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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
  • 28 Aug 2015

    SENATE PRESIDENT SARAKI AND COLLEAGUES MEETS WITH AMBASSADOR FROM SAUDI ARABIA.

    This evening, a contingent of Senators and I met with the newly appointed Ambassador from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fahad Abdullah Sefyan. At the meeting, we discussed the importance of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia building a stronger relationship that is founded on the shared values of both our nations. We also hope to see more co-operation in the area of economic development and investment. The Ambassador assured me and my colleagues that he would work to enhance the ... read more

  • 28 Aug 2015

    SENATE PRESIDENT SARAKI AND COLLEAGUES MEETS WITH AMBASSADOR FROM SAUDI ARABIA.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    This evening, a contingent of Senators and I met with the newly appointed Ambassador from the Kingdom of Saudi...

  • 28 Aug 2015

    This evening, a contingent of Senators and I met with the newly appointed Ambassador from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fahad Abdullah Sefyan. At the meeting, we discussed the importance of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia building a stronger relationship that is founded on the shared values of both our nations. We also hope to see more co-operation in the area of economic development and investment. The Ambassador assured me and my colleagues that he would work to enhance the relationship between our two Countries. We also hope to establish legislative collaboration between our parliaments.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Saraki Assures Investors Of Attractive Business Environment

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) said the Senate is committed to enacting appropriate legislations to create attractive business environment in the country. Saraki spoke when the Chairman of Black Rhino Group and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, led the Chairman and Co-founder of Blackstone Group, Stephen Schwarzman and his delegation on a courtesy call on the Senate President in Abuja. The President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was also a part of the delegation. The Senate ... read more

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Saraki Tasks Committee On Uninterrupted Power Supply

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) charged the Senate Adhoc Committee on Power to urgently work towards the resolution of all the challenges currently facing the power sector. Saraki who spoke while inaugurating the Committee headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari in Abuja, said the economic woes in the country can only be addressed when the power sector is fully made functional. He said the immediate concern of the 8th Senate is to use every legislative instrument at its ... read more

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Saraki Assures Investors Of Attractive Business Environment

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Saraki Tasks Committee On Uninterrupted Power Supply

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Saraki Assures Investors Of Attractive Business EnvironmentSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today...

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Saraki Assures Investors Of Attractive Business Environment Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) said the Senate is committed to enacting appropriate legislations to create attractive business environment in the country. Saraki spoke when the Chairman of Black Rhino Group and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, led the Chairman and Co-founder of Blackstone Group, Stephen Schwarzman and his delegation on a courtesy call on the Senate President in Abuja. The President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was also a part of the delegation. The Senate President said the 8th Senate would concentrate on commercial aspects of the nation's laws having successfully reviewed the criminal aspect in the 7th Senate. Saraki said: "I congratulate you for the first step you have taken in coming to invest in Nigeria and to reassure you that as far as we are concerned, the Senate will give support in any way we can to make legislations that will make investing in Nigeria conducive. "One of our priorities in the legislature is to look at the private sector and the business environment because some of our old laws have not been reviewed and that is why we are setting up committees to look at and make it more interesting and attractive to invest in Nigeria. "In the Seventh Senate, we have done a review of the criminal aspect of the laws and brought them up to date and now we are dealing on the commercial side," he said. Earlier, Emir Sanusi II said his firm, Black Rhino Group, which handles Africa's infrastructure investments, is partnering with Dangote Group to make significant investments in the country. The Emir of Kano said: "I am here in my capacity as the chairman, Black Rhino Group which handles Africa’s infrastructure investment and we are committed, in partnership with President Aliko Dangote, to make significant investments in power, energy and infrastructure in this country. "Stephen (Chairman and Co-founder of Blackstone Group) is here on working visit and he will meet the President today basically given his assurance of continued support to the group and this country and to the effort of the administration to fix the infrastructure problems of the country." On his part, Chairman and Co-founder of Blackstone Group, Stephen Schwarzman, congratulated Saraki on his election as Senate President. He said his company is partnering with Aliko Dangote to invest in projects in the country. Schwarzman said: "We have been very active in the infrastructure business particularly with power. We have teamed up with Aliko Dangote to try and do some projects here in Nigeria. "We are very positive about the impact we can make and as an outsider, we have seen the change, the government’s emphasis on power. It is very important from an outsider’s perspective." Signed: Media Office of the Senate President

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Today, I received a delegation of the Blackstone Group, led by Group CEO Stephen Schwartzman. The Emir of Kano,...

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Today, I received a delegation of the Blackstone Group, led by Group CEO Stephen Schwartzman. The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, and the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote formed a part of the delegation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways that the 8th Senate and businesses can partner to provide legislative framework that will lead to job creation and strengthening the Nigerian economy. One of our priorities in the legislature is to look at the private sector and the business environment because some of our old laws have not been reviewed and that is why we are setting up committees to look at and make it more interesting and attractive to invest in Nigeria.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    One of our priorities in the legislature is to look at the private sector and the business environment and update laws that apply to them

  • 28 Aug 2015

    8th Senate will give support in any way we can to make legislations that will make investing in Nigeria conducive.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    8th Senate would concentrate on commercial aspects of the nation's laws having successfully reviewed the criminal aspect in the 7th Senate.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : receiving CEO of Blackstone Group, Stephen Schwartzman in company of Emir of Kano &

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Inaguaration of Ad-hoc Committee on Power.Today, I had the privilege to inaugurate the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee...

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Inaguaration of Ad-hoc Committee on Power. Today, I had the privilege to inaugurate the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Power. The mandate of this committee is to utilise all the legislative tools at its disposal to ensure that the power sector begins to function to capacity, and ensure that light is soon seen in the places that have been experiencing shoddy power supply. I also reminded the members of the Committee that Nigerians want to see a Senate that rolls up its sleeves to fix Nigeria. With the calibre of people in the committee, I am confident that they are up to the task set out before them...

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : said that the role of the committee is to make the sector more accountable, transparent and effective for all

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : tasked the committee with using "every legislative tool at its disposal to ensure light is soon seen in the da

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : also stated that the power sector is a key driver of the economy, so the committee had its work cut out for it.

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : The Senate President , reminded the committee that Nigerians want to see a Senate that rolls up its sleeves to

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : Sen. Kyari stated that the ad-hoc committee is on a fact-finding mission to make the power sector effective for Nigerians, n

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : Sen. Kyari also said the committee would work to investigate leakages in the system and the money pumped into power since pr

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : In his remarks, Sen. Kyari said that the committee would see its role as a satellite that is positioned to ensure increased

  • 28 Aug 2015

    RT : The Senate today inaugurated the Senate ad-hoc committee on Power. The Chairman of the committee is Sen. Abubakar Kyari, Bor

  • 28 Aug 2015

    Thanks for your concern. happened while I was in the office, it was immediately contained.

  • 27 Aug 2015

    RT : The Senate President will join Nigerian Youths to commemorate the on August 31st htt

  • 27 Aug 2015

    RT : Parliamentary Oversight As A New Dawn In The Power Sector by Via

  • 27 Aug 2015

    Everything is being looked at. What is worth doing, is worth doing well

  • 27 Aug 2015

    RT : that's great, social media has become a major channel for feedback on issues and policies. Not to be ignored.

  • 27 Aug 2015

    RT : Saraki, Fashola, Abati, Mo Abudu, Dele Momodu And Others Will Meet Youths In Lagos On August 31 via

  • 27 Aug 2015

    for instance, I have had to continue conversations from twitter with people when I meet or see them in person.

  • 27 Aug 2015

    Due to demand of the job, had to get some1 to brief of things 1 might have missed, but I make it a point to check myself

  • 27 Aug 2015

    Most officials have reservations to joining social media due to attacks. But I feel benefit outweighs the attacks

  • 27 Aug 2015

    Social Media is gradually putting an end to that

  • 27 Aug 2015

    RT : Most African leaders are insulated from the realities on ground in the constituencies they govern -

  • 26 Aug 2015

    RT : Senate President-ship X-rayed In 3D: The Crown, The Cross And The Price

  • 26 Aug 2015

    RT : This is the official Twitter handle of the 8th Nigerian Senate. Follow to receive updates from the Red Chamber an

  • 26 Aug 2015

  • 25 Aug 2015

    A Speech Delivered By The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki At The Show Case Session Of The Nigerian Bar Association On Monday 24th August, 2015

    PROTOCOL Your Excellencies, members of the Bar and Bench present, ladies and gentlemen. I am honoured to have been invited by the NBA to Chair the show case session of the 2015 Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association. My invitation to Chair a session of the NBA could not have come at a better time than now – especially as our country is going through significant political and economic change, and is pursuing a new direction of prosperity and opportunity ... read more

  • 25 Aug 2015

    A Speech Delivered By The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki At The Show Case Session Of The Nigerian Bar Ass

  • 25 Aug 2015

    I Have No Plot Against EFCC , Says Saraki

    The attention of the media office of the President of the Senate, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has been drawn to a publication alleging that the Senate President hired one Uboh to smear the integrity of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. It is pertinent and with all sense of responsibility and commitment to state unequivocally that the story is far from the truth. A fabricated story that can not sell to dent the image of Senator Saraki. The general ... read more

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Senate: We Are United, Saraki Knows Nothing About Petition Against Lamorde

    The Senate today (Tuesday) stated that contrary to reports about purported division in the upper chamber, that the Senate remains United and focussed in the discharge of its mandate. The Senate also described as baseless and unfounded allegations that the invitation of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions was masterminded by the  Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Chairman, Senate’s Adhoc Committee on Media and ... read more

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Ive No Plot Against EFCC , Says Saraki

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Senate: We Are United, Saraki Knows Nothing About Petition Against Lamorde

  • 25 Aug 2015

    We understand reality on ground. Senate concluded its report but need to harmonize with house of rep & Nass

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : These petitions were written as far back as 2013&2014. submitted to the Senate for probe. So how is link to t

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : Send your Petitions, Complains, Articles n Memos to the Speaker via 'speaker.gov.ng'

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : is established by statutes like all other Federal agencies. Its report 2 the Senate will be made public.

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : not the only agency w/petition pendingbefore Senate.There are pending petitions against CG Custom, FIRS

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : Every Nigerian has the right to file a petition against any agency and I recommend more Nigerians to do so to put agen

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : will not be prevented from carrying out its constitutional responsibility.

