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  • 20 Jun 2018

    Today, I spoke at the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. These were my remarks. SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA, ON JUNE 20, 2018. 1. It is a great pleasure to be here today in the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. I bring you the very warm greetings of the government and people of my country, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who gave me the privilege to serve as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly. It is in that capacity that I head the delegation of Nigerian Senators to Moscow on this auspicious occasion; and what a special privilege it is for me to address you, the distinguished lawmakers of the Russian Federation. I thank you all for honouring me and my colleagues with your esteemed presence, and for your attention as I share some of my ideas with you today. 2. It is wonderful to be back in your beautiful country, especially during the World Cup, and for this, I wish to congratulate the Russian people for the successful hosting of the 2018 World Cup tournament. The burst of colour, spectacle and sportsmanship on display – as well as the smooth running of the event - are a reflection of the level of planning, preparation and capacity on your part as host nation. It is a vibrant symbol of global unity that serves as a most fortuitous backdrop to our visit . 3. My first visit to Russia was in October last year, to attend the IPU General Assembly where I met Valentina Matviyenko, Chairperson of the Federation Council. She graciously extended an invitation to me to visit the Russian Parliament. We are here today in this hallowed chamber as guests of Madam Speaker and this honourable House, in fulfilment of that promise. I thank you most sincerely, Madam Speaker, for this kind gesture. I have every confidence that this will mark the beginning of a new phase of inter-parliamentary cooperation between our two nations, as well as a springboard for renewed vigour in Nigeria-Russia relations in general. It is heartening to observe that over the years, we have cultivated and nurtured a relationship that has been mutually beneficial, and served as a fine example of true friendship among nations. 4. MycountryNigeriaisayoungnationincomparison to yours, especially going by the pegging of the age of sub-Saharan African nations to the period of colonialism and the subsequent emergence into the independent era. Modern Nigeria came into being in 1914, around the same time as the First World War was breaking out; and only a few short years before the Russian Revolution. The Nigerian National Assembly is in its eighth incarnation since our independence from the British in 1960. And, following the ending of a long spell of military rule in 1999, we are proud to say that we have had democracy for nearly two decades, in what is known as our Fourth Republic. 5. As the Nigerian legislature, we in the National Assembly are confident of the prospects for building on the gains of democracy, for the greater prosperity and well-being of those we are elected to serve. 6. Various indicators may serve as useful pointers to the work we have on our hands as Nigerian leaders, to bring about the expected turnaround in our country’s economic fortunes and fulfil the yearnings of our people. Nigeria has only recently emerged from economic recession, and is currently in a period of recovery which we are seeking to consolidate by pushing through major reforms to diversify our economy for growth and development. We are confident of our chances in this regard. Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at $405.10 billion in 2016 – that is about 0.65 percent share of the global economy. From an estimated contraction of 1.54 percent in 2016, we have projected a GDP growth rate of 3.5 percent for 2018. A PricewaterhouseCoopers Report indicates that Nigeria can achieve an annual growth of 4 percent in the run up to Year 2050. 7. I do not hesitate to stress that ,however tentative or conservative the projection, Africa is looking to the future, and Nigeria is at the forefront of that push. Africa is the future. There is nothing hyperbolic about that statement. More than half of the countries with the highest annual growth rate are on our continent, and this has been the case since the Year 2000. Household consumption in Africa is expected to double by 2030, to $2.5 trillion; and combined consumer and business spending will reach $6.7 trillion in that same year. � 8. Furthermore, a massive demographic dividend is expected to deliver an unprecedented advantage by 2050, when our continent will account for 40 percent of the world’s population – and one in four persons on earth will be African. There is a lot of hope riding on what some are calling ‘The African Century’. We are the youngest continent, with a population of 1.3 billion Africans whose numbers are set to double by 2050; and more than half of whom are young people. The number of African youth expected to reach working age by 2035 will exceed that of the rest of the entire world combined. 9.Nowhere is the surging power of Africa’s youth more inescapable than in Nigeria. Ours is the most populous country on the youngest continent, with some 68 percent of the Nigerian population between 18 to 35 years of age. This youth demographic is transforming every sphere of life in our country, especially with regard to entrepreneurship, sports, arts and entertainment. Over 500 tech start-ups have come onstream in Nigeria in the last 10 years. Moreover, a KPMG Report found that investment in the African FinTech sector rose from $198 million to $800 million in 2017 alone. 10. The truth is self-evident, my fellow parliamentarians: Africa cannot be ignored; and it is those that engage with us now - to build links and deepen relations – that will be strong partners in the highly anticipated African future. Many have already looked to the horizon and are working to forge more meaningful links with African nations. I daresay this visit presents an opportunity not only for cementing the relationship between our two countries, also, because Russia should not be left out on the economically significant Africa of the future. 11. Fellow parliamentarians, as leader of the Nigerian delegation to your country, my interest is the interest of the Nigerian people; as yours is the interest of the people of Russia. We are living in a global village that is undergoing rapid change. The recalibration of the world and the various power blocs is happening right before our eyes. New trade partnerships are being struck, new diplomatic alliances being made, new frontiers being forged; and the decisions made now will determine the direction of countries and peoples for years to come. 12. In the emerging global order, world powers are looking to Africa, and it is not difficult to see why. Africa is not merely rising; Africa is here. There is a world of opportunities on the continent. The 54 nations of Africa represent a huge geographical bloc with enormous potential for investment and strategic partnerships that will benefit only those that venture. Our position, therefore, is simple: those who are serious about expanding their interests in Africa must necessarily see Nigeria – the powerhouse in the region – as the gateway to the continent. 13. We are optimistic about the future. And we are eager to renew old friendships with nations like Russia, while forging new partnerships in the quest to boost trade and tackle some of the challenges of development confronting our nation, and indeed the whole of Africa. I therefore come to you today with a message I hope you will receive in the spirit in which it is given – that a world power such as Russia should necessarily play its role on the African continent, and do so consistently. Russia should reckon with Nigeria as the central area of focus in Africa, and take a more serious view of its longstanding ties to our end of the world. 14. I make this point because we are not seeing enough of that at the present time. There is a vacuum currently, and the reality is that no other country can take your place. You once had a significant presence on our continent; and identified strongly with the struggles of African nations – even naming a university here in Moscow after the great Patrice Lumumba, one of Africa’s most potent independence heroes. That was the kind of engagement we saw in the Soviet era. In this new age with its abundant promises, we must rekindle the fire that once warmed the Russia-Africa relationship. Indeed, Russia should take its rightful seat in engagement with Africa. There is great value in Africa-Russia ties, and it is in both our interests to nurture it. We therefore anticipate that your future strategy will factor in closer relations with Africa, starting with Nigeria. 15. Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa is unassailable. An improved relationship between us would be a definitive pathway to a stronger relationship with the whole of Africa. Let us, therefore, pledge to revitalise the ties between our two countries. It is important, at this point, to stress that the relationship we seek is one based on partnership. We recognise that aid alone will no longer sufficiently tackle the challenges ahead. Partnership, on the other hand, will open the door to new investments and other opportunities. It is for this reason that we in Nigeria are putting a lot of effort into ensuring that we build a strong foundation for the future. And one of the ways we are doing that is by deepening links with other parliaments such as yourselves, because legislation is a necessary key to unlocking potentials in people, and delivering better prospects for citizens. 16. I therefore come to you today as an economic ambassador of Africa’s largest economy. Our economy is increasingly stable and offers immense potential for investment. Our people are self-motivated, ambitious and seeking new opportunities and avenues to make their mark in the dynamic world of today. And I say to you: let us work together to explore new and exciting areas of cooperation and economic opportunities that will be mutually beneficial to our peoples. 17. For us, there are compelling arguments for looking to Russia. I say this for the obvious reason that our two countries share certain, striking similarities. Our two nations are among the 10 most populous countries in the world; and are among the Top 10 in gas reserves. With a population of nearly 190 million people, Nigeria is set to surpass the United States of America as the third most populous country in the world by 2050. In terms of diversity, Russia at 190 ethnic groupings is not too far behind Nigeria’s 250. 18. As a fellow oil producing nation, we do believe that Russia has a keen insight on some of the challenges we face in Nigeria with regard to the economy, as well as our drive towards diversification. Your work in stabilising the macroeconomic framework of your economy is admirable, as noted by the IMF, which recently appraised your country as saving for a rainy day, letting the exchange rate float, introducing inflation targeting, and shoring up the banking system. As your economy, like ours, recovers from recession, we say that part of the consolidation process must be a stronger focus on Africa, and Nigeria in particular. As leaders of our nations’ parliaments, therefore, we must think of not just today but well into the future, to pursue and implement initiatives that release the potentials of our peoples in their desire for economic development. 19. With Russia and Nigeria projected to be the biggest economies in Europe and Africa respectively in just three decades from now, it would be a travesty if we did not strive to strengthen cooperation and partnership to reap the gains in terms of GDP growth. As the country with the biggest gas reserves on earth, Russia should be a leading player in the African oil and gas sector. Stronger collaboration for gas development would help Nigeria solve acute problems of power generation as well as provide for other local uses. The time is ripe to redefine the relationship between our two countries, based on partnership, to improve the state of infrastructural and economic development, for the good of our people. 20. Ours is the second largest film industry in the world; and contemporary Nigerian music has gone global. I would not be surprised if Nigerian stars like Timaya, WizKid, Davido or Tiwa Savage are selling out concert halls in Moscow or St. Petersburg very soon, as they have been doing in major cities around the world. In sports, well, please allow me to say humbly, that it will be difficult to take your eyes off Nigeria during the ongoing World Cup tournament. If anything, we have already won the battle of the football jerseys; the Super Eagles kit is an instant classic, a coveted collector’s item, universally acclaimed as the best national kit in Russia 2018. Naturally, the entire Nigerian nation is behind our team, optimistic for a sterling performance in the rest of the tournament and confident that our boys will now produce the sleek moves to match the sleek looks. 21. Fellow parliamentarians, there are many other issues that call for closer cooperation between our two countries – which contribute to sustainable peace in the larger world – and these include Terrorism and Human Trafficking. For one, Russia is currently one of the destinations where young Nigerians are trafficked for sexual exploitation. This is a worrying phenomenon for both our countries, and we should develop common strategies for tackling the problem. 22. Terrorism is a global threat. What affects one, affects all; and we look to Russia to join us in building stronger collaboration for the fight against this common enemy. Terrorism, most significantly in the shape of the Boko Haram sect, has continued to pose a serious challenge to the internal security of Nigeria. When, at the height of the crisis, we were having difficulty obtaining international support, Russia memorably saved the day by supplying military equipment and assisting us with the training of personnel. 23. We are grateful that you did not abandon us in our hour of need. While Boko Haram is largely decimated now, the threat remains, and new terrorism challenges are arising; one of these being the Herdsmen-Farmers’ crisis that constitutes a clear and present threat to our national security. We hope for your continued cooperation and partnership towards combating the threat; and with your support, I have no doubt that Nigeria will prevail. 24. As members of parliament, we know better than most, the absolute indispensability of democratic governance. Parliament is a symbol of democracy. As such, we have a role to play in bringing democratic good governance to the people. 25. We recall the strategic role Russia plays in world peace and cooperation on development; for example your contribution in trying to find a lasting resolution to the crisis in Syria; also, your role in bringing stability to global oil prices by your cooperation and agreements reached with OPEC countries. With the recent call by one of the G-7 countries for your return to the G-8, it is clear from the aforementioned, that you have a role to play. 26. We urge you to look at the bigger picture and make the sacrifices or concessions that would bring you back fully to that table in the interest of the countries that can benefit from your role and partnership with the global community. The world needs Russia, Russia needs the world too and because of that, Africa will benefit. 27. If we take a look at China-Africa and United States-Africa relations, you will find out that Russia is probably doing less trade with Africa in comparison with the true position you occupy in the comity of Nations. Nigeria certainly needs stronger cooperation with Russia; and we hope that Russia can also see that for global progress, she needs us too. There is the usual saying that if you don’t tell your story, other people will tell it differently and this may not be the true reflection of you. 28.I commend Madam Speaker’s commitment to strengthening and ensuring that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament continues to play its role providing the framework to provide shared prosperity as well as engendering stability in the country’s governance system. I must say that we are very much aligned in these goals. Every parliamentarian has a role to play, and it is my appeal that we all rise to the challenge as the occasion demands. For us as leaders, what really matters is providing for our people who expect us to do everything necessary to ensure the right outcomes. After all, the most basic duty of those of us in government is to take action, always, in the public interest. 29.In closing, permit me to express, once again, my delight in being here in your beautiful country. It has been a most pleasant experience. I must confess that, until my visit last year, I had not given much thought to how little I knew about your country. For most people around the world, all they have to go on are portrayals in Hollywood films or biased media, which, more invariably than not, cast Russian characters as the archetypal villains, the bad guys. The time has come for the world to get a measure of the real Russia. 30.I would urge, therefore, that you consider more ways to enable other people experience the rich culture of this wonderful country – its art, architecture and history, and best of all, the warmth of its people. The ongoing World Cup is a great opportunity to foster better understanding of your country, and it is my hope that you will build upon this. Football is indeed “a unifying force,” as President Vladimir Putin declared days ago at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup. His words, that “Russia is an open, hospitable and friendly country,” should ring true regarding your country’s image in the global imagination from now on. 31.As for me, I look forward to many more visits to the Russian Federation. It is my hope that today signals a new phase in Nigeria-Russia relations, as shaped by inter-parliamentary cooperation in particular, and that this stronger relationship will be of immense benefit to both our peoples. 32.Once again, I thank you very much, Madam Speaker, and distinguished lawmakers, for inviting me and my delegation for this very worthy interaction. We will leave the Russian Federation with fond memories and a renewed assurance of our longstanding cordial relationship. 33. I thank you for your time and interest in our country. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

