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

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

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Senate President at Armed Forces Remembrance Day
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Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

TODAY
  • 23 Jul 2016

    We are taking steps to fulfill every promise we made. We understand things aren't easy and we will address it

  • 23 Jul 2016

    RT : : SP, Dr Addressed Kwarans & urge them to Continue to support -led govt

  • 23 Jul 2016

    Congratulations on the Twins. Beautiful baby boy and girl. Glad to hear the mother, Twins and yourself are all doing well

  • 23 Jul 2016

    RT : in ilorin acknowledge his support and loyalty to d administration of APC

  • 23 Jul 2016

    RT : Fantastic. Way to go.

  • 23 Jul 2016

    RT : I am elated with two critical bills passed by Senate in the last 1 month. The Public Procurement bill & this. Good.

  • 22 Jul 2016

    Private Sector Can Now participate in Nigerian Railway IndustryThis morning, I signed the Senates version of...

  • 22 Jul 2016

    Private Sector Can Now participate in Nigerian Railway Industry This morning, I signed the Senate’s version of the Repeal and Re-enactment of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act of 1955. This re-enactment, which is coming nearly 61 years after the act first came into existence, is significant because it provides a legislative framework that opens up Nigeria’s railway system to private sector participation. The changes in the law are also aimed at promoting competition in the railway system - in order to make the service more affordable, effective and accessible to every single Nigerian. Furthermore, the framework which the Senate has passed places emphasis on the maintenance culture of our rail systems. I would like to commend the Senate Committee on Land Transport, led by Senator Gbenga Ashafa for the thorough job that they did in putting together the final version of the Bill. I am equally delighted that the Nigerian Society of Engineers are in support of this Bill, as a message I received from the Chairman of the Society earlier today expressed that the 8th Senate has achieved a feat that “seemed like an impossibility for more than 40 years.” Moving forward, it is my hope that this Bill, which was a key focus at the breakout session on Land Infrastructure at the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) earlier this year, will be given expedited passage in the House of Representatives and signed into law by Mr. President for the benefit of Nigerians across the country. Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki

  • 22 Jul 2016

    RT : 8th Senate: Bridging the Gap Between Able and Disbled Nigerians By Saka Olawale Cc

  • 21 Jul 2016

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session.

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session. -

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session.Earlier in the day, we started out with a...

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session. Earlier in the day, we started out with a Ministerial Briefing by the Minister of Finance on the Monetary/Fiscal Policies being adopted to salvage the current economic situation in the country. Later on in the session, we passed the final clause-by-clause reading of the Repeal and Re-enactment of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act of 1955, which is aimed at opening up Nigeria’s railway sector to private sector participation in order to make the service more affordable, effective and accessible to every single Nigerian. Finally, in an effort to reflect the decisions reached in Executive Sessions of the 8th Senate, today I announced a reshuffling of the leadership of some key Senate Committees. The following are the changes in Committee Chairmanships announced earlier today: 1. Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs 2. Senator Adamu Aliero, Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation 3.Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment 4. Senator Kabiru Marafa, Chairman, Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum 5.Senator Jibrin Barau, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND 6. Senator Binta Marsi Garba, Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs 7. Senator Joshua Dariye, Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Procurement 8.Senator James Manager, Chairman, Senate Committee on Solid Minerals 9. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power 10. Senator Hunkuyi Suleiman, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Identity 11. Senator Suleiman Adokwe, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Orientation and Information 12. Senator Jide Omoworare, Chairman, Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance 13. Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business 14. Senator Tijani Kaura, Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character 15. Senator Ahmed Ogembe, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport 16. Senator Omo Agege, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport 17. Senator Philip Aduda, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator asks Minister succinctly "what is the fiscal strategy in place to diversify the Nigerian

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "The violent activities in the Niger Delta affects revenue" - Minister for Finance

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : After Wide consultation just announced the reshuffling of chairmen of some committees

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Marafa is now the chairman of committee on Petroleum downstream

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : is now chairman legislative compliance

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator is now chairman Senate Committee on environment

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Chairman Committee on federal character is now Senator Daura Tijani

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Chairman committee on aviation is Senator Adamu Aliero

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Dariye is now chairman committee on public procurement.

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Abaribe is now chairman committee on power

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Adokwe is now chairman Senate Committe on National orientation and information

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senate Hope Uzodima is now chairman Senate committee on Customs

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Baba kaka Garubai is now chairman Committee on Rules and Business

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Really impactful summit. It's hugely encouraging to see how far we've all come, but there is

  • 21 Jul 2016

    The attention of the Senate President's Media Team has been drawn to a false publication that is making the...