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : There are 4 petitions against that does not amount to guilt. Hearing will help to clear the air so it wo

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Senator Saraki has no Plot Against EFCC The attention of the media office of the President of...

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Senator Saraki has no Plot Against EFCC @MrBanksomishore The attention of the media office of the President of the Senate, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has been drawn to a publication alleging that the Senate President hired one Uboh to smear the integrity of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. It is pertinent and with all sense of responsibility and commitment to state unequivocally that the story is far from the truth. A fabricated story that can not sell to dent the image of Senator Saraki. The general public is fully aware that the said online platform which first published the false story has been a paid agent of media attacks on the person of the Senate President and that all allegations made by the online platform against the Senate President have fallen flat on their face as bare lies, concocted with malicious intention. To set the record straight, no body can rightfully claim that Senator Saraki engaged the services of the petitioner or any other person for that matter. There are about four different petitions from individuals, groups and corporate organisations written against the EFCC and submitted to the Senate. Most of these petitions are dated 27/07/2015 and 31/07/2015 while some bothers on issues between 2013, 2014 and 2015. There are petitions that are directly written and received by the Senate while in some, the petition was written to the President and the Senate were copied. Further to the above, EFCC is not the only government agency that has petition against it pending before the Senate. There are pending petitions against the CG Custom, FIRS and NPA, amongst others. Is it also Senator Saraki that hired or engaged people to do this? What evidence does Sahara reporter have that links Senator Saraki to all these petitions before the Senate? The Senate President has no relationship whatsoever with Mr Uboh in any capacity or in the course of his emergence as Senate President. If anybody has any proof of a relationship between Senator Saraki and the said Mr. Uboh, let him or her come forward to prove it. Our Investigation showed that Uboh's petition has been in public domain since 2013 and that the details has been reported in national newspapers as well as cited in court proceedings. The Senate President could not be said to have hired any one to write a petition for him as he has no issue to sort out with any individual, group of people or an organisation. Therefore, any insinuation that Senator Saraki is attempting to prevent EFCC from carrying out its constitutional responsibility is a hoax and an imagination of the writer. Let it be known that the idea of people using the media to intimidate or blackmail the Senate to prevent it from performing its constitutional and legislative duties will be resisted and as such, meet stiff opposition expressed through lawful means. Senator Saraki is not the same as the Senate or National Assembly as an institution. Imputing sentiment into the legitimate working of any government institution will not urgur well for our development and democratic process. Signed Bamikole Omishore Special Assistant to the Senate President (New Media)

  • 25 Aug 2015

    RT : Between and Babajide Omoworare: Implementing Senate's E-Parliament

  • 24 Aug 2015

    Electricity Charges: Senate Lauds NERC’s Pro-People Position

    The Senate today (Monday) commended the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for being responsive to the yearnings and aspiration of the people. Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye, in a statement in Abuja stated that NERC’s intervention and directive to electricity distribution companies (Discos) to restructure fixed charges, discontinue estimated billing and bulk metering of consumers shows that the commission ‎could be relied upon to save electricity consumers from the excesses of the service providers. ... read more

  • 24 Aug 2015

    Electricity Charges: Senate Lauds NERCs Pro-People Position

  • 24 Aug 2015

    RT : INSURGENCY: IS DETERMINED TO COMPLEMENT 'S EFFORTSA socio-political group in Kwara state,...

  • 23 Aug 2015

    RT : 4 d 1st time in the history of this country, we r hv a senate leadership that is pple oriented. If u pay bills

  • 23 Aug 2015

    Groups Lauds Senate over Electricity BillingThe National Association of Youths for Good Governance (NAYGG) has...

  • 23 Aug 2015

    Groups Lauds Senate over Electricity Billing The National Association of Youths for Good Governance (NAYGG) has lauded the 8th Senate for its intervention aimed at checkmating the excesses of power distribution companies (Discos) in billing electricity consumers across the country. The group in a statement signed by its National President, Godwin Chukwuemeka and Publicity Secretary, Simon Akaa specially commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki-led upper chamber for coming to the aid of Nigerians who are being unduly exploited by Discos. The NAYGG noted that the call by the Senate on the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to review the fixed charge regime and discontinue bulk metering of communities is a welcome development which showed that the Senate is not only responsive but also responsible to their constituents. According to the group, "the 8th Senate under the able leadership of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has proved to be a listening and compassionate assembly. They have shown that unlike in the past, now when the people have a problem bothering them they can always resort to the legislative body for succour. "The Senate since its inauguration on the 9th of June has continued to show itself as a pro-masses legislature going by its many interventions directed at alleviating the suffering of the people. We voted for change in the last election and there is no better way to manifest that change that the way the Senate has done. They acted for and on behalf of the Senate. "The other time, Saraki personally led a delegation of the Senate to Maiduguri to identify with the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) thus making history as the first Senate President to visit the Boko Haram ravaged territory. "The Senate had also directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to recover illegal rice importation waivers granted by the immediate past administration. "The directive the Senate had said was aimed at shoring up our dwindling economy as a result of the sharp fall in the prices of oil at the international market as well as blocking avenues of financial leakages in the system. These are the kind of things we expect from our representatives in the upper chambers of the National Assembly. "This Association is thus of the firm belief that the 8th Senate has demonstrated the willingness to support President Muhammadu Buhari to rebuild the country notwithstanding its present leadership challenges," the statement said. The NAYGG added that what remains is for some national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to embrace peace so as to enable the 8th Senate to settle down as soon as possible and work more on oversight and law making. "If the 8th Senate within this short period has achieved so much by getting the NERC to order the review of the fixed charge policy and the stoppage of bulk metering by Discos, it shows that they truly appreciate the pains and suffering of Nigerians under these Shylock organizations and they are prepared to ensure that justice, fairness and equity reigns in all facet of our economy," the group stated.

  • 22 Aug 2015

    NERC Agrees With Senate, Orders Restructuring Of Fixed Charges

    …Discos to discontinue bulk metering The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in line with a resolution passed by the Senate ordering it to look into complaints by consumer of electricity over indiscriminate billing   has directed electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) to urgently restructure their fixed charges in order to ensure no Nigerian is made to pay for electricity not consumed. The Discos have also been directed to discontinue the practice of bulk metering. The Senate had in its resolution following a ... read more

  • 22 Aug 2015

    NERC Agrees With Senate, Orders Restructuring of Fixed Charges ...Discos to discontinue bulk metering The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in line with a resolution passed by the Senate ordering it to look into complaints by consumer of electricity over indiscriminate billing has directed electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) to urgently restructure their fixed charges in order to ensure no Nigerian is made to pay for electricity not consumed. The Discos have also been directed to discontinue the practice of bulk metering. The Senate had in its resolution following a motion by Senators Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North) and David Umaru (Niger East) entitled: “Unfair trade practices of Electricity Distribution Companies in Nigeria,” decried the fleecing of Nigerians by Discos through fixed charges and bulk metering among others. The upper chamber had directed NERC to immediately abolish fixed charges on electricity consumption, bulk metering of villages and communities. The lawmakers specifically ordered the NERC to immediately stop the collection of fixed charges as well as ensure that the people are not made to pay for energy not consumed. The Commission in a seven-page response to the Senate's query last week said it had asked the distribution companies to find a way to restructure the fixed charge such that no one would be made to pay for electricity not consumed. Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NERC, Sam Amadi, who signed the letter to the Senate, copy of which is available on the commission's website regarding the fixed charges by Discos, said even though the fixed charge collected was not illegal; the commission had been able to intervene in the matter. Amadi said “In recognition of the negative impact of the fixed charge, the commission has held several public consultations to ascertain a measure that will guarantee financial viability in the industry and not expose consumers to paying for electricity not consumed. “Based on the intervention of the Commission, the distribution companies have agreed to find a way to restructure the fixed charge such that a consumer who does not receive electricity supply does not pay the fixed charge. “This remodeling of the fixed charge will be part of the ongoing tariff review process being conducted by the distribution companies. “NERC will continue to ensure that whatever model is presented for its approval is fair and reasonable, and ensures the survival of the new electricity market and improves quality of supply to consumers," he stated. On the vexed issue of bulk metering of customers, the Commission said it is totally in agreement with the Senate on the need to eliminate the sharp practice. It said it supports the Senate's position that electricity consumers be metered individually, even as it urged customers to reject community bulk metering. Amadi said: "The Commission agrees with the Senate's position on the need to eliminate the practice of bulk billing residential customers and replace the practice with individual metering and billing. "It is important to state that the Commission had previously abolished bulk billing in its ruling on the VGC Case NO: NERC/H/03/07. The case was brought by a customer against the VGC Estate Management and the Eko Electricity Distribution Company in 2008. The Commission ruled in favour of the customer. "The decision of the Commission stipulated that every customer is expected to be metered individually irrespective of the status of supply coming into the area and the class of billing should be on R2 or as appropriately determined by Disco. He added that the Commission has however provided a leeway for estimation in situations where residential meters are not provided to customers. "This is provided in the Estimated Billing Methodology Regulation of the Commission," he said: He added: "Communities who are placed on bulk billing should reject it and insist on individual metering. The Commission is in the process of completing public consultation on a proposal to cap the amount an unmetered customer can pay until he or she is metered. "The proposal will also commit distribution companies to strict deadline for metering of all its customers. In the interim, the Commission has abolished connection of new customers without meters." Signed: Media Team of the Senate President

  • 18 Aug 2015

    VIDEO: Senate Delegation To Borno State

    Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and other Senators went to Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday 3rd of August 2015 to get on spot assessment of situation on ground. The delegation, the first of its kind by the leadership of the Senate since the insurgency began over 6 years ago assured the people of Borno State and North East in general that the Senate will pass legislations to help restore normalcy in the zone. The visit was mainly to enable ... read more

  • 18 Aug 2015

    Saraki Commiserates With Misau People

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Tuesday) expressed sadness over the demise of the Emir of Misau, Alhaji Muhammad Manga III. The Emir died on Monday at 81. Saraki in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, extolled the virtues of the deceased royal father, saying his reign had witnessed peace and development in his immediate domain and the entire Bauchi State. He said the Emir left the stage at a time his wise and ... read more

  • 18 Aug 2015

    Video from Monday, 3rd of August 2015, when Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki led a delegation on a spot assessment of the situation on ground in Maiduguri, Borno State. The delegation, the first of its kind by the leadership of the Senate since the insurgency began over 6 years ago, assured the people of Borno State and North East Nigeria in general, that the Senate will pass legislation to help restore normalcy in the zone. The visit was mainly to enable the lawmakers to make on the spot assessments of the effects of the insurgency, empathize with the people, and reassure them that the rest of Nigeria is firmly behind them in these difficult times. The Senate President said that the delegation will go back and brief the entire Senate and then initiate moves on what can be done to provide succour, rehabilitation, and reconstruction for the people and areas affected by the insurgency. The Senate President also noted that a quick resolution of the insurgency would aid in getting the economic activity of the North East back on track, and the people of the region back to work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svPHCpgl6ac&sns=tw via @youtube

  • 17 Aug 2015

    To receive updates on activities of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, join his Blackberry Channel by adding: C0034EC54. Be the first to get up to the minute update on the Senate President's activities. You can also view updates on www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com

  • 15 Aug 2015

    Saraki Mourns Borno Deputy Gov, Zannah Umar Mustapha

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Saturday) received with shock the news of the death of the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha. Saraki in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, said it was difficult to believe the information that a man he met in Borno about a week ago during his tour of some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri could have left this world so soon. Saraki said: ... read more

  • 15 Aug 2015

    ABS FC Storms Abuja For Maximum Victory Against FRSC!