  • 20 Jun 2018

    RT : President of Senate now addressing the special plenary session of the Federation Council of htt

  • 19 Jun 2018

    A delegation of my Distinguished colleagues from the Nigerian Senate and I are in Russia for a 3-day parliamentary visit. Over the next few days, we will be meeting with the Chairperson of the Federation Council, Ms. Valentina Matviye, and I will be addressing the Council on ways both our countries can deepen our legislative best practices and forge a stronger relationship between both our parliaments.

  • 19 Jun 2018

    RT : PICTURES: On his arrival in Russia, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with Senator Rafail Zinurov

  • 19 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Distinguished Senators on the parliamentary delegat

  • 19 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will begin a 3-day parliamentary visit to Russia

  • 18 Jun 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Leads Senate Delegation on Visit to Russian Parliament

    Press Release June 18, 2018 Saraki Leads Senate Delegation on Visit to Russian Parliament President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will on Tuesday (tomorrow) lead a Senate delegation on a three day parliamentary visit to Russia, aimed at deepening legislative best practices and further strengthening the relationship between both countries. During the visit, the President of the Senate is expected to address the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (Senate of Russia) and hold ... read more

  • 16 Jun 2018

  • 15 Jun 2018

    Press Release: Eid-el-fitr: Saraki Congratulates Muslims, Calls For Sustained Prayers

    Press Release June 14, 2018 Eid-el-fitr: Saraki Congratulates Muslims, Calls For Sustained Prayers President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Muslim faithful across the country on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fast and called for sustained prayers for peace in the country. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, the President of the Senate said in spite of Federal Government’s appreciable efforts in combating ... read more

  • 15 Jun 2018

    As we mark the end of the Holy Month of , may the blessings of the Almighty Allah (SWT) bring you and your families happiness and peace; and may our nation and all its people continue to adhere to the lessons of tolerance, perseverance and love. ! http://www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com/press-release-eid-el-fitr-saraki-congratulates-muslims-calls-for-sustained-prayers/

  • 15 Jun 2018

    As we end the Holy Month of , may the blessings of the Almighty Allah (SWT) bring you and your families hap

  • 12 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, stated that the recognition of the contributions o

  • 12 Jun 2018

    In three short but eventful years, the Nigerian Senate has worked diligently to meet the demands of Nigerians and a changing economy that experienced a recession just a year after we assumed office. By passing bills like the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the Secured Transactions Act and the Credit Reporting Act, we are reforming our business environment and strengthening our legislative frameworks to allow SMEs to access capital. We have also passed Bills like the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill, the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, the Witness Protection Bill, the Whistleblower Protection Bill and the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill to support the fight against corruption. Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/06/11/saraki-senate-exposed-high-level-corruption-in-govt/

  • 12 Jun 2018

    RT : Saraki: Senate Exposed High Level Corruption in Govt

  • 11 Jun 2018

    Nigerians who sent us to Abuja to represent their interests expect a committed, transparent, accountable and respon

  • 11 Jun 2018

    As we move forward, some might see it as a time to leave governance and focus on politics. We do not believe this.

  • 11 Jun 2018

    This Basic Healthcare Fund will help to curb our maternal and infant mortality rates (which are some of the highest

  • 11 Jun 2018

    We have also been working to ensure that healthcare remains the right of every Nigerian. This is why with the passa

  • 11 Jun 2018

    We have engaged stakeholders on the epidemic. Now, we are set to pass new bills that will address the

  • 11 Jun 2018

    We exposed high-level corruption in the management of the North East relief efforts, and passed the North East Deve

  • 11 Jun 2018

    These measures include providing the details and breakdown of the annual budget of ; holding public hea

  • 11 Jun 2018

    Since June 9th, 2015, this 8th has taken deliberate measures to open up the institution to members of the public.

