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

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

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

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

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

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

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

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

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

Senate President

Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

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  • 29 Sep 2016

    Procurement Act passed in June to boost business for Local manufacturers via

  • 28 Sep 2016

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Video on & why further reduction in NassBudget & overall reduction across all tiers of government wasn't

  • 28 Sep 2016

    National Assembly To Boost Youth Participation In Governance, says SarakiPresident of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar...

  • 28 Sep 2016

    National Assembly To Boost Youth Participation In Governance, says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said the National Assembly is committed to ensuring greater youth participation in governance to guarantee the country's future. Speaking when he played host to the Nigerian Youth Parliament, led by its Speaker, Hon. Ayodele John Obe, in Abuja, Saraki said part of the change policy of the present administration is geared towards effective engagement of the younger generation so as to raise vibrant leaders who will steer the ship of state in future. He stated that the Senate will continue to acknowledge the efforts of the youths in governance and national, adding that, "I want to confirm our commitment as the Senate on empowerment of the youths, not only because you are the majority in the population but also because we believe you are the owners of the future. “Both in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship, our youths have displayed much zeal and in the light of this, we will continue to partner with you," he said. The Senate President who acknowledged the mandate of the 109-man strong Youth Parliament, said the request of the Speaker to enable members of parliament undergo internship with their respective Senators would be looked into to ensure that the youths are imbued with necessary legislative skills required to pilot a federal legislature. He further said the Senate would work out a modality to enable the youth lawmakers participate in the activities of the Red Chamber at the committee levels. He also noted that the enormous socio-economic and leadership challenges facing the country require all hands to get involved in resuscitating the economy at this critical moment, saying that youths should be ready to partner with the government in all ramifications. Earlier, the Speaker of the Third Session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Hon. Ayodele John Obe, commended the visionary and robust leadership of the Senate President. "Under your delightful efforts, commitment and proactive leadership, the 8th Senate has provided the much needed legislative impulse, insight and oversight functions. Thus, worthy of note, is that this breakthrough was recorded amidst severe turbulence," Obe stated. The Speaker, however decried the removal of the youth development vote from the 2016 budget "which has stalled virtually all the youth activities for the year," and appealed to the executive to ensure that provision is made for it in the supplementary and subsequent yearly Appropriation Acts.

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Watch the video to get my reaction on what is delaying the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and what the Senate is goi

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Status of the Petroleum Industry Bill and what is delaying the passage.

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Status of the Petroleum Industry Bill and what is delaying the passage.

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Video of my answer on the question of what is doing about the economic recession

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Video of my Answer to the question of what the Senate is currently doing about the economic recession

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Video of my Answer to the question of what the Senate is currently doing about the economic recession

  • 28 Sep 2016

    *SENATE RESOLUTION TO EXECUTIVE ON GETTING NIGERIA OUT OF RECESSION*1. The executive should forward an Economic...

  • 28 Sep 2016

    *SENATE RESOLUTION TO EXECUTIVE ON GETTING NIGERIA OUT OF RECESSION* 1. The executive should forward an Economic Stimulus Bill containing all the fiscal stimulus packages, investments and incentives which will receive accelerated consideration and passage at the National Assembly. 2. The fiscal and monetary authorities must harmonise all policies that lower interest rates for investors in the real sector and small/medium scale farmers. 3. The government should adopt peaceful means in the Niger Delta to restore Nigeria’s oil production back to 2.2 million barrels per day. 4. The release of low interest funding under the stimulus package should be targeted at the following areas. Social Safety Programmes Humanitarian Activities in the North East Power Generation Agricultural value chain Textile manufacturing National highway network construction and maintenance Railway construction and maintenance Motor vehicle assembly plants Completion and commissioning of Ajaokuta Steel Complex Arts, Science and Technology 5. The President should appoint a Senior Special Adviser to lead the government engagement with the aggrieved Niger Delta Militants to ensure the protection of Nigeria’s oil and gas assets. 6. The Federal Government should negotiate foreign concessionary borrowing agreements to cover shortfalls in the 2016 budget and the government’s accelerated infrastructural development programme. 7. The Federal Government should restrict and cap the issuance of bonds and treasury bills in order not to crowd-out local investors from the market. 8. The Federal Government should ensure the payment of all genuine domestic debts owed to local contractors who have completed their jobs. 9. The Federal Government should settle all salaries and pension liabilities. 10. The Federal Government should leverage the use of pension and insurance funds to provide long-term capital on lending for agriculture, industry and housing projects. 11. The Executive should reconstitute the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and all other critical agencies in order to ensure that they operate in accordance to their enabling laws. 12. The Legislature (through law) and the Executive (through policies) must take action to encourage telecommunications companies to float their shares in Nigeria’s stock market. 13. The Fiscal Responsibility Act should be used to encourage States and Local Govenrments to be more prudent and accountable in their revenue and expenditure agreements. 14. Cases involving unaccounted oil exports should be pursued vigorously to logical conclusions. 15. The Federal Government should immediately set-up an ad-hoc committee for the reconstruction of the North-East and the rehabilitation and resettlement of all Internally Displaced Persons. 16. The President should consider establishing a Council of Economic Advisers made up of experts in economic management. 17. The Federal Government should establish a platform for pro-business-oriented leadership-level engagement to boost market confidence. 18. The Federal Government should retool its export promotion policy scheme with export incentives like the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) and the export financing initiatives. 19. The National Assembly will institute a legislative framework with timelines for key government policies in the area of agriculture and solid minerals to boost investor confidence in government - and to protect investors from rapid policy reversals. The National Assembly will examine, prioritise and fast-track the consideration of the following bills to revive Nigeria’s economy: Petroleum Industry Bill National Development Bank of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill Nigerian Ports and Habours Authority Act (Amendment) Bill National Road Fund (Establishment) Bill National Transport Commission Act of 2001 Warehouse Receipts Act (Amendment) Bill Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) Investment and Securities Act (ISA) Customs and Excise Management Act Federal Competition Bill National Road Authority Bill 20. The National Assembly will immediately commence sustained oversight to monitor the activities of the Executive in the implementation of the 2016 Budget. 21. The National Assembly will continue to engage the Executive to create the necessary synergy on all economic and social interventions that are capable of bringing succour to Nigeria.

  • 28 Sep 2016

    How to get out of the Economic Recession

  • 28 Sep 2016

    How to get out of the Economic Recession

  • 28 Sep 2016

    RT : "Presiding officers are just 1st amongst equals, as the opposition by my colleagues to the sale of national assets has show

  • 28 Sep 2016

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Watch on : Join me live as I take your question on the economy

  • 28 Sep 2016

    On Assets recovered

  • 28 Sep 2016

    I posted a new video to Facebook

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Join me live as I take questions on the current state of the economy

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Join me live as I take questions on the current state of the economy

  • 28 Sep 2016

    I posted a new video to Facebook

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Do you have questions or concerns on what Nigerian Senate is doing to jumpstart the economy? I will come live...

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Do you have questions or concerns on what Nigerian Senate is doing to jumpstart the economy? I will come live on Facebook and Twitter to answer your questions on at 2:45pm Today.

  • 27 Sep 2016

    of the recommendations that I and my colleagues at the will be forwarding to the

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Today, the resolved that the release of low interest funds should be used to galvanize the following ar

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Democracy is in action we will monitor the recommendations, we will do oversight & pass necessary bills on our own

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Tune in to watch live proceeding of Senate Plenary for Tuesday 27th of September 2016

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Tune in to watch live proceeding of Senate Plenary for Tuesday 27th of September 2016 http://youtu.be/lPS7rHsk9WY

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Tune in to watch live proceeding of for Tuesday 27th of September 2016

  • 27 Sep 2016

    We cannot afford further fixation to politics that does not add food on table of our people, or add one mega-watt o

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Today, as part of the we will consider all the recommendations made by Senators last week in order to...

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Today, as part of the we will consider all the recommendations made by Senators last week in order to come up with a resolution that will be forwarded to the executive on how we can work together to get Nigeria out of recession.

  • 26 Sep 2016

    seeks to end politics that does not add food on the table of our people, or add one mega-watt of electr

  • 26 Sep 2016

    To get local & international investors, we must speak and act in ways that inspire confidence and encourage people

  • 26 Sep 2016

    We must all put aside our differences to tackle the economic crises facing our nation.

  • 26 Sep 2016

    Regardless of how we might feel about the current administration, we must put aside our differences to tackle the...

  • 26 Sep 2016

    Regardless of how we might feel about the current administration, we must put aside our differences to tackle the economic crises our nation is facing.

  • 26 Sep 2016

    Saraki wants government to place priority on teachers' welfare -

  • 25 Sep 2016

    Legislature Will Work With Executive To Revive Economy

  • 25 Sep 2016

    It is good to have school buildings and others in capital expenditure, but we must make education interesting secto

  • 25 Sep 2016

    Lol. How old were you in JSS 1? I think because my birthday is around the last few days of the year played a part in when I started school.