  • 21 Jul 2016

    The attention of the Senate President's Media Team has been drawn to a false publication that is making the rounds on social media that Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). This fabrication is entirely untrue as the Senate President stands committed to the APC; a party that he helped midwife and worked for its victory in the 2015 elections. In his official capacity as Senate President and chairman, National Assembly, he attended the end of session event of the PDP caucus yesterday evening and spent only 30 minutes before leaving the members to continue with the event. The Senate President would like to assure every Nigerian that he is committed to the APC-led government and appreciates the confidence reposed in him and the APC during the 2015 General Elections. Signed, Bamikole Omishore Special Assistant New Media to President of The Senate.

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator also asked "In terms of revenue profile you need to brief us, I know for a record that there is still m

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Biodun Olujimi says the Federal Government does not have a economic blueprint nor an economic team.

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "The fundamental thing needed to diversity the economy is infrastructure we are attacking the infrastructure deficits" -

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "Our focus towards economic diversification is to bridge the infrastrutural gap" -Minister for Finance

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "The previous administration was borrowing to pay salaries. We were taking panadol when we had cancer."-Minister for Finance

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "I disagree that we don't have an economic management team " - Finance Minister briefs the senate.

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "We are not immune to the sufferings of Nigerians; it affects us all and we are doing all we can to assuage it" -Minister

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : "This ecn. team stands for transparency & telling the truth even if the truth is not fine we will continue telling the truth

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Tayo Alasoadura asks about Waivers and hopes for a smooth process for the 2017 Budget Passage.

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator Sam Egwu puts his questions I want to react to your statement on procurement that you plan to push for an executive

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : ... to promote the consumption of made in Nigeria goods he informs that the 8thsenate has passed an amendmen

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Senator now takes the floor. He decries the current market rates of "Jero (Millet), Shinkafa (Rice) and Crude".

  • 21 Jul 2016

    State of the economy. Tune in online now to watch minister of finance live addressing the senate on status of...

  • 21 Jul 2016

    State of the economy. Tune in online now to watch minister of finance live addressing the senate on status of the economy www.ngrsenate.tv

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Tune in live to watch Minister of Finance as she addresses on state of the economy.

  • 21 Jul 2016

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OF APC

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : Disregard rumor that has defected to still flying let's focus on economy

  • 21 Jul 2016

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OFAPC -

  • 21 Jul 2016

    RT : ": ": I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki -

  • 21 Jul 2016

    We will continue the advocacy to get concurrence from and together work with for his assent

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

    Today, I signed the Senate's version of the 'Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill.'

  • 20 Jul 2016

    Today, I had the pleasure of signing the Senate's version of the 'Discrimination Against Persons With...

  • 20 Jul 2016

    Today, I had the pleasure of signing the Senate's version of the 'Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill' immediately after my meeting with the Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWD) from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Niger Delta region. This version of the Bill will now be forwarded on to the House of Representatives. It is my hope that this Bill will receive swift passage and assent in order to protect the rights of people living with disabilities in Nigeria. -ABS

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

    : National Assembly To Promote Rights of Disabled Persons, Says SarakiPresident of the Senate, Dr....

  • 20 Jul 2016

    : National Assembly To Promote Rights of Disabled Persons, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, said that the 8th Senate and the indeed the National Assembly will henceforth fight to ensure that Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWD) enjoy equal rights like every other Nigerian. Saraki according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja gave the pledge while receiving two PLWD groups from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Niger Delta region, who came on a thank you visit to the Senate leadership over the recent passage of the Disabilities Bill by the Senate. The Senate President equally announced the donation of bus by the 8th Senate to the groups to ameliorate their transportation needs as earlier requested by their leadership. He stated that the leadership of the Senate would follow up to ensure that the Bill is signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari after the concurrence of the House of Representatives. Saraki said: “Let me give thanks to God for making this day possible because I remember that when you came earlier, we made a promise that we will ensure we pass the Disability Bill as soon as possible and we thank God that with the support of everybody here, the 8th Senate has been able to achieve it. “I want to assure you that by this prompt action of passing this Disability Bill, it will send a clear message across that all of us here as Senators and the entire National Assembly, do not believe that because of one disability or the other, you are any different from any other Nigerian. “We will continue to fight to ensure that you have the same rights as any other Nigerian and that matters that concern you concern us; and that issues that concern you get prompt attention,” he said. Earlier, the leaders of the PLWD from Abuja and Niger Delta, under the aegis of Disable Emirate, Karamajiji, Abuja, Mr. Muhammad Dantami and the Foundation for Persons with Disabilities in the Niger Delta, Mr. Dandeson Hart, in the separate remarks that the Senate for the prompt passage of the Disabilities Bill. Mr. Hart specifically noted that the Bill is going through its “third missionary journey” in the National Assembly. He said: “It was first passed under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. He never assented to it. It was again passed under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. He never assented to it. We thank God that it has been passed now,” he added. Sanni Onogu Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