  • 11 Jun 2018

    The legislature -- as the youngest of the three arms of government -- still has a lot of catching up to do to ensur

  • 11 Jun 2018

    With the support of the Nigerian public, we were able to break the jinx by passing the Governance Component of

  • 11 Jun 2018

    We have also passed Bills like the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill, the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Mat

  • 11 Jun 2018

    We are glad that the impact of the Secured Transactions Act and the Credit Reporting Act became apparent immediatel

  • 11 Jun 2018

    The 8th has worked to grow our economy by passing Bills like , the Secured Transactions Act and the

  • 11 Jun 2018

    In 3 short but eventful years, we have definitely come a long way in the 8th . We have worked assiduously

  • 11 Jun 2018

    Press Release: 3rd Anniversary: Saraki Thanks Nigerians …Says Economic Bills are Beginning to Make Positive Impact

    Press Release  June 11, 2018 3rd Anniversary: Saraki Thanks Nigerians …Says Economic Bills are Beginning to Make Positive Impact   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has thanked Nigerians all over the country for their support and encouragement towards the work of the 8th Senate, since it was inaugurated three years ago.   In a statement issued from Saudi Arabia where he is on lesser hajj, Saraki acknowledged that the achievements of the Senate would not have been ... read more

  • 09 Jun 2018

    RT : years ago, on the 9th of June 2015, the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was inaugurated. Since then,

  • 09 Jun 2018

    Alhamdulilahi Robil al-amin. I just completed the Umrah rites in the Holy Mosque. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) accept our prayers. Amin.

  • 09 Jun 2018

    Alhamdulilahi Robil al-amin. I just completed the Umrah rites in the Holy Mosque. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) acce

  • 08 Jun 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Lauds THISDAY Editors, Nwogwugwu, Adebiyi, Momodu, Others Over New Appointment, Promotion

    Press Release June 8, 2018 Saraki Lauds THISDAY Editors, Nwogwugwu, Adebiyi, Momodu, Others Over New Appointment, Promotion President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Editor of THISDAY Newspaper, Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, on her appointment as the pioneer Managing Director of ARISE News Channel Africa. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also lauded the elevation of the Sunday Editor, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi to the position of Editor ... read more

  • 07 Jun 2018

    In line with their request, earlier today, the Police received my response to their letter on the investigation into the Offa robbery case.

  • 07 Jun 2018

    In line with their request, earlier today, the Police received my response to their letter on the investigation into the Offa robbery case.

  • 07 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, announced that he will be leading a Nigerian deleg

  • 06 Jun 2018

    RT : , the Nigerian Senate passed the Conference Committee Report of the National Transport Commission Bill.

  • 06 Jun 2018

    These men and women have worked very hard to develop our nations Hausa language cinema, which is watched by millio

  • 06 Jun 2018

    Our domestic film industry is the second largest producer of films in the world. Last night, it was a pleasure to m

  • 06 Jun 2018

    Our domestic film industry is the second largest producer of films in the world. This is why, last night, it was a pleasure to meet and interact with actors, actresses, directors and producers from Kannywood, led by Salisu Aliyu (Chali), Ali Nuhu, Tijjani Faraga and Maryam Habila. These men and women have worked very hard to develop our nation’s Hausa language cinema, which is watched by millions. Kannywood practitioners are creating new forms of employment for our young people through entertainment, and we applaud them.

  • 05 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: Read the 12-point Resolution passed by the National Assembly at today's historic Joint Session.L

  • 05 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: At 12:33PM, the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria proceeded into a Joint Session.

  • 05 Jun 2018

    RT : The US Ambassador, Stuart Symington paid a courtesy visit to President of Senate early this morning in h

  • 04 Jun 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE 3-DAY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILLS, HELD AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX, ABUJA – JUNE 4, 2018.

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE 3-DAY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILLS, HELD AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX, ABUJA – JUNE 4, 2018.pub, PIGB,    PROTOCOL.   1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this 3-Day Public Hearing organised by the Senate Committee on the Downstream Petroleum Sector for the consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bills.   2. ... read more

  • 04 Jun 2018

    Following my earlier post, I have received the letter from the Police. They are no longer asking me to appear at any station, but to respond in writing to the allegations within 48 hours.

  • 04 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: 4:28pmThe President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is meeting with the Ebonyi State Governor, H.E. Dav

  • 04 Jun 2018

    Following my earlier tweet, I have received the letter from . They are no longer asking me to appear at an

  • 04 Jun 2018

    My sincere apologies to the family of the late Justice Akanbi for not being able to make todays visit as originally planned.

  • 04 Jun 2018

    My sincere apologies to the family of the late Justice Akanbi for not being able to make today’s visit — as originally planned.

  • 04 Jun 2018

    I have just informed my ADC to get the letter of invitation from in respect of the allegations raised yes

  • 04 Jun 2018

    I have just informed my ADC to get the letter of invitation from the Police in respect of the allegations raised yesterday — so that I can immediately honour the alleged invitation.

  • 04 Jun 2018

    I just declared open the on the Petroleum Industry Fiscal, Host Community and Administration Bills.

  • 04 Jun 2018

    I just declared open the on the Petroleum Industry Fiscal, Host Community and Administration Bills.

  • 04 Jun 2018

    RT : UPDATE: .Today, the Nigerian Senate is holding the Public Hearing on the following Bills:-Petroleum Indus

  • 04 Jun 2018

    We continue to do the work needed to put our economy on the road to recovery. Today we have the public hearing on t

  • 04 Jun 2018

    We continue to do the work needed to put our economy on the road to recovery. Today we have the public hearing on the —which will go a long way in reforming our oil and gas sector and encouraging investment for our collective good.

  • 03 Jun 2018

    Press Release: Saraki: Our Response to Claims By Police

    Press Release  June 3, 2018 Saraki: Our Response to Claims By Police   The attention of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a story circulating online and apparently derived from a Press Conference addressed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, linking him (Saraki) to the Offa robbery.   Dr. Saraki will want the entire public to disregard this claim as a baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate him ... read more

  • 03 Jun 2018

    Press Release  June 3, 2018 Saraki: Justice Akanbi’s Death, A Personal Loss 

    Press Release  June 3, 2018 Saraki: Justice Akanbi’s Death, A Personal Loss    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the death of a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, and said the incident was a personal loss to him.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Akanbi as an indefatigable, honest and principled jurist who upheld the ... read more

  • 03 Jun 2018

    I am sad that Baba Akanbi has left us. He was fearless and always spoke truth to power. He was like a father to me.

  • 03 Jun 2018

    I am sad that Baba Akanbi has left us. He was fearless, courageous and spoke truth to power during his lifetime. He was like a father to me. His death is a personal loss. Kwara State will miss him. Nigeria will miss him. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) grant his soul a place amongst the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus. Amin. http://www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com/press-release-june-3-2018-saraki-justice-akanbis-death-a-personal-loss/

  • 02 Jun 2018

    You win some, you lose some. We lost this one, but Im sure our picked up a thing or two that we wil

  • 02 Jun 2018

    Timely finish from . Let's go Nigeria!

  • 01 Jun 2018

    RT : JOHESU strike: intervention made the difference union leader">https://t.co/aSkwnyvSAS

  • 01 Jun 2018

    Nigeria looking incredible and unstoppable. Let's go.

  • 01 Jun 2018

    Happy 70th Birthday to former Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara. I wish you long life, good health and the bl

  • 01 Jun 2018

    ‪Happy 70th Birthday to former Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara. I wish you long life, good health and the blessings of the Almighty. Now, and always. Amin.‬

  • 01 Jun 2018

    That is why I urge the President to quickly consider the other bills and sign them as well.

  • 01 Jun 2018

    I am very sure that the way the Act has created enthusiasm amongst our youths, so will the other

  • 01 Jun 2018

    I commend for assenting to this Bill, which was one of the bills pass

  • 01 Jun 2018

    Yesterdays signing of the Bill by has energized our youth and will furthe

  • 01 Jun 2018

    RT : JOHESU: Senator Sarakis intervention made us return to work via

  • 31 May 2018

    More than half of our 180million population are young people under the age of 30. Today’s signing of the Bill represents the beginning of the inclusion of this vital segment of our population into our nation-building. As young people across the country bask in the moment and celebrate the signing of the Bill into law, they must not see this as the final bus stop on this journey. It is one thing to be able to run, but, it is another thing entirely to be able to serve. This nation needs the energy and innovation of our young people. Hence, the next phase of must be young people registering to vote, collecting their , running for office and/or working to get their peers elected into both legislative and executive offices. I congratulate YIAGA and all other groups that championed the Bill and commend my colleagues in both the Senate and the House for making sure that this Bill passed its first milestone during the Constitution Review Process.

