-Bruce at the National Assembly as one of its options to wiggle out from the impending economic downturn caused by the decline in oil prices. To make these policies sustainable, a combined effort of both legislative and executive policies must work to ensure that domestic goods should be promoted through a flexible system of discounts, sales and other government-backed incentives. Furthermore, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) must push for quality control of Nigerian-made goods to increase customer satisfaction. As the economic history of developing nations has taught us that exports-driven economies are not fiscally sustainable, on the technical side, the federal government through collaborative efforts spearheaded by the Ministry of Transport must intensify its efforts to create transport networks that connect consumers all across the country to locally manufactured products. The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics also has a role a major role to play in this campaign. Consumer trends need to be captured so that businesses know where to market their products and services. Surveys can also help the government to measure the consumption habits of Nigerians, so that the progress of this ‘Made in Nigeria’ initiative can be well-documented overtime. Development cannot be imported. Neither can financial stability for Nigeria’s economy. Accordingly, as we tighten our collective pursestrings to achieve fiscal responsibility in these times, we must also alter our social perspectives and implement the government policies that will not only protect, but also amplify the calls for bringing back ‘Made in Nigeria’ goods and services. -Olu W. Onemola is a Senior Legislative Aide at the National Assembly, and the National Public Relations Officer of the APC Youth Forum (APYF). You can follow him @OnemolaOlu. –

  • 13 Feb 2016

    If you are trying to build a yatch, will be a good idea to reach out to boat club for SWOT analysis of the business

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Have you tried to establish contact with Lagos Boat club and others across the country for referrals ?

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Aba has taken the lead with the Made In Aba Trade fair, we must identify products in all 774 Local government that can be sold all over

  • 13 Feb 2016

    so others who don't have the opportunity to visit Aba can see what is available there.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : Also work on reducing the cost of production, particularly electricity and transportation.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Asking for forex at bank rate on rice, tomatoes, toothpick is more of asking to subsidize what we can produce

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : Pictures of SP with other distinguished senators at the Made-In-Aba Trade Fair in Abuja

  • 13 Feb 2016

  • 13 Feb 2016

    list of items excluded from accessing Forex. If only we can get more Nigerians to

  • 13 Feb 2016

    EDITED. there is an import form known as Form M. That form will determine what items are valid to access FOREX or not.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Importers of such equipment are not on the list of 41 that are not allowed to access forex.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    In the next few days you will get break down of National Assembly Budget.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    I agree. was disappointed to find out imported rice of over 5 years was cheaper than home grown rice of few months

  • 13 Feb 2016

    that is why there wasn't an outright ban on everything because we still need to import things such as heavy equipment & others

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : Senate President, it's gud idea 2 encourage items made in Naija. Stable power supply will aid pro

  • 13 Feb 2016

    If manufacturers can't access forex to import, they will look inward to produce in Nigeria

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Yes indeed. Look forward to Made in Aba/Nigeria products are on display in stores in UK. Sure you can help with that

  • 13 Feb 2016

    That's my position. will back it up with law so Nigeria won't be a dumping ground for inferior goods.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Minister of power is up to the task.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    lafarge, Eastern Bulkcem, & Dangote just to name a few manufacture cement. What was price of cement before the ban and now ?

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : : Providing an enabling environment for our SMEs is also key for local businesses to thrive.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : it's quietly heartbreaking that Nigeria is importing toothpick frm china.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Textile products can't access forex as well. We must revive the textile industry will do our part

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Importers of Tomatoes, toothpick, rubber & poultry products, meat, rice can no longer get forex. Those producing this in Nigeria can step up

  • 13 Feb 2016

    As Special Assistant to President Obasanjo, I remember clearly what we went through to ban importation of Cement. now Nigeria exports Cement

  • 13 Feb 2016

    Yes I did. Got few pairs of shoes, they can do better on the quality but I must say they are pretty comfortable.

  • 13 Feb 2016

    RT : The economy doesn't know who's or so we need to help our economy

  • 13 Feb 2016

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

    will not just stop at Amending the Procurement act for we will work with SON to uphold high standard

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Every Nigerian regardless of political divide, should support will provide legislation to back it.

  • 12 Feb 2016

    RT : I bought 'Hausa Slippers' at the trade fair. Its as good as any made in Italy slippers. Let's patronize our own!

  • 12 Feb 2016

    while promoting Made In Nigeria products, we will also charge Standard Organization of Nigeria to enforce quality

  • 12 Feb 2016

    With the current ban of forex to certain products. It will encourage consumption of local products

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

    & I hosted President Joachim Gauck of Germany at the National Assembly. You can watch the clip here

  • 12 Feb 2016

    We are working on the Amendment of Procurement Act which will address that.

  • 12 Feb 2016

    To revive our economy, we must all play our part. Let's all make a conscious effort to patronize Made in Nigeria

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

    RT : Thanks to for ensuring that children in learn to read and write.

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Not that easy. Had to meet with finance department, with all department heads, then with leadership of both chambers

  • 12 Feb 2016

    With the partnership we have with I'm confident we should be able to pass them in record time.

  • 12 Feb 2016

    RT : meets with Deputy Director in Yola to showcase micro finance schemes for women in

  • 12 Feb 2016

    By accepting positive criticism, it shows will continue to improve. Looking forward to our meeting

  • 12 Feb 2016

    RT : 10. and in making all Innoson brand of vehicle more durable and rugged. believes that Innoson IVM is our

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Yes. We are hoping with the support of senators and representatives from both chambers we are able to fast track.

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Senate 30 Bills: Placing The Template For A New NigeriaBy: Bamikole OmishoreThe 8th Senate under the...

