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

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

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

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

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

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

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

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

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

Senate President

Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

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TODAY
  • 27 Mar 2017

    RT : Nigeria must constantly embrace that famed democratic notion that says: "We are a nation of laws, not of men."

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals  Today is another great day in the history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on allegation of non Payment of customs duty on an Official Vehicle by Senate. As the President of the 8th Senate and Senator from Kwara Central, I am proud of the Senate as an institution and its Constitutional role to represent the interests of the Nigerian ... read more

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals -

  • 27 Mar 2017

    We raised issue based on interest of Nigerians, those fighting doing so because we are against retroactive application

  • 27 Mar 2017

    I did not import any vehicle, I did not ask anybody to act on my behalf. The vehicle is not my car.

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Because of 5 minutes of fame, some will try to ruin reputation of others by trying to bring everyone else down while grandstanding.

  • 27 Mar 2017

    We must find ways to guard institutions & ourselves against those who wish to rubbish institutional & individual reputation because of fame

  • 27 Mar 2017

    We must continue to strenghten all our Institutions so that they can carry out their mandates and not just strengthening individuals.

  • 27 Mar 2017

    I am proud to honor & respect Rule Book that guides our conduct and activities, which is why I presented myself in person

  • 27 Mar 2017

    As President of & Senator from Kwara Central, proud of Senate as an institution & its Constitutional role to represent Nigerians

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Today is another great day in history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before Committee on Ethics & Privileges...

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Today is another great day in the history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before the Senate...

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Today is another great day in the history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on allegation of non Payment of customs duty on an Official Vehicle by Senate. As the President of the 8th Senate and Senator from Kwara Central, I am proud of the Senate as an institution and its Constitutional role to represent the interests of the Nigerian people. Further, I am proud to honor and respect the Senate Rule Book that guides our conduct and activities, which is why today I am presenting myself before the Nigerian Senate Committee. We must continue to strenghten all our Institutions so that they can carry out their mandates. This is preferable and beneficial than strengthening individuals. We must find ways to guard the institution and ourselves against those who wish to diminsh or rubbish institutional and individual’s reputation because of 5 minutes of fame. They try to bring everyone else down while grandstanding. I did not import any vehicle, I did not ask anybody to act on my behalf. The vehicle is not my personal car. We raised the issue on the customs policy based on interest of Nigerians. But those who want to fight the Senate for raising the issue against the retroactive application of the newly introduced policy on duty, chose to fight back using this channel. I urge the ethics committee to protect this institution of the Senate so that it is not ridiculed for political reasons.

  • 26 Mar 2017

    RT : Start d day by tweeting something great about your country. Even though there is plenty that could be better you'll feel

  • 26 Mar 2017

    RT : The DSS Report to AGF and on "Acting Chair" Magu is actually more indicting than what was sent t

  • 24 Mar 2017

    RT : , DECLARED ASSETS, CCB AFFIRMS*

  • 24 Mar 2017

    RT : NASS prioritising budget issues presently. SenPres &Speaker promised that Bills to be

  • 23 Mar 2017

    RT : SP takes the official prayer and leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of terrorist attack in UK, as we stand in solidarity with Britons and members of

  • 22 Mar 2017

    RT : As we mark , we must remember that over 55million Nigerians do not have access to safe and clean water. We mus

  • 21 Mar 2017

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide Special Adviser to Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu has stated that the allegation raised today by Senator Ali Ndume linking Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to the importation of vehicle lacks basis as it was outright falsehood. In a press statement, Olaniyonu said from the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it is obvious that the Senate President has nothing to do with the importation of ... read more

  • 21 Mar 2017

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide -

  • 21 Mar 2017

    RT : A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition of Facial Mutilation, the Offences, Prosection......By Sen. ht

  • 21 Mar 2017

    is now in session for Tuesday 21st March 2017. Follow live tweets or watch live on Facebook or YouTube...

  • 21 Mar 2017

    @NGRSenate is now in session for Tuesday 21st March 2017. Follow live tweets or watch live on Facebook or YouTube https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1287894631265876&id=900594889995854

  • 20 Mar 2017

    RT : A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition of Facial Mutilation BySen. up for 2nd reading tomorrow

  • 20 Mar 2017

    RT : The has tasked the management on accountability and transparency.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We are not going to allow anyone detract from this bare aspiration and demand that you stay on this course for the remainder of our term.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We will build that is respected at home & recognised abroad both as an example for efficiency, productivity and transparency.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    I count on you to bring bright ideas to discussions so that we can make a difference for our families, communities & our country as a whole

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We need innovative ideas that will ultimately attract best brains to work and be retained in National Assembly.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    The task before you is to come up with solutions for improving we need to take the work ethos far higher than we have today.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    Indiscipline and laxity can no longer be tolerated. Obedience to laws in force as it relates to anti-corruption most especially enforced.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We need to sanitize our structure and lead by example. Management accountability and transparency is now paramount

  • 20 Mar 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. PROTOCOL It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this year’s National Assembly Management retreat and I thank the organisers for putting together this retreat. The National Assembly has been established not only as the highest law-making institution but more important, as the enabler ... read more

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We cannot be seen in the same light as in past times. We need to sanitize our structure and lead by example.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    It is time to show that is ready to play its role as a primer of development and the watchdog for the sustenance of democracy.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We cannot carry on in any other way and expect that we will be able to deliver better oversight of others.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    Unless we change the work ethic and inculcate greater transparency in both accountability and output we will not earn respect of Nigerians

  • 20 Mar 2017

    Nigerians are not happy with way National Assembly have carried on so far & are right to deserve better from this very important institution

  • 20 Mar 2017

    In a world of growing challenges and vulnerability, we cannot afford not to stand together.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    As legislators, we acknowledge that the achievements of these agendas are not possible without the co-operation of Management

  • 20 Mar 2017

    8th places premium on efficacy of National Assembly staff productivity as they remain its best hope of achieving this agenda

  • 20 Mar 2017

    Our overarching goal is to place the Nigerian economy on the path to sustainable growth, poverty elimination, economic opportunities...

  • 20 Mar 2017

    To deliver coherent, effective, and efficient support as we pursue our vision for the development of the country of the Nigerian economy..

  • 20 Mar 2017

    It is against this background, that it is imperative that management is fit for the task ahead of us and lives up to its responsibilities

  • 20 Mar 2017

    It has become quite apparent to us that it is no longer business as usual.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    The nation looks up to National Assembly for direction and to provide opportunities for our people.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We are going through difficult times, recession, security issues, widespread hunger, unemployment, incessant rises in inflation...

  • 20 Mar 2017

    As we all know, this is a critical time for us as a nation. We are going through difficult times

  • 20 Mar 2017

    This is a chance for colleagues to get to know each other and look with new eyes on opportunities & challenges that lay ahead for us...

  • 20 Mar 2017

    We hope then that this retreat will further enable you and prepare you towards greater productivity.

  • 20 Mar 2017

    Notwithstanding, there are greater tasks ahead and we need more support to achieve our overarching objectives

  • 20 Mar 2017

    In a very special way, I thank all Nass Management staff for the support and dedication so far, cannot quantify their immense contribution

  • 20 Mar 2017

    This you do by helping to turn legislative decisions we make on the floor into actionable legislative instruments, with tangible impact