  • 31 May 2018

    Press Release: #NotTooYoungToRun: This is Only the Beginning for Youth Inclusion, Says Saraki

    Press Release May 31, 2018 #NotTooYoungToRun: This is Only the Beginning for Youth Inclusion, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, reacted to the signing of the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill# by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the occurrence as a historic moment that young people will look back on someday.   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said: “More than half of our over 180 million population ... read more

  • 30 May 2018

    Press Release: My CCT Trial Never Came Up At nPDP Meeting With Osinbajo, Says Saraki

    Press Release  May 30, 2018 My CCT Trial Never Came Up At nPDP Meeting With Osinbajo, Says Saraki   The attention of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to the front page headline in the May 30, 2018, edition of The Nation newspaper – ‘Ex-nPDP: stop Saraki’s trial’. The body of the story was contained on Page 6 of the newspaper.   Ordinarily, Dr. Saraki would have ignored the story as he has done in the ... read more

  • 30 May 2018

    I have just finished meeting with the leadership of JOHESU and also spoke with the Minister of Health. We are definitely making progress.

  • 30 May 2018

    Press Release: Saraki to Youth: “NotTooYoungToRun” is Only the First Phase

    Press Release  May 30, 2018 Saraki to Youth: “NotTooYoungToRun” is Only the First Phase   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the passage and assent to the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill, will be the first phase in the journey for more youth inclusion in politics.   The President of the Senate, according to his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, said this at a meeting with the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), led ... read more

  • 30 May 2018

    At my meeting with @YIAGA on Monday night, I reminded them that is only ‘phase one’ in this marathon. ‘Phase two’ will be using the same energy for to push for free and fair elections and getting your .

  • 29 May 2018

    Ahead of their upcoming friendly match against England this weekend, I paid the Nigerian Super Eagles a surprise visit and wished them all the best — and even greater success in the upcoming World Cup.

  • 29 May 2018

    As we mark , we must not stop fighting for a more secure Nigeria. We must do this for all Nigerians — especially for future generations who are counting on us to leave behind a country that they can safely and proudly call home.

  • 29 May 2018

    Press Release: Saraki: Nigerians Should Not Be Complacent About Democracy 

    Press Release  May 29, 2018 Saraki: Nigerians Should Not Be Complacent About Democracy    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has advised Nigerians not to take for granted the continued democratic dispensation the country has been enjoying for the past 19 years but guard against actions, statements and moves which can truncate the political process.   While congratulating Nigerians on the 19th anniversary of unbroken elected government in the country, Saraki advised the people to always be vigilant and speak ... read more

  • 29 May 2018

    Since the dawn of our democracy on 29 May 1999, we have much to be thankful for as a nation. Everyday, we strive to deliver greater dividends of democracy to the citizenry by steadily improving the economy and fulfilling the aspiration of our people. Today, uppermost in the minds of Nigerians is the question of security, in many parts of the country. We must immediately find solutions to the security issues and ensure that we return to the regime of peace, safety of lives and property in all parts of our country. These are significant challenges we face, but with our current combined efforts, I believe that we will bring greater development to the country. We cannot be celebrating Democracy Day without canvassing for caution on some recent negative developments in our polity, particularly as we prepare for next year's general elections. These include abuse of office in a manner that suggests persecution and oppression of perceived enemies, stifling of free expression, undermining of democratic institutions, and impunity on the part of certain individuals who behave as though they are above the laws of the land. History will not be fair to us if we allow our complacency to jeopardize democracy. We must all be able to speak out with strong voices on issues that constitute a danger to democracy. I would like us all to remember that Democracy is not just about elections. It also involves the rule of law, following due process, respecting and nurturing institutions. It is also unity of purpose while being accountable when we are in positions of authority. I will continue to advocate building up of our institutions, while upholding ethics and values. Above all, we must work for greater and better understanding among all Nigerians, notwithstanding ethnicity, language, religion or gender. We must avoid making and circulating hate speech which can further accentuate our fault lines and set one section of the country against the other. Rather, we should all embrace tolerance and the need to be our brother's keeper. We all have a lot to gain from a united and stronger Nigeria than having a nation embedded in conflict. Let us all focus on the things that bring us together, Happy Democracy Day.

  • 28 May 2018

    LIVE VIDEO: I am now meeting with young leaders from various youth groups.

  • 27 May 2018

    Following my meeting last Friday with the Ministers of Labour and Health, I will be having a follow up meeting tomorrow with the leadership of JOHESU, the second in under a week. If the reports are true that FG has improved on its offer to JOHESU, it would be a step forward if the health workers could also stretch out a hand of fellowship - in good faith - to meet the government halfway with a view to accepting the offer. We need to have a win-win-win situation for the union, the government and the Nigerian people, who have been greatly affected by the ongoing health workers strike.

  • 27 May 2018

    I decided to mark at the Abagena IDP Camp in Benue, with those who, due to no fault of theirs, find themselves internally displaced on a day that is set aside for the nation to celebrate her greatest assets, the children.

  • 27 May 2018

    We are counting on your support for Kaiama Central LGEA, Kwara who are currently playing in the Finals of the Channels Television Kids Competition. I wish the young and skilled players success. We are proud of how far they have all come in this competition. Let’s bring that trophy home!

  • 27 May 2018

    Press Release: Saraki, JOHESU to Meet Monday Afternoon

    Press Release  May 27, 2018 Saraki, JOHESU to Meet Monday Afternoon   As a follow-up to his mediation between Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Federal Government, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is set to meet with the leadership of JOHESU tomorrow (Monday) at 3pm at his office in the Senate.   Last week, Saraki began mediating in the ongoing strike action that has crippled Nigeria’s healthcare facilities for the past 40 days, with a meeting ... read more

  • 27 May 2018

    Press Release: Children’s Day: Safety of the Nigerian Child is Non-Negotiable, Says Saraki

    Press Release  May 26, 2018 Children’s Day: Safety of the Nigerian Child is Non-Negotiable, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has felicitated with children across the country and stated that their safety was non- negotiable.   Saraki, in his goodwill message to commemorate the 2018 Children’s Day, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that the Children Day gives the country an opportunity to celebrate the young ones ... read more

  • 27 May 2018

    Every year, Children’s Day is an opportunity for our nation to celebrate its young ones and to fully consider the important place that they occupy in our hearts. This is also a day to recommit ourselves to doing all that is within our power to ensure that children across our nation are protected and empowered to aspire to be great in life. We must all work to remove all impediments in their way. No Nigerian child should go to bed hungry. Hence, due attention must be given to the health of children across the nation. This must be part of our vision to ‘Make Nigeria Stronger.’ We must invest in the people by first investing in the Nigerian child. This is why we are excited that the 1 percent out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) that will go towards establishing the Basic Health Fund, which the National Assembly included in the 2018 Budget, will ultimately make for healthier Nigerian children — through a significant increase in funding for the health sector. Furthermore, the safety of the Nigerian child must remain non-negotiable. Therefore, today, we make an unequivocal call for the release of all Nigerian children in captivity. We remember Leah Sharibu and the other Dapchi Girls – as well as the Chibok Girls that are still in captivity, on this symbolic day. We affirm their right to freedom, to live carefree with their loved ones, to go to school, and for their dreams to remain intact. We urge all relevant authorities not to relent in the efforts to see that Leah Sharibu and all who are held captive are returned safe and unharmed. We must intensify all efforts for the release of our Children, even as we felicitate with the families of all who have been released. Still, issues of violence against children, child molestation, child labour and other evils committed against children – remain a grave concern. Last year, we held a consultative session in the Senate with the Speakers of State Houses of Assembly that had not domesticated the Child Rights Act; and I am encouraged to see that there has been some significant progress with reviewing the law to suit the local context in those states. Consequently, on this 2018 Children’s Day, I congratulate all Nigerian children. I join the entire members of the Legislature, Executive, Judiciary and all Nigerians in wishing the Nigerian Child a Happy Children’s Day. We pledge that we shall always work towards ensuring that the children of Nigeria grow up in a safe and nourishing environment — where they can prosper.

  • 25 May 2018

    Press Release: Senate Intervenes To End Health Workers’ Strike

    Press Release  May 25, 2018 Senate Intervenes To End Health Workers’ Strike …As Saraki Meets Adewole, Ngige, JOHESU   The Senate has intervened in the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the strike and make the nation’s hospitals functional once again.   The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU yesterday (Thursday) where he listened to their grievances and demands, ... read more

  • 25 May 2018

    Press Release: 1% Primary Healthcare Fund Is For The Poor,” Says PSN

    Press Release  May 25, 2018 1% Primary Healthcare Fund Is For The Poor,” Says PSN …As Group Lauds National Assembly     The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Prof. Ahmed Yakassi has reiterated that the one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) provision by the National Assembly for primary healthcare in the 2018 budget will directly benefit the poor in the country.   Yakasai spoke when he led other executive members of PSN on a thank you ... read more

  • 24 May 2018

    Press Release: Saraki to Public Complaints Commissioners, Tame Injustice, Abuse Of Power

    Press Release  May 24, 2018   Saraki to Public Complaints Commissioners, Tame Injustice, Abuse Of Power   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has charged the newly inaugurated Commissioners of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), to prevent acts of injustice and abuse of power among Nigerians in order to make the nation a better place for all.   Speaking when he officially inaugurated the Chief Commissioner, Hon. Chileh Igbawua and other Commissioners of the PCC from the 36 ... read more