    … set to Entertain FCT soccer Fans! ABS FC of Ilorin will tomorrow Sunday at the Area 3 playing ground Garki Abuja be a guest to FRSC Football Club of Abuja in the week 12 fixture of the Nigeria National League. Under the new chairmanship of Mr Seni Saraki, the former NPL giant killers will entertain Abuja fans with their digital style of play that earned them the Arsenal of Nigeria League. The Saraki Boys who are 2nd on the ... read more

  • 13 Aug 2015

    Saraki: Ooni’s Transition A National Loss

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the passing on to glory of Oba Okunade Sijuade, the Ooni of Ife, as the end of an era in Yoruba land.  Saraki in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu said he was particularly saddened by the fact that the Ooni departed at a time when the country is in dire need of his wise counsel, respected interventions and patriotic stand on issues of national significance.  While describing ... read more

  • 13 Aug 2015

    Saraki: Ooni's Transition A National Loss Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the passing on to glory of Oba Okunade Sijuade, the Ooni of Ife, as the end of an era in Yorubaland. Saraki in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu said he was particularly saddened by the fact that the Ooni departed at a time when the country is in dire need of his wise counsel, respected interventions and patriotic stand on issues of national significance. While describing the transition of Oba Sijuwade as a "national loss", the Senate President commiserated with members of the Olubuse royal family, people of Ile Ife, Government and people of Osun State and the entire Yorubaland over the demise of a "king who represents the best of Yoruba traditions and customs". He described the late Ooni as a royal father who will remain dear to his heart for a long time due to his deliberate efforts to promote Yoruba culture and tradition. He noted that as a way of promoting national unity, the Ooni gave chieftaincy titles to many Nigerians from other parts of the country. "On behalf of my family and the National Assembly, I convey my most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the royal family, people and Government of Osun State, the entire Yoruba race and Nigerians as a whole on the departure of the foremost traditional ruler, the Arole Oodua", Saraki stated.

  • 13 Aug 2015

    We Want To Make Senate A Transparent Institution, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the 8th Senate is committed to openness. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the 8th Senate is committed to openness. Saraki who spoke while receiving the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Forum (APYF) in his office as part of the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, said the Senate has nothing to hide. He said the e-parliament being planned by the Senate is meant ... read more

  • 12 Aug 2015

    I wish the youth of Nigeria a successful commemoration of International Youth Day (). I join you all in celebrating your industry, perseverance and courage. Based on the theme of , every young person in Nigeria must continue his or her commitment to civic engagement. When you, as young people, succeed politically, socially, and economically, we all succeed as a nation...

  • 12 Aug 2015

    I wish the youth of Nigeria a successful commemoration of International Youth Day (). I join you all in celebrating your industry, perseverance and courage. Based on the theme of , every young person in Nigeria must continue his or her commitment to civic engagement. When you, as young people, succeed politically, socially, and economically, we all succeed as a nation...

  • 12 Aug 2015

    The #8thSenate will debate finance committee report on this week, In line with our commitment to and

  • 12 Aug 2015

    #SPSpeaks – Senate Plenary Of Wednesday 12th August 2015

    Confirmation of Mr. President’s nomination for INEC REC from Jigawa State, Mr. Abdulahi Kaugama “The Senate, in the committee of the whole, considered the request of Mr. President, C-in-C, for the confirmation of the appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission. The nominee answered questions from Distinguished Senators on electoral matters and a number of issues; thereafter, the committee approved the nomination of Abdulahi Adamu Kaugama as a Resident Electoral Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral ... read more

  • 11 Aug 2015

    Rebuilding The North-East Is A Global Responsibility, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, again on Tuesday took his quest  for the urgent rehabilitation and reconstruction of the North-East Zone now devastated by the  Boko Haram insurgents to the international community. Saraki while while receiving the Ambassador of South Korea, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk,  and the India High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. A.R. Ghanashyam who visited him separately in Abuja said rebuilding the North-east zone has become the responsibility of the global community. He lamented that the zone currently ... read more

  • 11 Aug 2015

    Rebuilding the Northeast is a global responsibility, says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, again on Tuesday took his quest for the urgent rehabilitation and reconstruction of the North-East Zone now devastated by the Boko Haram insurgents to the international community. Saraki while while receiving the Ambassador of South Korea, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk, and the India High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. A.R. Ghanashyam who visited him separately in Abuja said rebuilding the North-east zone has become the responsibility of the global community. He lamented that the zone currently lacks functional hospitals, schools and other social amenities that make like worth living and specifically called on the two envoys and their countries to assist in the rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts of the Federal Government in the Northeast, which will immediately follow the seizure of insurgency operations in the area. He stated that one of the major challenges confronting the country is the insecurity caused by the Boko Haram. "Nigerians are yearning for a move to address some key issues such as the security challenges we are seeing in Northeastern part of country. We went to visit the zone and our observation was that there is need for rehabilitation and reconstruction. They now lack schools, hospitals and houses. All these need to be totally rebuilt in most of those places.", he said. "I think a lot of our friendly countries like yourself can play a role in this great humanitarian support to see what you can contribute to the development of the area because if we are going to reconstruct the Northeast today, it cannot just be from our regular inflows and revenues. "I think it is a big responsibility for all our friends to see how they can contribute in putting together an infrastructure development fund that will go towards rebuilding the Northeast. The rebuilding of the Northeast should be a global responsibility", he said. The Senate President also told his visitors that the Senate under his leadership is currently reviewing extant laws and also initiating new ones to make Nigeria an attractive investment destination. He said: "We are ready as the Eighth Senate, and one of our legislative agenda that has been listed is reviewing all laws that have to do with making Nigeria more attractive for business people to do business, looking at legal instruments that will also improve our commercial dispute resolution and make people find Nigeria as a place that it will be easy to do business." He added that the Senate was also interested in how Nigeria can deepen her trade relationship with South Korea and India. Earlier, the South Korean Ambassador, Mr. Kyu-Duk, noted that the Senate President had already proved himself "as a visionary leader who is set to achieve the change agenda having delivered reforms and change in the areas of health, education, agriculture, security, power and environment as former Governor of Kwara State." He added: "I am quite confident of your success in leading this august representative body to reform malfunctioning sectors of this country through proactive legislations. Nigeria is a second home to me." On his part, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ghanashyam, said his country desired improved business relationship with Nigeria, having sustained mutual understanding even before the two countries became independent. Apart from the establishment of healthcare and educational facilities in the country, the envoy said that India is ready to partner Nigeria to diversify her economy through agriculture and the knowledge-based industry.o Signed The Media Office of the Senate President

  • 11 Aug 2015

    Legislative Comments For Tuesday 11th Aug 2015

    Today, the Senate discussed a Motion on the Unfair Trade Practices of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in Nigeria. The motion was brought to the floor by Senator Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North). As electricity generation and distribution is a crucial development determinant, Nigerians from allover the country have high expectations in this regard. Despite privatization of the GENCOs and DISCOs, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that Nigerians enjoy stable electricity. In this ... read more

  • 11 Aug 2015

    Today, the Senate discussed a Motion on the Unfair Trade Practices of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in Nigeria. The motion was brought to the floor by Senator Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North). As electricity generation and distribution is a crucial development determinant, Nigerians from allover the country have high expectations in this regard. Despite privatization of the GENCOs and DISCOs, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that Nigerians enjoy stable electricity. In this regard, the Senate under my leadership will not relent until we see and effect change in the power industry. The debate continues tomorrow, with the introduction of another motion bordering on this issue…

  • 09 Aug 2015

    In Defence Of The Truth: Sahara Reporters Suspicious Motives For Attacking Dr. Saraki

    On Thursday, August 6th, 2015, SaharaReporters published a totally fabricated report entitled: “Nigeria’s Senate President Saraki Lied In His Official Election Forms” on its website. In that dubious and utterly false report, SR alleged that the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is not a Nigerian citizen. The article went further, based solely on suppositions to infer that Dr. Saraki intentionally avoided question 10 on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) form for candidates contesting National Assembly elections and by ... read more