  • 20 Mar 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. PROTOCOL It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this year’s National Assembly Management retreat and I thank the organisers for putting together this retreat. The National Assembly has been established not only as the highest law-making institution but more important, as the enabler of the executive to provide for the welfare and security of our people. At no time in our history has the need for synergy of purpose and drive to embrace and give full effect to this obligation been more acute than now. This present National Assembly is fully committed to this obligation and it is in you that we will rely on to play our role effectively. The 8th National Assembly has made economic reform the anchor of its legislative activities so far. The role of a virile National Assembly management fully dedicated and adequately tooled for the mission cannot then be over emphasized. It is you, this 5000 or there about management staff of National Assembly that are responsible for ensuring that our legislative agenda is fully realised. This you do by helping to turn the legislative decisions we make on the floor into actionable legislative instruments, with tangible impact on our people. Therefore, in a very special way, I thank you all for your support, dedication and hard work so far. We cannot quantify your immense contribution to this course. Notwithstanding, there are greater tasks ahead and we need more support to achieve our overarching objectives. We hope then that this retreat will further enable you and prepare you towards greater productivity. This is a chance for colleagues to get to know each other and look with new eyes on the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for us as a primer of government. As we all know, this is a critical time for us as a nation. We are going through difficult times, recession, security issues, widespread hunger, unemployment, incessant rises in inflation, dwindling opportunities. The nation looks up to National Assembly for direction and to provide opportunities for our people. It has become quite apparent to us that it is no longer business as usual. It is against this background, that it is imperative that management is fit for the task ahead of us and lives up to its responsibilities – to deliver coherent, effective, and efficient support as we pursue our vision for the development of the country of the Nigerian economy into one of the most diversified and very inclusive economies in Africa. Our overarching goal is to place the Nigerian economy on the path to sustainable growth, poverty elimination, economic opportunities, deal squarely with corruption and tackle injustices around us. The 8th National Assembly places premium on the efficacy of the National Assembly staff productivity as they remain its best hope of achieving this agenda. But you, the management must also ensure staff commitment and dedication to the task. As legislators, we acknowledge that the achievements of these agendas are not possible without the co-operation of Management. In a world of growing challenges and vulnerability, we cannot afford not to stand together. To work in isolation or let personal interests stand in the way of harnessing the many strengths in our structure would be doing dis-service to the people we serve. Let me be blunt here. Unless we are not being honest to ourselves, the Nigerians are not happy with the way the National Assembly have carried on so far and are right to deserve better from this very important institution. Unless we change the work, ethic and inculcate greater transparency in both accountability and output we will not earn their respect. We cannot carry on in any other way and expect that we will be able to deliver better oversight of others. It is time to show that National Assembly is ready to play its role as a primer of development and the watchdog for the sustenance of democracy. We cannot be seen in the same light as in past times. We need to sanitize our structure and lead by example. Management accountability and transparency is now paramount. Indiscipline and laxity can no longer be tolerated. Obedience to laws in force as it relates to anti-corruption most especially enforced. Finally, I have just one task for this retreat which is also a plea. The task I place before you is to come up with solutions for improving National Assembly. There is no doubt that we need to take the work ethos far higher than we have today. We need your innovative ideas that will ultimately attract the best brains work and be retained here. I look forward to receiving solid and actionable recommendations. I count on you to bring your bright ideas to discussions so that we can make a difference for our families, communities and our country as a whole. We have a task to work to build a new National Assembly that is respected at home and recognised abroad both as an example for efficiency, productivity and transparency. This is the minimum we aspire. We are not going to allow anyone detract from this bare aspiration and we will be demanding that you stay on this course for the remainder of our term. With dedication and discipline, this new structure is not so far from our reach. Let’s redouble our effort and I have no doubt that we will succeed. Let me take it that the line has been drawn and the past is gone. That means from henceforth it can never be business as usual. We must therefore come up with the requisite resolve that we are tuned in to the change agenda and are ready to deliver a major shift in both work attitude, accountability and public relations. Anyone who is not ready to turn the page should ensure to let us know so we can make alternative arrangement because we have no other choice but to ensure that a new National Assembly is delivered to our people who have asked for change. I wish you the very best for a productive retreat, and I look forward to hearing the results and seeing a new, better, strong and dynamic team with the passionate drive to deliver on our goals. I am proud to work closely with you in promoting and defending our shared values. Thank you and God bless us all. (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

  • 18 Mar 2017

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has identified regional cooperation and partnership as the only  solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the African continent. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made this known in a keynote address at the opening session of the on going Crans Montana Forum of Africa and South South Cooperation For Africa’s Development holding at Dakhla, Morocco. He noted that, ... read more

  • 18 Mar 2017

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has identified regional cooperation and partnership as the only solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the African continent. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made this known in a keynote address at the opening session of the on going Crans Montana Forum of Africa and South South Cooperation For Africa's Development holding at Dakhla, Morocco. He noted that, "the contagious nature of poverty-driven social unrest would in effect suggest that the challenges that we face must be viewed from a regional perspective and the solutions located in greater regional cooperation and partnership. "The challenge of cross-border crimes, the smuggling of small arms and light weapons across our borders; or even the wave of terrorist activities provide another compelling reason why effective cooperation and partnership is almost a matter of life and death. "The experience we have had with Al-Qaida in the Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali and the Boko Haram in Nigeria shows that security and stability of our countries can only be guaranteed through a regional governance system which would make it impossible for terrorists and criminals to find a safe haven within any of our borders." Many countries in Africa, Saraki noted, have witnessed remarkable economic development in recent years, adding that, "however, in the context of overall global economy, this progress amounts to very little or nothing." "Africa’s share of the global trade is only 2% and of this, only 11% is Africans trading with themselves. We have to reverse this trend. Unless we do, African success stories would continue to be undermined by other serious challenges like poverty, youth unemployment, high infrastructure deficit, and conflicts", he stated. He identified trust and genuine partnership as key factors in opening up the African continent to African businesses and people, adding that "this is why I must commend the King of Morocco for the recent bilateral agreements with Nigeria in different areas, including the Bilateral Air Services Agreement; Marine Fisheries Cooperation; Diplomatic and Official Services Visa Exemption and many more. "We need to build on this and hold it make it easier for people and goods to move across our continent. We must strengthen relationships among our parliamentarians, among our governments and among our businessmen to share experiences and build mutually beneficial partnerships. There are very exciting models to build on. The Lagos to Tangiers highway project; the Trans Sahara gas pipeline project, as well as the Chinese-backed railway projects that would connect East African countries are only a few of these", the Senate President stated. He challenged African leaders to put the need for regional socio-economic co-operation as a key component of their development agenda because "without the demonstrable commitment by African countries to think beyond their immediate borders, Africa will continue to remain junior partners, even in its relationship with other parts of the developing world. The exploitation of our continent does not become more acceptable simply because it is done by another developing region rather than Europe or America. The strength of Africa’s cooperation with the rest of the world, lies in the ability of Africa to cooperate with itself", he stated. While commenting on the recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa which he believe demonstrated the lack of co-operation and understanding among Africans, Saraki stated that "this alone must force us to think again about what African integration and cooperation mean to us". "Do we want an Africa where law abiding citizens of all our countries should be able to move freely and partake in social and economic opportunities in any part of the continent, from Cape Coast to Cairo or Casablanca to Kinshasa? Or, do we want an Africa that is still largely insulated against itself, an Africa where Europeans and Americans will feel even more welcomed in our countries than fellow Africans?, he queried. He noted, however that for Africa to benefit from the demographic dividends that a massive youth population offers, the leadership must make the right investments in quality higher education and create the right conditions and opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment as no single country on the continent could do this alone. He added that a large market was only useful when the people have the necessary purchasing power; and that a huge population could only be an asset when it is productive. Speaking on his goal as President of the Nigerian Senate, Saraki said it was to improve parliamentary collaboration across Africa and to improve economic partnerships on the continent by enacting laws that would promote trade in Africa and make doing business in Nigeria safer and easier. "I believe that the kind of political leaders that can help our continent in the 21st century are those who are able to think in regional terms and operate in a global context, those who have the self-confidence to play in a team of leaders to find a common solution to the common problems that confront our countries, our continent and all of humanity", he said. The Crans Montana Forum which was well attended by top individuals from the political, business and civil society leadership across Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America addressed issues bordering economy, agriculture, the environment, social and political developments. Other speakers at the opening session are Reverend Jess Jackson, Founder and President of Rainbow Push Coalition in the United States and Mr. Phillips Douste Blazy, an Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations, both of whom are Special Guests. The guest speakers include Mr. Baldwin Lonsdale, President of Republic of Vanuatu, Mr. Rupiah Banda, former president of Zambia, Mr. Dioncounda Traore, former President of Mali, Mrs Freda Tuki Soriacomua, Minister for Women, Children and Family Affairs, Island of Solomon, Sheikha Hissah Al-Sabah, Chairman, Council of Arab Business Women, Kuwait and Mr. Mustapha Visse Lo, President of ECoWAS Parliament.