  • 25 Sep 2016

    Electoral reform is currently being considered as part of the constitutional amendment that is on going

  • 25 Sep 2016

    Yes, it will be a gradual process. If we can target to gain 10% in local content in IT Sector yearly, that will bo

  • 25 Sep 2016

    Met with the management and other members of delighted to see the renovations they are planning to our grea

  • 25 Sep 2016

    Kings College is a secondary school.

  • 25 Sep 2016

    (VIDEO) "We will provide legislation that will ensure 90% of products used in Information Technology sector are...

  • 25 Sep 2016

    (VIDEO) "We will provide legislation that will ensure 90% of products used in Information Technology sector are sourced from local Manufacturers" I had the privilege of meeting with the representatives of the Certified Computer Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to offer them support on how Nigerians can embrace locally manufactured computers and other gadgets in order to develop the IT sector, shore up our economy and create more jobs. During my interaction, I discovered that despite the fact that the Information Technology sector is growing as fast as the agriculture sector, over 200 billion is spent annually in this sector and sadly over 99% goes to imported brands, which is depleting our foreign exchange and providing jobs for other countries which will not in anyway help our economy. The Senate under my leadership is determined to provide legislation that will ensure that in next few years, 90% of the products in this sector is produced locally In Nigeria while we gradually reduce importation to below 10%

  • 24 Sep 2016

    Celebrating Wife of Deputy Senate President, Lady Nwanneka Ekweremadu as she turns 50 in MPU, Aniniri LGA, Enugu

  • 24 Sep 2016

    (VIDEO) On Thursday, September 20, 2016 the delegation of the Working Group on Environmental Audit of African...

  • 24 Sep 2016

    (VIDEO) On Thursday, September 20, 2016 the delegation of the Working Group on Environmental Audit of African Organisation of the Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI WEGA) paid me a courtesy visit to seek Senate’s support and appropriate political legislation on the implementation of previous environmental issues raised previously. I assured them of our cooperation to assist them in their endeavours and further Advocacy to Tackle Environmental Challenges.

  • 24 Sep 2016

    Recession doesn't respect your political affiliation. We must agree that no one has monopoly of ideas and share...

  • 24 Sep 2016

    Recession doesn't respect your political affiliation. We must agree that no one has monopoly of ideas and share ideas on how we can get our country out of recession. The Infograph is part of my 14point agenda I tabled before my colleagues on to end recession

  • 24 Sep 2016

    Here are 14 points recommended in my speech on on Tuesday we will collate recommendations to pass a res

  • 23 Sep 2016

    RT : Great Speech by d Sen President at KC Lagos today. Indeed in govt, we need to put our 1st 11 for

  • 23 Sep 2016

    Fruitful Engagement of Youths is Solution to Recession, Says SarakiPresident of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola...

  • 23 Sep 2016

    Fruitful Engagement of Youths is Solution to Recession, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday said the fruitful engagement of millions of youths to increase the nation's productive capacity remains the best way for Nigeria to quickly end the present economic recession in the country. Saraki expressed this opinion while delivering the keynote address at the 2016 King's College Founders' Day Lecture organized by old students of the prestigious post-primary institution in Lagos, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu. He said that the country urgently needs to unleash the energy and creative capacity of the youth to ensure that we produce goods and services for local consumption and imports. While saying that creation of jobs for the majority of the nation's youthful population remains a challenge, he said the 8th Senate has began laying the solid legal foundation upon which the efforts to positively reverse the trend would be predicated. He said that such foundation would enable the youths not only to find gainful employment but find a conducive legal, economic and socio-political environment to engage in entrepreneurial ventures through which they would generate jobs opportunities for their peers. Saraki said: "The biggest challenge facing Nigeria, even in the best of times, is how to create jobs for our 60 million young people between the ages of 18-35. What we are working towards is so that when you get out of school and wish to embark on whatever career path you desire; be it entrepreneurship or in the employ of a company or even in public service, that you have an enabling environment to thrive in. "I am sure like in my time, there are one or two of you that are already testing out the entrepreneurial waters, brokering deals here and there (trade me your cornflakes for my milk); but if you wish to register a business and legitimise yourself, you will hit some hurdles that at your young age would be most daunting. "It is not uncommon for people as young as 18 or 21 to start businesses in other developed economies—Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook who recently visited Nigeria, launched the site at the age of 20—and I am confident as fellow Kingsmen, you possess the will, creativity and innovation to come up with products and services that can change the way we live in Africa; and the world. "So, at the Senate, we are working to protect your opportunity to do just that. If it is easy to start, run and grow a business, it is easy for young Kingsmen like yourself, to find or create jobs; and contribute to the King’s College Alumni legacy and traditions of service to one’s community and country," he said. According to the Senate President, one of the first tasks the 8th Assembly set out for itself was to look at laws that would improve the ease of doing business in the country. He said: "With a global ranking of 169 out 189 on the index, we sought to make aggressive changes to laws that impact the private sector and remove bottlenecks to the process of company registration, securing permits and other activities related to starting and growing a business. "I am confident we have the right capacity to get out of this recession very quickly. For this to happen however, we must be willing to embrace a new way of thinking about the problems and the solutions," Saraki said. He added: "A mind-set that is exclusionary and is not open to a different notion of solutions is likely to keep us longer where we are than we should ordinarily be. We must begin to act and speak in a way that inspires confidence and encourage people to want to do business with us and bring investments to our country. An economically strong Nigeria is good for Africa and for the rest of the world. "So, everyone wants to see Nigeria climb out of this recession as quickly as possible. They are willing to work with us. But we must demonstrate that we truly want them to work with us by giving them confidence and speak the language that they understand, the most important of which is that we are able to show them why Nigeria is still a good place for them to bring their money. "We must not allow the difficulty of the moment to destroy our hope of a great future. I have no doubt that what we are currently experiencing is a passing phase. I have no doubt that the sun will shine again on our glorious country. "I have no doubt that a future of greatness awaits the young men in this hall and across our country. However, this is the time, more than ever before, that anyone who has something to contribute must step forward in solidarity. "I appeal to all Kingsmen here this morning. All of us as old boys must rediscover the spirit that has driven us to succeed in our respective endeavours and bring that spirit to bear now, in helping Nigeria out of this current situation. In any group of Nigerians who have gone to school in Nigeria, who can dig us out of this challenge, I have no doubt that Kingsmen can. Let’s do it," he said. The Senate President however told his fellow Kingsmen that the progress of the nation has been unduly arrested by what he termed as a combination of mutually destructive competition for power, pursuit of parochial interests and failure by the elite to devise a vision of development and build a consensus around it. "Our dear country Nigeria is so hugely blessed. But why have we remained rooted to one spot like a man running on a treadmill?" Saraki said. "Why have we failed to achieve the limits of our potentials, despite our rich endowments in human and natural resources? "The answer, my dear Kingsmen, cannot be far-fetched. We are where we are today because we have failed to develop a system that ensures that only the best and the most competent of our citizens assume leadership positions. "While other countries continue to ensure that only the brightest and best of their citizens occupy public positions, whether elective, appointive or even in the bureaucracy, the opposite appear to be the case in our country. While other people continue to hand the destiny of their country to men and women with Ivy-league credentials, we continue to wallow in mediocrity. "A combination of mutually destructive competition for power; pursuit of parochial interests no matter how defined, and utter failure of the elite to devise a vision of development and build a consensus around it; all these have conspired to ensure that those who have real contributions to make don’t even get to put a leg in the room. "I am confident that as long as we continue to keep this vision alive, someday soon, in our politics, the choice of who becomes President of Nigeria will be based on capacity as opposed to religion, origin or language," he said. End

  • 23 Sep 2016

    I have heard great things about Barewa. Like most people, I will pick my Alma Mater before any other.

  • 23 Sep 2016

    Sure Barewa was almost as good because my parents narrowed it down to both schools. But as an eleven year old boy,

  • 23 Sep 2016

    I Owe a lot of gratitude to they taught me most of the very important lessons that had helped me through life up till this day

  • 23 Sep 2016

    Before attending KC in 1973, I had an option of attending Barewa College, which also offered me admission. But I didnt like their uniform

  • 23 Sep 2016

    #floreat @kcoba My address at the 2016 Kings College, Lagos, Founders Day Lecture

    #floreat @kcoba My address at the 2016 Kings College, Lagos, Founders Day Lecture The Principal of Kings College, Mr. Oluseyi A. Thomas; staff and students of this great institution; eminent guests; fellow alumni and Kingsmen. I say a big thank you to the President Kings College Old Boys Association for the invitation to speak at this Founders Day lecture. The last time I was here was during the Centenary celebrations in 2009. Witnessing that occasion, made me really proud to ... read more

  • 23 Sep 2016

    My address at the 2016 Kings College, Lagos, Founders Day Lecture -

  • 23 Sep 2016

    I enjoyed the occasion & understood it for what it was: a tradition, designed over several years and handed down by generations of students

  • 23 Sep 2016

    When I was in Kings College, I was generally seen as an aje butter, so I was a natural target.