  • 09 Aug 2015

    In Defense of The Truth: Sahara Reporters Suspicious Motives For Attacking Dr. Saraki On Thursday, August 6th, 2015, SaharaReporters published a totally fabricated report entitled: "Nigeria's Senate President Saraki Lied In His Official Election Forms" on its website. In that dubious and utterly false report, SR alleged that the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is not a Nigerian citizen. The article went further, based solely on suppositions to infer that Dr. Saraki intentionally avoided question 10 on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) form for candidates contesting National Assembly elections and by so doing must have sworn to an oath of allegiance to another country, such as United Kingdom, the report concluded. The article also suggested that the Senate President avoided stating his place of birth on the INEC form, and that he is intentionally concealing his UK citizenship to avoid being disqualified in any way from political office. One is not unminful of the obvious fact that freedom of expression may be absolutely basic human right, but it is pertinent to state that it is not without limits. This obvious fact has brought to bear, what is the essence of journalism which is meant to educate, orientate and bring out the truth to ensure justice, equity and fairness in every human endeavor. Unfortunately, it seems the tenets of professional journalism means nothing to Sahara Reporters. As it stands, a detailed perusal of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, clearly indicates that the point Sahara Reporters is attempting to raise is moot – especially with regards to holding UK citizenship. The ready question at hand to ask is; why Sahara Reporter has intentionally remained silent and avoided to look into the constitutional Provisions of right to hold dual citizenship, especially where the party in question holds Nigerian citizenship by birth. The second relevant question is, if in fact, the purpose of such a publication was for public interest, has Sahara Reporters carried out diligent investigation on the authenticity of its report before publication? If the answers to the above questions are in the negative, then the rationale behind the report is for obvious reasons. For the avoidance of doubt and for record purposes, Section 25(1)(c) of the Nigerian Constitution discredit Sahara Reporters' argument that Dr. Saraki is ineligible for public office. The section clearly stipulates that “every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria” are considered “citizens of Nigeria by birth.” What this means is that even if the Senate President were born in the UK, he will qualify as a citizen of Nigeria by birth under S.25(1c) – citizen by birth through parentage. Also, there has always been a flawed misconception on the issue of dual citizenship vis-a-vis a holder of public office in Nigeria. S.28 of the 1999 Constitution (as (amended) deals with this wherein it highlights the fact that only those who are Nigerians by registration or naturalization shall forfeit their citizenship if they acquire the citizenship of another country. It is important to state at this juncture that the requirement to forfeit Nigerian nationality/citizenship upon acquisition of the nationality/citizenship of another country, does not apply to persons who are Nigerians by birth within the definition of Section 25 of the Constitution. This section also acknowledges and protects the right to hold citizenship by birth of another country – as citizenship by birth is an inalienable right under the Constitution Furthermore, to put this particular issue to rest, the import of S.66(1)(a) of the Constitution can not be underestimated. The section clearly states that: "Subject to S.28 of the Constitution, any body who has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country must be disqualified. The key word here is ‘voluntarily’, and is subject to the provisions of S.28, which protect the right to hold the citizenship of another country if such citizenship is acquired by birth. In other words, Section 28 states clearly that dual citizenship is allowable where one qualifies as a Nigerian by Birth as contained in Section 25 (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Constitution. The only instance in which forfeiture of citizenship becomes applicable under the Constitution is by holders of: i) citizenship by registration under Section 26; and ii) citizenship by naturalization, under Section 27 of the Constitution. The Court of Appeal decision in the case of Dr. Willie Ogebide v. Mr. Arigbe Osula {2004} 12 NWLR Part 886 pp 127 paragraphs D-G says it all. Adeniji JCA reading the lead judgment held that: Holding the citizenship of another country does not preclude, disqualify or nullify a person from having, acquiring or retaining Nigerian citizenship by birth. This is even more prevalent where such citizenship has been acquired by birth. Furthermore, there is no requirement for a dual citizen of Nigeria (by birth) and another country to renounce either citizenship. In view of the above, holding dual citizenship does not mean that a public office holder, like the Senate President had earlier changed his nationality in the past; it simply means he has held both citizenships simultaneously without the need to acquire one after the other. As both were acquired by birth, the Senate President automatically had both citizenships ‘bestowed’ on him from the moment of his birth. To this end, citizens of a country by birth do not need to swear to an oath of allegiance to that country; it is only citizenship acquired through naturalization and registration that have the requirement to take an oath of allegiance. Above all, there is no evidence that Dr. Saraki took an oath of allegiance or intentionally attempted to conceal his UK citizenship – especially as he has never denied holding the citizenship in question. One is however uncomprensible, as it beats ordinary sense of imagination of how Sahara Reporters went to extent of producing and pasting fake UK passport claiming it to be that of Senator Bukola Saraki. What on earth would Sahara Reporters benefit from such "pull him down at all cost" syndrome? This is an indication that the online media outfit is out to tarnish the image of the President of the Senate. It is a confirmation of the fact that Sahara Reporters is doing the bidding of its pay masters which is well known to all and sundry as the man behind the scene will soon be exposed and brought to the public domain. It is also of importance to state categorically here that Senator Saraki's UK passport as posted on the website of Sahara Reporters is a forged document that deserve thorough investigation by the UK Home and passport Office. Senator Saraki on the 19th of July 2015, has instructed his Solicitors in UK to write the UK Home Office to commence immediate investigation into this act of criminality .There is no doubt that this is a typical criminal offence against the State and also an act of defamation of character against the President of the Senate and whoever is found responsible should be prosecuted. The question that needs to be unravelled thereof by the UK Home and passport Office, among other things; where did Sahara Reporters get a forged or fake UK passport which it claims it belongs to Senator Saraki and decided to post same on its website?. To this end, it is no longer shocking, based on the antecedents of Sahara Reporters, the extent to which Sahara Reporters and its sponsors are willing to go to malign the person of Senator Saraki; passing off a forged/fake document as authentic is no doubt a criminal offence in every jurisdiction. Now that the entire public has clarity on Sahara Reporters and it's criminal indulgence, Sahara Reporters needs to explain the source of this fake document to the UK Home Office. Sahara Reporters, its cronies, allies and sponsors must be ready to face the full course of law upon conclusion of the investigation by the UK Authorities. We hereby urge the public to remain vigilant and be watchful of reports and and stories published by Sahara Reporters as they may be laced with blatant lies, deceit and criminality devoid of any iota of truth. We shall make public, the outcome of the investigation by the UK Home office and passport office. Bamikole Omishore Special Assistant on New Media Office of The Senate President

  • 06 Aug 2015

    Today, the Senate discussed a motion on the Ban of Nigerian Agric Exports Products by the European Union (EU) The Mover of the Motion was Senator Francis Alimikhena (The Deputy Chief Whip). During the debate, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, reiterated the fact that the ban on Nigerian Agricultural Exports by the EU is totally unacceptable. Saraki also stressed the fact that moving forward, Nigeria must ensure that all our produce in the international market are up to standard - particularly in the EU. Saraki then delegated that as soon as the Committee on Agriculture and Health was constituted, it should attend to the EU export ban affair.

  • 05 Aug 2015

    Boko Haram: Saraki Seeks Foreign Assistance To Rebuild North-East

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday solicited the assistance of the International Community for the on-going efforts  by the Federal Government to end the insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country and thereafter rebuild the area as well as rehabilitate the people.   He said that such support would also help bring succour to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area.   Saraki made the call at separate sessions he had with the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael ... read more

  • 05 Aug 2015

    Boko Haram: Saraki Seeks Foreign Assistance to Rebuild North-East Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday solicited the assistance of the International Community for the on-going efforts by the Federal Government to end the insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country and thereafter rebuild the area as well as rehabilitate the people. He said that such support would also help bring succour to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area. Saraki made the call at separate sessions he had with the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner and his Spanish counterpart, Alfonso Barnudvo Sdbastian De Erice who paid courtesy visits to him in Abuja. He stated that the humanitarian situation and level of destruction in the area ravaged by the insurgents require urgent and wide support across the world. He said it was clear to him having led a delegation of the Senate to visit the IDPs camps in Maiduguri on Monday for an on-the-spot assessment that the Federal Government alone cannot foot the bills for total rehabilitation of the people and rebuilding of infrastructure damaged as a result of the activities of the insurgents. Saraki said: "As you talked about insecurity, particularly the insurgency in the North-East, it is a problem that we alone cannot tackle. A couple of days ago, some of us were there in the North-East, in Borno State, to see the effects on the entire community particularly the Internally Displaced Persons, I think that it is clear that a large part of the North-East need reconstruction and rehabilitation and I think this is an area where long term funding will play a role to help us in the infrastructure. "Those places needed to be rebuilt. There are no schools. There are no roads. The houses have been destroyed and I think that the international community can assist us by providing funding that will allow us to begin the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these areas. "I think this is an area I will like to you to focus on and look at the opportunities. Things like these have happened in other parts of the world where international communities have come together and provided a kind of long term funding that will be required for reconstruction. "It is clear that from our budget alone, it is not possible for us to fund it and I think it is also not right as leaders to continue to subject Nigerians, both old, young men, mothers and their children who have been in camps for years to continue there and I think it is one area that we will like to have your support", he said. The Senate President told his guests that apart from insecurity, the nation is looking up to developed economies like Germany and Spain in the other sectors such as Agriculture, Mining, Health and Industrialization in order to bring the dividends of democracy to the populace. Saraki assured his visitors of the commitment of the 8th Senate to work closely with every stakeholders in diversifying the economy. In their separate remarks, the German Ambassador, Mr. Zenner and his Spanish counterpart, De Erice, commended the Nigerian Senate for putting behind the earlier crisis that bedevilled its take off adding that they will not relent in working closely with 8th Senate and the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in achieving social, political and economic stability. Signed: Media Office of the Senate President

  • 05 Aug 2015

    @BukolaSaraki Challenges @JideOmoworare’s Committee On E-Parliament

    Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday challenged the Senator Babajide Omoworare-led  Committee on Rules and Business to evolve an e-parliament for the country which would open a new chapter in legislative business in the nation. Saraki while inaugurating the committee in the National Assembly complex noted that the Vice Chairman of the Committee who is also the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, and other members of the Committee including Senators Barnabas Gemade, Kabiru Marafa, Joshua Lidani, David Umaru, Clifford Ordia, Chukwuka ... read more

  • 05 Aug 2015

    Today, I had the honor of inaugurating the Senate Committee on Rules and Business which is the heartbeat of all legislative activities in the Senate. The Committee which is to be chaired by Senator Babajide Omoworare has the big task of guiding the Senate on the application of our rules in order to maintain orderliness and progress in the activities of the Senate. The 8th Senate is aiming at using lawmaking to open the economic space for investment, businesses to thrive, employment to be life and ensure that good governance is achieved across the length and breadth of our country. The Rules & Business Committee has been charged to think outside the box and to take lawmaking to the people through creative interventions. We have a vision of changing how the National Assembly conducts its business. We will ensure the laws we pass are meaningful to Nigerians. We have confidence that all members of the Committee - Senators Babajide Omoworere, Ali Ndume, Barnabas Gemade, David Umaru, Uche Ekwunife, Joshua Lidani, and Kabir Garba will discharge their duties with responsibility and probity.