  • 12 Feb 2016

    Senate 30 Bills: Placing The Template For A New Nigeria By: Bamikole Omishore The 8th Senate under the leadership of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, stands on the precipice of attaining positive legislative change. As the whole country aligns itself with the agenda party at the center, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the National Assembly has gradually but surely worked towards setting new legislative precedents for Nigeria. This piece, written against the backdrop of the near-actualization of some of the legislative standards that the 8th Senate is setting, focuses on the legislative agenda of Nigeria’s upper chamber. The Legislature The legislature is the lubricant that oils the wheel of every democratic government. As the most representative of the three arms of government, the legislature deals with the enactment and review of laws, formation of policy, and oversight of the activities of the other arms of government. These crucial roles make the legislature unarguably the arm of government that directly contributes to the successes, or leads to the failures of democratic governments. No nation can succeed without an upright and independent legislature that is aggressive at providing the country with efficient legislations as at when needed. In this regard, as a way to ensure that Nigeria is equipped with appropriate and meaningful statutes, the Chairman of National Assembly, Dr. Saraki, has indicated that a number of bills that are currently in the legislative pipeline will provide the much-needed reform to jumpstart the Nigerian economy, and strengthen many of Nigeria’s institutions. In a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, Dr. Bukola Saraki recently highlighted that some of the bills in question, augment many of our preexisting laws as they address certain areas of government where immediate action and legislative intervention are needed. These are a set of proposed bills before the 8th Senate to fast-track the necessary positive ‘Change’ of the Buhari administration. These bills, when passed, would undoubtedly transform the nation's security agencies, overhaul aspects of the judiciary, enhance the anti-corruption crusade, diversify the economy through viable alternative means, and effectively tackle our transportation and taxation problems. These bills have the potential to curb poverty, and reduce unemployment by creating a business-friendly environment for investors and small medium enterprises. Some of the bills include:The Police Reform Bill; the Justice Reform Bill; the Criminal Procedure Law Amendment Bill and the Whistleblower Protection Bill. Others are the Budget Reform Bill; the Ecological Funds Utilization and Management Bill; the Excess Crude Account Management Bill, that sets guidelines for the management of surplus crude resources; and the National Assembly Budget & Research Office Bill, which seeks to establish standing departments within the National Assembly that provide year round “policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation.” Additionally, as Nigeria currently loses billions of dollars because of the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in previous legislative sessions, the National Assembly is working on the institutional restructuring of the NNPC as a substitute for the PIB. With e-Commerce fast becoming a major medium for transacting business in Nigeria, the Senate is also looking into the future to ensure that adequate regulations govern the e-commerce space, and protect the rights of businesses and consumers. A few days after the Senate resumed from the holiday, the Senate President called for the need for Nigeria to diversify its economy. In line with this, the Senate has several bills aimed at providing frameworks for internal economic development for the nation. Several of these include: the Market Competition Bill; the Credit Bureau and Referencing Bill; the Agricultural Credit and Loan Scheme Bill; the Tax and Revenue Bill; and the National Poverty Eradication Commission (Establishment) Bill. Other bills aimed at improving our transport networks and maintenance culture include the Private Sector Infrastructure Investment Protection and Regulation Bill; the Road Sector Reform Bill; the Railway Sector Reform Bill; and the Ports and Habour Reforms Bill. Without any illusion, the above bills represent a new template set by the 8th Senate for a new and more-prosperous Nigeria. A set of legislation that would reform the legal framework for business in the country, stimulate employment, improve national productivity and encourage the private sector to participate in the reformation of the country. The bill to evaluate government performance is another credible legislation that is highly needed. According to Dr. Bukola Saraki: "The National Assembly, for the first time, is establishing a framework for agencies of government to set goals, measure performance and submit related plans and reports to the National Assembly for its potential use.” The bills are all geared towards increasing the integrity of governance, expand performance rate and make government more open and accountable. Also in its context is the proposal to reform the security and judicial systems. Truly, “the National Poverty Eradication Commission Bill is an interesting intervention by the legislature in seeking to strengthen the policy by the executive arm on the welfare of Nigerians and the eradication of extreme poverty.” Moreover, with the Senate President’s recent strides to amend the procurement act to ensure that Nigerian businesses get ‘first dibs’ over their foreign counterparts in the procurement process for agencies and departments of the federal government, Nigerian businesses are being positioned to drive the economic shift of the nation. Hence, as the Senate works to bring many of these pieces of legislation into fruition, Nigerians must join hands with Senate and also charge all other arms of government to ensure that once they are passed by both houses of the National Assembly, these bills are signed into law, and implemented in order to move our dear country Nigeria forward. Full list of the 30 Bills. 1. Police Reform Bill 2. Justice Reform Bill 3. Criminal Procedure Law Amendment Bill 4. Whistle-blower Protection Bill 5. Budget Reform Bill 6. Ecological Funds Utilization and Management Bill 7. Excess Crude Account Management Bill. 8. Executive Bodies Independence Protection Law 9. National Assembly Budget & Research Office Bill 10. The Institutional Restructuring of the NNPC Bill (in place of the PIB) 11. The E-Commerce Protection Law Bill 12. Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill 13. Market Competition Bill 14. Credit Bureau and Referencing Bill 15. Agricultural Credit and Loan Scheme Bill 16. Private Sector Infrastructure Investment Protection and Regulation Bill 17. The Road Sector Reform Bill. 18. The Railway Sector Reform Bill 19. Ports and Habour Reforms Bill 20. Regulatory Impact Assessment Bill 21. Climate Change Bill 22. Tax and Revenue Law/Bill 23. Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act 24. The Fertilizer Bill 25. The Government Performance and Result Act (GPRA) 26. The National Poverty Eradication Commission (Establishment) Bill. 27. CAMA Amendment. Company and Allied Matters Act Amendment 28. Nosdra Bill 29. Police commission 30. Securities and Exchange Bill Bamikole Omishore is the Special Assistant on New Media to President of the Sena

  • 11 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2016

    SP’s remarks on visit of President of Germany

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

  • 11 Feb 2016

    Earlier today, the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, visited the National Assembly. In our discussions, we focused on ways that Nigeria and Germany can foster stronger ties and bonds, as well as collaborate on economic, security, and legislative issues. Nigeria has much to learn from Germany, and much to gain from stronger Nigerian-German relations. In this regard, I called on the German government and the European Union to lend us their unflinching support and solidarity in order for us to fully eliminate terrorism from the West African sub region. I believe that every effort in these crucial areas is a paramount investment in the areas of regional stability, security and development.

  • 11 Feb 2016

    Yesterday, during the meeting with Civil Society Organizations tagged I assured them we will honor our commitment to by giving a breakdown of the National Assembly budget. This will start this year with the

  • 10 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 10 Feb 2016

    Saraki: Ineffective Implementation Of Past Budgets Bane Of The Economy ....As NASS Engages CSOs on the 2016 budget Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday said that the ineffective implementation of past budgets and abandonment of projects have led to wastages that have negatively affected the nation's economy in the last 16 years. Saraki who stated this in his speech during the National Assembly's interactive session with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the 2016 budget in Abuja, said in response to the unacceptable trend, the 8th National Assembly has stepped up its oversight functions to ensure that funds are spent ‘how’, ‘where’ and on ‘what’ they were earmarked for. Furthermore, he noted that as economic diversification is crucial to the success of the nation's economy, the National Assembly is working to pass laws that will "boost internally generated revenues by plugging the loopholes that exist in our system, and encouraging the small and medium-scale business owners in our communities." Saraki who commended the over 100 CSOs that participated in the interactive session, said: "We know that the work ahead of us is necessary. We also know that the road ahead of us will be lined with challenges. However, we also know that we cannot do this alone. We need all hands on deck for this one. "In this regard, in response to citizen’s concerns and public expectations, the 8th National Assembly through this platform and the various others that we have set up online, will continue to be accessible to you. We will work tirelessly to address your concerns’ after all, we are only here because of you," he said. According to the Senate President, the maiden interactive session between the National Assembly and CSOs on the 2016 budget was convened to allow both members of parliament and the CSOs to "explore new angles, consider fresh opinions and weigh new suggestions on the reasonable changes that need to be made, and on the best way to forge ahead with the 2016 appropriation process. "This is not only an opportunity for you to air your views, it is also a window that has presented itself that will allow all of us to work together to pass a budget that we can all be proud of. "Therefore, I urge you all to feel free to point out your genuine concerns about the budget. Know that your relevant input is crucial towards ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Assembly to pass a document that we can all be proud of. "When the civil society of a nation is strong, loud and empowered - we are all better off for it. When the civil society is a part of the process - with seats of their own at the decision-making table - governments become more responsive and accountable," he said. The Senate President also pledged that the observations and inputs on the 2016 budget made by the CSOs at the session would form part of the report of the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations to the Senate Committee on Appropriation for onward submission to Senate in plenary. He called on the CSOs and Nigerians to continue to support the National Assembly, as it strives to "acquire and execute critical and suitable programs that are highly beneficial to every citizen of this nation. "These sessions might be baby steps to some, but know that little steps are the beginnings of greater outcomes that lead to the positive change that Nigerians voted for at the polls," he said. Earlier in her address, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations, Senator Rose Oko, urged the CSOs to work with the National Assembly to ensure that there is citizen's participation in the 2016 Appropriation Bill. "Through your capacities of reach, advocacy and data collection, your contribution to this document (2016 budget) will not only enhance our mandate of appropriation for government, but also to ensure that there is citizen participation in the decision making process of government at this crucial level," Senator Oko stated. Over 300 participants representing different CSOs and NGOs attended the session. Some of the CSOs that participated in the interactive session include: PLAC, CENCOJ, BudgIT, HOMEF, ActionAid, CODE, EiE Nigeria, FEPAR, BMGF, NNNGO, Oxfam, ONE Campaign, OSIWA, YIAGA, NDI, CSR in Action, among others.