  • 24 May 2018

    Press Release: Passage of CAMA by Senate A Lifeline To Small Businesses, Says LCCI boss

    Press Release  May 24, 2018   Passage of CAMA by Senate A Lifeline To Small Businesses, Says LCCI boss   President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase has lauded the passage of the Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Act amendment Bill by the Senate, and said the development will greatly boost and increase the viability of small businesses in the country.   Ruwase gave the commendation when he led other executive members of ... read more

  • 21 May 2018

    Press Release: 2018 Budget: Why NASS Included Additional Funding for Primary Healthcare, By Tejuoso

    Press Release  May 21, 2018 2018 Budget: Why NASS Included Additional Funding for Primary Healthcare, By Tejuoso   Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, has revealed why the National Assembly, included funding for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the 2018 Appropriations Bill.   In a press statement delivered to newsmen in Abuja, Senator Tejuoso stated that: “While the Executive did not include the BHCPF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill submitted to the National Assembly, the Senate ... read more

  • 17 May 2018

    Press Release: Ramadan: Saraki Urges Muslims Ummah to Pray For Peace, Unity

    Press Release May 17, 2018 Ramadan: Saraki Urges Muslims Ummah to Pray For Peace, Unity President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country for another opportunity afforded by the commencement of the Ramadan which is aimed at strengthening their devotion to the Almighty Allah. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged the entire Muslim Ummah to use the period to pray ... read more

  • 16 May 2018

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ON THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL, 16TH MAY 2018.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ON THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL, 16TH MAY 2018.   1. Distinguished colleagues, let me thank you so much for the industry you have put into bringing us to this point. Let me thank the relevant sub-committees, especially, for the patriotism and commitment to the delivery of a more efficiency oriented budget.   2. When we received the 2018 Draft Appropriation Bill, I reiterated the need for us to reassess the relationship between oil ... read more

  • 16 May 2018

    STATEMENT BY SENATE PRESIDENT INTIMATING SENATORS OF PLOT AGAINST HIM BY IGP

    STATEMENT BY SENATE PRESIDENT INTIMATING SENATORS OF PLOT AGAINST HIM BY IGP   1. My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently.   2. Last night,  my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the State law based ... read more

  • 09 May 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Late Khalifah Isyaku Rabi’u

    Press Release May 9, 2018 Saraki Mourns Late Khalifah Isyaku Rabi’u   Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has decribed the death of Khalifa Isiyaku Rabi’u as a great loss to the nation particularly the Muslim community.   Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he received the news of the death of the late Islamic cleric with sadness.   “The death of this outstanding religious leader and an icon of ... read more

  • 08 May 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Speaks on Visit To New EFCC Headquarters  …Says I am here to Support Building of Institutions 

    Press Release  May 8, 2018 Saraki Speaks on Visit To New EFCC Headquarters  …Says I am here to Support Building of Institutions    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday inspected the new headquarters building of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and said he will continue to support efforts to build and strengthen the nation’s institutions irrespective of any differences.   Saraki who spoke to journalists after a tour of the edifice, according to a ... read more

  • 08 May 2018

    Press Release: WHO Commends Saraki on Commitment to Universal Healthcare 

    Press Release May 6, 2018   WHO Commends Saraki on Commitment to Universal Healthcare    Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has commended the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on his commitment towards ensuring that Nigeria’s primary healthcare system is strengthened by the inclusion of one per cent (1%) of the country’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) to be used to provide basic primary healthcare services across the country.   According to Olu ... read more

  • 08 May 2018

    Press Release: PIB: Don’t Induce Lawmakers, Saraki Tells Oil Firms …Urges IOC/OPTS To Report Any Lawmaker Seeking Favours

    Press Release  May 8, 2018   PIB: Don’t Induce Lawmakers, Saraki Tells Oil Firms …Urges IOC/OPTS To Report Any Lawmaker Seeking Favours   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday urged the International Oil Companies and Oil Producers Trade Section (IOC/OPTS) operating in the country not to induce lawmakers during the consideration and passage of the Fiscal and Host Communities Bills -components of the Petroleum Industry Bill – now before the National Assembly.   Saraki who stated ... read more

  • 08 May 2018

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENCT OF THE SENATE CHAMBER INVASION ON WEDNESDAY THE 18TH OF APRIL, 2018.

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENCT OF THE SENATE CHAMBER INVASION ON WEDNESDAY THE 18TH OF APRIL, 2018.   1. It is my honour, distinguished colleagues to inaugurate the Senate Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Incident of the Senate Chamber Invasion on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018.   2. The events of the 18th of April ... read more

  • 03 May 2018

    Press Release: South, Middle-Belt Leaders Condemn Executive Disregard For N’Assembly …Canvass Respect for Constitution

    Press Release  May 3, 2018   South, Middle-Belt Leaders Condemn Executive Disregard For N’Assembly …Canvass Respect for Constitution   Leaders of the South and Middlebelt on Thursday condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Executive for their flagrant disregard for the legislative arm of government.   The South and Middlebelt Leaders Forum stated this when a high level delegation of group led by Chief Edwin Clark visited the leadership of the Senate in Abuja.   Speaking on behalf of the body, ... read more

  • 03 May 2018

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF 58TH ANNUAL GENERAL AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (NMA) HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE (ICC), ABUJA, ON 3 MAY, 2018.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF 58TH ANNUAL GENERAL AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (NMA) HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE (ICC), ABUJA, ON 3 MAY, 2018.   PROTOCOL.   1. It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today at this gathering, which is the 58th Annual General & Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), here in ... read more

  • 03 May 2018

    Press Release: National Assembly to Set Aside 1% of CRF For Primary Healthcare, Says Saraki

    Press Release  May 3, 2018   National Assembly to Set Aside 1% of CRF For Primary Healthcare, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, said the National Assembly will ensure that one per cent (1%) of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) is set aside in the 2018 Budget to boost the provision of Basic Primary Healthcare services across the country.   Saraki revealed this in his address at the 58th Annual General & Scientific ... read more

  • 01 May 2018

    COMMUNIQUE FROM KANO ROUNDTABLE ON DRUGS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE #SenateTacklesDrugAbuse (Monday, December 18th to Tuesday, December 19th 2017)

    COMMUNIQUE FROM KANO ROUNDTABLE ON DRUGS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE #SenateTacklesDrugAbuse (Monday, December 18th to Tuesday, December 19th 2017)   Following expert presentations, analysis and deliberations leading up to, during and following the roundtable, the following key observations regarding the expected outcomes were made:   1. There was a critical paucity of data on drug use, prevalence, trends and patterns in Nigeria, and there is an associated near absence of institutional structures to collect, analyze and report such data. There are ... read more

  • 01 May 2018

    PRES RELEASE – MAY DAY: Saraki: National Assembly to Work for Improved Welfare for Workers 

    PRES RELEASE – MAY DAY April 30, 2018   Saraki: National Assembly to Work for Improved Welfare for Workers    President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday saluted the resilience, dedication and contributions of Nigeria workers to national development.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also described workers as the mainstay of the Nigerian economy.   “They (workers) form the bedrock on which the building blocks ... read more

  • 24 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Announces Special Panel to Strengthen Security in National Assembly

    Press Release  April 24, 2018 Saraki Announces Special Panel to Strengthen Security in National Assembly   Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, announced that the National Assembly will be constituting a joint committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives to investigate Wednesday’s invasion.   The Committee will also be tasked with coming up with recommendations that will ensure that such security breaches do not reoccur in both the Senate and the House.   “We ... read more

  • 22 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Visits Female Sergeant-At-Arms Injured by Senate Invaders

    Press Release  April 22, 2028 Saraki Visits Female Sergeant-At-Arms Injured by Senate Invaders   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, visited a female Sergeant-At-Arms, Mrs. Sandra Davou – injured on Wednesday as she and her colleagues struggled to stop thugs who invaded the Senate and stole its Mace.   According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Mrs. Davou who lives in Bwari Area Council ... read more

  • 20 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Premium Times Should Have Known Better: Response to False Publication from Online Platform

    Press Release April 20, 2018 Premium Times Should Have Known Better: Response to False Publication from Online Platform   Again, our attention has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times which unethically alleges without any proof, reference, attribution or justification that the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was involved in receiving or sharing any unauthorized funds.   The article, entitled “EXCLUSIVE: Minister Adeosun, Saraki, Dogara, Accountant General in N10 billion fraud scandal”, in both its style, ... read more

  • 20 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Senate Working to Grow Digital Financial Technology In Nigeria, Says Saraki

    Press Release  April 1 3 , 2018 Senate Working to Grow Digital Financial Technology In Nigeria, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday said that the Senate is working to ensure the growth of digital Financial Technology (FinTech) popularly known as digital financing in Nigeria.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this in his address before the Africa Finance Forum, organized by the Corporate ... read more