  • 04 Aug 2015

    Yesterday, during my visit to one of the IDP camps in Maiduguri, despite the fact that over 4000 children had been made orphans by Boko Haram, I witnessed hope in faces of these children as seen in this video

  • 02 Aug 2015

    Saraki Appoints El-Sudi As Special Adviser On Legal Matters

    …Isah As Special Assistant On Public Affairs  Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appointed Hon. Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi as his Special Adviser (SA) on Legal Matters. He also approved the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Isah as Special Assistant on Public Affairs.  El-Sudi comes to the job with a great wealth of experience having started his career as legal practitioner in Kano in 1990 and served as Special Adviser on Legal and Legislative Matters to the Governor of Taraba State between 2002 ... read more

  • 01 Aug 2015

    Senators Laud Saraki’s Reconciliatory Moves

    SENATORS LAUD SARAKI’S RECONCILIATORY MOVES.   The Senator representing Niger North District, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, has commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for his broad-mindedness and the non-partisan approach he has adopted in constituting the committees in the legislative house. Abdullahi said it took a peace-loving, patriotic and large hearted leader like Saraki to continue to make reconciliatory moves aimed at harmonising all the tendencies in the legislative chamber.   The Senator noted that apart from always reaching ... read more

  • 31 Jul 2015

    LET THE LAWMAKERS MOVE ON AND WORK FOR NIGERIA.

    LET THE LAWMAKERS MOVE ON AND WORK FOR NIGERIA. By Yusuph Olaniyonu Tuesday resumption of the two chambers of the federal legislature resumed after five weeks suspension of plenary. The recess scheduled for July 21 had been postponed by one week, obviously to allow more time for the reconciliatory process going on then among the legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly. As a result of the media hype and sensationalism surrounding the crisis, obviously fuelled from outside the ... read more

  • 29 Jul 2015

    WE’RE DETERMINED TO MAKE NIGERIA WORK – SARAKI

    We’re determined to make Nigeria work – Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday said the Eighth Senate is ready to do all it can within the ambit of the law to re-invigorate the dwindling nation’s economy and make it compete with that of developed nations across the country. Saraki stated this when he received a delegation from the United Kingdom Emerging Capital Market Taskforce, led by Mr. Roger Gifford, in Abuja. He said the present ... read more

  • 29 Jul 2015

    SENATE PRESIDENT INAUGURATES FOUR COMMITTEES

    SENATE PRESIDENT INAUGURATES FOUR COMMITTEES   The Senate President  today inaugurated four committees to enable it carry out its core assignments of providing quality legislation. The committees are selection Committee which is to be headed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Committee on Rules and Business with Senator Babajide Omoworare (Osun East) as Chairman; Ethics and Privileges Committee with Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East) as its head, while the Senate Ad-hoc Committee will be headed by Senator Dino Melaye(Kogi West). With ... read more

  • 28 Jul 2015

    FORMER BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO NIGERIA, SIR RICHARD GOZNEY, COMMENDS HE TOYIN SARAKI’S WORK

    Former British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Sir Richard Gozney, commends HE Toyin Saraki’s work to empower women for sustainable growth. Abuja 27th July Wife of the President of the Senate, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, was today commended by former British High Commissioner Sir Richard Gozney for the achievements of her Foundation, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WFA), in the areas of health, social infrastructure and education just as he pledged to maintain a continuous partnership with the foundation. Speaking following the meeting ... read more

  • 28 Jul 2015

    81 SENATORS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON SARAKI

    81 SENATORS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON SARAKI The Senate on Tuesday passed a Vote of Confidence on Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s presidency, putting to bed insinuations in some quarters that it is divided. The motion, which was moved by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo east), had a wide range of support base and acceptance of majority of the Senate, as 81 Senators supported the motion. The passage of the Vote of Confidence on Saraki’s leadership as President of the Senate ... read more

  • 28 Jul 2015

    Welcome Speech By The President Of The Senate On Resumption From A Short Recess On Tuesday, 28 July, 2015

    Protocol: Distinguished colleagues, it is my pleasure once again; to welcome you back to the Senate Chambers after a short recess. It is expected that the recess would have in no small measure helped us consolidate the stability of the National Assembly. Now it is time to move as one house in one direction to fulfill the promise we made to our constituencies that gave us our mandate to deliver real change. Distinguished colleagues, before we went on recess, we ... read more

  • 27 Jul 2015

    SARAKI CONGRATULATES ODUSILE, CHALLENGES HIM TO ELIMINATE QUACKS.

    SARAKI CONGRATULATES ODUSILE, CHALLENGES HIM TO ELIMINATE QUACKS. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated the newly elected President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alh. Waheed Odusile and urged him to take seriously the task of eliminating quacks and fake journalists who give the profession a bad name. Saraki described the election of Odusile as well deserved going by his track record of professionalism as a journalist but noted that the union under the new leadership must ... read more

  • 26 Jul 2015

    SARAKI CONGRATULATES NIGERIA ON 365 DAYS WITHOUT A CASE OF POLIO.

    SARAKI CONGRATULATES NIGERIA ON 365 DAYS WITHOUT A CASE OF POLIO. The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki has congratulated Nigerians for maintaining a 365 days free of poliomyelitis (Polio) in the country. Dr. Saraki said the successes recorded in Nigeria in Polio eradication in the past 365 days without a single case of the virus was as a result of the relentless hard work of partners, religious, community leaders, and health workers. He expressed how pleased he is with the ... read more

  • 25 Jul 2015

    SARAKI DECRIES UNNECESSARY DEATHS IN AREPO FIRE INCIDENT.

    SARAKI DECRIES UNNECESSARY DEATHS IN AREPO FIRE INCIDENT. …Seeks improved security for Nigerians, national assets Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Saturday) decried what he called unnecessary loss of precious human lives as witnessed in the petroleum pipeline fire incident at Arepo, Ogun State. He said he was shocked that over 100 Nigerians were roasted beyond recognition due to activities of oil pipeline vandals as people alleged to be scooping fuel from a burst Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ... read more

  • 24 Jul 2015

    SARAKI CANVASSES INSURANCE COVERAGE, ENHANCED SALARY FOR JOURNALISTS

    SARAKI CANVASSES INSURANCE COVERAGE, ENHANCED SALARY FOR JOURNALISTS Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) called for a comprehensive insurance coverage for journalists in the country. He also said that it has become imperative for the salaries of media practitioners to be enhanced in order to boost their morale and increase their productivity. Saraki made these remarks when he Chaired the opening session of the 5th Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja. ... read more

  • 23 Jul 2015

    SARAKI CHALLENGES WORKERS ON ANTI-GRAFT WAR

    SARAKI CHALLENGES WORKERS ON ANTI-GRAFT WAR …Says Senate Ready To Work Despite On-going Noise Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has challenged Nigerian workers to play their part in the war against corruption to which the present administration in the country has committed itself. Saraki while addressing the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) lead by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who visited him in Abuja, said the Senate under his leadership was ready to work for Nigerians despite ... read more

  • 22 Jul 2015

    SAHARA REPORTERS AND ITS SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST SARAKI

    SAHARA REPORTERS AND ITS SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST SARAKI Attention of the Senate President’s media office has been drawn to a malicious fabrication by an on-line publication (Sahara Reporters) aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki. First, as a Senator in the 7th National Assembly, the Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki never signed the report of the Ahmed Makarfi led Finance Committee investigation into the alleged non-Remittance by NNPC of $20 into the federation ... read more

  • 22 Jul 2015

    SAHARA REPORTERS AND ITS SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST SARAKI

    The attention of the Senate President’s media office has been drawn to a malicious fabrication by an on-line publication (Sahara Reporters) aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki. First, as a Senator in the 7th National Assembly, the Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki never signed the report of the Ahmed Makarfi led Finance Committee investigation into the alleged non-Remittance by NNPC of $20 into the federation account. In his letter dated 3rd of ... read more

  • 22 Jul 2015

    SARAKI MOURNS AMINU SALEH

    SARAKI MOURNS AMINU SALEH President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the demise of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Aminu Saleh.  In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu in Abuja, Saraki described late Saleh  as an exemplary public officer who contributed immensely to the growth and development of the country. He said: “Late Saleh  was one public officer who was very diligent and patriotic in the ... read more

  • 14 Jul 2015

    SARAKI CLEARS AIR ON TWEETS CONCERNING SERVICE CHIEFS SCREENING.

    Saraki Clears Air on Tweets Concerning Service Chiefs Screening The attention of the Media Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a story making the rounds to the effect that the Senate does not need to screen or confirm the new Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. However, we want to make it abundantly clear that based on inquiries made to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on whether the Senate was consulted before the appointment ... read more

  • 12 Jul 2015

    LESSER HAJJ: SARAKI DECRIES SAUDI’S VISA POLICY.