  • 10 Feb 2016

    I was quite impressed with the turnout by civil society groups and social media 'thought-leaders' at the maiden edition of the National Assembly Interactive Sessions (). Today's event, which focused on the #2016Budget, allowed citizens to weigh-in on the appropriations process. Several key observations and discoveries were made at the event. This points to the fact that: "When the civil society of a nation is strong, loud and empowered - we are all better off for it. When the civil society is a part of the process - with seats of their own at the decision-making table - governments become more responsive and accountable."

  • 10 Feb 2016

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBABKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) ON THE OCCASSION OF THE MAIDEN EDITION OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ON THE 2016 BUDGET, HELD AT SENATE CONFERENCE ROOM 231, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX ON WEDNESDAY, 10TH FEBRUARY, 2016 SENATE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker; Distinguished and Honourable legislators here present; leaders from the non-governmental and civil society sectors, and thought-leaders from the online and social-media-sphere: Welcome to the maiden edition of the National Assembly Interactive Sessions. Everyone here will agree: we have come here today with the determination and resolve to ensure increased citizen participation in the processes that govern our activities here at the legislature. Today’s session on the 2016 Budget is the first of these series of engagements - but I assure you all - it will not be the last. As my colleagues and I have stated on multiple platforms, on previous occasions, and at various events: the National Assembly is actively working towards repositioning its efforts. These steps - though not as complete as some of you may want; and these endeavours - which may not be as perfect as all of us may wish for - are fully intended to ensure that this National Assembly works for and on behalf of every Nigerian, and for the present and future successes of our collective ‘Nigerian Project.’ Ladies and Gentlemen: we will all agree that this reformation process must begin with ‘Accountability.’ This is why one of the most important undertakings of the 8th National Assembly is the adoption of our ‘Legislative Agenda.’ What this agenda does is three things: First, it establishes the parameters and focus for our representative duties over the next four years; Secondly, it establishes a binding framework through which CSOs, development partners and other professional bodies can collaborate and cooperate with us, and lastly; it sets a standard for the goals we must meet, and the criteria for the citizenry to hold us accountable to. Over the last eight months, we have made ambitious strides in our quest for a more effective and efficient use of our legislative resources. These endeavours have included pushing for the timely delivery and passage of bills; supporting the reformation programmes of the current administration; and expeditiously reforming the annual budget and economic planning processes. As we have done this, we have also taken into cognisance the urgent need for inclusivity and on-the-ground monitoring of budget implementation. Nigeria has come a long way since our return to democracy in 1999. Undoubtedly, this road has been full of challenges. Consequently, our task as your representatives in government is to work towards the actualization of a more effective federal system of governance. A close examination of the budgets of the past 16 years, shows that the ineffective implementation and abandonment of projects, have caused excessive wastages that have negatively buckled the Nigerian economy. In response to this, the National Assembly has stepped up its oversight functions to ensure that funds are spent ‘how’, ‘where’ and on ‘what’ they were earmarked for. Furthermore, as economic diversification is crucial to the success of our economy, we are working to pass laws that will boost internally generated revenues by plugging the loopholes that exist in our system, and encouraging the small and medium-scale business owners in our communities. Ladies and gentlemen, we know that the work ahead of us is necessary. We also know that the road ahead of us will be lined with challenges. However, we also know that we cannot do this alone. We need all hands on deck for this one. In this regard, in response to citizen’s concerns and public expectations, the 8th National Assembly through this platform and the various others that we have set up online, will continue to be accessible to you. We will work tirelessly to address your concerns’ after all, we are only here because of you. Today, this maiden interactive session has been convened to allow us all to explore new angles, consider fresh opinions and weigh new suggestions on the reasonable changes that need to be made, and on the best way to forge ahead with the 2016 appropriations process. This is not only an opportunity for you to air your views, it is also a window that has presented itself that will allow all of us to work together to pass a budget that we can all be proud of. Therefore, I urge you all to feel free to point out your genuine concerns about the budget. Know that your relevant input is crucial towards ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Senate to pass a document that we can all be proud of. When the civil society of a nation is strong, loud and empowered - we are all better off for it. When the civil society is a part of the process - with seats of their own at the decision-making table - governments become more responsive and accountable. As we strive to acquire and execute critical and suitable programs that are highly beneficial to every citizen of this Nation, we ask for your continued support, patience and understanding. These sessions might be baby steps to some, but know that little steps are the beginnings of greater outcomes that lead to the positive change that Nigerians voted for at the polls. Again, ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for coming. Without further ado: Let’s get this process started. God bless you, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Senator (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 09 Feb 2016

    Video: My remarks at the 'Made in Aba' Trade Fair. Link: https://youtu.be/LdQJbjuQD08

  • 09 Feb 2016

    We will hold an interactive session on with CSO's and NGO's I encourage everyone to send in questions, comments & complaints. The budget is for Nigerians and the more input we get, the better representation of what Nigerians expect.

  • 08 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2016

    I had fun today at the 'Made in Aba' Trade Fair. It was amazing to see the ingenuity and quality of Nigerian made products. In my remarks, I promised that the National Assembly would work on amending the Procurement Act by changing the word "may" to "shall" to ensure that Nigerian products are given first priority over their foreign counterparts in the procurement process.

  • 08 Feb 2016

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

  • 08 Feb 2016

    Today, a powerful group of representatives from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) came to the National Assembly to protest the 45% upward increment of electricity tariffs by the power companies. I reassured the protesters that the Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole would do everything in its power to ensure that everyday Nigerians do not have to suffer at the mercy of corporations that seek to make profits on our heads, without delivering on their services.

  • 08 Feb 2016

    Video of Senate President addressing TUC/NLC

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

  • 07 Feb 2016

    Dwindling Oil Revenue: Saraki Seeks Positive Tax Culture

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

  • 07 Feb 2016

    Dwindling Oil Revenue: Bukola Saraki Seeks Positive Tax Culture For visible development impact and infrastructure buoyancy, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians from both private and public sectors of the economy to develop positive tax culture in order to sustain governmental responsiveness in meeting the demands of the citizens. Saraki who disclosed this when he received the President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Nike Akande and other executive members of the body in Abuja, said that the deficit in the 2016 budget constitute a serious burden for government, saying the only panacea for the present economic decline is to look inwards. He stated that the country is going through hard times, saying, "the truth is that, going forward, we must remind ourselves how we got to this situation where revenues have dropped significantly. "As a country, we are going through a very difficult time. This is not only in Nigeria, it is a global crisis. These days, era of easy money is over. We must engage private sector for better performance. "First, we must create an enabling environment for our businesses to grow. The private sector has a role to play. There is a need to enhance a positive tax culture. "There is a need for mutual cooperation and patriotism among different government agencies, parastatals and private organizations. This collaboration should enhance exchange of information, and reduce the incidence of tax evasion as well as fraudulent tax practices," Saraki said. The Senate President assured his guests of the Senate's readiness to partner with all relevant stakeholder in the onerous task of moving the nation forward, adding that the present economic challenges have refocused government's intent towards diversification and moving away from over dependance on oil as a major revenue earner. Saraki further stated that governments cannot single-handedly cater for the need of all its citizens, adding, "We have to work together. We need your support. In the area of infrastructure, government alone cannot do it. We are ready to work with you and once we can do that, we will be able to ride over these difficult times." In her remark, the President, LCCI, Dr. Akande, lauded the 8th Senate under the leadership of Dr. Saraki for its supportive roles and quality of legislations, saying the Chamber is ready to support every effort of the government aimed at enhancing the financial fortunes of the country. Akande called for adjustment and sacrifice for both government and private sector interest, saying, such adjustment will help in revamping the economy within the shortest possible time. She called for the intervention of the National Assembly in the new framework for autonomous foreign exchange market by the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) and to control inflow of capital into the nation's economy. END