  • 23 Sep 2016

    @kcoba My address at the 2016 Kings College, Lagos, Founders Day Lecture The Principal of Kings College, Mr. Oluseyi A. Thomas; staff and students of this great institution; eminent guests; fellow alumni and Kingsmen. I say a big thank you to the President Kings College Old Boys Association for the invitation to speak at this Founders Day lecture. The last time I was here was during the Centenary celebrations in 2009. Witnessing that occasion, made me really proud to be a part of the great history of this school. It therefore gives me a great joy to be back today and to be in this distinguished company of old friends, seniors, classmates and juniors. As I stepped into this hall this morning, long forgotten memories of my last real performance here came rushing back to me. I just came to Kings College as an 11-year-old boy. It was really my first time of leaving home. As was the tradition, new boys were selected to give a performance as part of the initiation process to welcome them to this great institution. If you did well, you got a good applause. Otherwise, well, the brine was waiting for you. I was generally seen as an ‘aje butter’, so I was a natural target. For this reason, I knew that no matter my performance that night, for me, there would be no escaping the brine. In any case, I didn’t think I gave an Oscar-worthy performance. Therefore, I must have been treated to a double, if not triple ration of the brine. But in the end, I was fine. I enjoyed the occasion and understood it for what it was: a tradition, designed over several years and handed down by generations of students who would later became great men; a tradition designed to remind a green-eyed boy that he had left the nest and from the moment he stepped into this hall, he had to learn to face the world and stand up for himself because it is only by accepting small challenges like that, that he would learn to deal with the bigger challenges that await him subsequent years and on the road to becoming a worthy Kingsman. As simple as that event of many years ago was, the memories have stayed with me till this day. More importantly, the principles that it was meant to teach have also endured. I fervently hope that my performance today, unlike that of many years ago, would be good enough to earn me applause. If however, I fall short once again, and you are considering sentencing me to a drink of brine, remember that my security aides are just outside these doors. When I came to this College many years in 1973, I had an option to go to Barewa College, which also offered me admission. But I didn’t like their uniform and the tie. So, Kings College was a clear choice for me. Like I said earlier, like most of the boys, I was leaving home for the first time. I was therefore, not sure how I was going to fare in a boarding house. Some of the boys liked me and made the pains of leaving home more tolerable. However, many of the boys also didn’t like me, for different reasons. To this second category, I owe a lot of gratitude because they taught me most of the very important lessons that had helped me through life up till this day. They taught me some of my very early lessons about peer envy. They taught me that coming from a privileged background does not necessarily translate to an advantage. In fact, it could be a liability. In my own case, because of whom my father was, many thought I was a pampered daddy’s boy who could not hold his own or deal with difficult situations. I soon learn however, that when people define me this way, they also underestimate me. This continues to happen till today. However, I soon learn to convert this into a form of strength. It taught me to win by sheer mental strength, and never giving up in the face of challenges or adversity. I also learnt that not all friends are true friends; and not everyone who does not want to be a friend is an enemy. I learnt that generosity could be a form of power and humility could be a form of strength. I learnt that by being nice to people, you could get them to be nice to you in return. I learnt that respect starts with self-respect. And, by learning all these, I also learnt the delicate art of winning people’s heart; a skill that I continued to perfect through my stay in KC because it was the only way I could have survived, but which has turned out to be the defining factor in my career as a politician! All these lessons that KC taught me have combined to serve me in the course of my life, and continued to define the life I have lived. However, there were a couple of things I couldn’t achieve here. Even though, my ambition was clearly about becoming a doctor, I also wanted to be a great sportsman. I wanted to be the best triple jumper in KC. I also wanted to be a great debater, pianist, and dramatist. I tried them all. I joined the drama and debate club. I took lessons to play the piano and tried to join a band. I participated in a lot of other things. If it was there, I had to try it. Even though I didn’t come close to achieving greatness in any of these, they all taught me important lessons about discipline, commitment to a defined goal and teamwork. All of these, no doubt, prepared me for the role that I have played in public life, and proved beyond all doubts that KC is indeed a great training ground for leadership. I recollect my first experience as a public officer. It was in 2000, when I was appointed a Special Assistant to the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo. Initially I rejected the appointment because I had been promised a ministerial post and coming from a position as an Executive Secretary at a bank, I thought it was a step down. In fact, for a year, I was almost in limbo in negotiations about the role until I was allowed to determine what my engagement would be. I appealed to my strengths and chose to be the Special Assistant on the Budget. Once accepted, I put everything I had into the role and before I knew it, I had built the portfolio into one of the most sought after within the cabinet; with several people openly lobbying for my job. For my age and level, I was the only Special Assistant allowed to attend the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings and given the opportunity to engage with the President on a personal level. I realized quickly that the work I had to do was more important than the position I occupied. I learnt that whatever opportunity you have, you have to make the best of it to leave things better than you met it. In the end, this is what would define you rather than the titles that you bear. Three years later, I was faced with another opportunity to serve when I decided to run for the office of the Governor of Kwara State. Leading up to the election, I had an interview with NTA at their studios in VI and the experience stays with me till this day. The interviewer asked me what she thought was a daunting question. She asked me why I thought I would be of any use to the people of Kwara given that, in her opinion, I had been born with a silver spoon, had never been hungry in my life; and could not possibly empathise with any of the issues facing the masses. There is a common mistake we make as people, to underestimate anyone who is different or coming from different circumstances; and it happens at all levels. My answer to her was simple: seeing as I was not hungry, my concern upon resumption of office would be to make sure none of my people were either. When you put people in public office who are hungry, their first concern is to stem THEIR hunger before they think about anyone else’s. My focus is, was and always will be, service for the greater good of all. This attitude stayed with me when I became the Governor of Kwara State three years later. All that we achieved in those years, remain a reference point in creative governance in Nigeria up till this day. From the pioneer commercial agriculture programme, popularly known as the Zimbabwean farmers; to the Kwara Aviation College, which continue to produce a new generation of aircraft pilots; the first-of-its-kind Community Health Insurance, that provides broad health services coverage for rural dwellers for a mere N200; to the most comprehensive education reform programme ever attempted in Nigeria, Every Child Counts, my government was able to prove that with innovative thinking, and well educated leadership, we could find new solutions to the old problems that we have always grappled with in our country. Our dear country Nigeria is so hugely blessed. But why have we remained rooted to one spot like a man running on a treadmill? Why have we failed to achieve the limits of our potentials, despite our rich endowments in human and natural resources? The answer, my dear Kingsmen, cannot be far-fetched. We are where we are today because we have failed to develop a system that ensures that only the best and the most competent of our citizens assume leadership positions. While other countries continue to ensure that only the brightest and best of their citizens occupy public positions, whether elective, appointive or even in the bureaucracy, the opposite appear to be the case in our country. While other people continue to hand the destiny of their country to men and women with Ivy-league credentials, we continue to wallow in mediocrity. A combination of mutually destructive competition for power; pursuit of parochial interests no matter how defined, and utter failure of the elite to devise a vision of development and build a consensus around it; all these have conspired to ensure that those who have real contributions to make don’t even get to put a leg in the room. Well, I am delighted however to see that Kings College has produced a Senate President. The point I seek to make here is that we need to understand that by virtue of being a Kingsman, you are already earned your right to be in leadership position in this country. Whatever limitations we have, we shall deal with it. But the vision, the philosophy of this great institutions, starting from when it opened its doors to the first set of 10 students 107 years ago, was to produce men who would be leaders of our country. We must not lose sight of this. I am confident that as long as we continue to keep this vision alive, someday soon, in our politics, the choice of who becomes President of Nigeria will based on capacity as opposed to religion, origin or language. Our country, Nigeria is going through a very difficult time. The present is challenging, the future looks very bleak. Just like the National Bureaus of Statistics has confirmed, GDP growth in the second quarter of 2016 at -2.06% following a decline of 0.36% in the first quarter, meant that the Nigerian economy has had two consecutive quarters of economic contraction and therefore has formally slid into recession. One of the questions that I get asked very frequently these days is, how did we get here? During my welcome address to the Senate earlier in the week, I tried to answer this question. The collapse in oil prices from over $100 per barrel to about $48 recently set the broad stage for the challenges that we are currently facing. However, our situation has been compounded by low sovereign savings with FX reserves having declined from over $65bn in 2007 to about $30bn by 2015. The implications of this is that we must do something drastic and quick to restore confidence back into the economy and get people investing and spending again if we are to end the despair in the land. Another question that I have also been repeatedly asked, which I consider to be even more important than the first questions, is whether we can get out of this recession and how must we proceed from here. I am fully aware that as the first alumni of this school to occupy the position of President of the Senate, I have a responsibility built on Truth, Honesty, Patriotism, Integrity and most importantly, Service; to work in collaboration with my Distinguished Colleagues at the National Assembly to get us back on track. And contrary to what you might hear, we are doing just that. Especially, as we have a President that is committed to doing what it takes to return Nigeria back to the leadership position that the country occupied on economy and opportunities in Africa. What we are working towards is so that when you get out of school and wish to embark on whatever career path you desire; be it entrepreneurship or in the employ of a company or even in public service, that you have an enabling environment to thrive in. I am sure like in my time, there are one or two of you that are already testing out the entrepreneurial waters, brokering deals here and there (trade me your cornflakes for my milk); but if you wish to register a business and legitimise yourself, you will hit some hurdles that at your young age would be most daunting. It is not uncommon for people as young as 18 or 21 to start businesses in other developed economies—Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook who recently visited Nigeria, launched the site at the age of 20—and I am confident as fellow Kingsmen, you possess the will, creativity and innovation to come up with products and services that can change the way we live in Africa; and the world. So, at the Senate, we are working to protect your opportunity to do just that. If it is easy to start, run and grow a business, it is easy for young Kingsmen like yourself, to find or create jobs; andcontribute to the King’s College Alumni legacy and traditions of service to one’s community and country. By this time next year, a portion of you will be resuming in universities and tertiary institutions across the country and around the world. We now have a law in Nigeria that further protects you and your female classmates from unwanted sexual harassment from your professors and administrators. You might think that this is an issue that only affects girls but any one of you could find yourself on the receiving end of unwanted advances; or you can have a classmate who has an undue advantage due to unscrupulous activities of having been propositioned by a professor. We are working to make sure you all have a level playing field in both your access to quality education, the opportunities that come with it and a conducive environment to grow your minds. We are also working on a law to make sure that when you write your JAMB, the results are valid for two years as opposed to one, to lessen the stress and rigours of seeking admission. We have reformed the bills on Railways allowing for private sector to come in, play an active part and bridge the gaps in moving people, goods and services across the country. Our hope is that in a few years, you all can decide—say for instance as part of your graduation activities—that if you wish to travel to explore Nigeria, you can just hop on a train and do so safely, affordably and on time; just like your counterparts in other countries. I know the parents of those of you who have to come to school from outside of Lagos will be happy about that. But beyond the ease of moving people up and down, we will be able to move products and goods faster and more efficiently. So when you order something online—as your generation is wont to do—it gets to you safely and affordably. We are aggressively promoting the patronage of “Made In Nigeria” products and services as a way to reverse the expenditure on imported foreign goods that heavily deplete our limited foreign exchange reserves; something that we cannot afford to happen in an oil-export economy faced with falling oil prices. Government is the largest spender on goods and services; and so we have passed a bill compelling that when there is any procurement to be done, the government MUST patronize a Nigerian-made business; and only IF it cannot find the product or services locally can it look outside of our shores to import. The goal is to increase domestic expenditure on goods to 90% with 10% on imported goods. You as students, teachers and alumni can do your bit to support the policy. We should see our local brands of cereal, dairy, backpacks, school shoes, notebooks and study materials dominant in your private purchases. We all have to buy Nigerian to Grow Nigeria. And it starts with you. Make the decision to choose Nigeria, to choose the legacy, to choose service and choose your fellow man; and together we will choose the future that we want and need. I am confident we have the right capacity to get out of this recession very quickly. For this to happen however, we must be willing to embrace a new way of thinking about the problems and the solutions. A mind-set that is exclusionary and is not open to a different notion of solutions is likely to keep us longer where we are than we should ordinarily be. We must begin to act and speak in a way that inspires confidence and encourage people to want to want to do business with us and bring investments to our country. An economically strong Nigeria is good for Africa and for the rest of the world. So, everyone wants to see Nigeria climb out of this recession as quickly as possible. They are willing to work with us. But we must demonstrate that we truly want them to work with us by giving them confidence and speak the language that they understand, the most important of which is that we are able to show them why Nigeria is still a good place for them to bring their money. The biggest challenge facing Nigeria, even in the best of times, is how to create jobs for our 60 million young people between the ages of 18-35? Many have pointed asset. However, we know what we must do to ensure that they do not become a demographic burden. We must event in high quality education and we must earnestly being to build a job-driven economy that can put our young people to work and turn them into a productive force. Great Kingsmen, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. We must not allow the difficulty of the moment to destroy our hope of a great future. I have no doubt that what we are currently experiencing is a passing phase. I have no doubt that the sun will shine again on our glorious country. I have no doubt that a future of greatness awaits the young men in this hall and across our country. However, this is the time, more than ever before, that anyone who has something to contribute must step forward in solidarity. I appeal to all Kingsmen here this morning. All of us as old boys must rediscover the spirit that has driven us to successin our respective endeavours and bring that spirit to bear now, in helping Nigeria out of this current situation. In any group of Nigerians who have gone to school in Nigeria can dig us out of this challenge, I have no doubt that Kingsmen can. Let’s do it. Thank you all for listening.