    Lesser Hajj: Saraki Decries Saudi’s Visa Policy Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has criticized the entry visa issuance policy of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Nigeria for this year’s lesser hajj. Saraki who arrived Medinah on Saturday listened to complaints from some Nigerians who are performing the lesser hajj and noted that the Saudi authorities, unlike other embassies in the country, refused to articulate a visa policy which potential visitors to the holy land can follow and obtain their ... read more

  • 12 Jul 2015

    SENATE: MOVING ON TO ECONOMIC ISSUES

    SENATE: MOVING ON TO ECONOMIC ISSUES Source: The Sun By Yusuf Olaniyonu Sunday July 12, 2015 Though the institution is on recess due to the formal suspension of its plenary on June 25 for about a month, but the Sen­ate had lived up to the promise made by its President, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI that the members will continue to carry out differ­ent assignments and that plenary will resume anytime there is an urgent issue of national im­portance. In the ... read more

  • 11 Jul 2015

    “LIES SPONSORED AGAINST ME WON’T CHANGE MY FOCtUS TO DELIVER” ~ SEN. @BUKOLASARKIr

    “LIES SPONSORED AGAINST ME WON’T CHANGE MY FOCtUS TO DELIVER” ~ SEN. @BUKOLASARKI Senate President, Saraki on Friday reassured Nigerians to deliver on his mandate in making sound legislations that will impact their lives for good, while stressing that the many lies sponsored against his person will not change his focus. He made the remark on his Twitter handle in reaction to activities of some undisclosed online platforms which he accused of being sponsored by mischief makers. The tweets reads: ... read more

  • 09 Jul 2015

    Senate Directs CBN To Recover Illegal N30bn import Waivers

    Senate Directs CBN to Recover Illegal N30bn import waivers ..Backs Apex bank on exclusion of Agric items from FX Market Senate President, Dr.  Abubakar Bukola Saraki Wednesday directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure the urgent recovery of the N30billion which was the cost of waivers illegally granted to some category of importers. Saraki, while receiving the Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and other members of the management team of the apex bank who came to brief the ... read more

  • 07 Jul 2015

    Nigeria’s Unity, Panacea For Sustainable Growth – Saraki

    Nigeria’s unity, panacea for sustainable growth – Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said Nigeria can only harness it’s economic potentials when her people live together harmoniously, irrespective of tribal, religious and political affiliations. Senator Saraki while  receiving the Northern Reawakening Forum (NRF), led by Hon. Mohammed Umara Kumalia whose executives visited him in Abuja said the country is blessed with abundant resources and that the only way to ensure their efficient utilization is for ... read more

  • 07 Jul 2015

    EIGHT SENATE COMMITTED TO ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CORRUPTION, SAYS SARAKI

    Eight Senate Committed  to Zero Tolerance for Corruption, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has declared that there is no more hiding place for corrupt elements in the country. Saraki spoke when the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, led other board members of the commission to brief the Senate President and other senators on the activities of the anti-graft body. Saraki, in a statement by his Media Office, ... read more

  • 06 Jul 2015

  • 06 Jul 2015

    Photos From The APC National Executive Committee Meeting In Abuja

    Photos from the governing All Progressives Congress meeting of its National Executive Committee at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on the 3rd of June 2015.

  • 04 Jul 2015

    SARAKI: BUHARI, APC MUST SUCCEED

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate to the success of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in its efforts to change the situation of things in Nigeria for the better. Saraki spoke in Abuja when the State Chairmen of the APC from the country visited him in Abuja. The Senate President stated that the Senate would not disappoint Nigerians neither would the APC senators abandon the party on ... read more

  • 02 Jul 2015

    Saraki: Efficient Tax Collection Will Make Up For Shortfall In Oil Revenue

    Saraki: Efficient Tax collection will make up for shortfall in oil Revenue Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today advocated for greater focus on tax collection to boost the nation’s revenue in view of the dwindling revenue from oil. He added that an efficient tax collection system in the country is sine qua non to much needed economic revival at this time. Saraki who spoke in Abuja after receiving a brief from the management of the Federal Inland Revenue Service ... read more

  • 02 Jul 2015

    SARAKI: EKWEREMADU WILL MAKE MY WORK DIFFICULT

    SARAKI: EKWEREMADU WILL MAKE MY WORK DIFFICULT Source: Thisday By Agency Reporter Tuesday July 02, 2015 Almost a month after his emergence as the Senate President, SENATORBUKOLA SARAKIat the weekend broke his silence in an interview with journalists in Abuja, where he spoke on circumstances surrounding his emergence and the emergence of a PDP senator as Deputy Senate President, among other issues. Omololu Ogunmade presents the excerpts‎: On June 9, when you were elected as Senate President, what happened inside the chamber ... read more

  • 02 Jul 2015

    Saraki Condemns Renewed Boko Haram Attacks  ….Mourns Death Of Six Children In Boat Mishap In Lagos

    Saraki condemns renewed Boko Haram attacks  ….Mourns death of six children in boat mishap in Lagos President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today condemned in strong terms what he described as renewed onslaught against innocent Nigerians by the Boko Haram sect especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Saraki also expressed deep pain over the death of six school children in Lagos following a boat mishap that involved 14 school children who were being conveyed across Ojo to Irewe ... read more

  • 30 Jun 2015

    SARAKI: THERE WON’T BE DELAY IN CONFIRMATION OF MINISTERIAL NOMINEES

    SARAKI: THERE WON’T BE DELAY IN CONFIRMATION OF MINISTERIAL NOMINEES Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today (Tuesday 30th of June 2015) gave assurance that there would be no delay in the confirmation of ministerial nominees once the list is sent to the legislature by President Muhammadu Buhari.   The Senate President while receiving the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gaver, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, said it was  to ensure that the suspension of ... read more

  • 29 Jun 2015

    OIL BARONS NEVER SPONSORED ME- Saraki

    OIL BARONS NEVER SPONSORED ME- Saraki   Press Statement: Another Refutal: Again, the attention of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki  has been drawn to a malicious, false and totally reprehensible news report, wherein it insinuated that the election of Dr. Bukola Saraki as the Senate President of the 8th Senate was facilitated by Nigerians associated with dubious claims in the infamous oil subsidy.   The news report went further to give a negative and dirty impression that the emergence ... read more

  • 29 Jun 2015

    AKANDE’S DIVISIVE STATEMENT UNFORTUNATE- SARAKI

    Akande’s Divisive Statement Unfortunate- Saraki Press Statement: Another Refutal: Again, the attention of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki  has been drawn to a malicious, false and totally reprehensible news report, wherein it insinuated that the election of Dr. Bukola Saraki as the Senate President of the 8th Senate was facilitated by Nigerians associated with dubious claims in the infamous oil subsidy. The news report went further to give a negative and dirty impression that the emergence of the President ... read more

  • 26 Jun 2015

    Senate Begins Move To Reduce It’s Allowance ‪#‎OPENNASS

    ‬In response to the recent outcry from Nigerians against perceived huge allowances being paid to federal legislators, the Senate yesterday began moves to reduce its earnings by constituting a committee to draw a roadmap for the review. The move, which is geared towards ensuring accountability in the Senate, is the first of its kind since 1999. It was also in fulfillment of the promise made by Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, last week after a meeting with the leadership of ... read more

  • 25 Jun 2015

    Senate’s recess and Matters Arising.

    Senate’s recess and matters arising The adjournment of Senate’s plenary to July 21, 2015,  was meant to give the Senate Ad-Hoc Committees on Legislative Agenda and Review of the Senate’s Finances time to conclude their work and submit their reports. The two committees were given one-week to submit their reports. However, the Senate assured that it will reconvene at any time before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its ... read more

  • 25 Jun 2015

    STATE OF THE NATION: SARAKI CANVASSES SUPPORT FOR NIGERIA

    State of the Nation: Saraki canvasses Support for Nigeria President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki yesterday said that with  the multifarious challenges militating against the nation, unity of purpose, team work and sincere support for the leadership remained the key factors needed to achieve sustainable development. Senator Saraki while receiving a delegation of the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce, (OPTS), led by Mrs. Elizabeth Proust said dialogue with stakeholders and creative thinking by top ... read more

  • 24 Jun 2015

    WE’LL RESTORE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNANCE – SARAKI

    We’ll Restore Public Confidence in Governance – Saraki President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigeriansthat the Eighth Senate was determined to partner with all stakeholders in instituting functional government programme which will ensure that dividends of democracy  get to all Nigerians. Addressing the leadership of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA) whopaid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja, yesterday, Senator Saraki said the Senate will soon come up with a legislative agenda which will guide its activities. The Senate ... read more

  • 23 Jun 2015

    SARAKI APPOINTS GALAUDU, OLANIYONU AS CHIEF OF STAFF, SA, MEDIA

    Saraki appoints Galaudu, Olaniyonu as Chief of Staff, SA, Media President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has appointed SenatorIsa Galaudu and Mr. Yusufu Adesola Olaniyonu as the Chief of Staff andSpecial Adviser, Media respectively. The appointments of the duo were the first senior aides Senator Sarakiapproved since his emergence as the Senate President. The Statement signed by the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly,Benedith Efeturi, said the appointments take immediate effect. Senator Isa Galaudu represented Kebbi North Senatorial Constituency ... read more

  • 23 Jun 2015

    SENATE WILL ENSURE PROJECTS MEET TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT – SARAKI

    Senate will ensure projects meet terms of engagement – Saraki President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the Senate will continue to strengthen its oversight functions in view that projects awarded by government meet the terms of engagement without compromising the standard. Senator Saraki said this when he received Chinese Ambassador, Mr. GU Xiaojie in his office that Nigerians expectations are high in ensuring good governance at all levels where infrastructural and economic advancement will be a priority. He ... read more

  • 23 Jun 2015

    WELCOME SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON).

    WELCOME SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM A SHORT RECESS ON TUESDAY, 23 JUNE, 2015 Protocol: 1. Distinguished colleagues, I am especially delighted to welcome you back to the hallowed Chamber of the Senateafter a short recess. It is my hope that the recess afforded some of us time to rest from the dizzying activities ofelections and inauguration ... read more

  • 18 Jun 2015

    SARAKI RESTATES HOPE OF BRIGHTER NIGERIA

    The President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Thursday restated the hope of a brighter Nigeria and reiterated his commitment of enacting legislation to sustain an investment-friendly atmosphere with the view to bring the country out of its current economic downturn. While meeting with the visiting United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle in his Abuja office, Saraki stated that with the abundant resources present in Nigeria, the government is confident that we will meet the yearnings and aspirations ... read more

  • 18 Jun 2015

    PIB OUR PRIORITY IN THE SENATE – SARAKI

    President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has reiterated the commitment of the Senate towards conclusive passage of the Petroleum Industry Bills, (PIB) through intensive dialogue that will address the bottleneck which made the bill recalcitrant. Speaking when he played host to the Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company, (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor and his team in his office on Wednesday, Saraki said the Senate will continue to embrace dialogue to fastrack the easy passage of the bill. He pointed ... read more

  • 17 Jun 2015

    UNREMITTED FUNDS: @BUKOLASARAKI READS RIOT ACT TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

    President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki today warned government agencies adamant of not remitting Federal Government revenue to the Federation account saying government will no longer condone such mismanagement act. Senator Saraki said this when he received the Chairman of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Engr. Elias Mbam and his team in Abuja that non-compliance by agencies of government has brought major setback in the processes of governance. He reiterated the support of the Senate in bringing ... read more

  • 17 Jun 2015

    RAMADAN FAST: LET’S PRAY FOR PEACE, SARAKI URGES MUSLIMS.