  • 06 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 06 Feb 2016

    CBN Restriction Of Forex On Imported Goods Has Come To Stay, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has ruled out the possibility of reversing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy excluding some imported goods and services from the list of items valid for forex in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market. Saraki, while responding to a request by the Tomato Sub-Sectoral Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), seeking his intervention to lift the exemption by the CBN on certain imported goods, said based on the present economic realities, difficult decisions are necessary be taken to overcome the challenges. The Senate President, who addressed the tomato paste producers when they paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, said: "It is high time we start telling ourselves the home truth as a nation, we are where we are because of our refusal to take hard decisions. "As a country, we have to chart a new way different from the past, and that path is going into manufacturing as we cannot continue to remain an import dependent country," he said. While challenging the tomato paste producers to focus more on how to be full fledged manufacturers of the product using local raw materials, Saraki expressed surprise that in spite of the high level of local cultivation of tomatoes, the producers were still importing the Triple Concentrate used in the production of tomato paste, which he said can be produced locally by raising the production level of tomatoes in the country. "What stops us from producing the tomato to the level of achieving the High Concentrate? You have to be serious in the area of massive investment and research in the sector for government to consider any concession for you," Saraki said. Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr. Femi Gbadegun said though they were not against the CBN's policy restricting forex to some imported items but that they needed time to raise the level of tomato production in the country to eliminate the need for importation. Gbadegun lamented that the policy had adversely affected the operations of the members of the association. END

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Why We Need to Amend Procurement Law, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that as a way of realising the objectives of the 2016 Budget, the Senate will immediately after the completion of the on-going process of passage of the Appropriation Bill, commence the amendment of the Procurement Act. Saraki while addressing the organizers of the Made in Aba Trade Fair who visited him in his office said certain sections of the Act need to be reviewed to ensure that the scarce resources which are available from the budget are well utilized. He said the Act will be amended to ensure that Made in Nigeria goods are patronized and that government agencies only resort to imported goods when there are no local alternatives. He also said areas of the law dealing with advance payment for government procurement should be scrutinized. The Senate President said the 8th Senate under his leadership is in support of the protection of local industries through appropriate legislations, patronage and direct intervention. "This is the only way we can create jobs, solve the problem of unemployment and stop the growing army of aggrieved youths who pose danger to society. We can do it. We have the population which translates to a huge ready market. This is how we van genuinely help our people. "The chairmen of our relevant committees are being put on notice to ensure that they focus their oversight on these areas. We must make sure that government agencies like the Armed Forces can patronize the shoe making industries in Aba and other places", he said. He however urged local industries to increase the quality of their products and make their prices competitive. Saraki also thanked Senator Enyinanya Abaribe who led the delegation to his office for his consistency in promoting goods made in Aba over the years. "Senator Abaribe has done so much in promoting Made in Aba goods. In fact, it is his constituency project and he has invested so much time and money on it, even before the decline in oil price. This is import substitution and I assure you of the support of the Senate in this endeavour", he said. Abaribe in his speech said the promoters of Made in Aba goods will want Section 34 sub sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Procurement Act amended so that government agencies will be required to buy local goods and can only resort to imported goods after getting certification from the Bureau of Public Procurement stating that there is no local alternative. He urged the Senate President to help Aba based manufacturers get the much needed government recognition and encouragement. The group also invited Saraki to attend the trade fair holding in Abuja from February 9.

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Why We Need to Amend Procurement Law, Says Bukola Saraki

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

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Senate President Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling

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

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Senate President Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows : 1. He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal 2. He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial. 3. The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against him during the trial proper. 4. Dr. Saraki will like to thank everyone who has expressed support for him from the beginning of the case. He assures everyone that at the end of the day truth will prevail and justice will be served. Signed Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Today, I had quite an enlightening discussion with representatives from the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) led by Senator Abaribe. The meeting centered around the Senate working to pass laws that would encourage more industries to source their raw materials locally. I was pleased to learn that 'Made in Aba' products have become so positively sophisticated; we now have local industries that specialize in making everything from leather designer loafers to military kits. I assured the members of the delegation that the Senate Committee on Industry would begin looking at ways to expand the productivity scope of SMEDAN, because when our small business owners succeed in their myriad realms of engagement, our economy is diversified, and we are all better off as a nation.

  • 04 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Saraki tasks ECOWAS Parliament on war against terrorism

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 03 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 03 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki to NLNG: End gas flaring

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

  • 03 Feb 2016

    Today, a contingent of Distinguished Senators and I met with Nigeria's Service Chiefs. We had a fruitful and lively discussion on ways to further strengthen Nigeria's peace and security. This video was taken after our meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKbCpxMsGHM&feature=youtu.be

  • 03 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki to NLNG: End Gas Flaring Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today challenged the management of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to put an end to gas flaring in the country. According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Saraki who stated this when the Management of the NLNG, led by its Managing Director, Babs Omotowa visited him in Abuja, said it was high time the gas being flared is converted to something more productive as well as ensure the use of cleaner energy in the country. He also called on the NLNG to invest in gas infrastructure to facilitate the distribution of cooking gas across the country and to eliminate the use of kerosene as cooking energy. Saraki said: "Up till today, the area of concern is still the issue of gas flaring. What can we do by way of laws to try and see how we can completely eliminate gas flaring and provide more opportunities for more investors in that sector so that they can convert gas into something more productive. "That also talks about the issue of cooking gas and I believe you can still do more there. I believe you are doing your best within the confines of your responsibilities. I think you all know that this is an important area for all of us as a country - the infrastructure, which I know is not your direct responsibility, "I believe that you can think out of the box and come up with some ideas where you can use your deeper pockets to come up with some infrastructure solutions where so as to take the lead. Government would find ways of providing the incentives because without the infrastructure we will not be able to push more of the cooking gas. "And nobody is in a better position than yourself to really drive that area of cleaner energy for us and help us reduce the use of kerosene. So I am going to challenge you on that area that you come up with something and the National Assembly will be ready to support whatever you come up with," he said. The Senate President also noted that the NLNG represents a success story of the collaboration between the private sector and government and how it can work given the right law to provide the enabling environment and also given the right management and structure. He said: "It gives us great pride to see that NLNG is now largely run by Nigerians and it has continued to sustain the foundation laid previously by more expert management but now with Nigerians and you still continue to sustain that, I think that is good to hear." The Managing Director of the NLNG, Babs Omotowa, said the uncertainties in the nation's business environment has made it difficult to attract and sustain investments in the gas sector. He said he was positive that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) when passed by the 8th Senate would encourage more investments in the sector. Omotowa said: "I am pleased that you mentioned that the PIB is receiving attention because for many years this was a problem in the industry. "You also mentioned that a lot more value can be derived from gas. In fact, Nigeria is described more as a gas province than an oil province but unfortunately, because we have not had the right environment, there have been very little investments into it. "I think the kind of incentives that was granted to the NLNG are the kind of things I think the National Assembly can always look at to incentivize investments," he said. END

  • 03 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 03 Feb 2016

    Busy day today. I had meetings with His Excellency, Ibrahim Bushra M., the Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan, where we discussed cross-collaboration and security between our two countries. I also met with Hakan Cakil, the Ambassador of Turkey. Our discussions centered around economic collaboration between Nigeria and Turkey, as we need to tap into the opportunities that exist abroad to grow our economy. Later in the day I met with Babs Omotowa, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Company, where we talked about ways that Nigeria can begin to tap into other sources of energy like natural gas to increase our power generation.