  • 22 Sep 2016

    Today, I am delighted to join millions across the world in celebrating King Sunny Ade as he marks his 70th birthday. He is one performer whose evergreen music livens up homes and daily make joyful thousands of music lovers across the world irrespective of creed or ethnicity. For more than five decades, KSA has dominated the music scene such that kids who were listening to his songs in the 70s are still listening to him now that they are leaders in the political and socio-economic sphere of our country. His highly captivating and philosophical lyrics are often irresistible as he renders them with his sonorous voice, accompanied with titillating dance steps, signature guitar tunes and other world class musical instruments. I dare say that the "King" is a true gift of God to Nigeria and equally Nigeria's gift to the world. I salute his dexterity, excellence and inspirational musical career through which he continues to positively impact both present and upcoming generations as well as contributing immensely to nation building," he said. While wishing King Sunny Ade many more years of fruitful service to the fatherland, the Senate President urged the Federal Government to tailor some of its intervention measures in the entertainment industry towards encouraging budding talents capable of replicating the strides of one of the world's musical icon.

  • 21 Sep 2016

    Saraki Challenges MTN Nigeria Private Firms to Contribute to Sports Development President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday challenged MTN Nigeria to play an increased role in sports development in the country. Speaking to reporters after a courtesy call by a delegation of the MTN Group in Nigeria led by Brig. Gen. Sani Bello (Rtd) and Ferdinand Moolman, Saraki emphasised that there was a need for large corporations to play a part in ensuring that Nigerian athletes had the necessary corporate funding to compete at the highest levels on the international stage. “It would be great for thriving corporations like MTN Nigeria to begin to look at how they can contribute to national sports development in Nigeria,” the Senate President said, “Such endeavours can make up a critical part of the Corporate Social Responsibility contributions of these companies.” Saraki cited the example of the Delta Airlines which came to the aid of the Nigerian National football team, popularly known as The Dream Team, at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Rio, stating that such interventions in sports should become more commonplace. “We need to encourage more corporations to set up funding mechanisms like foundations that our athletes can benefit from. Doing this would address the issues of funding that have limited our previous successes in international sporting events. “All around the world, athletes benefit from private sector sponsorship — Nigerian athletes should not be the exception. Doing this would help with the preparation of our athletes prior to sports outings, and would also contribute to the logistic requirements that are a necessary ingredient for success", he said. The Senate President said that moving forward, government across all levels should encourage a private-sector driven approach to sports development, highlighting the fact that the Nigerian entertainment industry, specifically Nollywood and the music industry, are noticeable case studies that demonstrate that the increased participation of private sector actors in the administration of the informal sector leads to more effective results. “If we take Nollywood and our indigenous music industry as an example, we can see that these sectors have reached a point of global recognition and acceptability. This is because the innovative and competitive approach of the private sector can never be duplicated by the bureaucracy of government. This is why we need to reevaluate how we think about sports and sports development in Nigeria”, Saraki said.

  • 21 Sep 2016

    Some of my recommendations on what the Executive needs to do immediately to get us out of recession. On Leadership: The Executive should immediately put in place leadership-level engagement platform with the private sector. This must be one that is pro-business and shows unequivocally that government is ready to partner with the private sector towards economic revival.” On Assets: The Executive should raise capital from asset sales and other sources to shore up foreign reserves. This will calm investors, discourage currency speculation and stabilize the economy. On Pension Funds: The Executive should consider tweaking the pension funds policy within international best practice safeguards to to accommodate investment in infrastructure and mortgages. On Monetary Policy: The Executive and CBN will have to agree on a policy of monetary easing to stimulate the economy we must ensure local government borrowing does not crowd out credit for the private sector. On Export Incentives: The Executive must retool its export promotion policy scheme with export incentives such as the resumption of the Export Expansion Grant (EEG); and introduce export-financing initiatives. On the Niger-Delta Avengers: The Executive is urged to engage in meaningful dialogue with those aggrieved in the Niger Delta and avoid an escalation of the conflict in the region. The National Assembly is very ready to play any role in the process and offer ideas on approaches that will deliver quick win-win in order to move the region and the economy forward. On Release of Funds: “The Executive must as a deliberate response consider immediate release of funds to ensure the implementation of the budget for the near short term to inject money into the economy.