    Saraki Keeps Promise as Senate Discusses Malnutrition in N/East,*Challenges ... -

  • 20 Jul 2016

    my visit to the North East earlier this week, I promised that the 8th Senate will be...

  • 20 Jul 2016

    During my visit to the North East earlier this week, I promised that the 8th Senate will be discussing the issue of malnutrition in the North East, and would work on building lasting ways to address the issue. Due to the Boko Haram humanitarian crisis in Borno State, about 134 children die everyday from starvation-related causes. This is why today, a Point of Order raised by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir on the floor of Senate discussed the malnutrition issue— especially in the North East geopolitical region that has suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. The Point of Order noted that about 5 children die per hour due to malnutrition, and it is important that timely interventions and necessary actions are embarked on to curb the spread of this situation. Accordingly, the Senate has resolved that the Ministry of Finance should release necessary funds to the North East, and the Federal Government should begin coordinating private sector donations to the region. As a nation, it does not speak well of Nigeria that despite the successes recorded in our fight against the insurgency, we have not treated the issue of malnutrition in many of our IDP camps with the same level of importance. During my visit to Borno several of the IDPs expressed their concerns that funds are not released in a timely manner to combat malnutrition. We do not need to lose more lives to malnourishment. Hence, moving forward, Nigeria must adopt a public-private-partnership driven approach to combat the issue of malnutrition. I hereby call on the Private Sector and our international partners to join us in stamping out malnutrition once and for all. -ABS

  • 19 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a closed-door Ministerial Briefing, which was attended by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The purpose of this engagement was to gauge the effectiveness of the monetary and fiscal policies that have been adopted to salvage the current economic situation in the country. At the briefing, Senators questioned the CBN Governor on the recent changes made to Nigeria’s foreign exchange management policy; the determination of foreign exchange rates; the monetary policy of the Federal Government; the challenges being experienced by many commercial banks; and the need to diversify and grow Nigeria’s economy for better performance. Moving forward, the 8th Senate will continue our collaborative approach of working to bring succour to the Nigerian people in the form of effective oversight and innovative legislation.

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

    A few months ago, the baby in my arms arrived at the IDP Camp malnourished and sickly. Months later, due to the efforts of the State Government at that IDP Camp, yesterday, I was pleased to see that the baby and her family are doing much better. It is my hope that once the North East Development Commission (NEDC) - which has gone through its Third and Final Reading in the Senate - is passed and signed into law, it will help to create a sustainable future for our younger generation.

  • 18 Jul 2016

    Photos: Condolence Visit of the Senate Delegation to Commiserate with the Government and People of Borno Over the death of the late Alhaji Ali Shettima.

  • 18 Jul 2016

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki

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

  • 18 Jul 2016

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday restated his loyalty to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki also reiterated his belief that the President Muhammadu Buhari's government will redeem its electoral promises made during the 2015 general elections. The Senate President spoke at the 10th Abuja Housing Show where top government officials and prominent stakeholders in the housing sector brainstormed on the theme: “Expanding Access To Affordable Housing In Africa.” Acknowledging the presence of the APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso who earlier kick-started discussions at the summit, Saraki assured that the APC government is unwaveringly committed to the social welfare of the people while re-affirming his unalloyed loyalty to the party. “The Senate and the National Assembly as a whole believe very strongly that we must make a difference in the housing sector,” he said. The Senate President, reacting to observations that the existing housing laws need respective amendment and repeal, charged the organizers of the Summit to take a further step by forwarding a document of laws requiring amendments to the National Assembly. “I assure you that action will be taken instantaneously,” Saraki promised. Saraki asserted that the Senate has commenced the review processes of several laws affecting property rights and access housing in the country. According to him, the review of the National Housing Fund Act is on-going and would be completed before the end of the year. According to the APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Izunaso, housing deficit in Nigeria is pegged at 17million housing units. "As at today, only 10 per cent of those who dream to own a house in the country can afford it, as against the 92 per cent house owners in Singapore. "The central objective of the Summit, however, is to come up with feasible strategies on how to end the problem of homelessness in Nigeria," Izunaso said. Other personalities at the Summit include the representative of the Speaker of House of Reps, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Çakıl, TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, among other investors. Signed Bamikole Omishore Special Assistant on New Media to the Senate President