  • 02 Feb 2016

    Success of 2016 Budget Depends on Revenue Generation, Says Saraki

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

  • 02 Feb 2016

    VIDEO: Bukola Saraki Commissions Newly Renovated Senate Press Corps Centre

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

  • 02 Feb 2016

    Today I unveiled the newly renovated Press Centre of the Senate Press Corps. In my remarks, I assured the Press Corps that the Senate Press Centre will be fully digitalised with the basic work tools that the reporters need to function as they cover the National Assembly. Link: https://youtu.be/LKF96bWtJGY

  • 28 Jan 2016

    Today, the Senate considered several important issues; primary of which was the Motion on the ‘Unwholesome Practices by Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria Ltd. under the direction and control of the Bureau of Public Enterprises.’ This motion mandated the Senate Committee on Power to investigate the culpability of any person that acted against the public interest in the transfer of the Manitoba power facility’s management from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, to Hydro International Nigeria Ltd. (or “Manitoba”). "Anytime a law is broken, it is a slap on the faces of Nigerians." For this reason, I encouraged my colleagues that as members of the legislative branch of government who work to create such laws, it is our duty to ensure that the laws that we pass are properly enforced in the interest of establishing stronger and more equitable institutions.

  • 28 Jan 2016

    Letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo

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

  • 28 Jan 2016

    Yesterday, I acknowledged that I received a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he called the attention of the National Assembly to some issues. I will want to assure President Obasanjo that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation. It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the finances of the National Assembly. This is of even greater importance during a tough fiscal period for our country. Like i said during my closing address at the plenary after our debate on the 2016 Budget, the Senate must lead by example in terms of our own funding, budgets and accountability – showing, beyond doubt, value for money. I have canvassed that we must lay bare the budget of the Senate, nay the National Assembly and its affiliated institutions. I equally canvassed the need to strengthen the capacity of the legislative institution to carry our effective oversight of the executive arm so that we can ensure the budget leads to the realization of the policy objectives of the Buhari Administration. Again, let me reiterate my position in the speech i made this morning on the need for us to work towards blocking all areas of revenue leakages while also strengthening the anti-corruption agencies so that the little resources that are now available will serve the interest of the overwhelming majority. As a former President and a father of the nation that we all hold in high esteem , i intend to reply the letter and outline the actions the Senate is taking to address his concerns. In conclusion, I appreciate President Obasanjo for his consistent role in always reminding those of us in government about our responsibilities to the general public and offering timely advise where necessary. Signed Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

  • 27 Jan 2016

    Budget Remarks of Senate President on Wednesday January 27 2015

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

  • 27 Jan 2016

    My comments on the 2016 Appropriation Bill today at the @NGRSenate Plenary: On Oil: “For the first time in the history of our great nation, 77% of our expected revenue is non-oil based. This represents a great foundation for the future.” On Borrowing: “In general summary, we were all leaning towards the fact that it is not the amount that we borrow that matters, but the projects that the money is used for. Right now – as a percentage of GDP – we are still within the limits and parameters of fiscal responsibility.” On Economic Diversification: “A lot of Senators raised observations on the fact that in the allocations to the agricultural and mineral resources sectors, the message of economic diversification was not particularly reflected. Those are the areas that we should look into.” On Wastage: "Based on our experiences in the past, we have talked about not playing the blame game. However, the issue of blocking all loopholes and leakages is key. Hence, we must pay attention to the present, to address the potential for leakages in the future.” On the Role of the Legislature: "The Executive has played its role; it is time that we as the legislature do our part.” On Revenue Benchmarks: "The issue of revenue estimates must be gotten right particularly by the Finance and Petroleum Committees. The committees must particularly scrutinize this budget so that at the end of the day we can all be proud of it.” On Zero-Based Budgeting: "The Zero Budgeting means that projects will be critically assessed to go across all zones." On Legislative Malpractice in the Budgeting Process: "Let me make this categorically clear: there will be no room for money-for-budget in the 2016 appropriations process as sanctions will be taken. We will ensure to report all inconsistencies to the relevant agencies of the executive branch."

  • 26 Jan 2016

    Today, the Senate resumed its debate on the 2016 Appropriation Bill. The debate still continues tomorrow...

  • 25 Jan 2016

    Saraki Donates To Ilorin Market’s Fire Victims

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

  • 25 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Saraki Tasks PCC On Effective Service Delivery

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

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Unemployment: Saraki Urges Unilever To Increase Investment In Nigeria

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

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Saraki assures ex-legislative aides on payment of severance allowance

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

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Late Olubadan Was A Courageous Monarch, Says Saraki

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

  • 17 Jan 2016

    Saraki Orders Review of NASS Security

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

  • 14 Jan 2016

    Senate Will Only Accept Budget Submitted by Buhari

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

  • 14 Jan 2016

    Saraki: 30 Governance, Economic Reform Bills Await Senate Debate

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

  • 13 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 13 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 12 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 12 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 08 Jan 2016

    Saraki donates N2.6m to victims of Ilorin violence

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

  • 07 Jan 2016

    Senate Urges CBN to Relax Forex Policy

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

  • 07 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 06 Jan 2016

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

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

  • 05 Jan 2016

    Saraki To Meet with IMF Boss, Lagarde on Wednesday

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

  • 31 Dec 2015

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

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

  • 26 Dec 2015

    Saraki Condoles with Lamido, Emefiele over Mothers’ Demise

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

  • 26 Dec 2015

    Saraki mourns victims of Anambra explosion

    …urges strict adherence to safety rules President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday expressed grief over the deaths and injuries recorded as a result of gas explosion at Nnewi, Anambra State on Christmas eve. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja commiserated with the families that lost loved ones in the inferno and wished those that were hospitalized quick recovery. Saraki said: “I am especially saddened that so many ... read more

  • 22 Dec 2015

    2016 Budget Address by the President of the Senate

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2016 DRAFT APPROPRIATION BILL BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. Protocol: It is my pleasure on behalf of my Distinguished and     Honourable colleagues to warmly welcome you and your entourage to this joint session ... read more

  • 19 Dec 2015

    2016: Nigerians Should Expect Transformational Economic Policies- Saraki

    The administration of  President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to making lives more bearable and comfortable for the Nigerian masses. The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki stated this earlier today in Ilorin during a special prayer to mark his 53rd birthday. He said the All Progressives Party(APC)- led federal government will continue to formulate economic policies that would be beneficial to all. He hinted that the coming year would witness realisation of lots of transformational economic policies that would be beneficial ... read more