    Ramadan Fast: Let’s pray for peace, Saraki urges Muslims President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has called on Muslimsin the country to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray to Allah fordivine intervention in the fight against Boko Haram and other security challenges ravaging the nation. Senator Saraki in a Ramadan message to Muslims faithful charged them to be of good conduct during the holy month saying holiness is the key to maximize the spiritual and physical benefits in the ... read more

  • 16 Jun 2015

    WE’LL OPERATE PEOPLE-ORIENTED SENATE -SENATE PRESIDENT @BUKOLASARAKI

    President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has assured Nigerians that the 8th Senate will both be people-centered Senate and a place where interest and welfare of every Nigerians will be made paramount. Speaking while addressing members of Civil Society Group (CSOs) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja today, the President of the Senate, said that the Senate is ready to work harmoniously with the groups adding that their engagement will fast-track the developmental ... read more

  • 12 Jun 2015

    BRITAIN/NIGERIA TIES: NIGERIA DESERVES THE BEST – SARAKI

    Britain/Nigeria Ties: Nigeria deserves the best – Saraki The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki today the 12th of June 2015 eulogized the continued bilateral relationship between Nigerian and the United Kingdom, UK, while assuring that the present administration is determined to fulfill its obligations to the betterment of the nation. The Senate President while hosting the visiting British High Commissioner, Dr. Andrew Pocook in his office today commended his guest for reinvigorating the mutual understanding that exists between ... read more

  • 11 Jun 2015

    THE SENATE PRESIDENT BUKOLA SARAKI CONGRATULATES DOGARA, SEEKS COLLABORATION BETWEEN SENATE AND HOUSE.

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Rt. Honourable Yakubu Dogara on his election as Speaker of the House of Representatives, describing him as a “consumate politician and effective leader capable of galvanising the lower chamber into greater efficiency.” In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, Dr. Saraki stated that in the new Speaker, he believes he has found a worthy partner with whom to drive the legislative agenda of the 8th Senate and support the process of transforming ... read more

  • 10 Jun 2015

    Saraki Commends President Buhari’s Commitment To Democracy 

    Saraki Commends President Buhari’s Commitment to Democracy President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to Tuesday’s election of National Assembly leaders as a “great mark of leadership” and a demonstration of  the President’s commitment to democracy. In a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday, Dr. Saraki commended President Buhari for remaining steadfast in his commitment to the principle of non-interference in National Assembly politics even in the face of great pressure on him ... read more

  • 10 Jun 2015

    PLENARY PROCEEDINGS OF 1ST DAY OF SITTING OF 8TH ASSEMBLY

    PLENARY PROCEEDINGS OF 1ST DAY OF SITTING OF 8TH ASSEMBLY Today- Wednesday,10th June 2015 was the first official day of the Senate of the 8th National Assembly. Today’s session was presided over by the new Senate President- Sen.(Dr.) Bukola Saraki. At the commencement of the session, the Senators called the attention of the Senate President to the misspelt names of some Senators. The corrections were noted and amended accordingly. The Senate President, Sen. Saraki urged all Senators to cross check ... read more

  • 09 Jun 2015

    A SPEECH PRESENTED BY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF HIS SWEARING-IN AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.

    A SPEECH PRESENTED BY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF HIS SWEARING-IN AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON TUESDAY JUNE 9, 2015.   PROTOCOLS.   Distinguished Colleagues, Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am most honoured and privileged to be elected from among such distinguished men and women of your caliber to serve you as President of the Senate.  I accept with humility and respect the honour you have conferred ... read more

  • 08 Jun 2015

    SENATOR SARAKI HAS GREAT RESPECT FOR THE PERSON AND OFFICE OF PROF OSINBAJO

    SENATOR SARAKI HAS GREAT RESPECT FOR THE PERSON AND OFFICE OF PROF OSINBAJO  The attention of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s media office has been drawn to a publication by an online tabloid which insinuated that “Senator Saraki Boycotts APC Leadership Meeting To be Chaired by VP Osinbajo” We wish to categorically state that up to this very point 10:50pm, 8th of June 2015, senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki is yet to receive any official invitation from His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice ... read more

  • 04 Jun 2015

    THE 7TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VALEDICTORY

    THE 7TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VALEDICTORY.   The 7th Senate ends today. The story of the last administration will not be complete without a reference how we have conducted Senate. This verdict again will lie with the Nigerian people. Democracy in any country requires a strong and virile legislature. Sustainable socio-economic growth is a product of both process and content of legislation. Looking back we can path ourselves on the back in the way we had handled some of the thorny moments but we must also look back ... read more

  • 02 Jun 2015

    SENATE PLENARY PROCEEDINGS FOR TUESDAY 2ND OF JUNE 2015

    The Senate took a motion congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and some of their colleagues in the National Assembly on their successful inauguration as President and State Governors respectively. Some of the Senators who discussed the motion, urged President Buhari to remember his campaign promises and not renegade on them. They advised him to drive his corruption agenda fearlessly and judiciously, not leaving out any sacred cows in the pursuit of this agenda. Former President Goodluck Jonathan was also praised for ... read more

  • 29 May 2015

    DEMOCRACY DAY: SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI CONGRATULATES NIGERIANS

    Today, I join millions around the world to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo on their inauguration. Additionally, I join Nigerians both home and abroad to celebrate the rebirth of good governance in our motherland. As President Buhari has said on numerous occasions, today, Nigeria proceeds into an era where business as usual, will no longer be ‘business as usual.’ Under this administration, Nigerians can expect to witness the true meaning of ‘a people’s government’ – because truly, ... read more

  • 26 May 2015

    SENATE PLENARY PROCEEDINGS FOR TUESDAY 26th May 2015.

    At today’s plenary proceedings, the Senate sitting in the Committee of the whole, took the clause by clause consideration of the Report of the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Environment, on the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (est.etc) Bill 2015 and approved the clauses as recommended. The Bill was read for the 3rd time and passed. A similar consideration of the Committee on Establishment’s Report on the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of Nigeria Bill 2015 was commenced, ... read more

  • 14 May 2015

    SENATE PLENARY ACTIVITIES FOR THURSDAY 14th MAY 2015

    Senate received the following reports as laid before it :- i. Report of the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Environment in the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (Est. Etc) Bill 2015. ii. Report of the Joint Committee on Communications and Judiciary on the Electronic Transaction Bill 2015. iii. Report of the Joint Committee on Communications, Judiciary and National Security and Intelligence on the Interception of Communication Bill 2015. The Report of the Conference Committee on Violence against Persons ... read more

  • 13 May 2015

    SENATE PLENARY PROCEEDINGS FOR WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 2015

    At the Senate plenary proceedings today,13th May 2015, the Senate in a closed session discussed the Constitution of the FRN (fourth alteration) Bill 2015 and deferred same to another legislative date. The Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurs (est )Bill 2015 was presented and read for the 1st time. The Report of the Committee on Capital Market on the nomination of Mr Munir Gwarzo for appointment as the DG of SEC was considered by the Senate sitting in the Committee of the ... read more

  • 12 May 2015

    SENATE PLENARY ACTIVITIES FOR TUESDAY 12 Of May 2015

    At the Senate plenary today- Tuesday,12th May 2015, the Senate received the following Committee Reports as laid before it- i. Report of the Joint Committee on Defence and Judiciary on the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (NAITES) Bill 2015. ii. Report of the Committee on Capital Market on the screening of Mr. Mounir Haliru Gwarzo for appointment as Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Senate sitting in the Committee of the whole considered ... read more

  • 06 May 2015

    SENATE PLENARY PROCEEDINGS FOR WEDNESDAY 6th Of May 2015

    At the Senate plenary proceedings today-Wednesday,6th May 2015, the Senate received as laid before it, the Reports of the Committee on Establishment on the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts of Nigeria Bill 2015 and the Chartered Institute of Auctioneers Bill 2015. Two Executive Communications from the Presidency were formally received by the Senate. The first being a request for the confirmation of Mr. Munir Haliru Gwarzo for appointment as the Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission; and the other, ... read more

  • 03 May 2015

    THE DEMISE OF THE CHIEF IMAM OF THE FCT NATIONAL MOSQUE; A FALL OF ANOTHER MOON

    The demise of the Chief Imam of the National Mosque, FCT Abuja, Ustaz Musa Mohammed, is a tragic loss but with total submission to the will of Almighty Allah. Ustaz Mohammed was a renowned Islamic cleric of good conduct and a great symbol of guidance for Nigerian Muslims nationwide. The eminent scholar was one of the first-class individuals who have really sacrificed for the propagation of peace, love, brotherliness and tranquility in our dear nation. Nigeria has indeed lost a ... read more

  • 28 Apr 2015

    Senate Plenary For Tuesday 28th April 2015

    At today’s plenary proceedings, the Senate received as laid before it, the Conference Committee Report on the Cybercrime  (Prohibition, Prevention etc ) Bill 2015.  The Senate then resolved into the Committee of Supply to consider the report of the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Finance on the Authorization of the issuance from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation, the total sum of N4.49trn for the year ending 31st December 2015 Bill. The Bill(which is the 2015 proposed Budget) was ... read more

  • 19 Apr 2015

    ASSET DECLARATION ALONE WILL NOT PUT AN END TO CORRUPTION- SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI

    While asset declaration is an accepted protocol of statutory disclosure, alone in itself cannot reduce corruption as a stand alone measure, as we have seen in previous administrations. To reduce corruption in governance and public administration, a comprehensive and cohesively thorough policy of accountability must be implemented, starting from proper civil service training and monitoring. Corruption has been one of the greatest challenges we face as a country in years past and all efforts, both personal commitment and systemic arrangements ... read more

  • 15 Apr 2015

    SENATE PLENARY PROCEEDINGS FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 15 2015

    The Senate in plenary today, Wednesday-15th April 2015, received a letter from Mr President, returning the 1999 Constitution Amendment Bill(as passed) to the National Assembly with corresponding reasons for withholding his assent to the Bill. There was also the presentation and First Reading of the following Bills:- 1. 2015 Federal Capital Territory Statutory Budget Proposal Bill. 2. National Agency for the Great Green Wall (Est.etc). The 2015 Budget proposal for the Niger Delta Development Commission was also received by the ... read more