  • 20 Sep 2016

    We Must Consider All Options Available to get the economy back on track. Read excerpt of an interview I granted to Libby George of Reuters Nigeria must consider oil asset sales as foreign loans delayed-Senate President September 20, 2016, 1:00 pm By Libby George ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria must consider selling stakes in joint ventures with oil majors and other assets as talks to borrow abroad have not succeeded yet and would in any case not generate enough funds to stimulate economic recovery, the leader of the Senate said. Senate President Bukola Saraki, the third most powerful official in Africa's biggest economy, also said the oil producer might struggle with recession for up to nine months or even longer unless it got serious about attracting investors. The government said this month it had approved loans from China, the World Bank, Japan and the African Development Bank, but Saraki, whose relations with the president have cooled since last year, said such talks were still ongoing with no deals yet. "There is a big hole now in the fiscal deficit because that funding is not coming through. So we've got to look for alternative ways to fund that," Saraki said in a joint interview with the Financial Times on Monday when asked about the loans. The government has said it plans to borrow as much as $10 billion, with half of that coming from foreign sources, including a planned $1 billion Eurobond issue, to fund a budget deficit of 2.2 trillion naira ($7.21 billion) and boost an economy hammered by low oil prices and hard currency shortages. Saraki said that even if the loan talks succeeded, the amount raised would not be enough to plug the hole in public finances. "My take is that even if it does come through, it's a money too little, too late," he said, referring to the loan talks. He said Nigeria needed to sell stakes in oil and gas joint ventures, oil exploration contracts and refineries to raise funds. "In my view, I really can't see any other pathway to recovery. We need investors, we need to raise capital." Such an asset sale would be necessary even if global crude prices recovered to $70 a barrel and Nigeria managed to restore oil production to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) with an end to militant attacks in the Niger Delta oil hub, Saraki said. Officials say the attacks have reduced output by 700,000 bpd. Saraki said Nigeria could overcome recession in six to nine months if swift action was taken -- a more downcast view than that of the government, which has forecast a quick recovery. Central bank governor Godwin Emefiele was due to hold a news conference at around 1315 GMT after a meeting of the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee. The finance minister said on Monday the central bank should lower interest rates so that the government can borrow domestically to boost the economy. Economists polled by Reuters last week predicted that the central bank would keep its key interest rate at 14 percent and reiterate its focus on resuscitating growth. The government has said it is considering asset sales, but has given no details. "If we do things right, the confidence will come in," Saraki said. "If we carry on waiting for government revenues to go up, if we don't do anything seen as thinking out of the box" the recession could drag on longer. Nigeria's 2016 budget was the largest in the nation's history, but the oil price drop and Delta attacks have left the government scrambling for funds......

  • 20 Sep 2016

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM A SENATE ANNUAL RECESS ON TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2016.

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM A SENATE ANNUAL RECESS ON TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2016.   Protocol:   Distinguished colleagues, I am greatly pleased to welcome you back to the hallowed Chamber of the Senate after our annual recess. To our Muslim colleagues, I wish you all Eid Mubarak.   I hope that the recess has ... read more

  • 20 Sep 2016

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM A SENATE ANNUAL RECESS ON TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2016. Protocol: 1. Distinguished colleagues, I am greatly pleased to welcome you back to the hallowed Chamber of the Senate after our annual recess. To our Muslim colleagues, I wish you all Eid Mubarak. 2. I hope that the recess has afforded us the opportunity to reconnect with our constituencies and to reflect on the great task that lies ahead of us. 3. During this years Sallah as it is my tradition, I had close interaction with a cross section of my people in Kwara Central including, the aged, youths, market women, and leaders of thought. I believe many of you did the same. I recall unforgettably, how one of the women came straight to me with a look of utter desperation and all she could mutter out was, please our Senator, do what you can to put an end to this suffering, it is becoming unbearable. I don’t know what your experience was, but if your experience mirrored mine, then the challenge before us could not have been made clearer. The words of this woman reverberated across the hall with such unison that it was impossible to under estimate the desperation in the land. In the last couple of days, I have interacted with many of you here, and it has become even clearer to me that the situation is virtually the same all across the country. 4. During my interaction which I described above, I remember trying to explain to my people that this kind of thing does not happen overnight; that the seeds for the condition that we suffer from today must have been planted by past administrations that refused to do what was necessary. However, I soon realized that my people are not so interested in how we got here or who to blame for our current situation. They only wanted to know that government has plans to get them out of this current predicament. To them, the only explanation that makes sense at the moment is that which puts food on the table, reduces price of rice, garri, salt, sugar, meat and saves jobs. 5. Yes, the collapse in oil prices from over $100 per barrel to about $48 recently meant the Nigerian economy would experience serious challenges. However, low sovereign savings have compounded our situation with FX reserves having declined from over $65bn in 2007 to about $30bn by 2015. The implications of this is that we must do something drastic and quick to restore confidence back into the economy and get people investing and spending again if we are to end the despair in the land. 6. It is no longer news, that the National Bureau of Statistics confirmed that the Nigerian economy has drifted into recession. With GDP growth in the second quarter of 2016 at -2.06% following a decline of 0.36% in the first quarter, the Nigerian economy has had two consecutive quarters of economic contraction. 7. It is clear to me that when people are desperately hungry, what they need is leadership with a clear vision; leadership whose daily actions reflects the very urgency of the people’s condition. Therefore, our response to the current challenge must be dictated by the urgency of the hardship that the people suffer on a daily basis. I say this to urge us that we must have an urgent debate on the way forward. But in having this debate we must resist the temptation of drowning the debate with apportioning blames that will neither bring solutions to the problem or reduce the cost of rice, maize or oil in the market. Rather this debate must be solution driven, it must be people oriented and less political. 8. Distinguished colleagues, the simple question for our debate must be; how do we tame the widespread hunger in the land? How do we save our businesses from collapse? How do we save jobs for the majority and create even a lot more? Only a few months ago, Naira was exchanging to the dollar at 200; today it is approaching 500. How do we arrest this drift so that our businesses can compete and our children can go to school wherever they may find opportunities? These and many more are questions in desperate need for answers. Unfortunately, the answers to all these questions are not easy. But we must ask them all the same. Because these are the questions Nigerians are asking and, they need us to justify our leadership by providing answers to them. 9. However, even as desperate as our people may be for solution, I did not feel that what they expect from us is a miracle. I believe what they want to see is that as leaders, all our hands are on the deck. They don’t care about our politics; they don’t care about our political affiliations; they don’t care if we are APC OR PDP; north or south. What they want is for us to lead the way out of this crisis and deliver on the promises that we made to them. 10. Distinguished colleagues, though the outlook is not cheer-inspiring, however, in the midst of this dire situation, I bring you good news, not fear. I bring a message of hope not despair, because once again, Nigeria shall overcome. Let no one write us off. We have done it before we will do it again. The world has come to know Nigeria as a people who have formed a habit of proving naysayers wrong and turning adversity into triumph. 11. Many times experts have quipped Nigeria is finished, but we come back stronger. This occasion will not be any different. But it will not happen by a slogan! No, it will take positive leadership and unity. Never in our history has the need to show leadership and unity been more acute, more urgent than now. We cannot afford to play politics with our current situation. As a parliament we are in this together with the Executive and the Judiciary, we cannot afford to fail Nigerians. 12. My expectation is that by the time we are done with our debate we should make key actionable recommendations to the Executive on what this chamber sees as the way forward in the immediate, mid term and long term solutions to this economic situation. And as representatives of our people we must follow up through regular oversight and pressure on the Executive to ensure that they deliver on our recommendations. On our path however, we are ready to pass the legislative measures that will facilitate our quick exit from this recession. 13. We will work in concert, not at cross-purposes. Our goal is clear; to work together with the Executive to get our economy out of recession. We will proffer our solutions on policy issues, and where necessary enact necessary legislation to ensure that investor confidence returns to the market. 14. We have already made inroads in this regard with the passage of some the key priority legislation necessary to get us out of this mess; including, the Procurement Act (Amendment) Bill, The Electronic Transactions Bill, The Railway Bill, The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Amendment) Bill and The Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme Bill, 15. Distinguished colleagues let me also state clearly that we shall not hide under the cloak of partisan solidarity to abdicate our constitutional responsibility under the principles of checks and balances. We shall make critical interventions whenever they become necessary and undertake emergency actions whenever they are required, within the confines of the constitution. The task at hand requires us to take tough decisions and do all that is necessary to dig our economy out of this recession. This imperative must take precedence over partisan loyalty. This is what the people expect of us and it is the only way we can continue to justify our presence here. 16. As I had mentioned earlier, on our part we will do the following; Go immediately to debate the state of the economy and come up with economic measures that we will submit to the Executive. This we will do along with passing the necessary legislation we have identified. I must hasten to add in my own opinion that the Executive must begin to take the following needful steps to show Nigerians, the international community and investors both local and international that we are ready to reform and do business. These are I. The Executive must immediately put in place leadership-level engagement platform with the private sector. This must be one that is pro-business and shows unequivocally that government is ready to partner with the private sector towards economic revival. This is a critical signpost towards market confidence which is a key ingredient to help us revamp the economy out of recession II. The Executive mist raise capital from asset sales and other sources to shore up foreign reserves. This will calm investors, discourage currency speculation and stabilize the economy. The measures should include part sale of NLNG Holdings; reduction of government share in upstream oil joint venture operations; sale of government stake in financial institutions e.g. Africa Finance Corporation; and the privatization and concession of major/regional airports and refineries. III. The Executive must consider tweaking the pension funds policy within international best practice safeguards to to accommodate investment in infrastructure and mortgages. IV. The Executive and CBN must agree on a policy of monetary easing to stimulate the economy and harmonise monetary and fiscal policy until economic recovery is attained. We must ensure local government borrowing does not crowd out credit for the private sector. V. The Executive must retool its export promotion policy scheme with export incentives such as the resumption of the Export Expansion Grant (EEG); and introduce export-financing initiatives. VI. The Executive is urged to engage in meaningful dialogue with those aggrieved in the Niger Delta and avoid an escalation of the conflict in the region. The National Assembly is very ready to play any role in the process and offer ideas on approaches that will deliver quick win-win in order to move the region and the economy forward. VII. The Executive must as a deliberate response consider immediate release of funds to ensure the implementation of the budget for the near short term to inject money into the economy. VIII. Similarly, the agricultural sector and the agro-allied businesses should be directly supported to boost value addition and job creation. IX. While government works on the medium to long-term plans, immediate strategies must be devised that would ease the suffering of the ordinary people across our country. In this case particular attention should be given to our citizens in IDP camps. The images emerging from this zone of deprivation and hunger is no longer acceptable. Government should accelerate interim measures to provide social safety-nets to our people and assuage current high levels of misery in the land. Such intervention should seek to fully execute the social spending framework already provided in the 2016 budget. X. Distinguished colleagues, on our own part, we must turn our attention towards a number of legislative priorities such as the Petroleum Industry Bills. We must ensure the passage of the PIB as soon as possible to stimulate new investment and boost oil revenue. As we all know, this bill is long in waiting and is very crucial for vital investment in the oil and gas sector. The impasse of not passing the bill is doing great harm to the industry and the Nigerian economy as a whole. XI. Mortgages remain key for us in the National Assembly and we will immediately begin the process of accelerating bills aimed at reforming the subsector for growth and accessibility in a manner that deepens our peoples access to housing, jobs and economic activities that can inject fresh funds into this sector. XII. There is the National Development Bank of Nigeria (est. etc) Bill 2015, which will provide long term, cheaper source of funds to the private sector. XIII. There are also the Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority Act (Amendment) Bill 2016; National Road Fund (Establishment, etc); National Transport Commission Act 2001; Warehouse Receipts Act Bill 2016; Review of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), Investment and Securities Act (ISA) and Customs and Excise Management Act; Federal Competition Bill 2016; and the National Road Authority. In my view, these bills and some of the other economic reform bills we will be considering in the coming days will be critical in the creation of a basic framework to free up capital and provide the opportunities to get us out of this recession. XIV. We must also explore the possibility of backing certain key government policies with legislations that have time limitations. This will help giver confidence to investors to go into certain areas of the economy and invest without the fear that such policies will suffer reversals and their investments lost. This is especially important in boosting investment in agriculture and minerals; which are critical segments of the new diversified Nigerian economy. 19 This chamber is ready to receive and consider expeditiously any additional proposals from the Executive to create a new Nigerian economy and get us out of this recession as quickly as possible 20 Distinguished colleagues, I must at the point like to re-emphasis the fact that we need togetherness to tackle this problem and it will be naïve to consider the problem we face today as the problem of the administration alone, or that those who brought us to this situation should see us out, that would be doing a disservice to our people who elected us to help them out when they are in need. This problem is our collective problem. It doesn’t matter if we are APC, PDP, or whatever affiliation we may have politically or socially. As leaders we must respond positively to the challenge and thinking out of the box. Hence, we cannot allow our personal interest or comfort to becloud our perception. I do not think anybody in this chamber has gone through more political persecution than myself since the inception of this government, but I will be the last to fold my arms and say that the current economic problem is not my problem. No, it is. 21 So my dear colleagues, I remain humbled by your unflinching support and solidarity to my leadership. I, today once more seek that support, if you believe in my leadership as have always shown, this is the time to follow me further for the sake of our beloved country do what is necessary to ease the pain of our people by working with the Executive to get us out of this situation. 22 Distinguished Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. Let me conclude this address by reaffirming my belief that while we face a grim present and an uncertain future, we have within our country, the capacity to make this the shortest recession in our history. I have no doubt that Nigeria shall rise again. 23 I remember during my Sallah interactive session a young student said to me that he had lost hope in the possibility of a promising future for the youth in Nigeria. This made me realize the weight of our responsibility to get us out of this recession and give hope to our teeming youth who are looking up to us in this Senate. We cannot afford to fail this generation. 24 In this vein, I must urge you my colleagues, that it is time to think outside the box and outside the comfort zone and make immense sacrifices to pursue ways to fast track or passage of bills. We will be relying on your courage, bipartisan spirit, endurance, personality, long hours of plenary sitting that could sometime last into the night if necessary, diligent oversight and prompt committee reporting. These are some of the ways we must use to show that we are ready to lead by example in defense of our national economy. In the same token, we may have to fast track some of this bills as the exigencies of the time demand in order to avoid anything being in the way of our progress out of recession 25 Distinguished colleagues, we cannot afford further distraction and fixation to politics that would not and does not add food on the table of our people, or add one mega watt of electricity to our grid. Everywhere you go there is hunger in our land and our people want solutions to their problems. 26 My distinguished colleagues, I believe we can make the recession we face today the shortest in our history and use the lessons coming out of it to consolidate our development. But it all starts now if we all can believe. Thank you for your attention and God bless Nigeria. Sen. (Dr.) Bukola Saraki (CON) President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • 20 Sep 2016