  • 19 Apr 2018

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE AFRICA FINANCE FORUM ORGANISED BY THE CORPORATE COUNCIL ON AFRICA IN WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE AFRICA FINANCE FORUM ORGANISED BY THE CORPORATE COUNCIL ON AFRICA IN WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ON APRIL 18, 2018.   PROTOCOL.   It gives me great pleasure to be among you here at the Africa Finance Forum. It is always time well spent when we come together like this to share ideas on ... read more

  • 18 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Attack on Senate: Saraki Commends Colleagues, House Members for Defending Democracy 

     Press Release  April 18, 2018 Attack on Senate: Saraki Commends Colleagues, House Members for Defending Democracy  Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the leadership and all members of the Senate for standing up firmly in defence of democracy and the rule of law with their decision to defy those who machinated an attack on the Red Chambers of the National Assembly in which the mace was forcefully taken away. Saraki, speaking from Washington where he is attending the ... read more

  • 17 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki to Attend World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting

    Press Release  April 17, 2018 Saraki to Attend World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday night left for Washington, United States, to attend this year’s Spring Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).   He will also participate in the African Finance Forum organized by the Corporate Council on Africa. The forum is expected to “bring together more than 100 project developers, financiers and African government representatives to address how ... read more

  • 15 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Rescue Of Chibok Girls, Leah Sharibu, A Must, Says Saraki

    Press Release April 15, 2018 Rescue Of Chibok Girls, Leah Sharibu, A Must, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted efforts by governments, security agencies, religious and community leaders, to rescue the remaining 112 Chibok Girls and the Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, from Boko Haram’s captivity.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said even though four years have elapsed since the ... read more

  • 14 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Why Local Government Autonomy Is Imperative, Says Saraki

    Press Release  April 14, 2018 Why Local Government Autonomy Is Imperative, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has reiterated his support for local government autonomy in the country.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this during a visit by the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), led by its National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khalil.   He said that the Senate and the National Assembly ... read more

  • 11 Apr 2018

    Press Release: 2019: Saraki Vows to Work for Increased Participation of Women in Politics

    Press Release April 11, 2018 2019: Saraki Vows to Work for Increased Participation of Women in Politics President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday pledged to work with relevant political stakeholders to ensure that a greater number of women are given the opportunity to vie and occupy elective offices during the 2019 general elections. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, gave the pledge when the Conference of Nigeria Female ... read more

  • 10 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks MTN on Quality Service Delivery

    Press Release April 10, 2018 Saraki Tasks MTN on Quality Service Delivery President of the Senate has called on the authorities of the MTN Group to ensure that Nigerian subscribers enjoy top quality voice and data services from their network. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, made the call when the Chairman of MTN Nigeria

  • 04 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Senator Mustapha Bukar

    Press Release April 4, 2018 Saraki Mourns Senator Mustapha Bukar President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday expressed deep sorrow over the death of the Senator representing Katsina North, Senator Mustapha Bukar, after a brief illness in Abuja. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki described the death of Senator Bukar as one too many coming a few weeks after the Red Chamber lost Senator Ali Wakili. “I am ... read more

  • 30 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Late Jibrin Championed the Interest of His People, Says Saraki

    Press Release March 30, 2018 Late Jibrin Championed the Interest of His People, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the passing of Rt. Hon Umar Buba Jibrin, the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, who died in the early hours of Friday. In posts on his social media pages, Saraki said that Nigeria has lost another seasoned legislator and champion of the common man. “My thoughts and prayers are with the ... read more

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki At Easter: Let’s Emulate Virtues of Christ

    Press Release March 29, 2018   Saraki At Easter: Let’s Emulate Virtues of Christ   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Christians and Nigerians across the nation to work towards emulating the virtues of Jesus Christ as epitomized by his passion, persecution, death and resurrection during Easter.   In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki also stated that all Nigerians must remain constant in their ... read more

  • 27 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Advocates Priority for Human Capital Development

    Press Release March 27, 2018 Saraki Advocates Priority for Human Capital Development President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the country needs to prioritize human capital development in national spending even as it embarks on various infrastructure projects. Saraki stated this when he declared opened a two-day public hearing on the 2018 budget, organized by the Joint National Assembly Committee on Appropriation. The event is being attended by ministries, department and agencies (MDAs), international development partners, ... read more

  • 27 Mar 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2018 BUDGET, HELD ON MARCH 27, 2018.

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2018 BUDGET, HELD ON MARCH 27, 2018.   PROTOCOL.   1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Joint National Public Hearing on the 2018 Budget. When the first joint session took place last year, the conclusion was indicative of our intention to make this an annual event, and we are keeping to ... read more

  • 24 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Sofola SAN

    Press Release March 24, 2018   Saraki Mourns Sofola SAN   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the death of a foremost legal luminary and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA), Chief Idowu Sofola SAN at the age of 84.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Sofola as a counsel of counsel who bestrode the nation’s legal space for almost six decades ... read more

  • 19 Mar 2018

    Press Release: APP Chairman Has Nothing to Do With “Saraki”

    Press Release March 19, 2018 APP Chairman Has Nothing to Do With “Saraki” Our attention has been drawn to reports by some news platforms that described Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, the Chairman of a political party known as “APP” as an aide to the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Please note, that in a letter of resignation addressed to President of the Senate, and dated October 3, 2017, Ugochinyere, who was then President of the National Youth Council ... read more

  • 17 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Electoral Act Amendment: Saraki, Dogara on the Same Page

    Press Release March 17, 2018 Electoral Act Amendment: Saraki, Dogara on the Same Page Our attention has been drawn to reports in a national daily insinuating that there was a disagreement between Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, over how both chambers of the National Assembly will react to the withholding of assent by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. We wish to inform the public that there is no such ... read more

  • 17 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Senator Ali Wakili, Visits Family

    Press Release  March 17, 2018   Saraki Mourns Senator Ali Wakili, Visits Family   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday expressed deep sadness over the sudden death of the Senator representing Bauchi South, Senator Ali Wakili.   A tearful Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Senator as a vibrant lawmaker and public servant who was very passionate about his assignment and engagements in ... read more

  • 12 Mar 2018

    Press Release: ICC Presidency: Saraki Congratulates Eboe-Osuji

    Press Release  March 12, 2018   ICC Presidency: Saraki Congratulates Eboe-Osuji   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji (a Nigerian), on his election as the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC).   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the development as positive for Nigeria coming a few days after his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was appointed a Professor by the Southern ... read more

  • 11 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Lauds Ekweremadu’s Appointment As Professor

    Press Release  March 11, 2018 Saraki Lauds Ekweremadu’s Appointment As Professor   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday congratulated his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on his appointment as a Professor and Senior Mentoring Scholar of E-Governance and Strategic Government Studies, by the Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the appointment as well deserved in view of Ekweremadu’s academic ... read more

  • 08 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Celebrates Women on International Women’s Day

    Press Release  March 8, 2018   Saraki Celebrates Women on International Women’s Day   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday joined world leaders and people around the world to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2018.   In a series of tweets on his @BukolaSaraki handle, the Senate President emphasized the role and significance of women in both the development of Nigeria, and the world.   “Today, on International Women’s Day, I join the world to celebrate ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2018

    Press Release: EGMONT Group: National Assembly Passes NFIU Bill to Save Nigeria from Expulsion

    Press Release March 7, 2018   EGMONT Group: National Assembly Passes NFIU Bill to Save Nigeria from Expulsion   …Only 13 Executive Nominees Have Been Rejected in two years, Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday said the prompt passage of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill by the National Assembly will not only facilitate the country’s readmission into the EGMONT Group rather than being expelled.   He said that the Bill when ... read more

  • 05 Mar 2018

    ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, TO THE PARLIAMENT OF GHANA AT A SYMPOSIUM COMMEMORATING 25 YEARS OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY, ON ‘THE FUTURE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA’ – MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018

    ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, TO THE PARLIAMENT OF GHANA AT A SYMPOSIUM COMMEMORATING 25 YEARS OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY, ON ‘THE FUTURE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA’ – MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018.   PROTOCOL.   1. It is wonderful to be here in solidarity with lawmakers of the Parliament of Ghana for the symposium commemorating 25 years of parliamentary democracy. I bring warm ... read more

  • 05 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Directs Senate Panel to Conduct Assessment of Zamfara Killings

    Press Release    February 5, 2018 Saraki Directs Senate Panel to Conduct Assessment of Zamfara Killings …Commends UN Scribe on Northeast Efforts President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has directed the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security, to visit Zamfara and conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the killings that recently occurred in the State. In a tweet on his personal @BukolaSaraki handle, Saraki said: “I have directed the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security to visit Zamfara on Tuesday in ... read more

  • 04 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Departs Nigeria Aboard Arik Air To Address Ghanaian Parliament on “Good Governance in Africa”

    Press Release March 4, 2018 Saraki Departs Nigeria Aboard Arik Air To Address Ghanaian Parliament on “Good Governance in Africa”   President of the Senate. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, this evening, departed Abuja, Nigeria to Accra, Ghana aboard an Arik Air commercial flight.   Saraki, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian National Assembly, has been invited by the Speaker of Ghana’s parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, to address the parliament on the commemoration of the country’s parliaments ... read more