  • 17 Mar 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT I thank the Crans Montana Forum for the opportunity to speak at this highly prestigious event and to this distinguished audience. I must also commend the Forum and everyone associated with its work for providing this platform for us ... read more

  • 17 Mar 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT I thank the Crans Montana Forum for the opportunity to speak at this highly prestigious event and to this distinguished audience. I must also commend the Forum and everyone associated with its work for providing this platform for us to have another conversation about the future of Africa and the South South cooperation. For everyone concerned about a more equitable world order and the place of Africa in it, there could not have been a more important topic for discussion at a forum like this one, which brings global leaders in business, politics and the civil society together. Over the last seven decades or so, we have witnessed a steady evolution in the agenda of South South cooperation. From the liberation struggle of the early years, to the non-alignment of the cold war era, through to the more recent push for democratization and democratic consolidation, and the preoccupation with development at the turn of the millennium, the developing world had demonstrated an incredible capacity for dynamism in defining its political agenda. However, while the rhetoric of decolonization and non-alignment might have dominated some of the early conversations among the countries of the global south, South South cooperation and the various regional integration efforts that derive from it, have been largely driven by solidarity and the need to build partnership based on shared geography, a shared political history, and a common worldview. South South cooperation has over the years inspired the construction of alternative international governance framework which seeks to enable countries in the developing world to take responsibility for their own development. Starting from the first Africa-Asia Summit in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955; the Africa-South America (ASA) cooperation Summits in Abuja, Nigeria in 2006 and Venezuela three years later; the Nairobi Conference of 2009; as well as numerous similar conferences, Africa has demonstrated its willingness and capability to build greater partnership and cooperation not only within the continent, but also across other regions of the global south. Despite the dominant narrative of pessimism about the African continent, our experience has demonstrated that so much can be achieved if we work together with ourselves and other regions of the world who share in our reality and are prepared to cooperate with us as partners. The Africa-South America Summits noted that more than one quarter of the world’s energy resources in oil and gas is held by only 11 countries of our two continents: Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Algeria, Angola, Nigeria, Libya, Gabon, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea. This has created immense opportunities for several bilateral and multilateral ventures since then. This include the oil agreement between Venezuela and South Africa and the joint mining company agreement with Sierra Leone. And quite significantly, it is in the context of this cooperation that Brazil developed an overseas aid model, which aimed to provide over $1 billion annually in transfer of knowledge and technical expertise to some African and South American countries. A cursory review of the Summit declaration, reveals a robust expression of commitment to partner in diverse areas such as agriculture and rural development, trade and investments, water resources, hunger and poverty, infrastructure development, culture, youth and sports, etc. While the Summit did not achieve everything it aimed for; such initiative and several others, including the growing China-Africa cooperation are nevertheless indicative of what is possible within the framework of South South cooperation. Quite early in its post-colonial development, Africa had realized that access to its own credit would be central to its quest for development. This realization had inspired the establishment of the various regional and sub-regional financial institutions, such as the East African Development Bank (1967), the African Development Bank (1964) and the African Development Fund (1972). These are bold initiatives in African regional cooperation intended to mobilise African resources that could be deployed to fund various development projects on the continent. Some of these institutions still have challenges, but they continue to demonstrate Africa’s capacity to cooperate within itself. However, despite the great progress that has been made in regional and sub-regional cooperation on the continent, the crowning glory of which was the creation of the African Union in 2001, it appears that majority of our countries have not fully imbibed the global outlook required to move more quickly towards realizing the full vision of the Union. I have no doubt that we cannot achieve any effective integration of Africa with the rest of the global south in cooperation and partnership, unless we achieve first the integration of Africa within itself. Without the demonstrable commitment by African countries to think beyond their immediate borders, Africa will continue to remain junior partners, even in its relationship with other parts of the developing world. The exploitation of our continent does not become more acceptable simply because it is done by another developing region rather than Europe or America. The strength of Africa’s cooperation with the rest of the world, lies in the ability of Africa to cooperate with itself. It is however important to emphasise that when we think of the integration of the African continent, we need to think more in terms of the integration of our people even more than we think of our physical borders. In this wise, Africa will continue to present an interesting challenge to migration experts. In different parts of our continent, majority of our people still regard the borders as mere colonial legacies. An important example is West Africa where the borders are drawn vertically, but the people are distributed horizontally. Communities who have lived as one family for centuries have refused to recognize these artificial lines. People who have traveled by road from Lagos to Abidjan have found to their utter surprise that while they waited for hours at the various border posts to have their passports checked and stamped, ordinary villagers in the border towns moved freely to fetch water or buy a loaf of bread, without the slightest realization that they have crossed the border into another country! Technology, especially advancement in information technology, has also significantly changed the way we think about our borders and its ability to keep people in or out. As our people continue to interact across virtual spaces, sharing knowledge, ideas and information with ever increasing ease and speed, we in the political leadership must realise that the decision has been more or less taken out of our hands and that the physical borders have been rendered almost irrelevant by technology. Our people will continue to cooperate and collaborate, regardless of what we do. Information about business and employment opportunities will reach them wherever they may be, and they will follow those opportunities. Pastoralists will follow the water and the green pasture, and young people will follow employment and business opportunities. Unless we clearly define what these mean in terms of our relationship with ourselves, migration will ultimately lead to tension and the inevitable conflict. We have seen already, xenophobic attacks in some parts of the continent. This alone must force us to think again about what African integration and cooperation mean to us. Do we want an Africa where law abiding citizens of all our countries should be able to move freely and partake in social and economic opportunities in any part of the continent, from Cape to Cairo or Casablanca to Kinshasa? Or, do we want an Africa that is still largely insulated against itself, an Africa where Europeans and Americans will feel even more welcomed in our countries than fellow Africans? Without doubts, the vision and philosophy of the African Union is for a continent whose strength and prosperity are based on greater cooperation and partnership among our various countries and its peoples. We are still far away from realizing the full vision of the Union, which includes a common currency and common Central Bank among others. However, we need to demonstrate that we remain committed to achieving this vision no matter how long it takes. Permit me to emphasise that we cannot form a strong partnership with other regions of the world, whether in the global south or the north, unless we have forged a strong partnership and cooperation among ourselves. Even as a young man growing up in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, I heard mostly of Europe and America as our traditional trade partners rather than other African countries. Every year, thousands of Europeans and Americans visit various parts of Africa for tourism. Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Gambia, Mauritius are only a few of their favourite tourism destinations. For Africans however, Europe and America, and lately the United Arab Emirates, remain our favourite holiday destinations. It is not just the case that Africans don’t want to travel to other parts of the continent; but the reality is that it is easier to move across the countries of Europe than it is to travel across Africa. We need to make it easier for our people to know each other and make it easier for Africans to know Africa. Perhaps, the greatest challenge faced by the African continent today is that of youth unemployment. Nigeria’s 70 million youth population between the age of 18-35 presents both opportunities and threats almost in equal measure. This demographic opportunity is one thing that almost the entire African continent has in common. While the average age in Europe is 45; for Africa, it is in the 20s region. A large youth population such as ours means a huge market in terms of products consumption, services and labour. However, for Africa to benefit from the demographic dividends that a massive youth population offers, we must make the right investments in quality higher education and create the right conditions and opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment. No single country on the African continent can do this alone. A large market is only useful when the people have the necessary purchasing power; and a huge population is only an asset when it is productive. Even at the best of times, as recent experience on the continent and elsewhere have shown, rosy pictures of economic growth and the GDP often hide the grim reality of poverty and inequality in majority of our countries. Our failure to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is a clear indication that the strategies we have adopted in improving the quality of lives for our people have not worked. The contagious nature of poverty-driven social unrest would in effect suggest that the challenges that we face must be viewed from a regional perspective and the solutions located in greater regional cooperation and partnership. The challenge of cross-border crimes, the smuggling of small arms and light weapons across our borders; or even the wave of terrorist activities provide another compelling reason why effective cooperation and partnership is almost a matter of life and death. The experience we have had with Al-Qaida in the Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali and the Boko Haram in Nigeria shows that security and stability of our countries can only be guaranteed through a regional governance system which would make it impossible for terrorists and criminals to find a safe haven within any of our borders. Many countries in Africa have witnessed remarkable economic development in recent years. However, in the context of overall global economy, this progress amounts to very little or nothing. Africa’s share of the global trade is only 2% and of this, only 11% is Africans trading with themselves. We have to reverse this trend. Unless we do, African success stories would continue to be undermined by other serious challenges like poverty, youth unemployment, high infrastructure deficit, and conflicts. Decline in the global energy market has brought many of our economies under enormous pressure, with Nigeria for example, sliding into recession. Mobilising domestic resources for necessary capital investments and social spending has become more difficult than it has been in a long time. The various regional and sub-regional development banks are markers of our commitment to home grown credit. However, broad based financial inclusion remains a challenge, and limited access to credit and financial services to the teeming population of Africa’s poor and young people will continue to threaten any efforts at poverty eradication and promotion of real entrepreneurship among our youths. Strengthening financial inclusion must therefore remain at the top of our regional political agenda. Like in all situations, embedded in all these challenges are great opportunities for our continent. The prevailing “America First” situation in the United States as well as the Brexit, will open news windows of opportunities. Investments and businesses will seek opportunities elsewhere and governments will seek new partners. Africa must put its acts together and position to benefit from the opportunities that these political situations would present. Tourism will remain key drivers of economy on our continent. However, sports, music and movies have witnessed remarkable progress in recent years. Nigeria’s Nollywood is the fastest growing movie industry in the world. In recent past, American and European music were on their ways to colonizing Africa. This trend has been effectively reversed in the last few years as African music continue to grow in popularity in different parts of the world, including China. Trust and genuine partnership are key factors in opening up the African continent to African businesses and people. This is why I must commend the King of Morocco for the recent bilateral agreements with Nigeria in different areas, including the Bilateral Air Services Agreement; Marine Fisheries Cooperation; Diplomatic and Official Services Visa Exemption and many more. We need to build on this and hold it make it easier for people and goods to move across our continent. We must strengthen relationships among our parliamentarians, among our governments and among our businessmen to share experiences and build mutually beneficial partnerships. There are very exciting models to build on. The Lagos to Tangiers highway project; the Trans Sahara gas pipeline project, as well as the Chinese-backed railway projects that would connect East African countries are only a few of these. My goal as the President of the Nigerian Senate is to improve parliamentary collaboration across Africa and to improve economic partnerships on the continent by enacting laws that would promote trade in Africa and make doing business in Nigeria safer and easier. All the foregoing have significant implication for leadership. While it is not a perfect yardstick, recent outcome of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership calls for a sober reflection. We must re-evaluate our leadership recruitment standards and how we measure performance in leadership. In the context of this conversation, I believe that the kind of political leaders that can help our continent in the 21st century are those who are able to think in regional terms and operate in a global context; those who have the self-confidence to play in a team of leaders to find a common solution to the common problems that confront our countries, our continent and all of humanity. Thank you.