    Watch Live my opening speech on resumption of Senate as we discuss how to tackle the economy

  • 20 Sep 2016

    Rio Paralympics: We’re proud of you, Saraki Tells Team Nigeria President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday lauded the Nigerian athletes for their heroic performance at the just concluded 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil, as he said "Nigerians are proud of them". Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja said the physically challenged athletes have once again rewritten the nation’s name in gold by emerging the topmost African team with 12 medals comprising eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the tournament. According to him, "Nigerian athletes have demonstrated a remarkable performance. What amazed me most were the new World Records (WRs) set by six of our powerlifting representatives and other athletes. "I am proud of this performance and encourage younger and aspiring athletes to put in more hard work and dedication towards realizing their dreams. Nigeria is rich and endowed with young talented lads. We in the Senate will not relent in partnering and supporting our best hands in order to improve on our sporting standard," he said. The Senate President also commended the Rio Paralympic 2016 Team Nigeria technical crew, coaches, fans and other partners who collectively ensured the victory recorded in the various contests. He added that the glory attained is not only for the nation but a sign of honour and patriotism on the part of the athletes.

  • 19 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Recession: Saraki Takes Buy-Made-In-Nigeria Campaign To Manufacturers

    Press Release September 19, 2016 Recession: Saraki Takes Buy-Made-In-Nigeria Campaign To Manufacturers In furtherance of his resolve to promote Made in Nigeria products as one of the ways out of the current economic recession, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday assured the nation’s manufacturers that the National Assembly would do all it takes to ensure maximum patronage for their goods and services by government agencies and Nigerians alike. According to Saraki who spoke while receiving the President of ... read more

  • 19 Sep 2016

    Recession: Bukola Saraki Takes Buy-Made-In-Nigeria Campaign To Manufacturers In furtherance of his resolve to promote Made in Nigeria products as one of the ways out of the current economic recession, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday assured the nation's manufacturers that the National Assembly would do all it takes to ensure maximum patronage for their goods and services by government agencies and Nigerians alike. According to Saraki who spoke while receiving the President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs, who led other members of the executives of the group on a visit to his office in Abuja, the Senate will not rest until the country overcomes her present economic hardship occasioned by the recession. He said apart from the Public Procurement Act which has been amended by the Senate to drastically reduce the time wasted in the process of procurement and award of contracts by the Federal Government, the Senate has also amended the Railways Act and made provision for private investment in the sector. He added that the National Assembly will continue to enact relevant legislation to fast-track the diversification of the economy by the executive as well as to ensure stability in government's economic policies. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu in Abuja, said: "We are very concerned about the situation of the economy. It is our primary focus for the next few months and I am sure with the support of everybody, we will get the country out of it. "We will do whatever is necessary to find solution to the crisis because Nigeria comes first. We are not afraid to say what we have to say. Where we find ourselves today, we cannot continue to apportion blames but to search for solutions. And your coming here is part of our search for solution. We will take some of your suggestions and we will make sure we work together. "I want to assure you that this 8th Senate is very committed to work very closely with MAN and to support local industries. Before your visit, we have been very strong on how to revive the economy. We have engaged the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. We have engaged with the private sector to come out with bills that will support the economy of the country. We are looking at how to improve on Bills that affect doing business. "As you must have known that we have passed the bill on procurement law, an amendment with two areas of interest. One area was to shorten the time it takes for government to process the award of contracts. "You will find out that this is one area where so much time is lost and by the time the budget is approved they will go to tender the bills and in the process, you will find out that almost the entire year is gone. What we are hoping is that the House of Representatives will concur with us so that the law will be effective immediately. "Also, part of what we passed in that law is to make it compulsory for government to patronize locally produced goods. This is the practice you see in other countries," Saraki said. Earlier, President of MAN, Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs, urged the National Assembly to ensure stability of relevant government's economic policies like the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) through appropriate legislation. Dr. Jacobs commended the diversification drive of the present administration adding that efforts should be geared towards focusing on the non-oil sector. He also called for appropriate manufacturing financing that would enable manufacturers to access loans with five per cent interest rates as well as the inclusion of local content in locally produced goods. END Signed: Sanni Onogu Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President