  • 15 Jul 2016

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of France after the needless Bastille Day that killed over 80 people. Just last night, at the French National Day celebration, I commended Nigeria's Ambassador to France on the resilience that his country has shown in the face of terrorism. This resilience must continue despite the senseless killings of yesterday. We must all come together to combat terrorism at all levels -- globally. Too many lives have been lost at home and abroad. Nigeria stands with France, as France has stood - and continues to stand - with Nigeria.

  • 14 Jul 2016

    Earlier today, I signed the Senate version of S.B. 226 ‘A Bill for an Act for the Establishment of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun; and for Other Matters Connected Therewith (2016). With the rapid and continuous restructuring of Nigeria’s petroleum industry, this bill was borne out of the need for the legislature to develop long-term strategic ways of encouraging the proper management of our nation’s oil and gas resources. Hence, with the governance framework for the University of Petroleum Resources in place, Nigeria will have the domestic capacity to train skilled graduates with the technical ability to administer and further the demands of our petroleum industry. This is vital to our developmental objectives as a nation. This bill, will now be forwarded on to the House of Representatives for passage into an Act of the National Assembly. -ABS

  • 13 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 13 Jul 2016

    Promise Kept by Senate

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

  • 13 Jul 2016

    Saraki Tasks ECOWAS Parliament On Regional Integration, Security Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to work towards deeper integration and effective security for persons in the sub-region. Saraki who made the call when the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Mustapha Cisselo, led other management staff of the parliament on a courtesy call on him in Abuja also commended the leadership qualities exhibited by Cisselo since his election and urged him to do more in promoting the aims and objectives of the ECOWAS Parliament. Saraki said: "As I said in my speech at your inauguration, we must continue to ensure the economic integration of the West African sub-region. We must ensure that we do our best to enhance the powers of the ECOWAS parliament so that it becomes effective and not just a place for talk-shop. We must also play our role in seeing that terrorism which is one of the greatest threat to our people gets the necessary collective approach to solve the problem and danger in our region. "Also, the health sector is one of the areas, that unfortunately, must be carefully attended to because any endemic disease in any of the countries can be easily spread across the region. Therefore, we must work out a collaborative approach to address issues concerning the health of our people," he said. He said Nigerian Government through the Senate and the National Assembly would continue to support the ECOWAS parliament especially the new Speaker to succeed in office. Earlier, Hon. Cisselo noted that Nigeria is the "power house of African integration", hence the decision of the management of ECOWAS parliament to visit the highest authorities of the country, four months after assumption of office. "As you are aware, our closest collaborator within the Nigerian Government is the Nigerian parliament. Therefore, we are here to see how we can boost our collaborative efforts in order to achieve the task entrusted to us by our founding fathers," he said. He commended the Senate and the House of Representatives for their continuous support and said the ECOWAS parliament would continue to seek the cooperation of the Nigerian legislature towards the realization of the goal of enhancing the powers of the ECOWAS parliament. Signed: Sanni Onogu Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President

  • 13 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate passed the 3rd and Final Reading of the "Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill (2016) (SB 22)." This is a highly significant bill that seeks to curb the abuse in all forms of Nigerians with disabilities. Most importantly, this bill seeks to promote the respect of the rights of all Nigerians with disabilities. In the 6th and 7th Assembly, this bill was also passed, however, for one reason or the other, it was not signed into law. Many of you will remember that earlier this year, when I met with the leaders of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, I promised that the Senate would work on examining ways to strengthen our laws for people with disabilities. With what the 8th Senate has done today by passing this bill for its third and final time in the Red Chamber, it is my hope that this National Assembly can finally break this jinx by getting it passed by the House of Representatives and assented into law by Mr. President. -ABS

  • 12 Jul 2016

    Earlier today, it was a pleasure to meet with and discuss ways of improving Nigeria’s Healthcare system through legislation with the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti. Over the years, the WHO in Nigeria has played a leading role in mitigating the effects of many diseases in the country, hence, it was a pleasure to exchange ideas with Dr. Moeti, the Honourable Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, and the WHO team on legislative interventions that the 8th Senate can embark on to strengthen Nigeria’s healthcare system.