  • 26 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki, Obaseki, Stakeholders Vow Action To End Human Trafficking

    Press Release February 26, 2018 Saraki, Obaseki, Stakeholders Vow Action To End Human Trafficking President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and other stakeholders during the Senate Roundtable on Migration and Human Trafficking in Benin City, on Monday resolved to do more action to end irregular migration and human trafficking across the country. The stakeholders include the Minister of Interior, Abduraman Dambazzau, the European Union (EU), United Kingdom, International Organization on Migration, the ... read more

  • 26 Feb 2018

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE SENATE ROUNDTABLE ON MIGRATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA, HELD IN BENIN CITY, EDO STATE ON FEBRUARY 26, 2018

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE SENATE ROUNDTABLE ON MIGRATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA, HELD IN BENIN CITY, EDO STATE ON FEBRUARY 26, 2018.   PROTOCOL.   1. Let me extend warm greetings to everyone here, especially my distinguished colleagues in the Senate, representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), our international partners, dignitaries, speakers and invited guests. You are all ... read more

  • 22 Feb 2018

    Press Release: IPI World Congress: Saraki Seeks Partnership between the Press and Parliament

    Press Release February 22, 2018 IPI World Congress: Saraki Seeks Partnership between the Press and Parliament Ahead of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress being hosted by Nigeria in June this year, the President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called for a closer collaboration between the press and the parliament in the overall interest of the nation’s democracy and better dividends for the people. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni ... read more

  • 21 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Condemns Attack on Yobe Girls’ School

    Press Release February 21, 2018 Saraki Condemns Attack on Yobe Girls’ School President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, condemned in strong terms the attack on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe State by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Saraki in statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the attack as one too many even as he urged the security agencies to get to the root of the matter, bring ... read more

  • 20 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Illicit Drug Use: Senate Moves to Establish Rehabilitation Centers Across the Country

    Press Release  February 20, 2018   Illicit Drug Use: Senate Moves to Establish Rehabilitation Centers Across the Country   Following its December Roundtable, which was aimed at addressing the Drug Use Epidemic across the nation, the Senate, today, passed a Motion calling on the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health to establish rehabilitation centers in each of the 36 States of the Nation.   In a Motion sponsored by Senator Jeremiah Useni and nine other Senators, the Senate noted ... read more

  • 19 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Constitution Review: Saraki Expresses Excitement, Praises State Houses of Assembly

    Press Release  February 19, 2018   Constitution Review: Saraki Expresses Excitement, Praises State Houses of Assembly   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday, took to his social media accounts to express his excitement that 25 out of 36 states had voted on the Constitution Review amendments that were passed by the National Assembly in July 2017.   Saraki stated that the passage of the amendments by the 25 States was a testament to the fact that ... read more

  • 15 Feb 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR ON FOUR PRISON REFORM BILLS ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR ON FOUR PRISON REFORM BILLS ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018.   PROTOCOL,   1. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this Public Hearing organized by The Senate Committee on Interior on four Bills which are of significant importance to the reformation ... read more

  • 15 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Aftermath of Kano Round-Table, Senate Unfolds Plans to Tackle Drug Menace

    Press Release February 15, 2018 Aftermath of Kano Round-Table, Senate Unfolds Plans to Tackle Drug Menace   Arising from its roundtable conference on drug abuse in Kano last month, the Senate on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive framework aimed at providing effective leadership and governance for cases of mental health and substance abuse in the country.   The plans, according to a statement from the Media Office of the President of the Senate, include formulating, developing, and implementing national policies, strategies, ... read more

  • 14 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Reiterates Senate’s Commitment To Tackle Drug Abuse

    Press Release  February 14, 2018 Saraki Reiterates Senate’s Commitment To Tackle Drug Abuse   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has reiterated the resolve of the 8th Senate to tackle the menace of drug abuse in the country, even as he pledged that the Red Chamber will continue to ensure that women and children are respectfully treated both in the schools and work places.   Saraki spoke yesterday when he received a delegation from the Federation of Muslim ... read more

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Gen. Shagaya

    Press Release February 12, 2018 Saraki Mourns Gen. Shagaya   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of a member of the sixth Senate and former Minister of Internal Affairs, Brigadier General John Nanzip Shagaya, on Sunday.   Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Shagaya as a “fine officer and gentleman” who during his lifetime, gave his all in the service of ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Condoles With Buhari Over Death of Two Family Members

    Press Release  February 11, 2018   Saraki Condoles With Buhari Over Death of Two Family Members   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of two members of his extended family – Hajiya Halima Dauda and Hajiya Ai’sha Alhaji Mamman.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also condoled with Buhari’s Uncle, Mallam Mamman Daura over the death of his younger sister.   ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Press Release: NSA, Top Security Chiefs to Address Security Summit’s Day 2

    Press Release  February 11, 2018   NSA, Top Security Chiefs to Address Security Summit’s Day 2   The Summit on National Security being organized by the National Assembly in collaboration with the Executive will on Monday receive presentations from heads of military and para-military organizations in the country including the National Security Adviser (NSA) and other Service Chiefs.   Also expected at the Day-Two of the summit are traditional rulers, cultural groups and religious leaders who are expected to give ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2018

  • 09 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Urges Assembly Clerks To Be Accountable, Transparent

    Press Release February 9, 2018 Saraki Urges Assembly Clerks To Be Accountable, Transparent President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday, urged Clerks to the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly, to live above board in order to strengthen the legislature and restore confidence in the institution. Saraki who gave the charge in his remarks while declaring open the 9th Meeting of Clerks to National and State Houses of Assembly in Abuja, also reiterated that the strength ... read more

  • 09 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Veteran Broadcaster, Baba-Ahmed

    Press Release February 9, 2018 Saraki Mourns Veteran Broadcaster, Baba-Ahmed Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the death of veteran broadcaster, Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed, as not only a loss to the journalism profession but to the entire nation. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the late ace broadcaster, writer and media manager had contributed immensely to the growth of journalism profession not only in the North but the entire nation. ... read more

  • 09 Feb 2018

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, MBBS, CON, AT THE 9TH MEETING OF CLERKS OF THE NIGERIAN LEGISLATURES, HELD IN CONFERENCE HALL NO. 231, SENATE NEW BUILDING, ABUJA, ON FEBRUARY 9, 2018.

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, MBBS, CON, AT THE 9TH MEETING OF CLERKS OF THE NIGERIAN LEGISLATURES, HELD IN CONFERENCE HALL NO. 231, SENATE NEW BUILDING, ABUJA, ON FEBRUARY 9, 2018. PROTOCOL. 1. Let me on behalf of the Senate and the entire 8th National Assembly welcome you all to the National Assembly and to Abuja for the 9th Meeting of Clerks of the Nigerian Legislatures. ... read more

  • 08 Feb 2018

    #SecuritySummit: Remarks by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at the Summit on National Security, Held at NAF Conference Center, Abuja.

    #SecuritySummit: Remarks by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at the Summit on National Security, Held at NAF Conference Center, Abuja. PROTOCOLS.   1.         You are welcome to the Summit on National Security, a 2-Day dialogue convened as a matter of national urgency. We are here because, in the face of escalating threats to the peace and security of our dear country, it becomes necessary to put heads together, share ideas and map out strategies to see ... read more

  • 05 Feb 2018

    CHAN 2018: Saraki Lauds Super Eagles….Says Learn From Setback

    CHAN 2018: Saraki Lauds Super Eagles….Says Learn From Setback Despite the inability of the home-based Super Eagles to lift the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) cup, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday, applauded the lads for playing in the finals of the championship held in Morocco. Saraki, in a statement signed by his Media Office, stated that all Nigerians will remain proud of their performance in Morocco even though the boys failed to convert their ... read more

  • 04 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki: Education Reforms Key To Africa’s Development

    Press Release February 4, 2018 Saraki: Education Reforms Key To Africa’s Development President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged African leaders to shift emphasis from the current theoretical system of impacting knowledge in her education system to practical skills based approach in order to radically turn around the fortunes of the continent. Saraki made the call while delivering a keynote address at the 2018 Georgetown Africa Business Conference in Washington DC, United States of America. The conference ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2018

    Keynote Address by Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at the Georgetown Africa Business Conference 2018 (GTABC2018). Washington D.C., USA.