  • 16 Mar 2017

    Saraki Congratulates New CAF President, Ahmad The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday congratulated the newly-elected President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad on his victory at the polls. Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described Ahmad as a consummate technocrat, who can help to usher in a new era of innovation and positive change into the affairs of CAF. He commended the outgoing President of CAF, Issa Hayatou, for his services and immense contribution to the development of football in Africa in his 29-year headship of the body. "Ahmad's victory is a testament to his message and determination to positively alter the 29-year status quo in CAF,” Saraki said, “Hayatou has served the organization well, now, we look forward to the new leadership to usher in a new era of change and effectiveness to raise the standard of African football across all levels.” Saraki also urged all Football Associations (FA) across the continent to rally round the new CAF President to enable him deliver on his electioneering promises, for the good of African football. "This is a new beginning and we cannot afford to make the mistakes of the past. African football has been yearning for a new direction and now that this opportunity to inject fresh blood into the management of the continental body has been realized, it is time for all stakeholders to roll up their sleeves and support the new executive to extend the frontiers and fortunes of African Football at the global level," Saraki said.

  • 12 Mar 2017

    We are working with the executive to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria

  • 11 Mar 2017

    ‘Why Germany Should Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’

    ‘Why Germany Should Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’ Head of Bundestrat, the upper chamber of the German Parliament, Ms Malu Dreyer, has said that Nigeria as the leading country in Africa must be economically strong and therefore deserved the support of a European giant like her country.Dreyer who spoke at the weekend while receiving a delegation of the Senate led by its President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in Berlin said Germany attached great importance to the strong relationship with Nigeria ... read more

  • 10 Mar 2017

    Interview session with Deutshwellar TV to give update on our visit to Germany and what Nigerians should expect as it relates to Power, Development in North East, robust economy and migration.

  • 10 Mar 2017

    With Ms Dreyer, President of German Bundesrat to canvass economic co-operation, support for rehabilitation of Northeast, sharing of knowledge on power system and pleading the case of law abiding Nigerians living in Germany. Our messages are well received and expect to elicit some positive actions soon.

  • 10 Mar 2017

    Today, Nigerian delegation met with Ms Malu Dreyer, President of the Bundesrat and Minister President of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate to discuss mutually beneficial relationship between our countries

  • 10 Mar 2017

    Live from German parliament (Bundesrat)

  • 09 Mar 2017

    Photos from Day two of official visit to Federal Republic of Germany on the invitation of the Bundestag, German Parliament . Day started with meeting with Vice president of the German Bundestag, Mr. Johannes Singhammer then meeting with representatives of Konrad Adenauer Foundation before heading to a Roundtable with representatives of German -African Business Association. In all the engagements, we discussed how we can strengthen , , , and partnerships between Nigeria & Germany

  • 09 Mar 2017

    Video of SP @bukolasaraki arriving at German Bundestag to visit Vice President of the Parliament, Johannes Singhammer. Meeting in progress. Update by @MrBanksOmishore

  • 09 Mar 2017

    Yesterday, As part of my official visit to Berlin, Germany. I visited a German Village, Feldheim, where residents combine efforts and local resources to produce clean and renewable energy. Power supply remains top in the agenda of the Senate as it is a key instrument for eradicating poverty and unleashing the potentials of the people. That is why we had a workshop on power sector last month. It is also why we are here to see the experiment and success of the people of Feldheim and see what our people can learn from it. We have to amend the laws to allow communities to generate energy that is more than 10 megawatts and even the laws about power transmission and distribution have to be amended to allow more creativity and involvement from the private sector. While briefing the delegation, Project Manager of the facility, Werner Frohwitter said the project was one in which "citizens take their energy supply into their own hands" as they contributed money to build bio-gas plants which use slurry and manure from their pigs and cows and wind farms. He added that though the village has a population of 140 people, it hosts about 4,000 visitors yearly comprising students, politicians, researchers, scholars and journalists who want to learn about how the people's efforts led to the generation of 10mw of electricity, from which they sell the excess to the national power grid. Frohwitter said Feldheim is now a community which produces "safe, local, economic and ecological supply of heat and electricity organised by and under the responsibility of the citizens independent from the grids of conventional power utility companies". The Senate delegation, on return to Berlin on Wednesday night, also had a discussion with Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development on how to foster economic exchange between the European giant and Nigeria.

  • 07 Mar 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKET ON THE NEED TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF UNCLAIMED N90 BILLION DIVIDENDS IN SECURITIES FOR NIGERIA INVESTORS AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF CAPITAL MARKET REGISTRAR’S (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2016, HELD ON TUESDAY 7THMARCH, 2017.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKET ON THE NEED TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF UNCLAIMED N90 BILLION DIVIDENDS IN SECURITIES FOR NIGERIA INVESTORS AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF CAPITAL MARKET REGISTRAR’S (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2016, HELD ON TUESDAY 7THMARCH, 2017.     Protocol;   1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this important occasion today of this Public Hearing organized by the Senate Committee on ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2017

    Press Release: SARAKI CONGRATULATES OSINBAJO AT 60

    Press Release: SARAKI CONGRATULATES OSINBAJO AT 60 Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on his 60th birthday anniversary.   Saraki in a statement, signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also wished Osinbajo good health, great wisdom and enduring grace to to serve the nation and humanity.   “On behalf of all members of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic, I wish our Acting President, ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2017

    Saraki Calls for Affordable Healthcare for all Nigerians Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that healthcare insurance and coverage should be mandatory for all Nigerians. Speaking at the close of debate, after the Senate's consideration of the Second Reading of a Bill for An Act to Repeal the National Health Insurance Commission (NHIC), the Senate President stated that affordable healthcare was the right of every Nigerian, hence, the Senate would work to expand the scope of the existing national healthcare insurance system through enabling laws. "The high mortality rate that we experience with certain health conditions is largely due to lack of basic and affordable healthcare," the Senate President said, "Our focus should be on health coverage for all Nigerians - irrespective of their background. "Universal healthcare for all our citizens will ensure that common illnesses like malaria, and conditions like childbirth, will no longer lead to loss of life."