  • 12 Jul 2016

    In many States of the Federation, for upwards of 5 months, teachers have not been paid. This is why today, the Senate passed a Motion on the Non-Payment of Teacher’s Salaries Across the Country. The Senate expressed its disturbance about the fact that due to the severe economic downturn across the nation, the welfare of many of our teachers have been neglected. This situation, if not addressed, can lead to the mass exodus of our teachers from the educational sector - which would in turn create a situation whereby there will be fewer teachers in our classrooms to attend to our children. In this regard, the Senate resolved to urge the Federal Government to immediately enter into negotiations with states and come up with an effective and comprehensive scheme to address this emergency, which will be presented to the National Assembly for consideration and approval. Finally, in order to ensure that such situations do not reoccur, the Senate has urged the 36 States of the Federation to immediately adopt and implement a priority expenditure scheme that puts the payment of teachers’ salaries at the same level as public security spending.

  • 11 Jul 2016

    Earlier today, myself and a few of my Distinguished Colleagues from the Senate visited His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and the family of the late Marafan Sokoto, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi -- to commiserate with them on their loss. Our delegation was well received by their excellencies, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the Governors of Sokoto State and Kebbi State respectively. At the visit, I reiterated the fact that the late Alhaji Shinkafi was a bridge-builder, who was revered by all for his experience, frank disposition, wise counsel, and political sagacity. Alhaji Shinkafi's absence will be sorely missed by all and sundry. I pray that Almighty Allah grant him a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus. -ABS

  • 09 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 09 Jul 2016

    Monguno Was A Detribalized Nigerian, Worthy Ambassador, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed sadness over the death of one of the last set of the nation's founding fathers, elder statesman, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, who he described as a detribalized Nigerian and worthy ambassador. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja noted that the former Minister of Mines and Petroleum in the First Republic would be sorely missed considering his giant political strides and contributions to the building of the Nigerian nation, starting from his birth place, Monguno, in Borno State to all the nooks and crannies of the country. He described Monguno's death as painful especially coming at a time when the Federal Government has successfully turned the tide against insurgents in the North East. The late politician was a victim of the insurgency when he was abducted by gunmen at a mosque before he was later rescued. He commiserated with the Ali Monguno family, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, the entire people of Borno State as well as all associates of the late statesman across the country over the unfortunate incident. The Senate President stated: "Elder Monguno was a special breed who contributed immensely to the attainment of the nation's Independence in 1960, became a parliamentarian in the First Republic and thereafter a Federal Minister. His disposition towards effective nation building remains unparalleled. He lived for the welfare and security of the common man. His passion about a better and safer society was exceptional. His steadfastness, commitment to the cause of one Nigeria and optimistic spirit towards national development will continue to inspire us both now and in the future. "In his quest to mould the country in line with his lofty vision, late Monguno aspired to be President of Nigeria. Not minding that he did not realize his dream to become President, he continued to play exemplary leadership role as a philanthropist with special bias and support for the education of underprivileged children, especially the girl child. "No doubt, late Monguno's versatility and experience would have been of immense value to the present resettlement and rehabilitation efforts in his home state of Borno, the entire North East, as well as tackling the socio-economic challenges confronting the country at this time," he said. He urged the family of the deceased, the government and people of Borno State, to be comforted by the fact that Monguno served Allah and mankind diligently and worked hard to make his country great. He said the deceased left a worthy legacy of selfless service and a good name. Saraki prayed that Almighty Allah should grant the late leader a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus. "May Allah also grant members of his immediate family, the people and government of Borno State, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss," he added. Signed:

  • 07 Jul 2016

    Shinkafi Died When His Experience Was Most Needed, Says Saraki

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

  • 07 Jul 2016

    Shinkafi Died When His Experience Was Most Needed, Says Bukola Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that the death of Alhaji Umaru Ali Shinkafi came at a time when his experience, frank disposition, wise counsel and political sagacity were most needed by a nation faced with several challenges. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that late Shinkafi who was Marafan Sokoto was an accomplished public servant as a top policeman, a leading political light who contributed so much to the political programmes that led to the birth of the present republic, a professional who did well as a legal practitioner and a former Minister of Internal Affairs and head of the nation's former secret service, then known as Nigeria Security Organisation (NSO). "The Marafan Sokoto was a consummate politician who had large followership across the country. He was a bridge builder. He was revered by his supporters and opponents. A man who will always say the truth at every point. He helped in mentoring many political office holders now occupying top positions in government at various levels. He was also a man who embodied the tradition of his people and that is why he held the important title of Marafa in the Sultan's council. "With his diverse and extensive experience in the area of security, his advice would have been useful in tackling the different security issues confronting our country at this point. Incidentally, Alhaji Shinkafi was not a man who shied away from contributing to issues of national development. "His absence will be sorely missed by all and sundry. I pray that Almighty Allah grant him a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus. May Allah also grant members of his immediate family, his political family, the people and government of Zamfara and Sokoto States the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss", Saraki stated.