  • 11 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Eid-el- Kabir: Saraki Urges Muslims To Pray For Peace, Economic Recovery

    Press Release September 11, 2016 Eid-el- Kabir: Saraki Urges Muslims To Pray For Peace, Economic Recovery   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday felicitated with Muslims faithful in the country as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festivities and urged them to pray for peace and accelerated recovery of the nation’s economic. Saraki in his Sallah message  signed by his Special Adviser, (Media and  Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and committed to ... read more

  • 11 Sep 2016

    Saraki to FG, States: Transfer Teacher’s Salaries to Capital Expenditure

    Saraki to FG, States: Transfer Teacher’s Salaries to Capital Expenditure   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday advocated for teacher’s salaries to become an item in the capital expenditure in the budget of state and Federal Governments in order to ensure its prompt payment to beneficiaries. Saraki who spoke during an interactive Town Hall meeting styled ‘#AskSaraki’, which was organised for constituents of his Kwara Central Senatorial district, as part of the activities to mark the ... read more

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Ibru Was A Trailblazer, Says Saraki

    Ibru Was A Trailblazer, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday expressed deep sadness over the death of the patriarch of the Ibru Dynasty, Olorogun Michael Christopher Onajirevbe Ibru, at the age of 85 years. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Ibru as a colossus and trailblazer, who impacted humanity tremendously and positively. He said: “Olorogun Ibru, as he was fondly called, was a ... read more

  • 02 Sep 2016

    Saraki: Accountability is Key to North East Development Plan

    Saraki: Accountability is Key to North East Development Plan President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today ( Friday) stated that accountability and oversight must be necessary components in the nation’s efforts to rehabilitate the insurgency-ravaged North East zone. Saraki’s statement was in response to the conclusion of the four-day visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Dr. Chaloka Beyani. The Senate President indicated that he was encouraged to learn that ... read more

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Investigate IDPs Hunger/Nutrition Crisis

    Saraki: Senate Will Investigate IDPs Hunger/Nutrition Crisis President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday stated that the Senate will investigate the severe hunger and nutrition crisis in the IDP camps in the North East. Last Thursday, hundreds of women from camps in Borno State took to peaceful protest and barricaded the Maiduguri-Kano/Jos Road. While reacting to the protest, Saraki described the development as desperate and reiterated his calls for better coordination amongst government and international aid agencies. ... read more

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Sahara Reporters’s Story is a Mere Fairy Tale, Says Saraki

    Sahara Reporters’s Story is a Mere Fairy Tale, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the story by an online medium, Sahara Reporters insisting that the money stolen during an Abuja robbery incident in which some soldiers and Department of State Security (DSS) officials were arrested belong to him as another fairy tale and outright falsehood, which are the hallmarks of the medium. He said the money does not belong to him. In a statement by his ... read more

  • 24 Aug 2016

    Press Release August: Sultan’s an Ambassador of Peace, National Unity, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 24, 2016  Sultan’s an Ambassador of Peace, National Unity, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, described the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, as an ambassador of peace, promoter of national unity, champion of of national development, embodiment of tradition and culture and a source of inspiration to many Nigerians. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, on the 60th birthday anniversary ... read more

  • 23 Aug 2016

    SARAKI SENDS TECHNICAL TEAM TO REVIEW HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN THE NORTH EAST 

    SARAKI SENDS TECHNICAL TEAM TO REVIEW HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN THE NORTH EAST  As part of the activities to mark the 2016 World Humanitarian Day, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, sent a technical team to Maiduguri, Borno State, to conduct interviews with domestic and international stakeholders working in the IDP camps in the greater Maiduguri area. The purpose of the visit was to collect information about the emergency relief, recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Borno State. Saraki’s team were ... read more

  • 21 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Justice Omo-Agege Was A Reputable Jurist, Says Saraki

    Press Release August 21, 2016 Justice Omo-Agege Was A Reputable Jurist, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday expressed sadness over the demise of a former Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice James Omo-Agege and described him as a reputable jurist whose seminal judgements would continue to serve as precedents in the legal profession. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the late Chief Judge, who is ... read more

  • 21 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Celebrates Dream Team VI, Urges for Honest Reappraisal

    Press Release  August 20, 2016 Saraki Celebrates Dream Team VI, Urges for Honest Reappraisal Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday celebrated with Nigeria’s Dream Team VI for winning the bronze medal in the men’s football event at the Rio Olympics and called on Sports authorities in the country to embark on honest reappraisal. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also congratulated Nigeria for the feat achieved by the ... read more

  • 20 Aug 2016

    Saraki to Dream Team VI: Don’t Give Up, Nigerians Are Behind You

    Saraki to Dream Team VI: Don’t Give Up, Nigerians Are Behind You Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday, urged the nation’s Dream Team VI in the men’s football event at the ongoing Rio Olympics Games not to give up as a result of their setback in the match against Germany. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also commended the quartet of Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Jennifer Madu and ... read more

  • 16 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Rio Olympics: Go For Gold, Saraki Urges Nigerian Team

    Rio Olympics: Go For Gold, Saraki Urges Nigerian Team Press Release August 16, 2016 Rio Olympics: Go For Gold, Saraki Urges Nigerian Team Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday called on Team Nigeria at the ongoing Rio Olympics Football games to strive to get the gold medal because only the best is good for their determination, resilience and display of soccer skills. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki ... read more

  • 12 Aug 2016

    International Day of the Youth (IYD2016): The Youths, Our Future 

    International Day of the Youth (IYD2016): The Youths, Our Future 1. Today, I heartily congratulate Nigerians especially the Youths as we join other nations across the world to commemorate the 2016 International Youth Day (IYD2016). This special occasion observed every 12th day of August in accordance with the United Nations Resolution 54/120 (19th Dec.1999) affords the youth a golden opportunity to be celebrated and showcase to the world their various achievements in contributing to their communities. 2. This year’s theme: “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving ... read more

  • 10 Aug 2016

    Alleged B’Haram Recruitment in IDPs Camp: Saraki Calls for Probe

    Alleged B’Haram Recruitment in IDPs Camp: Saraki Calls for Probe Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, urged security agencies in the country not to treat the rumours that Boko Haram terrorists are recruiting members from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the Northeast with levity but to urgently investigate the issue to unravel those behind the menace, if any. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki said it has become ... read more

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Saraki Commends EFCC for Investigating Diversion of N/East Relief

    Saraki Commends EFCC for Investigating Diversion of N/East Relief President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday applauded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for investigating and arresting a contractor who diverted 60 trucks of grains that were allocated to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State by the Federal Government. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on the arrest of the contractor, the Senate President denounced the actions of ... read more

  • 07 Aug 2016

    Press Release August: Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode

    Press Release August 7, 2016 Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated Mrs. Funke Egbemode, on her official confirmation as the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), during the guild’s 12th annual conference in Port Harcourt last week. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that Egbemode, who is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspaper, is a square peg in ... read more

  • 03 Aug 2016

    SARAKI COMMENDS UNICEF’s DECISION TO RESUME AID WORK IN N/EAST

    SARAKI COMMENDS UNICEF’s DECISION TO RESUME AID WORK IN N/EAST -Urges probe of alleged Diversion of Relief Items to IDPs Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday commended the pledge of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to continue providing relief assistance to millions in the North-east, despite last  Thursday’s (June 28th, 2016) attack on a Its relief convoy that left two aid workers, one contractor and two soldiers  injured. In a Statement by his  Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), ... read more

  • 02 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New NBA President

    Saraki Congratulates New NBA President Press Release August 2, 2016 Saraki Congratulates New NBA President President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the newly elected President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Mahmoud Abubakar, SAN, and other national officials of the association. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the election of Abubakar could not have come at a better time in the life of the ... read more

  • 25 Jul 2016

    Saraki To NFF’s Warring Factions: It Is Time To Move On

    Saraki To NFF’s Warring Factions: It Is Time To Move On Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday appealed to warring factions in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to sheathe their sword in the interest of football development in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the call, when the President of NFF, Amadju Pinnick led the President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, and Secretary General, ... read more

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session.