  • 06 Mar 2017

    #MadeInNigeria My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today

    #MadeInNigeria My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair. 2. I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2017

    My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today Protocols; 1. It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair. 2. I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba Fair from being a local event, to being a National event of worthy recognition. It is my hope that soon, Made in Nigeria, and Made in Aba, will become internationally recognized and respected. 3. Many of you will recall, that last year, when I visited this same Trade Fair with my Distinguished Colleagues from the 8th Senate, we promised that the Senate would continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers begin to enjoy more patronage from the Federal Government. 4. This is precisely what we have done. With the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives. We are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2 trillion in government procurement contracts. 5. Additionally, my Office, has launched the Made in Nigeria Challenge, which is aimed at showcasing the innovative ideas of Nigerian businesses. Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched with investors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women. 6. Today, as I see the various goods on display, I stand here reassured that ‘Made in Nigeria’ can truly and fully drive us towards the path of economic sustainability and prosperity. 7. On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and powers to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive. Working with the Federal Government, we will push for improved infrastructure, financial investment and technology to boost our domestic manufacturing value chain. 8. We are partners in this process; we will continue to be partners. I believe in Made in Nigeria, I believe in Made in Aba. The possibilities ahead of us are endless. 9. God bless you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German Parliament

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German ParliamentSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation bbbbon a three-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to promote improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany as well as for the purpose of peer review.A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President stated that the delegation which includes Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German Parliament Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation on a three-day visit to the Bundestrat, equivalent of the Senate in the German Parliament, to promote improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany as well as for the purpose of peer review. A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President stated that the delegation which includes Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na'allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, Committee on Power, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Chairman, Committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari will hold series of meetings with the leadership of the German Parliament and the German-African business groups. The visit will commence with a visit to a German Village, Feldheim, which was the first community in the country to achieve 100 percent self sufficient renewable energy. This will enable the Nigerian delegation to learn a few things on how to resolve the nation's perennial energy crisis. The Senators will at different times meet with the President of the Bundestrat, Mrs Dreyer, Vice President of Bundestag, the lower House, Johannes Singhammer, the Parliamentary State Secretary in charge of the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, head of Julius Berger, Mr. Walter J. Lindener and President of the Berlin House of Representatives, Ralf Wieland. It will also hold discussions with economic representatives of the German-African Business Association, the Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with the English and Portuguese speaking States of West and Central Africa of the Bundestag and attend plenary of the Bundestrat. The legislators, apart from visiting important legislative institutions in Berlin, will hold discussions with Nigerian embassy officials and discuss possible ways of engaging with the German authorities to further attract German investment into Nigeria and improve economic relations between both countries. The visit to the German Parliament by the leadership of the Nigeria legislature will present opportunities for the visitors to explain the economic policies of the present administration and the legislative support being offered by the National Assembly in that regard. The Senators will further solicit support from the Germans for Nigeria's drive for diversification of its economy and solicit the support of the German business community.

  • 05 Mar 2017

    Delighted to attend Baba Obasanjo's 80th birthday tonight & thankful to the man who gave me my first chance to serve my nation as SA Budget

  • 05 Mar 2017

    Thumbs up to ABS FC on tonight's victory! It takes true dedication to be top 3 in the first year of coming back to the national league!

  • 05 Mar 2017

    I had the pleasure of attending the coronation of Tor Tiv V, HRM, Prof. James Ayatse, In Gboko Benue State yesterday. I congratulate the new Tor Tiv on ascension to the throne of his ancestors and i pray his reign will usher in peace and development. The turn out for the coronation was simply overwhelming. The presence of a large delegation of top government functionaries, governors, senators and members of the traditional institution shows that government will continue to support the traditional institution to enable it play it's role in modern governance. I use the opportunity to call on Nigerians to continue to live in peace among one another irrespective of religion, ethnicity and tribe. This is because peace is necessary to enable the present administration carry out its developmental agenda across the country.

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians

    Press Release March 4, 2017 Saraki Seeks Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday called on all Nigerians to strive for peaceful  and harmonious coexistence to facilitate the developmental agenda of the present administration across the country.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the charge in his speech during the coronation of the Tor Tiv the 5th, His Royal Highness, Prof. James Ortese Ayatse, in Gboko, ... read more

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Obasanjo: Beacon of National Unity, Says Saraki ...Congratulates Ex-President At 80 Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday congratulated former President Olusegun Obasanjo on attaining the age of 80 and described him as a "beacon of national unity, peace and progress." Saraki in a tribute to mark Obasanjo's 80th birthday anniversary on Sunday, March 5, 2017, said he is delighted, on behalf of the 8th Senate, to join family, friends and numerous well wishers of Chief Obasanjo, in celebrating his entry into the elite club of octogenarians. He said that apart from having served the country "diligently, passionately and conscientiously" for many decades, Chief Obasanjo has remained one of the dominant figures in national discourse. "Baba, for several decades, you have been one of the dominant figures in our national discourse," Saraki said. "On several fronts, you have served the nation diligently, conscientiously and passionately. In fact, you remain a beacon of our national unity, peace and progress." He added: "It is for these reasons and many more that we pray to Almighty God to continue to give you good health, great wisdom and the unflinching grace to serve your country, Africa and humanity in general for many more years." End

  • 03 Mar 2017

    Below, you can watch video of the inauguration of Technical Committee on Transport Bills. As part of the 8th Senate's mandate to ensure that critical economic bills pending before the Senate gets necessary technical input from industry players to make for efficiency and effectiveness when passed. The technical committee will help enrich and assist the work of the various Senate committees to ensure that there is regulatory alignment across the entire regulatory arrangements in the transport sector. The Transport reform bills include: The Railway Bill - to reform the rail systems; the Ports and Harbour Bill - for the efficient running of the ports; and the National Transport Commission Bill - to serve as the sector's regulatory body. Others are the National Inland Waterways Bill - to develop the inland waterways transport system; the Federal Roads Fund Bill - to ensure efficient maintenance of the federal road network; and the Federal Roads Authority Bill - to manage the nation's federal roads. Members of the Committee include: Dr. Sam Amadi – Chairman, Mr. Nnanna Ude, Mr. Philip Asante, Engr. Olusegun Toluhi, Mr. Kingsley Amaku, Mr. Akin Ajibola, Mr. Kayode Khalidson, Dr. Tayo Aduloju, Dr. Joyce Wigwe, Mr. Rowland Ataguba, Mr. Sotonye Etomi and Mr. Sam Aiboni.

  • 03 Mar 2017

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH,

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH, 2017.   Protocol;   1. This Senate has made the passage of the various transport sector infrastructure bills, a critical aspect of our legislative agenda. These bills include;   a. The Railway Bill; to reform our rail systems;   b. The Port and Harbour Bill; for the efficient running of the ports;   c. The National Transport Commission Bill; to serve as ... read more