  • 18 Dec 2015

    Saraki Lauds Dream Team Over Africa Nations Cup Victory

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today (Friday) lauded the Under-23 soccer team for bringing glory to the country by emerging victorious at the finals of the Under-23 Africa Nations Football Championship in Dakar, Senegal last Saturday. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, the Senate President said the Dream Team VI has once again advanced the soccer prowess of the country particularly in Africa and the world in general. He specifically commended the ... read more

  • 16 Dec 2015

    Saraki: Arms Deal Probe, An Indictment of Senate

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today said the on-going investigation into the arms deal in the Office of the National Security Adviser has called to question whether the Senate is effective in the performance of its oversight functions. Saraki in his remark during the plenary session in the legislative chamber on a motion titled “Abandonment of Projects : A Menace to Development in Nigeria” sponsored by Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) said if the Senate Committees on National Security ... read more

  • 14 Dec 2015

    Senate Has No Plan to Gag the Press – Saraki

    …Says Gender Based Violence Must Stop Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today (Monday) reiterated that there is no Bill before the Senate that is aimed at gagging or stifling the media  in spite of misrepresentation and attacks which has trailed the Frivolous Petition Bill. Saraki in his remarks as chairman of a sensitization meeting on the implementation of Guidelines on Gender Based Violence and Young Persons in Nigeria, organized by the Women Arise for Change Initiative in Abuja also ... read more

  • 09 Dec 2015

    Speech by Senate President at Lagos Business School Breakfast Club End of Year Dinner: Macroeconomic Outlook for 2016 and Legislative Perspective

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON “MACROECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR 2016 AND LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE”, AT LAGOS BUSINESS SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUB END OF YEAR DINNER, 08 DECEMBER, 2015. Protocol; 1. It is a great honour and pleasure to be invited by the Lagos Business School Breakfast Club to share my legislative perspective on the macroeconomic outlook for 2016.  I thank the organizers for this kind gesture. 2. You may recall, prior to May 29, 2015, ... read more

  • 05 Dec 2015

    Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to Paris Conference on Environment

    Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki today (Thursday) led a delegation of the National Assembly to Paris, France, to attend two conferences of Parliamentarians from across the world on how to save the environment. According to a statement signed by Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special  Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, the delegation which included members from both the Senate and House of Representatives also include Senators Bukar Abba Ibrahim,  Monsurat Sunmonu, Athan Nneji Achonu, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi and ... read more

  • 01 Dec 2015

    Count Me Out of Arms Deal, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has dissociated himself from the N60bn arms deal involving the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that contrary to report published in an online medium, SaharaReporters, he has never had anything to do with purchase of security equipment because in his entire political career he never served in any committee or body which has any link ... read more

  • 26 Nov 2015

    Clarification On SP Suggestion Boxes

    The attention of the Media Office of the Senate President has been drawn to comments regarding the launch of the “Speak to SP Suggestion Boxes” at various points of the National Assembly.   With the efforts of the Senate to promote the two-way interaction between Nigerians and their representatives in the 8th Senate, Senators launched the suggestion boxes in order to allow staff and visitors to the National Assembly to submit internal recommendations on improvements that can be made at ... read more

  • 24 Nov 2015

    Speech by Senate President at the Launching of the Senate President’s Suggestion Box

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE H.E. SENATOR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCHING OF THE SENATE PRESIDENT’S SUGGESTION BOX TODAY, TUESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2015 PROTOCOL, 1. Today, the 8th Senate marks another watershed moment in our vision to take lawmaking back to the people with the symbolic launching of the Senate President’sSuggestion Box. Many may ask what we seek to achieve with this launch and wonder the correlation between the suggestion box and making laws. For ... read more

  • 23 Nov 2015

    Audu was a visionary leader, Says Saraki

    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday described as painful and shocking, the demise of the former Governor of Kogi State and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Abubakar Audu. He said the late politician died a dogged and visionary leader. Senator Saraki in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, who expressed deep sadness on receiving the news of Audu’s death condoled with the immediate family of the ... read more

  • 23 Nov 2015

    Speech by Senate President at the Inauguration of Senate Committees

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2015. Protocol, It gives me great pleasure to be inaugurating the Senate Committees on Education (Basic & Secondary), Women Affairs, Petroleum Upstream, Petroleum Downstream, Gas, Employment, Labour & Productivity, Establishment & Public Service, Committee on Culture and Tourism, Special Duties, Sports and Committee on States & Local Government, this afternoon. By this inauguration, we begin the ... read more

  • 18 Nov 2015

    Remark by the President of the Senate, His Excellency (Dr) Abubakar Bukola Saraki on the Inauguration of the Senate Committees on 18 November, 2015

    Protocol: It gives me great pleasure to be inaugurating the Senate Committees on INEC, Finance, Banking Insurance & Other Financial Services, Communications, Public Accounts, Appropriation and Security & Intelligence, this afternoon. Indeed, by this inauguration we begin the full implementation of our vision to make laws that will impact positively on our people. The task ahead of us is enormous. However, I am delighted with the level of commitment and zeal already exhibited by Senators towards the challenges ahead. I ... read more

  • 15 Nov 2015

    Saraki Reiterates Pledge to #OpenNASS

    National Assembly to Jettison Online Budget Item  Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has reiterated his commitment to making the financial dealings of the National Assembly more open and accessible to the general public. In an interview with ChannelsTV, Saraki said the days of one line budgets for the National Assembly are long gone. In recent times, Nigerians home and abroad have been canvassing for more accountability and transparency in government, Different youth groups who make up a large population ... read more

  • 14 Nov 2015

    VIDEO: 2016 NASS Budget Will Be More Open And transparent – Saraki

    Senate President Bukola Saraki has promised that the 2016 budget of the National Assembly would be more open and transparent. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Senator Saraki said the National Assembly would give a detailed breakdown of funds it would get in the 2016 budget.

  • 14 Nov 2015

    Saraki Hosts World Bank Group, Discusses Health Issues‎

    Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called on the international financial institutions to intervene in saving the nation’s health sector so as to prevent further waste of lives through maternal and infant mortality. Saraki who spoke during a strategic breakfast meeting he hosted in honour of the World Bank Group led by Ms Nicole Klingen and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) headed by his wife, Mrs. Toyin Saraki as part of efforts to stimulate discussion on key solutions to ... read more

  • 13 Nov 2015

    Nigeria’s Senate President Requests Policy Recommendations from Nigerians

    President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has commended Nigerians home and abroad for their prospective policy recommendations. According to a post on his facebook page “Last week, I asked Nigerians, at home and abroad, to partner with us at the Senate by suggesting prospective policy recommendations. “We received thousands of mails, and I must say I am delighted at the in-depth report submitted by some of you,” he said. The Senate President noted a few of the recommendations, which ... read more

  • 12 Nov 2015

    Saraki Urges Banks To Support Fight Against Corruption

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on commercial banks operating in the country to partner with the Federal Government to effectively tackle corruption in the system. Saraki who spoke when the management of Fidelity Bank Plc, led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, visited him at the National Assembly, said the banks are at a vantage position to disclose suspicious transactions to the relevant authorities. The Senate President, according to a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, stated that the ... read more

  • 11 Nov 2015

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE ON THE OCCASION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON POWER TODAY, WEDNESDAY THE 11TH OF NOVEMBER 2015

    Protocol: It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on this special occasion of the public hearing on the power sector of our economy. The issue of the adequacy or otherwise of power is at the very heart of our development challenge. You don’t have to be an economist to observe that if we do not improve on the availability and accessibility of adequate power to drive the economy, our developmental ... read more