    PROTOCOLS. A very good morning to you all. Let me start by thanking the organizers of the Georgetown Africa Business Conference for the opportunity to be part of this conversation, which I see as crucial to the social and economic development of Africa. My thanks also to Banze Nadia Ilunga, the GTABC Head of Content, for inviting me to deliver this keynote address on ‘The African Value Chain: Harnessing Local Talent and Opportunity’. It was important for me to come and ... read more

  • 01 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Delivers Lecture in Washington on Saturday

    Press Release February 1, 2018 Saraki Delivers Lecture in Washington on Saturday President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will on Saturday, February 3, participate and deliver a lecture at the 2018 Georgetown Africa Business Conference in Washington DC, United States of America (USA). The conference is being hosted by Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in conjunction with the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s African Studies Program. According to the organizers, “the purpose of the event is to showcase ... read more

  • 31 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Insecurity: Saraki Tasks PSC On Police Professionalism, Commitment

    Press Release January 31, 2018 Insecurity: Saraki Tasks PSC On Police Professionalism, Commitment …Says Senate Will Fastrack Passage of Police Academy Bill President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, urged the Police Service Commission (PSC), to work to ensure a return to “professionalism and commitment” by men of the Nigeria Police Force, in view of the disturbing security crisis in some parts of the country. Saraki, who made the call when the Chairman of the PSC, Dr. ... read more

  • 30 Jan 2018

    LECTURE DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, ON ‘SEPARATION OF POWERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY IN NIGERIA: AN APPRAISAL’ AT THE NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE, ABUJA, ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018

    LECTURE DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, ON ‘SEPARATION OF POWERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY IN NIGERIA: AN APPRAISAL’ AT THE NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE, ABUJA, ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018. PROTOCOL. 1. It is my honour to be delivering this lecture at the NationalDefence College (NDC), an important institution in the nation’s security architecture, and a crucible in which thebest of our military and paramilitary officers ... read more

  • 29 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks Immigration Boss on Availability of Passport booklets

    Press Release January 29, 2018 Saraki Tasks Immigration Boss on Availability of Passport booklets President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday, urged the authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service to work to ensure the availability of the international passport in view of the hardships often encountered by Nigerians who daily apply for the document. Saraki who gave the charge while commissioning a new passport office at the National Assembly, described as worrisome a situation where Nigerians who ... read more

  • 29 Jan 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, DISTINGUISHED SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE OCCASION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON PETROLEUM DOWNSTREAM ON THE SUBSIDY PAYMENT BY NNPC ON MONDAY 29TH JANUARY 2018.

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, DISTINGUISHED SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, MBBS, AT THE OCCASION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON PETROLEUM DOWNSTREAM ON THE SUBSIDY PAYMENT BY NNPC ON MONDAY 29TH JANUARY 2018. It is my pleasure to be declaring open this very critically important public hearing by the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream on the Subsidy Payment by NNPC. For years, our country has ... read more

  • 28 Jan 2018

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Remembers Dr. Alex Ekwueme

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Remembers Dr. Alex Ekwueme Tonight, it was a great honour to speak at the Night of Tribute and Songs to celebrate the life and achievements of the late former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme (GCON). This is because, my first encounters with Dr. Ekwueme were during my teenage years, when I used to run around the house — he was very close to my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. Both men formed the ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Laments Funding Constraints in National Assembly

    Press Release January 25, 2018 Saraki Laments Funding Constraints in National Assembly President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that despite the widespread perception that the National Assembly is being overfunded, it is actually grappling with funding constraints in carrying out it statutory functions. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, disclosed this when he paid a working visit to the Chairman and members of the National Assembly Service Commission ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Empanels Conference Committee on Electoral Reforms Bill

    Press Release January 25, 2018 Saraki Empanels Conference Committee on Electoral Reforms Bill President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has announced a six-man committee of senators to reconcile the Senate’s version of the amended Electoral Act with the version passed by the House of Representatives. The Senate’s conference committee has the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Suleiman Nazif, as Chairman. Other members of the committee are Senators Shehu Sani, Biodun ... read more

  • 24 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Pledges Quick Passage of CAMA, ISA Bills

    Press Release January 24, 2018 Saraki Pledges Quick Passage of CAMA, ISA Bills President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of the 8th National Assembly to swiftly consider and pass required amendments to the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and the Investment and Securities Act (ISA). Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the remarks when the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on CAMA and ISA led by ... read more

  • 24 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki pays tribute to music legend, Hugh Masekela

    Press Release January 24, 2018 Saraki pays tribute to music legend, Hugh Masekela President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has paid tribute to the late South African music legend, Hugh Masekela, calling him a statesman of African music. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that with Masekela’s death at the age of 78, the world had lost a boundless creative spirit, one who made immense contributions to the body of ... read more

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher

    Press Release January 23, 2018 Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher, and described him as a respected jurist who spent his life in the service of his state, country and humanity. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the passage of the legal giant was a monumental loss ... read more

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher

    Press Release January 23, 2018 Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher, and described him as a respected jurist who spent his life in the service of his state, country and humanity. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the passage of the legal giant was a monumental loss ... read more

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Senate Working to Improve Electoral Process, Says Saraki

    Press Release January 23, 2018 Senate Working to Improve Electoral Process, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said the Senate is working to improve the nation’s electoral process by building on the gains of the 2015 general elections. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the remarks when he played host to a United Nations (UN) Electoral Needs Assessment Mission Team in Abuja. He welcomed the team, led by ... read more

  • 23 Jan 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, MBBS, CON, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ORGANIZED BY THE JOINT SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (BASIC AND SECONDARY), TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND TETFUND, AND COMMUNICATIONS HELD ON JANUARY 23, 2018

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, MBBS, CON, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ORGANIZED BY THE JOINT SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (BASIC AND SECONDARY), TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND TETFUND, AND COMMUNICATIONS HELD ON JANUARY 23, 2018. PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to be invited to declare open this Public Hearing on Innovative Education Technology: E-Learning and Blended Learning in the Education Sector in Nigeria. I thank the Chairman and members of this Joint ... read more

  • 18 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki: Passage of PIGB By National Assembly ‘ll Help Curb Future Fuel Scarcity

    Press Release January 18, 2018 Saraki: Passage of PIGB By National Assembly ‘ll Help Curb Future Fuel Scarcity President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, following the Senate’s passage of the Bill last May, represents a historic milestone in Nigeria. In a video address posted on his Facebook page, Saraki also emphasized that the PIGB will help to address the ... read more

  • 16 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Benue Killings: Mark, Others Commend Senate’s Intervention

    Press Release January 16, 2018 Benue Killings: Mark, Others Commend Senate’s Intervention Former President of the Senate and the Senator representing Benue South, Senator David Mark, has commended his successor, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on his timely directive to the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Security Infrastructure to cut short its recess and investigate the New Year killings in Benue state. Mark who gave the commendation while contributing to the debate on the interim report of the committee submitted to ... read more

  • 16 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki to Politicians: Don’t Allow 2019 to Overshadow Governance

    Press Release January 16, 2018 Saraki to Politicians: Don’t Allow 2019 to Overshadow Governance President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday urged all political leaders in the country to remain committed to delivering good governance to the people by not allowing preparations towards the 2019 general elections to overshadow their responsibility. Saraki who made the call in his address to welcome Senators from their end of year recess, also said it would be a high level of ... read more

  • 16 Jan 2018

    8 Things Saraki said to the Senators in the Senate’s 2018 Resumption Speech

    8 Things Saraki said to the Senators in the Senate’s 2018 Resumption Speech On Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, the 8th Senate resumed its plenary activities for the year. The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in his resumption speech, discussed the work of the Senate and the way forward. These are 8 of the major things that he said. 1. On the Fuel Scarcity: “When one part of the body is hurting, the whole body hurts, and this holds true ... read more

  • 16 Jan 2018

    Resumption Speech Delivered by the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Sarak (CON), to Senators of the 8th Senate on Resumption from the 2017 End-Of-Year Recess on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

    Resumption Speech Delivered by the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Sarak (CON), to Senators of the 8th Senate on Resumption from the 2017 End-Of-Year Recess on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018. PROTOCOL. Distinguished colleagues, it is a privilege and an honour to welcome you all back to work as we embark on the legislative endeavour that will define our country in the year 2018. Let me take this opportunity to wish ... read more

  • 15 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Enhanced Welfare for Military, Nigerian Legion

    Press Release January 15, 2018 Saraki Seeks Enhanced Welfare for Military, Nigerian Legion President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Federal Government and military authorities to prioritize the welfare of both their serving and retired personnel, in view of the enormous sacrifices they render to sustain the peace and security of the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, made the call after laying a wreath at ... read more

  • 11 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Missing Drug Containers: NDLEA Responds To Saraki’s Query

    Press Release January 11, 2018 Missing Drug Containers: NDLEA Responds To Saraki’s Query Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammed Abdallah (rtd) has responded to the allegations of missing containers impounded by the agency raised by some stakeholders during the Senate Round-Table On Substance Abuse held in Kano City last December. The response was as a result of a directive by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, that a formal report on the ... read more

  • 10 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Benue Killings: Saraki Orders Senate Panel to Suspend Recess, Expedite Action

    Press Release January 10, 2018 Benue Killings: Saraki Orders Senate Panel to Suspend Recess, Expedite Action In response to the recent killings in Benue and Rivers States, President of the Senate,Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has directed members of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Security to immediately resume sitting and work through the weekend to ensure they have an interim report ready for the consideration of members by next week. Saraki, while responding to the situation in Benue State, especially, re-emphasized ... read more

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Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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