  • 03 Mar 2017

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH, 2017. Protocol; 1. This Senate has made the passage of the various transport sector infrastructure bills, a critical aspect of our legislative agenda. These bills include; a. The Railway Bill; to reform our rail systems; b. The Port and Harbour Bill; for the efficient running of the ports; c. The National Transport Commission Bill; to serve as the sector, economic regulator; d. The National Inland Waterway Bill; to develop the inland waterways transport system; e. The Federal Roads Fund Bill; to ensure the efficient maintenance of our federal road network; f. And the Federal Roads Authority Bill; to manage our federal roads. 2. These bills if passed in our view, will help us modernize and expand our transport sector infrastructure. There are already subsequent NASSBER report suggesting that these bills alone can help add 87,000 new jobs annually for the next 5years, with an income growth average of 7%. 3. This is our aim, to see more jobs added to get our people out of the streets and occupied and opportunity to see our economy diversify and recover from recession. But this will only happen if these bills are well and carefully synchronized to deliver especially in the regulatory framework we have adopted. 4. This Senate is on the same page with the Executive on this. Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, the task we have set for ourselves has never been done before. We are however, not overawed by it. Rather we have embraced it as the necessary challenge and needed sacrifice to make for us to achieve a secure Nigerian economy for tomorrow. We have set out to comprehensively reform our entire market framework to entrench efficiency, accountability, independency and market orientation across our economic base. This is especially so with the infrastructure market architecture with our adoption of the intermodal transport sector scheme. This is where the work of this committee is most critical. 5. We have invited you today, therefore, to use your technical knowledge to enrich and assist the work of the various Senate Committees to ensure there is regulatory alignment across the entire regulatory arrangements in the transport sector. Your work therefore, is to ensure the integrity of the entire system, the efficiency and legal integrity of the various transport bills enumerated above to enable the Senate reduce areas of conflict, inefficiency, unnecessary regulatory burden and ensure the achievement of the overarching objective of reducing cost of doing business and increasing the ease of doing business for our SMEs. 6. Like you, this present National Assembly is not unaware of the cry of our people over the issue of bad roads, inefficient rails, bad port operations and dropping efficiency levels in the aviation industry. Like you also, we want to see the day when we shall no longer hear that our people spend endless man-hours stuck in traffic; weeks on end clearing simple goods from the port and the attendant rise in cost of doing business due to these challenges. 7. While we are, yes indeed, in a hurry to ensure we deliver on our promise to our people to pass all our economic reform bills, this 8th Senate is determined to also ensure that they actually meet our needs not just for today but for generations yet unborn. We want to ensure that these exercise is able to cut by a half, our World Bank ease of doing business ranking. In a nutshell, it is important to us that we get it right and your invaluable contribution will be most helpful. 8. I believe that we have in our country men and women, some of the most talented and most technically gifted individuals in the world. You have been carefully chosen to serve under this committee because of your technical knowledge of the transport sector coupled with your experience. Let me assure you of the cooperation of our committees to your assignment. My office is open to you to ensure that you are able to deliver on this assignment within 5-7 working days. The Senate is hopeful therefore, that you will give us your best. 9. Let me reiterate that your assignment is to advise the committees on ensuring the attainment of the regulatory alignment of the bills I have set out earlier as the reports of the various committees working separately on each of them have either concluded work or at the verge of concluding their work. 10. Your work today, is very critical and will help ensure that our decisions on these bills are grounded in knowledge and field experience vital for the success of the objectives of the laws as these bills will not only serve this generation effectively but many more generations to come. 11. It is my pleasure therefore to inaugurate your committee and wish you very fruitful deliberations. 12. Thank you. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE 5

  • 03 Mar 2017

    Sahara Reporters’ Tendency to Fabricate Lies Against Me Now an Obsession, Says Saraki

    Sahara Reporters’ Tendency to Fabricate Lies Against Me  Now an Obsession, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the desire by Sahara Reporters and its publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to fabricate lies and and create phantom information designed to libel him is so legendary and has turned to an obsession. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said it is from that prism that he viewed recent stories by Sowore accusing ... read more

  • 02 Mar 2017

    Saraki Congratulates Adeboye at 75 Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday congratulated the General Overseer (GO) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on his 75th birthday anniversary. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described Papa Adeboye as one of the leaders who make so much impact on the people and whose fame continues to grow both in Nigeria and in Diaspora. According to the Senate President, leaders across board have a lot to learn from Adeboye - a mathematician and scientist - who has remained faithful to the call of God, unflinchingly walking his talk and being a positive example to his teeming followers and non-followers alike. Saraki said: "Papa Adeboye's exemplary humility, passion for soul winning, ministering the word of God and prayers continue to be of immense benefit to Nigerians in particular and the world in general. He has continued to demonstrate through the force of personal example that it pays to serve God in truth and contentment. "It is my prayer that Almighty God will continue to preserve his life, grant him strength, many more years and excellent health to continue in his invaluable works and contribution to nation building and growth of the kingdom of God", the Senate President stated. Saraki, however, urged the GO of RCCG and other religious leaders in the country not to relent in praying for the country, to overcome her present security, economic and social challenges. END

  • 27 Feb 2017

    FACEBOOK COMMENDS SARAKI FOR OPENING UP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    FACEBOOK COMMENDS SARAKI FOR OPENING UP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY   The Office of the President of the Senate is indeed delighted at the endorsement of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for opening up the activities of the 8th Nigerian National Assembly through various channels, especially the daily Facebook Live Video streaming from Senate Plenary.   The Chief Product Officer and Company Lead on Product Management and Development of Facebook, Christopher Cox, gave the commendation while speaking at The Future ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDING OVER OF THE 80-BED HOSPITAL BUILT BY SEN. HASSAN AND DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT POTISKUM, YOBE STATE

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDING OVER OF THE 80-BED HOSPITAL BUILT BY SEN. HASSAN AND DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT POTISKUM, YOBE STATE. PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to be with all of you today to commission this grand 80-bed hospital that my brother Sen. Hassan Mohammed has built for you, the people of Potiskum. Let me start by thanking the Almighty Allah for making this event possible and congratulate Sen. Hassan Mohammad and the entire people of Potiskum, for such great ... read more

  • 20 Feb 2017

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF EXPORT ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA, ON MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY, 2017.

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF EXPORT ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA, ON MONDAY  20TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   Protocol;   It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this investigative public hearing organized by a Joint Committee of the Senate Committees on Finance, Trade and Investment, Gas, ... read more

  • 13 Feb 2017

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELENCY, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 2017 BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017.

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELENCY, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 2017 BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   1. Protocols.   2. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this 3-day National Assembly’s 2017 Budget hearingorganized by the Joint Committees of Appropriations.This is the first public hearing on the Budget that brings together all stakeholders involved in the budget process.   3. Distinguished Guests,   We are at a crucial stage in ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017.     1. Ahusu Billahi Minna Shaiton Rajiim. Bismillah Rahamon Rahim. All praises be to Almighty Allah, the owner of today, the owner of yesterday and the designer of our tomorrow. May His blessing be on our Holy Prophet Muhammmed, ... read more

  • 10 Feb 2017

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical Projects

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical ProjectsSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has lamented the abandonment of critical infrastructural projects after investing huge amount of money on them.Receiving the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, who paid him a visit today in Abuja, Saraki said the action has resulted in a waste and left the country with little options in times of eventualities.He noted that the non-completion of re-modeling projects of Minna airport has left the Federal Government with no option ... read more

  • 09 Feb 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT PUBLIC HEARING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS & LEGAL MATTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION & FINANCIAL CRIMES AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT PUBLIC HEARING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS & LEGAL MATTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION & FINANCIAL CRIMES AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON 9TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing jointly organised by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters, the Committee on Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes and the Committee ... read more

  • 07 Feb 2017

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.    PROTOCOL   I am very delighted that we are gathered together today to seek a solution to one of, if not the most significant challenge to our quest for economic development; the issue of providing adequate power for our economy.   The Nigerian power sector in spite of the enormous resources committed to it within the last 14 years has remained ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2017

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport Sector

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport SectorSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate is presently working on critical legislation to reposition the nation’s transportation sector.Saraki disclosed this when the National Executive Committee of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), led by its National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq visited him in Abuja.The Senate President who was decorated as the Grand Patron of the association by Sadiq, during the visit, according to a statement by his ... read more

  • 27 Jan 2017

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has pledged that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Bill currently before the National Assembly would be given accelerated passage to enable Nigerians living outside the country the opportunity to participate in events within the country.   The  Nigerians In Diaspora Bill when passed would facilitate the establishment of the Diaspora Bond for the in-flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into Nigeria among other benefits.   The Senate ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour, Says Saraki

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour,  Says Saraki   My attention has been drawn to a speculation on some online media about supposed meeting of some Governors who held Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to ransom and sought for Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to take over the Presidency.   My first initial reaction was to ignore this empty rumour but after being inundated with calls from across the country and abroad, it became necessary for me to make clarifications ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work       Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday appealed to elders and leaders of the North-east region to make the North-east Development Commission (NEDC) work and beneficial to the generality of the people when the recently passed bill is signed into law by the President.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, made the appeal when the Governor of Borno ... read more

  • 24 Jan 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NGIERIA AT ADINNER EVENT WITH THE THEME “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, ORGANISED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT AS PART OF A RECEPTION FOR JEFF IMMELT, CHAIRMAN GE GLOBAL, TODAY, MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NGIERIA AT ADINNER EVENT WITH THE THEME “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, ORGANISED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT AS PART OF A RECEPTION FOR JEFF IMMELT, CHAIRMAN GE GLOBAL, TODAY, MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016   Protocol;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be with you tonight for many reasons. First, I am passionately committed to the idea of encouraging our ... read more

  • 20 Jan 2017

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE     Protocol; It gives me great pleasure to flag off this important road construction which will open and connect 14 local government areas in Zamfara state. I must commend His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for this bold and massive project. Indeed, to take up such a gigantic project in this period with such limited ... read more