  • 06 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 06 Jul 2016

    Eid-el-Fitri: Saraki Urges Muslim faithful to Sustain Virtues Learnt in Ramadan President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged Muslim faithful in the country to sustain the values and virtues which the holy month of Ramadan taught them in their day-to-day relationship with God and fellow human beings. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, in commemoration of this year's Eid-el-Fitri also urged all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful in the face of daunting socio-economic challenges. He said that the present challenges are surmountable "if we all realign our character and deeds in tune with the wishes of Allah". He stated that the country can only regain its lost glory when the citizenry uphold the virtues of good neighborliness and eschew intolerance of other people's opinion, corruption, abuse of power, disregard for due process and disobedience to the laws of the land. Saraki said: "I urge all Nigerians, across religious divide, to remain steadfast, prayerful and patriotic . The virtues of moderation, piety, regular supplication to Allah and being our brother’s keeper should subsist beyond the Ramadan. Beyond this, every Nigerian should seek to contribute to rebuilding the nation with renewed vigour. "I also urge Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilization across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in the spirit of the Eid-el-fitri. Again, Nigerians who nurse one grudge or the other against the state should seek for legitimate and peaceful means of expressing their grievances so that it will be possible for their position to be better understood and addressed through constructive dialogue. "Similarly, let us all refrain from using violence to express our stand on issues. Violence only destroy, it does not build. Let us also shun greed and other vices capable of undermining the socio-political growth of our dear nation," he said. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 30 Jun 2016

    Saraki Mourns Amadi, Maduekwe Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday expressed grief over the death of two notable Nigerians, Captain Elechi Amadi and Chief Ojo Maduekwe. While Amadi, one of Africa’s finest novelist, poet and dramatist passed on at 82 years, Maduekwe, a former Minister who took charge of three federal ministries at different times and later served as Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was 71. Saraki described Elechi as a literary giant whose impactful life will continue to be of immense educational benefit to Nigerians and the world at large. He noted that Elechi contributed greatly to national development having served in the Nigerian Army. He also extolled the virtues of Maduekwe describing him as a "social-political engineer" whose exploits in the nation's political landscape will remain evergreen in the annals of the country. "Maduekwe was a brilliant, erudite and hardworking politician, a man of fine intellectual background who was not shy to take a position on serious national issues and will articulate the position to the admiration of both his supporters and opponents", the Senate President stated. "It is most regrettable that both Elechi and Maduekwe left us at a time their intelligence and wealth of experience is needed to advance education, deepen our democracy and political culture," Saraki said. While calling on the families of the departed men to be comforted by the exemplary lifestyles of the late ambassadors of the country, he called on the Federal Government to immortalize them. He also prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 27 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Statement on Commencement of Trial at FCT High Court Abuja, Nigeria, June 27---Today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document. In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the Separation of Powers between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as enshrined in our Constitution. Furthermore, it is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney General. These trumped up charges is only another phase in the relentless persecution of the leadership of the Senate This misguided action by the Attorney General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive Branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. It was not an election of Senate peers and Executive Branch participants. Over the past year the Senate has worked to foster good relations with the Executive Branch. It is in all of our collective interests to put aside divisions and get on with the nation’s business. We risk alienating and losing the support of the very people who have entrusted their national leaders to seek new and creative ways to promote a secure and prosperous Nigeria. As leaders and patriots, it is time to rise above partisanship and to move forward together. However, what has become clear is that there is now a government within the government of President Buhari who have seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda. This latest onslaught on the Legislature represents a clear and present danger to the democracy Nigerians fought hard to win and preserve. The suit filed on behalf of the Federal government suggests that perhaps some forces in the Federal Republic have not fully embraced the fact that the Senate’s rules and procedures govern how the legislative body adjudicates and resolves its own disputes. Let it be abundantly clear, both as a citizen and as a foremost Legislator, I will continue to rise above all the persecution and distraction that have been visited on me. In the words of Martin Luther King Junior, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy”. I will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me. Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate. This is a cross I am prepared to carry. If yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest. Signed Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON President, Senate of the Federal Republic