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session. Earlier in the day, we started out with a Ministerial Briefing by the Minister of Finance on the Monetary/ Fiscal Policies being adopted to salvage the current economic situation in the country. Later on in the session, we passed the final clause-by-claus e reading of the Repeal and Re-enactment of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act of 1955, which is aimed at opening up Nigeria’s railway sector to private sector participation in ... read more

  • 21 Jul 2016

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OF APC

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OF APC The attention of the Senate President’s Media Team has been drawn to a false publication that is making the rounds on social media that Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). This fabrication is entirely untrue as the Senate President stands committed to the APC; a party that he helped midwife and worked for its victory in the 2015 elections. In his official capacity as Senate President ... read more

  • 20 Jul 2016

    #PromiseKept: National Assembly To Promote Rights of Disabled Persons, Says Saraki

    #PromiseKept: National Assembly To Promote Rights of Disabled Persons, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, said that the 8th Senate and the indeed the National Assembly will henceforth fight to ensure that Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWD) enjoy equal rights like every other Nigerian. Saraki according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja gave the pledge while receiving two PLWD groups from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the ... read more

  • 20 Jul 2016

    Saraki Keeps Promise as Senate Discusses Malnutrition in N/East, *Challenges International Partners to Intervene

    Saraki Keeps Promise as Senate Discusses Malnutrition in N/East, *Challenges International Partners to Intervene Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today kept his promise that the Senate would weigh in on the malnutrition crisis that is plaguing the North East, following the Boko Haram insurgency that ravaged the zone.At its plenary on today (Wednesday), Senate debated a point of order raised by Sen. Baba Kaka Garbai (APC – Borno Central), which was aimed at addressing the acute malnutrition in the country ... read more

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE 10TH ABUJA HOUSING SHOW PROTOCOLS. First of all, let me thank the organisers of this well-thought out event, Chief (Senator) Osita Izunaso — the Chairman of Fesadeb Media Group, and Mr. Festus Adebayo — the Coordinator of the 10th Abuja Housing Show, for their foresight in spearheading this essential gathering, and for their tenacity in ensuring the continuity of this series to its 10th ... read more

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF SENATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE MATRICULATION AND ENDOWMENT OF NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY HELD ON 18 JULY, 2016 AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE SENATE, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX, ABUJA   Protocols I am delighted to welcome you all to this Matriculation and endowment of fellowships of NILS (fNILS) ceremony for the UNIBEN/NILS Postgraduate Programmes. Today’s ceremony represents a major milestone for the National Assembly for two fundamental reasons. First, the Institute ... read more

  • 18 Jul 2016

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday restated his loyalty to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki also reiterated his belief that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government will redeem its electoral promises made during the 2015 general elections. The Senate President spoke at the 10th Abuja Housing Show where top government officials and prominent stakeholders in the housing sector brainstormed on the theme: “Expanding Access To Affordable Housing In Africa.” Acknowledging ... read more

  • 13 Jul 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks ECOWAS Parliament On Regional Integration, Security

    Press Release July 13, 2016 Saraki Tasks ECOWAS Parliament On Regional Integration, Security Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to work towards deeper integration and effective security for persons in the sub-region. Saraki who made the call when the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Mustapha Cisselo, led other management staff of the parliament on a courtesy call on him in Abuja also commended the leadership qualities ... read more

  • 13 Jul 2016

    Promise Kept by Senate

    Promise Kept by Senate   Saraki Keeps Promise as Senate Passes Law to Curb Abuse Against People with Disabilities The Senate today (Wednesday, July 13th, 2016) passed for its third and final reading the ‘Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill (2016) (SB 22).’ Taking to his social media pages to comment on the development, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki stated that the bill is highly important as it seeks to curb the abuse in all forms of ... read more

  • 09 Jul 2016

    Press Statement: Monguno Was A Detribalized Nigerian, Worthy Ambassador, Says Saraki

    Press Statement July 09, 2016 Monguno Was A Detribalized Nigerian, Worthy Ambassador, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed sadness over the death of one of the last set of the nation’s founding fathers, elder statesman, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, who he  described as a detribalized Nigerian and worthy ambassador. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja noted that the former Minister of Mines and Petroleum in the ... read more

  • 07 Jul 2016

    Shinkafi Died When His Experience Was Most Needed, Says Saraki

    Shinkafi Died When His Experience Was Most Needed, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that the death of Alhaji Umaru Ali Shinkafi came at a time when his experience, frank disposition, wise counsel and political sagacity were most needed by a nation faced with several challenges. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that late Shinkafi who was Marafan Sokoto was an accomplished public servant as a top policeman, ... read more

  • 06 Jul 2016

    Eid-el-Fitri: Saraki Urges Muslim faithful to Sustain Virtues Learnt in Ramadan

    Eid-el-Fitri: Saraki Urges Muslim faithful to Sustain Virtues Learnt in Ramadan President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged Muslim faithful in the country to sustain the values and virtues which the holy month of Ramadan taught them in their day-to-day relationship with God and fellow human beings. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, in commemoration of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri also urged all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful ... read more

  • 27 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 22 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 17 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Press Releasee: Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Jun 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour

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

  • 09 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 08 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 06 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 05 Jun 2016

    Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers for Peace, Security

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

  • 05 Jun 2016

    SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration

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

  • 02 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 01 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 31 May 2016

    Press Release: Senate To Debate NEITI Report, Says Saraki

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

  • 29 May 2016

    Democracy Remains Best Solution to our National Problems, Says Saraki

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

  • 24 May 2016

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment

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

  • 16 May 2016

    Press Release Saraki Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament

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

  • 10 May 2016

    Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission

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

  • 10 May 2016

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

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

  • 10 May 2016

  • 09 May 2016

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

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

  • 09 May 2016

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

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

  • 08 May 2016

    Saraki Condoles With Victims of Jebba Train Accident 

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

  • 06 May 2016

    2016 Budget: Saraki Assures Nigerians of  Adequate  Oversight

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

  • 05 May 2016

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

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

  • 04 May 2016

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

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

  • 01 May 2016

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of Workers

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

  • 30 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 25 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 23 Apr 2016

    PENDULUM: A Candid Response from the Senate President

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

  • 15 Apr 2016

    Senate Intervenes on Debts Owed GENCOs by FG

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

  • 14 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 09 Apr 2016

    Plot to Unleash Sponsored Anti- Saraki Protests Uncovered

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

  • 05 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I’m Happy that the Trial Has Commenced

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

  • 04 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 29 Mar 2016

    Saraki Urges Closer Collaboration Between Nigeria, Colombia

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

  • 27 Mar 2016

    Saraki commiserates with victims of Kano inferno

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

  • 24 Mar 2016

    Easter: Saraki Urges Prayers For Peace, Economic Growth

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

  • 23 Mar 2016

    Saraki to Senators: Use Oversight to ensure implementation of Budget

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

  • 21 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 21 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 20 Mar 2016

    National Assembly Hosts Round-table Session on Economy

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

  • 19 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 17 Mar 2016

    Saraki sues for peaceful elections in Rivers

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

    My Comments on ‪#‎GEOBILL‬.

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

    Senate President  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

     Saraki  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

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

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Repositioning Economy Our Priority, Says Saraki

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

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Speech on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

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

  • 13 Mar 2016

    Ibru Was An Exemplary Leader, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Mar 2016

    We’ll Never Cover Up Corruption, Says Saraki

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

  • 11 Mar 2016

    Senate President Saraki Announces Attendance at CCT-led trial

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

  • 10 Mar 2016

    Video: Saraki Meets Female Students on #InternationalWomensDay

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

  • 09 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Saraki Pays Tribute to Osinbajo at 59‎

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Remarks by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on #InternationalWomensDay

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 07 Mar 2016

    Ocholi’s Death,  A Monumental Loss, Says Saraki 

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

  • 06 Mar 2016

    We Remain Solidly Behind Saraki, Say Senators

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

  • 06 Mar 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Uphold Rights of Disabled Persons

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

  • 05 Mar 2016

    Saraki congratulates Obasanjo, New Olubadan, Condoles with Ganduje

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

  • 03 Mar 2016

    Senate, UK Parliament pledge collaboration

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

  • 02 Mar 2016

    NESG: Why the Legislature Must Give Priority to Business Environment

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

  • 01 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Receives the Report on Doing Business in Nigeria

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

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#floreat @kcoba My address at the 2016 Kings College, Lagos, Founders Day Lecture The Principal of Kings College, Mr. Oluseyi A. Thomas; staff and students of this great institution; eminent guests; fellow alumni and Kingsmen. I say a big thank you to the President Kings College Old Boys Association for the invitation to speak at this Founders Day lecture. The last time I was here was during the Centenary celebrations in 2009. Witnessing that occasion, made me really proud to … read more

WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM A SENATE ANNUAL RECESS ON TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2016.   Protocol:   Distinguished colleagues, I am greatly pleased to welcome you back to the hallowed Chamber of the Senate after our annual recess. To our Muslim colleagues, I wish you all Eid Mubarak.   I hope that the recess has … read more

Press Release September 19, 2016 Recession: Saraki Takes Buy-Made-In-Nigeria Campaign To Manufacturers In furtherance of his resolve to promote Made in Nigeria products as one of the ways out of the current economic recession, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday assured the nation’s manufacturers that the National Assembly would do all it takes to ensure maximum patronage for their goods and services by government agencies and Nigerians alike. According to Saraki who spoke while receiving the President of … read more

Press Release September 11, 2016 Eid-el- Kabir: Saraki Urges Muslims To Pray For Peace, Economic Recovery   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday felicitated with Muslims faithful in the country as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festivities and urged them to pray for peace and accelerated recovery of the nation’s economic. Saraki in his Sallah message  signed by his Special Adviser, (Media and  Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and committed to … read more

Saraki to FG, States: Transfer Teacher’s Salaries to Capital Expenditure   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday advocated for teacher’s salaries to become an item in the capital expenditure in the budget of state and Federal Governments in order to ensure its prompt payment to beneficiaries. Saraki who spoke during an interactive Town Hall meeting styled ‘#AskSaraki’, which was organised for constituents of his Kwara Central Senatorial district, as part of the activities to mark the … read more





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