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident   The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has conveyed his deep regret over the accidental bombing of the Rann Community in Borno State.   Saraki, in a statement on his social media handles said:   “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of today’s accident in Rann Community of Borno State.   I pray that the souls of the victims may rest in peace. I wish ... read more

  • 16 Jan 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bomb Blast …Seeks Strict Security Measures to Curb Trend

    Press Release January 16, 2017   Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bomb Blast …Seeks Strict Security Measures to Curb Trend   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday condemned the bombing of a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri during which a Professor of Veterinary Medicine was reportedly among the casualties.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicly, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, decried the loss of valuable human lives and destruction of property during the ... read more

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Press Release: We Appreciate Contributions of Armed Forces to Nation Building, Says Saraki

    Press ReleaseJanuary 13, 2017We Appreciate Contributions of Armed Forces to Nation Building, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended officers and men of the nation’s armed forces for their tremendous contributions to the survival and development of the country.Speaking today (Friday) at the National Mosque, Abuja, where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the Jummah service held to commemorate the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Saraki said the nation and her leaders will continue to appreciate ... read more

  • 11 Jan 2017

    Press Release: Senate’s Economic Bills Target 7.5m Jobs, Says Saraki

    Press Release January 10, 2017   Senate’s Economic Bills Target 7.5m Jobs, Says Saraki   ….To Reduce Poverty by 16.4%   The 11 economic bills now receiving accelerated consideration by the 8th Senate will help to create 7.5million jobs and reduce poverty by 16.4 per cent when passed into law, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said.   Saraki who disclosed this in his welcome address to Senators on resumption from their Christmas and New Year recess, urged the ... read more

  • 10 Jan 2017

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM 2016 END OF THE YEAR RECESS ON TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2017.

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM 2016 END OF THE YEAR RECESS ON TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2017.   Protocol: 1.   Distinguished colleagues, it is heart warming for me to see you back in good health, refreshed and energised for the work ahead. Let me on behalf of myself and the entire leadership wish you and all ... read more

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday pledged that the Nigerian Senate, upon resumption, will look into the crises that have led to the wanton loss of lives and property in the Southern part of Kaduna State, in recent times.   The Senate President made this known while responding to the cry of a concerned Nigerian on Twitter on Monday, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on New Media, ... read more

  • 31 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Calls For Collective Efforts To Grow Economy in New Year

    Press Release December 31, 2016   Saraki Calls For Collective Efforts To Grow Economy in New Year   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigerians for witnessing the New Year in spite of the hard times and called for collective efforts to end the current recession and grow the economy.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the nation’s challenges are surmountable “but we need to approach them with unity ... read more

  • 25 Dec 2016

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday  felicitated with the Christian faithful in the country as they celebrate Christmas.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also urged Nigerians to use this yuletide season to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasizes selflessness,  piety,  brotherly kindness and love towards one another.   ... read more

  • 21 Dec 2016

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January. In his continued quest to provide a platform for the promotion of Made in Nigeria products in order to boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in the country, Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has informed of his plan to launch ‘Made in Nigeria Challenge’ in January 2017. Saraki, in a statement signed by Bamikole Omisore, his special assistant on New Media, stated that the ‘Made in Nigeria Challenge’ initiative will ... read more

  • 14 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Budget Must Ease Burden of Our People, Says Saraki

    Press Release December 14, 2016 2017 Budget Must Ease Burden of Our People, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday called on the executive arm of government to work to ensure that the 2017 budget truly ease the burden of Nigerians. Saraki in his welcome address during the formal presentation of the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, said there is no hiding the fact ... read more

  • 14 Dec 2016

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 DRAFT APPROPRIATION BILL BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 DRAFT APPROPRIATION BILL BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.   Protocol:   1. It is my pleasure on behalf of my Distinguished and     Honourable colleagues to warmly welcome you Mr. President and your entourage ... read more

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast

    Press Release  December 10, 2016 Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday commiserated with victims of the twin bomb blast in Adamawa State. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the incident which took place in spite of the Armed Forces avowed determination to  put to rout the insurgents, shows that “evil continues to fight back. But we will not be deterred.” He ... read more

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect

    Press Release December 10, 2016Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, on his victory in the recently concluded Ghanaian general elections. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu,  also lauded both the outgoing President, and the people of Ghana for a successful electoral process. The Senate President stated that by conceding victory,  President John Dramani Mahama, demonstrated that democracy in Africa has ... read more

  • 08 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Senate Donates N12m To Ex-Servicemen

    Press Release November 8, 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Senate Donates N12m To Ex-Servicemen  The Senate yesterday donated N12 million to the Nigerian Legion towards the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations. Announcing the donation while being decorated with the remembrance emblem, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said the gesture was to appreciate the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces in providing and maintaining peace and security in the country. Apart from the N12 million, Saraki, according to ... read more

  • 07 Dec 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY GOVERNANCE BILL

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY GOVERNANCE BILL (PIGB) 2016 ORGANISED BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY GOVERNANCE BILL, ON WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2016.   Protocol;   1. The petroleum industry remains the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Oil and gas have been, and will likely remain for the foreseeable future, Nigeria’s most important non-renewable energy source. The industry contributes over 90% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. ... read more

  • 05 Dec 2016

    My remarks at the public hearing organized by Senate Committee on Works on Federal Roads Authority Bill, The Infrastructure Development Commission Bill and Motion on the need for the establishment of toll gates on our highways.

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON WORKS ON THE FEDERAL ROADS AUTHORITY BILL, THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT COMMISION BILL AND THE MOTION ON THE NEED FOR THE ESTABLISHEMENT OF TOLL GATES ON OUR HIGHWAYS.   PROTOCOLS   It gives me great pleasure to be with you today for the Public Hearing on:   A Bill For An Act ... read more

  • 05 Dec 2016

    My Speech at the public hearing organised by the Senate committee on Banking, Insurance And other financial institutions on the Bill for the Establishment of the National Development Bank of Nigeria.

    My Speech at the public hearing organised by the Senate committee on Banking, Insurance And other financial institutions on the Bill for  the Establishment of the National Development  Bank of Nigeria.    PROTOCOL   It is my pleasure to welcome you all to today’s public hearing organized by the Senate committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions on The National Development Bank (Establishment bill).   The 8th Senate has remained unflinchingly committed to using substantial legislative time and energy ... read more

  • 04 Dec 2016

    Press Release; Senate Begins Final Work on Economic Recovery Bills This Week

    Press Release December 4, 2016   Senate Begins Final Work on Economic Recovery Bills This Week    This week the Senate  will move a step closer to passing half of its historic and much needed economic reform package as six of the 11 priority economic growth and reform bills are slated for public hearings between December 5 and 8.    The legislation scheduled for public hearing on December 5 includes the National Development Bank of Nigeria Bill which is intended to provide short, medium and long term financing to participating financial institutions ... read more

  • 27 Nov 2016

    Saraki Congratulates Akeredolu, Says Ondo Could Not Have Made a Better Choice

    Saraki Congratulates Akeredolu  …Says Ondo Could Not Have Made a Better Choice Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, over his victory in the Saturday governorship election in the State. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance. He urged the Governor-elect ... read more

  • 25 Nov 2016

    AWARD ACCEPTANCE/RECONVENING SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELENCY, SENATOR DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE RECONVENING OF GLOBE NIGERIA IN THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, 24TH NOVEMBER, 2016 AT SHEHU YAR’DUA CENTRE

    AWARD ACCEPTANCE/RECONVENING SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELENCY, SENATOR DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE RECONVENING OF GLOBE NIGERIA IN THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, 24TH NOVEMBER, 2016 AT SHEHU YAR’DUA CENTRE PROTOCOL It gives me great pleasure to be among my colleagues, international experts and a vast array of our national leaders, to accept the Green Economy Award and Reconvene GLOBE Nigeria Members in ... read more

  • 18 Nov 2016

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE 1ST NATIONAL CHEVENING ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE 1ST NATIONAL CHEVENING ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SUMMIT   Protocols,   1. Your Excellency, distinguished alumni; let me start by thanking you for the honour of your invitation to me to say a few words at this illustrious gathering of some of the best minds in our country; the First Chevening Alumni Leadership Summit in Nigeria.   2. I understand that ... read more

  • 14 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Urges State Assemblies to Adopt Amended Procurement Law

    Press ReleaseNovember 14, 2016Saraki Urges State Assemblies to Adopt Amended Procurement LawSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised State Houses of Assembly in the 36 states to adopt the recently amended Public Procurement Act and enact it in order to help local manufacturers in their respective states.Saraki who was addressing the first set of beneficiaries of the Skill acquisition Training and Empowerment Programme (STEP) initiated by him to empower youths in his home state, Kwara, said the adoption of ... read more

  • 11 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Let’s Redouble Efforts to Empower Youths, Says Saraki

    Press Release  November 11, 2016   Let’s Redouble Efforts to Empower Youths, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has  said that “government, the private sector and academia must redouble its effort to empower Nigerian youth for entrepreneurship and greater self-reliance.” Speaking in his National Assembly office about the upcoming technology and skills building training programme that will be launched in Kwara State on Saturday, November 12,  the Senate President said one of the greatest challenge the country has to grapple ... read more

  • 10 Nov 2016

    #Video. Senate President Bukola Saraki receive a delegation of bitumen markets and distribution of Nigeria.