  • 14 Apr 2015

    MISSING #CHIBOK GIRLS, 365 DAYS LATER

    Today we pause to remember the kidnapping of the Chibok School girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and communities. A year may have passed since they were taken, but our sympathy and solidarity with their families, remains as strong as ever; and so does our revulsion at the acts of terror committed. I have been emboldened by the character and courage that the families of the girls have shown over the last year. I would like ... read more

  • 30 Mar 2015

    STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), ON THE MARCH 28 2015 ELECTIONS IN KWARA CENTRAL SENATORIAL DISTRICT, KWARA STATE

    Today marks the beginning of a new dawn in Kwara and Nigeria. Having been reelected as Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, I commend all those who turned out to cast their votes. It is indeed the highest civic responsibility a citizen is called upon to do for his or her country. Whilst all gratitude belongs to God, I thank all those who have stood by me and voted for me overwhelmingly. I must commend INEC for conducting a transparent, ... read more

  • 22 Mar 2015

    THOSE OPPOSING THE USE OF CARD READER ARE AFRAID IT WOULD HINDER THEIR ABILITY TO RIG – SEN. BUKOLA SARAKI

    SENATOR BUKOLA SARAKI, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, is senator for Kwara Central senatorial district and chairman, Senate committee on Environment and Ecology. He speaks on some of the burning issues of the day, in this interview with journalists in Ilorin. Hammed Shittu brings the excerpts On the walkout staged by APC senators in protest at the confirmation of Musiliu Obanikoro’s ministerial nomination. I think what happened was unfortunate. I believe that in the Senate, the National Assembly, there ... read more

  • 20 Mar 2015

    BANK LOAN: ATTORNEY GENERAL OF FEDERATION CLEARS @BUKOLASARAKI.

    The office of the director of public prosecution of the federation has cleared All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and former Kwara State governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, of any wrondgoing in the alleged N21billion loan scam. The former governor had approached a Federal High Court to stop the Nigerian Police from harassing and blackmailing him over the alleged loan scam. In a letter written to the Inspector-General of Police by the director of public prosecution, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Fatunde, on behalf of ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    INTERVIEW: HOW I ENTERED PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S BLACK BOOK — BUKOLA SARAKI

    A former Governor of Kwara State and senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District,Abubakar Bukola Saraki, fielded questions from PREMIUM TIMES Editors, Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Sani Tukur two weeks ago. In the interview, Mr. Saraki speaks on why he defected from the PDP to the APC, the politics of his defection in the Senate, the crisis in the NGF, Kwara politics, the nation’s economy and other sundry issues. The second part of the interview will run later this week. ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    HOW I ENTERED JONATHAN’S BLACK BOOK – SENATOR BUKOLA SARAKI

    INTERVIEW A former Governor of Kwara State and senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District,Abubakar Bukola Saraki, fielded questions fromPREMIUM TIMES Editors, Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Sani Tukur two weeks ago. In the interview, Mr. Saraki speaks on why he defected from the PDP to the APC, the politics of his defection in the Senate, the crisis in the NGF, Kwara politics, the nation’s economy and other sundry issues. The second part of the interview will run later this week. ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    SARAKI: GROUP ACCUSES PRESIDENCY OF PLOT TO BLACKMAIL JUDICIARY

    By: THEWILL_ SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, (THEWILL) – The Presidency has been accused of plotting to blackmail the Judiciary in its alleged desperation to prosecute former Kwara State governor, Bukola Saraki, over allegations for which he had been cleared by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). The allegation was made in Abuja yesterday by a group, the Society for Global Justice and Equity Promotion (SGJEP), headed by Elder Oluwole Akinboyewa. Akinboyewa told journalists Wednesday that the AGF, Mohammed Adoke ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    SENATE 2015: SENATOR @BUKOLASARAKI’S ONE GOOD TERM DESERVES ANOTHER – BY WALE BAKARE

    After a meritorious four years at the Senate, representing Kwara, as the Chairman Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology it is important to examine some of the reasons his constituency and indeed Kwarans are gladly calling for his automatic return for a second a term in office. The journey has not been a tarred and smooth one in terms of legislative and oversight function within the chamber and the general outlook of events in the country – a distraction too ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    FUEL SCARCITY AND THE FOLLIES IN SARAKI OPTION

    Former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, initiated a motion in the Senate for the investigation of the N240b budgeted in the 2011 Appropriate Act. The silence that followed the motion was loud enough to make watchers fear that some powerful interests benefiting from the manner fuel subsidy is managed might have found their ways into the National Assembly to ensure that the motion does not come up to anything. To some, Saraki seems to have stepped into the ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    SARAKI MOVES IN SENATE TO INVESTIGATE FUEL SUBSIDY MANAGEMENT

    AS work resumes at the Senate after its annual vacation, one of its members, the Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, DR. BUKOLA SARAKI has placed a motion before the chamber asking the Senate to investigate the management of the fuel subsidy. In the motion he notes that the Federal Government of Nigeria operates a fuel subsidy scheme with the policy purpose of making petroleum products available and cushion the effect of the true market prices of petroleum products on ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    SARAKI: GROUP ACCUSES PRESIDENCY OF PLOT TO BLACKMAIL JUDICIARY

    A group has accused the Presidency of plotting to blackmail the Judiciary in its alleged desperation to prosecute former Kwara State governor, Bukola Saraki over allegations for which he had been cleared by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). The group, Society for Global Justice and Equity Promotion (SGJEP) headed by Elder Oluwole Akinboyewa made the allegation yesterday in Abuja. Akinboyewa said that the AGF, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) had last year issued an advisory to the effect that there ... read more

  • 16 Mar 2015

    MOTION BY SARAKI ON FUEL SUBSIDY THAT EXPOSED THE FRAUD IN THE SCHEME

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uPXRuE8zV4&feature=related/ A video of Senator Saraki speaking on the floor of National Assembly. Calling the attention of the othe Senators to the mismanagement in the Fuel Subsidy Scheme.

  • 12 Mar 2015

    I HAVE NO HAND IN DOCUMENTARY OF “DIRTY LOVE TRIANGLE BETWEEN PRESIDENT JONATHAN…” Senator Bukola Saraki

    The attention of the media office of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has been drawn to a purported allegation by Peoples Democratic Party that Senator Bukola Saraki who is one of the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) and a crusader of change in Nigeria is sponsoring a “Dirty Love Triangle between President Jonathan, Patience and Deiziani.” Senator Saraki will like to state categorically without any iota of doubt that he is not aware of any love triangle between the President ... read more

  • 28 Feb 2015

    HOW JONATHAN IS CAMPAIGNING FOR BUHARI

    A former Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, is a stalwart of All Progressives Congress, APC, and member of the Nigerian Senate, representing Kwara Central Senatorial District. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Adebayo Hassan, he says President Goodluck Jonathan stands no chance of winning the forthcoming election. Mr. Saraki says the president’s inability to deal with insecurity, bad economy, and corruption, has improved the popularity of Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC. ... read more

  • 27 Feb 2015

  • 27 Feb 2015

    SARAKI TACKLES NIGERIAN GOVT, INSIST NIGERIA IS BROKE.

    Senator, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday insisted Nigeria is broke. Mr. Saraki’s submission contrasts the position of the Federal Government which, via the Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, said the nation is not broke “in spite of the challenges on revenue stream coming from source – the oil sector”. Mr. Yuguda, after the Federation Account and Allocation Committee meeting, said it was mischief makers who were peddling claims that Nigeria is broke. He challenged critics to come up with ... read more

  • 19 Feb 2015

    2015 POLLS: ONLY THOSE THAT ARE PLANNING TO RIG WILL OPPOSE CARD READERS – @BUKOLASARAKI

    The Chairman Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, lashed out at those opposing the use of the card reader during the rescheduled general elections. Saraki through his twitter handle said those clamouring for non-usage of the card readers are actually planning to rig the process. There are divergent views on the usage of the card readers for the elections All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party with the latter calling for its ban. Saraki, ... read more

  • 09 Feb 2015

    POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS, AN OBSTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY BY PRESIDENT JONATHAN

    While we recognise the severity of the security challenges facing Nigeria today, sadly, these challenges are not new. It has been almost a year since Boko Haram kidnapped 200 of our schoolgirls in Chibok. Thousands of men, women, and children have now died at the hands of Boko Haram and thousands are displaced. However, security should not be used as an excuse to delay our elections and obstruct democracy. The delay in elections is an obstruction of democracy led by ... read more

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This evening, a contingent of Senators and I met with the newly appointed Ambassador from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fahad Abdullah Sefyan. At the meeting, we discussed the importance of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia building a stronger relationship that is founded on the shared values of both our nations. We also hope to see more co-operation in the area of economic development and investment. The Ambassador assured me and my colleagues that he would work to enhance the … read more

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) said the Senate is committed to enacting appropriate legislations to create attractive business environment in the country. Saraki spoke when the Chairman of Black Rhino Group and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, led the Chairman and Co-founder of Blackstone Group, Stephen Schwarzman and his delegation on a courtesy call on the Senate President in Abuja. The President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was also a part of the delegation. The Senate … read more

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Friday) charged the Senate Adhoc Committee on Power to urgently work towards the resolution of all the challenges currently facing the power sector. Saraki who spoke while inaugurating the Committee headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari in Abuja, said the economic woes in the country can only be addressed when the power sector is fully made functional. He said the immediate concern of the 8th Senate is to use every legislative instrument at its … read more

PROTOCOL Your Excellencies, members of the Bar and Bench present, ladies and gentlemen. I am honoured to have been invited by the NBA to Chair the show case session of the 2015 Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association. My invitation to Chair a session of the NBA could not have come at a better time than now – especially as our country is going through significant political and economic change, and is pursuing a new direction of prosperity and opportunity … read more

The attention of the media office of the President of the Senate, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has been drawn to a publication alleging that the Senate President hired one Uboh to smear the integrity of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. It is pertinent and with all sense of responsibility and commitment to state unequivocally that the story is far from the truth. A fabricated story that can not sell to dent the image of Senator Saraki. The general … read more




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