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Today, I formally inaugurated the Ad-Hoc Committee which has been tasked by the Senate to take an exhaustive and comprehensive look at the recently presented physical audit of the 2013 Annual Report of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Additionally, I also declared open the Public Hearing on this report, which has provided us with crucial facts and data, needed to constructively engage with relevant stakeholders on the way forward. We must all understand that accountability and audit are at the heart of our legislative work, in this regard, the Committee has been mandated to fully x-ray this report, and find out how over N1 trillion was lost in Nigeria’s extractive sector in 2013 alone. We need to find out what went wrong; how it went wrong; who is to blame; how much exactly we lost; and how to plug these loopholes through the legislative process. It is great to see that since the Senate considered this report with the leadership of NEITI, some federal agencies have made pronouncements to swing into action - however such commitments came a little too late. I want to reassure Nigerians that the Senate will continue to carry out more of such analysis in our oversight functions - and wherever such leakages occur, we will go after those involved on behalf of the people that we represent. It is my hope that the findings of this report will send a strong message that the legislature stands as the bastion of democracy, with a moral duty to monitor and investigate the executive arm of government. -ABS

  • 23 Jun 2016

    Nigerian Senate Plenary is now live. Watch online www.ngrsenate.tv

  • 22 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 17 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Press Releasee: Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Jun 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour

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

  • 09 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 08 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 06 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 05 Jun 2016

    Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers for Peace, Security

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

  • 05 Jun 2016

    SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration

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

  • 02 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 01 Jun 2016

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

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

  • 31 May 2016

    Press Release: Senate To Debate NEITI Report, Says Saraki

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

  • 29 May 2016

    Democracy Remains Best Solution to our National Problems, Says Saraki

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

  • 24 May 2016

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment

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

  • 16 May 2016

    Press Release Saraki Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament

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

  • 10 May 2016

    Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission

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

  • 10 May 2016

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

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

  • 10 May 2016

  • 09 May 2016

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

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

  • 09 May 2016

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

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

  • 08 May 2016

    Saraki Condoles With Victims of Jebba Train Accident 

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

  • 06 May 2016

    2016 Budget: Saraki Assures Nigerians of  Adequate  Oversight

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

  • 05 May 2016

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

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

  • 04 May 2016

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

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

  • 01 May 2016

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of Workers

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

  • 30 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 25 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 23 Apr 2016

    PENDULUM: A Candid Response from the Senate President

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

  • 15 Apr 2016

    Senate Intervenes on Debts Owed GENCOs by FG

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

  • 14 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 09 Apr 2016

    Plot to Unleash Sponsored Anti- Saraki Protests Uncovered

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

  • 05 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I’m Happy that the Trial Has Commenced

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

  • 04 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 29 Mar 2016

    Saraki Urges Closer Collaboration Between Nigeria, Colombia

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

  • 27 Mar 2016

    Saraki commiserates with victims of Kano inferno

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

  • 24 Mar 2016

    Easter: Saraki Urges Prayers For Peace, Economic Growth

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

  • 23 Mar 2016

    Saraki to Senators: Use Oversight to ensure implementation of Budget

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

  • 21 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 21 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 20 Mar 2016

    National Assembly Hosts Round-table Session on Economy

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

  • 19 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 17 Mar 2016

    Saraki sues for peaceful elections in Rivers

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

    My Comments on ‪#‎GEOBILL‬.

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

    Senate President  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

     Saraki  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

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

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Repositioning Economy Our Priority, Says Saraki

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

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Speech on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

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

  • 13 Mar 2016

    Ibru Was An Exemplary Leader, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Mar 2016

    We’ll Never Cover Up Corruption, Says Saraki

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

  • 11 Mar 2016

    Senate President Saraki Announces Attendance at CCT-led trial

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

  • 10 Mar 2016

    Video: Saraki Meets Female Students on #InternationalWomensDay

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

  • 09 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Saraki Pays Tribute to Osinbajo at 59‎

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Remarks by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on #InternationalWomensDay

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 07 Mar 2016

    Ocholi’s Death,  A Monumental Loss, Says Saraki 

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

  • 06 Mar 2016

    We Remain Solidly Behind Saraki, Say Senators

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

  • 06 Mar 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Uphold Rights of Disabled Persons