  • 10 Nov 2015

    Durojaiye Was An Exceptional Civil Servant, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday, described the death of the acting Clerk to the Senate, Mr. Adedotun Durojaiye, as a colossal loss and said he was a civil servant of repute. Saraki in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that late Durojaiye passed on at a time when his experience was needed to move the Eight Senate to the next level. He noted that the Lagos-born civil servant served ... read more

  • 07 Nov 2015

    Saraki To Victorious Golden Eaglets: Bring The Cup Home

    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday lauded the indomitable spirit displayed so far by the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria at the on-going FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile, after they defeated their Mexican counterparts 4-2 , to qualify for the finals of the tournament. Saraki in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, specifically charged the Eaglets to improve on their present tempo, beat the Malian team, and bring the coveted trophy home. An elated ... read more

  • 26 Oct 2015

    Saraki Urges Ooni-elect to Work for National Unity

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday congratulated the newly selected Ooni of Ife-designate, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and advised him to concentrate on further solidifying the role of the Yoruba people in national unity. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, wished the Ooni-elect a long and peaceful reign, sound health and many years of service to his people. According to the Senate President, the Ooni-elect has so many things in common ... read more

  • 17 Oct 2015

    Chile 2015: Saraki urges Golden Eaglets to conquer the world

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday urged the Golden Eaglets to re-enact their winning streak as they partake in this year’s under-17 FIFA World Cup tournament in Chile. Saraki who noted that the Golden Eaglets had won the Cup a record four times, said the team can make Nigeria proud again by demonstrating their world acclaimed superiority in the field of play. He urged them to approach their opening encounters against the United States of America (USA), Chile ... read more

  • 11 Oct 2015

    Response to Bola Ahmed Tinubu

    I saw the statement said to be issued by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu over a story published by The Sun newspapers. I have decided not to join issues with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. However, I know that most Nigerians are aware that there has been no meeting or communication between me and Asiwaju Tinubu since I was elected Senate President. Therefore, I do not see any basis for a newspaper to report that we are both plotting to oppose the ... read more

  • 11 Oct 2015

    Senate Delegation Pays Awolowo family Condolence Visit

       Yesterday, Senate President Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki led Senate delegation to commiserate with the family of Mama HID Awolowo, the wife of the late Great Sage of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Senate delegation, which comprised of Senators Shehu Sani, Lanre Tejuoso, Biodun Olujimi, Monsurat Sunmonu, and Gbolahan Dada was received by daughters of the deceased, Mrs. Omotola Oyediran and Dr. Mrs Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu and other grand and great grand children of the deceased. Prayers were said by Bishop Ayo ... read more

  • 09 Oct 2015

    Electricity: Saraki seeks sanctions against defaulting Discos

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday advocated sanctions against electricity distribution companies (Discos) who fail to live up to the terms of agreements they reached with the Federal Government before commencing operations.  Saraki made the call when the Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, led other members of the Commission on a courtesy visit to the Senate President in Abuja. He said the National Assembly was eager to see Nigerians enjoy power supply and ... read more

  • 08 Oct 2015

    @Mbuhari meets with Saraki, NASS Leadership

        President Muhammed Buhari yesterday met with Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Honorable Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of both chambers of the National Assembly. Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was also present in the closed door meeting which held in the presidential villa and lasted for about two hours. Saraki is his reaction on his social media page said the meeting signifies a good working relationship between executive and legislative arms of Nigeria’s Federal Government which ... read more

  • 07 Oct 2015

    Nigeria, Saudi Arabia to Co-operate on Tackling Terrorism

    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday said since Nigeria and Saudi Arabia shared similar challenges, especially terrorism and economic problems, there should be co-operation between the two countries at the highest levels. Speaking when he received the Advisory Council of the Saudi Arabia Royal Kingdom led Prince Khalid Abdullahi Al Saud in his office, Senator Saraki said both countries should exchange ideas, intelligence and technical expertise directed at solving the identified problems. Saraki said: “We are ... read more

  • 05 Oct 2015

    #ThankATeacher As the world celebrates International Teacher’s Day

    #ThankATeacher As the world celebrates International Teacher’s Day, I want to thank Mr Imana my secondary school principal and other KCOB staff and teachers who taught us chivalry and patriotism. The role of teachers in the fabric of a nation’s existence cannot be overemphasized; they determine our future through our children. Our children need strong educational foundations to be able to compete in the global arena. Hence, our great teachers must be celebrated. Like the Mission Statement of my Alma ... read more

  • 03 Oct 2015

    Saraki condemns Abuja bomb blasts, advocates increased intelligence gathering

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday condemned the bomb explosions in the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kuje and Nyanya, while calling on Security agencies to step up intelligence gathering activities. Saraki in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, urged Nigerians not to panic, as the renewed attacks are signs that the days of Boko Haram are numbered. He commended the security agencies for their quick response to the incidents in Nyanya and ... read more

  • 01 Oct 2015

    Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary Celebrations at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja

    Photos from Nigeria's 55th Independence Anniversary Celebrations at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja

  • 30 Sep 2015

    Senate President To Read Ministerial List Tuesday

    Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki this evening received the list of Ministerial nominees sent to the Senate for screening by President Muhammadu Buhari. The list was submitted in a sealed envelope by Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari and Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters (Senate). Dr. Saraki has, following the tradition of the Senate, decided that the envelope will remain sealed till Tuesday October 6, when during the plenary ... read more

  • 30 Sep 2015

    Onosode’s Death, A Colossal Loss – Saraki

    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday likened the death of foremost technocrat and administrator, Dr. Gamaliel Onosode to the loss of a library, judging by his deep knowledge of Nigeria and her socio-economic development. Senator Saraki, while condoling with the Onosode family, government and people of Delta State on the demise of Chief Onosode, said he was a man of many parts and one of the second generation of architects of the Nigerian nation. He stated ... read more

  • 29 Sep 2015

    Welcome Address by the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) to Senators of the 8th Senate on Resumption from the Senate Recess on Tuesday, 29th September, 2015

    Distinguished colleagues, I heartily welcome you back from our annual recess. I hope you had a very rewarding time with your families and your constituencies. I also hope that the period of recess has afforded you opportunities to reflect on the enormous task before this Senate in the months ahead. I believe that we have all resumed today with greater vigour and higher commitment to serve our fatherland and serve the cause of democracy. In the face of the great ... read more

  • 22 Sep 2015

    Senate is Solidly Behind Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki

    After majority of us, Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, witnessed the appearance of our President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal this morning, we are happy that he appeared at the Tribunal after availing himself of the opportunity to defend his Fundamental Human Rights. We also want to state here, on behalf of our colleagues, that the Senate remains solidly behind Senator Saraki and we express our unalloyed support for his leadership. We reiterate ... read more

  • 21 Sep 2015

    Saraki – ‘I will be at the Tribunal Tomorrow, Tuesday’

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal tomorrowTuesday 22nd of September 2015. While the Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had stated and maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon. The ... read more

  • 19 Sep 2015

    Our Nation Has Lost A Pre-eminent mother

    I have been enthusiastically looking forward to making a big but surprise visit to Ikenne, Ogun State to be part of the Centenary birthday celebration of Mama H.I. D. Awolowo, knowing that she is the last woman standing among the wives and mothers who truly contributed by supporting their spouses in laying the foundation for our nation building. To think that she will not be there during the period of the celebration, which is just about two months away, makes ... read more

  • 18 Sep 2015

    CCT Defiance of Subsisting Court Order: Our Stand

    Following the development in the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) today, Friday, September 18, 2015 when the Tribunal chose to ignore the subsisting order of a Federal High Court by sitting, we hereby state our position as follows: 1. While the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had stated and maintains that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes he has an inalienable right to resort to ... read more

  • 17 Sep 2015

    Saraki Urges Ilorin People To Pray For National Progress 

       President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called on Nigerians to continue to pray fervently for the success of the present administration. Saraki spoke in Abuja when he received the Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union, led by its National President, Alhaji Abdulhamid Adi, on a courtesy visit to the Senate President. He admitted that Nigerians have many reasons to be grateful to God and urged the people to be selfless in their service to the nation. ... read more

  • 17 Sep 2015

    Saraki to Complaints Commission: Era of Impunity is Over

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday tasked the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to ensure that the era of impunity and administrative injustice in the country are eradicated from the public service and the bureaucracy.The Senate President further stated that the principal reason for the establishment of the Public Complaints Commission was to protect the public from gross abuse of office by public servants, while pledging that the 8th Senate would strengthen the commission to enable it perform its ... read more

  • 16 Sep 2015

    Saraki Debunks Frivolous Allegations by CCT

    The attention of Dr. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, has been drawn to a charge sheet being widely circulated on the online media, upon which he is expected to be tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).  It should be noted that at the time of writing this statement (10.00am on September 16, 2015), Dr. Saraki has not been served the court process. However, we recognise that as a public officer, he owes members of the public explanation ... read more

  • 12 Sep 2015

    Saraki Condemns bombing of Yola IDPs Camp

     …Commiserates with Saudi Arabia authorities over Mecca tragedy Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, expressed anguish over the bomb explosion that reportedly killed 14 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and injured 13 others inside the Malkohi camp in Yola, Adamawa State. Saraki also commiserated with the Saudi Arabian authorities and the Muslim Ummah over the construction crane that crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the Kabbah, killing at least 107 people, with scores more injured, days before the commencement of ... read more

  • 10 Sep 2015

    My experience as Senate President, interesting, challenging, says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Wednesday) said that his experience since assumption of office three months ago has been both interesting and challenging. Saraki spoke while answering questions from reporters after his official tour of the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, the first such tour to be embarked upon by any Senate President since 1992 when the National Assembly moved to its present location.He however said that the rewarding aspect of the job is the overwhelming support he ... read more

  • 08 Sep 2015

    2 Law School Students Win Saraki’s Scholarship

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday presented scholarships to two Nigerian Law School students. Saraki while giving out cheques to the beneficiaries said the gesture was in fulfillment of his electioneering promise to channel his pensions as former Governor of Kwara State into a scholarship fund for the benefit of brilliant but indigent students in the country. Mohammed Abdullahi Tosin and Adam Mohammed Ndakuku from Irepodun and Edu Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kwara State respectively are the ... read more

  • 07 Sep 2015

    Speech by President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON) at the Presentation of Scholarship Award to Beneficiaries of the Saraki Pension Scholaship Fund on September 7, 2015 in Ilorin

    A PROMISE MADE, A PROMISE KEPT. BEING THE SPEECH BY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) AT THE PRESENTATION OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD TO BENEFICIARIES OF THE SARAKI PENSION SCHOLASHIP FUND ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 IN ILORIN, KWARA STATE Early in the year, as part of my electioneering campaign, I promised our people that my pension as Governor of Kwara State will now be channeled into a scholarship fund for the benefit of brilliant but indigent students in ... read more

  • 07 Sep 2015

    Olu of Warri’s exit painful, says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday lamented the demise of Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri and said the nation has lost a rare gem and an exceptional monarch. Saraki in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, said the passage of the Olu of Warri was painful but quick to admit that death is an inevitable end for all mortals. He stated that the Ogiame Atuwatse’s passage is coming one month and ... read more

  • 05 Sep 2015

    Senate Canvasses Global Support For Nigeria’s Economy

    The Senate has called on the International Community to support Nigeria in her efforts to reposition and grow the economy. This call was made by a Senate delegation at separate bilateral meetings with German and French delegates during the just concluded 4th UN International Conference for Heads of Parliaments in New York. Members of the delegation led by the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, included the Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye ... read more

  • 05 Sep 2015

    Saraki to UN Conference: Partner With Us To Defeat Boko Haram

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Wednesday) urged the International Community to partner with Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country. Saraki made the call while delivering his key note address at the ongoing 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. He noted that the menace of insurgency and all forms of brutality being visited on innocent citizens ... read more

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  • 03 Sep 2015

    Photos From The 4th World Conference Of Speakers Of Parliament

    Photos from the delegation of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the 4th World Conference Of Speakers Of Parliament organised by the International Parliamentary Union at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 31st of August to 2nd of September 2015.

  • 02 Sep 2015

    Photos: Bilateral Meetings at The 4th World Conference Of Speakers Of Parliament

    Photos from bilateral meetings with delegations from Canada, France & Germany to the 4th World Conference Of Speakers Of Parliament.

  • 02 Sep 2015

    Video: Nigeria’s Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki Speaking on Terrorism At The 4th World Conference Of Speakers Of Parliament

    Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki is calling on the International Community to work with national, regional and sub-regional Institutions to fight terrorism. Dr.Saraki and the Speaker of the House of representatives are in New York , attending the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament with some members of the National Assembly.

  • 02 Sep 2015

    Video: Nigeria’s Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki in New York at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

    Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara are in New York for the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament convened by the Inter-Parliamentrary Union in collaboration with the United Nations. In this feature, NTA’s Joy Osiagwu takes a look at the new agenda to end the indiginity of poverty and the role of the Parliament in the plan of action.

  • 02 Sep 2015

    Keynote Address by Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki at the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the UN Headquarters, New York

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE DISTINGUISHED SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, (CON) ON THE OCCASION OF THE FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS OF PARLIAMENT ORGANIZED BY INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION 31ST AUGUST TO 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2015 AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK. (PROTOCOL) Greetings from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is a great honour to address you this morning. Let me join my other colleagues in congratulating the IPU on this historic conference of speakers. The timing could not ... read more

  • 01 Sep 2015

    Video: AMAZING! See What @BukolaSaraki Did To Honor D’Tigers

    A short video of the Sentate President Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki shooting some hoops during some downtime to honor Nigeria’s senior basketball team, D’Tigers, for emerging as African Champions.

  • 01 Sep 2015

    Saraki Lauds New African Basketball Champions, D’Tigers

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday congratulated Nigeria’s senior basketball team, D’Tigers, for emerging as African Champions for the first time in the history of the continental tournament. An elated Saraki, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu in Abuja, said it was fulfilling that the Nigerian team finally broke the jinx and made the nation proud at the 2015 African Basketball Championship held in Tunisia. He said that D’Tigers’ victory has rekindled the nation’s ... read more

  • 31 Aug 2015

    Speech by the Senate President Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on the Commemoration of @RiseNetworks International Youth Day Conference #IYD2015NG

    INNOVATIVE INCLUSION ACROSS GENERATIONS SPEECH BY THE SENATE PRESIDENT, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE COMMEMORATION OF RISE NETWORK’S INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY CONFERENCE HELD INSIDE THE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, AKOKA, ON AUGUST 31, 2015. Protocols…… INTRODUCTIONS: Due to prior international commitments at a legislative summit in New York, the Senate President asked that I represent him at this event. I am sure that given his track-record, specifically with his penchant for frequent engagement with young people ... read more

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

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

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

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

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





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