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

  • 05 Mar 2016

    Saraki congratulates Obasanjo, New Olubadan, Condoles with Ganduje

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

  • 03 Mar 2016

    Senate, UK Parliament pledge collaboration

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

  • 02 Mar 2016

    NESG: Why the Legislature Must Give Priority to Business Environment

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

  • 01 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Receives the Report on Doing Business in Nigeria

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria

    Bukola Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will today formally receive the Business Environment Legislative Review Report developed by a team of Legal Advisers to the ENABLE-DFID programme, led by Prof Paul Idornigie (SAN). A statement from the Office of the Senate President in Abuja stated the report initiated by the Senate President was in fulfilment of his commitment to Social Accountability and the Legislative Agenda of the 8th National Assembly ... read more

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Assures On Sustainable Economic Policies

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the 8th Senate will collaborate with the Executive to ensure that the policies and programmes of the present administration aimed at reviving the economy are sustained on a  long term basis. Saraki according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this  when he received the national executive of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) led by its President, Professor Olugbenga Okunola. He said the ... read more

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on today formally receive the Business Environment Legislative Review Report developed by a team of Legal Advisers to the ENABLE-DFID programme, led by Prof Paul Idornigie (SAN). A statement from the Office of the Senate President in Abuja stated the report initiated by the Senate President was in fulfilment of the Legislative Agenda of the 8th National Assembly geared towards creating a business friendly environment in the country. The statement added that: “Following the legislative ... read more

  • 26 Feb 2016

    Press Release on Social Media Bill

    Bukola Saraki Reiterates Commitment to OpenNass – Says that Section 4 of frivolous petition Bill known as Anti-Social Media Bill is ‘Dead on Arrival’ – Announces that CSOs will be part of 2017 Budget Hearing (Friday, 26 February, 2016) – Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, delivered the keynote address at the StateCraft Masterclass series at Social Media Week, Lagos (#SMWLagos). Speaking at the event, the Senate President emphasised the growing influence of social media users in Nigeria’s ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Press Statement: Saraki to Speak on Participatory Governance at Social Media Week (#SMWLagos2016)

    Press Statement: Saraki to Speak on Participatory Governance at Social Media Week (#SMWLagos2016) The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will be attending an interactive session of the Social Media Week Lagos, tagged#SMWLagos on Friday, 26thFebruary, 2016. The Chairman of the 8th National Assembly will be speaking on the Topic: ‘’PROMOTING ONLINE COMMUNITIES TO IMPROVEPARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE’’, the event is one of the major programmes lined up for the closing stages of the 2016 Social Media Week. The topic is imperative, coming at a time ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Video: Saraki Speaks on Niger State Lead Poisoning

    Video: Saraki Speaks on Niger State Lead Poisoning Click below to watch the Video.  

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Press release, Bukola Saraki decries outbreak of lead poisoning in Niger State

    Press Release February 25, 2016 Bukola Saraki decries outbreak of lead poisoning in Niger State …Seeks urgent measures to tackle menace Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has decried the outbreak of lead poisoning in Rafin Local Government area of Niger State due to small scale or artisanal mining of gold in the area. Saraki who stated this when the representatives of Doctors Without Borders led by Dr. Simba Tirima paid him a courtesy call, said it was unfortunate that ... read more

  • 24 Feb 2016

    Saraki remarks on Senate TSA Investigation: Says Upwards of N25billion Saved

    Saraki remarks on Senate TSA Investigation: Says Upwards of N25billion Saved Today, the Senate received the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Finance, Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions, and the Committee on Public Accounts on the Abuse and Mismanagement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) Regime. I am delighted that this report is seeing the light of day within such a short period of time, and I call on other Committees to please emulate the speedy delivery of ... read more

  • 15 Feb 2016

    Saraki : It’s Govt Duty to Ensure Success of Indigenous Firms

    Press Release Saraki : It’s Govt Duty to Ensure Success of Indigenous Firms Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said all arms of government have a duty to ensure the success of indigenous manufacturers as a way of rebuilding the economy and putting Nigerian youth to work. Saraki while receiving a delegation from the Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi, led by Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman and founder of the company, in his office today (Monday) said government should ... read more

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2016

    SP’s remarks on visit of President of Germany

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

  • 10 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2016

    Video of Senate President addressing TUC/NLC

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

  • 07 Feb 2016

    Dwindling Oil Revenue: Saraki Seeks Positive Tax Culture

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

  • 06 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Why We Need to Amend Procurement Law, Says Bukola Saraki

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

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Senate President Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Saraki tasks ECOWAS Parliament on war against terrorism

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

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

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

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

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

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





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