    #Video.   Senate President Bukola Saraki receive a delegation of bitumen markets and distribution of Nigeria.      

  • 10 Nov 2016

    #Video. Senate President Bukola Saraki Receives delegate of FRSC .

    #Video. Senate President Bukola Saraki Receives delegate of FRSC .        

  • 10 Nov 2016

    #Video. Senate President Receives a delegation of Leather and Allied Product Manufacturers.

    #Video. Senate President Receives a delegation of Leather and Allied Product Manufacturers.  

  • 09 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Women Society Commends Senate For Initiatives On Economy

    Press ReleaseNovember 9, 2016Women Society Commends Senate For Initiatives On EconomyThe National Council of Women Societies in Nigeria (NCWS) has commended the Senate for giving priority to legislations, oversights and advocacy that focused on economic revival, revitalizing businesses and creating employment.The NCWS, an umbrella organization of women groups in Nigeria noted that, “the vision of Nigeria is evident to us, through the fact that the Senate is targeting three critical sectors; economic revival, social development and youth employment.”Speaking while on ... read more

  • 09 Nov 2016

    Congratulating U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump

    Congratulating U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump   Senate President (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON November 9, 2016     November 9, 2016, Abuja, Nigeria—On this day, I wish to extend my sincerest congratulatory remarks to U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump, on his remarkable victory in yesterday’s national election in the United States.   Mr. Trump persevered through a very challenging Republican primary election cycle, where he defeated sixteen (16) professional and well-organized candidates.  While many career politicians tried to write off Mr. Trump’s candidacy ... read more

  • 05 Nov 2016

    Press Release: VC Lauds Saraki for Kwasu’s Strong Foundation

    Press Release November 5, 2016VC Lauds Saraki for Kwasu’s Strong FoundationFollowing the ranking of the Kwara State University (KWASU) as 15th among over 140 Universities in the Country, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah has attributed the achievement to the excellent foundation laid by the former Governor of the State and now Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.Prof. Na’Allah in a letter of commendation to the Senate President, said the university has continued to thrive on the ... read more

  • 05 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Pa Olaniwun Ajayi

    Press Release   November 5, 2016     Saraki Mourns Pa Olaniwun Ajayi     Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the demise of a chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, at the age of 91 as a sad  loss of one of the surviving nationalists whose counsel is needed at this point to solidify the nation’s democracy.     Saraki in a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph ... read more

  • 04 Nov 2016

    Press Release: PIB: Senate Set to Introduce Host Community Development Legislation

    Press Release   November 3, 2016   PIB: Senate Set to Introduce Host Community Development Legislation      Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2016, stated that the Senate would be introducing a Host Community legislation to complement the Governance and Institutional Framework Bill of the revised PIB that passed Second Reading at the Senate on Wednesday.     In a statement signed by Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to the ... read more

  • 04 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Presidency Lauds Saraki Over Reform of Budget Process

    Press Release   November 3, 2016   Presidency Lauds Saraki Over Reform of Budget Process     The Presidency on Thursday commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. for initiating the reform of the nation’s budgeting process.  It said the executive fully supports the move.     Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, disclosed this during the formal presentation of ... read more

  • 04 Nov 2016

    Press Statement: Saraki Condemns Attack on Makkah, Urges Quick Solution to Yemeni Crisis

    Press Statement   November 3, 2016   Saraki Condemns Attack on Makkah, Urges Quick Solution to Yemeni Crisis   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has joined the international community in condemning the recent launch of missile attack targeting the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia by the Saleh-Houthi militias over the on-going Yemeni crisis.   Saraki who described such targeted attack on Makkah as an assault on the entire Muslims Sent from my iPad   In statement signed ... read more

  • 02 Nov 2016

    Saraki: Social Injustice, Corruption in IDP Camps Inexcusable

    Saraki: Social Injustice, Corruption in IDP Camps Inexcusable Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki Tuesday said that increasing cases of social injustices like rape, diversion of food items and other corruption related cases within the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps are inexcusable. He also pledged the cooperation of the Senate in ensuring the quick passage of bills to help address the crisis of the IDPs in the country. Dr. Saraki spoke when the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) ... read more

  • 30 Oct 2016

    Saraki Lauds Army for Buying Aba Made Shoes

    Saraki Lauds Army for Buying Aba Made Shoes Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended the Nigerian Army for its decision to purchase 50,000 pairs of shoes from local manufacturers in Aba for the use of officers and soldiers as he said the move shows that the military is living up to its billing as an institution that can play vital roles in boosting the national economy.   In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, ... read more

  • 24 Oct 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE 135TH ASSEMBLY OF THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION AND RELATED MATTERS HELD IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND. OCTOBER, 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY  HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI,  AT THE 135TH ASSEMBLY OF THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION AND RELATED MATTERS HELD IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND. OCTOBER, 2016 PROTOCOLS: I bring you greetings from the Parliament, Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I am highly honored to share with you the stand of my Parliament on the important issue of human rights abuses, its relationship with conflicts and the role of Parliament in checking such abuses. 2. The entrenchment ... read more

  • 23 Oct 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Leads NASS Delegation To IPU Assembly in Geneva

    Press Release October 22, 2016 Saraki Leads NASS Delegation To IPU Assembly in Geneva Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will on Sunday lead a National Assembly delegation to partake in the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, with the theme: “The Role of Parliaments in Protecting Human Rights of Citizens.” Saraki who is a member of the Governing Board of the IPU, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, ... read more

  • 21 Oct 2016

    Saraki Seeks Incentives For Girl Child Education

    Saraki Seeks Incentives For Girl Child Education Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called on all tiers of government in the country to encourage girl-child education by through the use of special incentives. He also said that government need to lay more emphasis on achieving qualitative education for all Nigerian children rather than concentrating on the quantity of students enrollment alone. Saraki according to a statement by Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this during an ... read more

  • 18 Oct 2016

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, (CON) PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AT THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION SUMMIT AT THE NIGERIAN AIRFORCE CENTER TODAY THE 18 OF OCTOBER 2016, ABUJA

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, (CON) PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AT THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION SUMMIT AT THE NIGERIAN AIRFORCE CENTER TODAY THE 18 OF OCTOBER 2016, ABUJA PROTOCOL For more than 40 years now, the ‘anti-corruption’ fight has remained a major policy thrust of successive administrations. While this is true, it is also unfortunately true that not much traction has been achieved in preventing corruption in our public life. There is no doubt that corruption has significantly ... read more

  • 17 Oct 2016

    Press Release: Buhari to Declare Open N’Assembly Seminar on Corruption

    Press Release October 17, 2016 Buhari to Declare Open N’Assembly Seminar on Corruption In line with the anti-corruption stance of his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari, will on Tuesday declare open a two day seminar aimed at formulating a legislative framework for the anti-corruption fight  in the country. The seminar  which is being organised by the Senate and House of Representatives committees on Anti Corruption has as it’s theme: ‘The role of the legislature in the fight against corruption in Nigeria’ ... read more

  • 14 Oct 2016

    Press Release October 13, 2016 Saraki Decries Bomb blast in Maiduguri, Clashes in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina

    Press Release October 13, 2016 Saraki Decries Bomb blast in Maiduguri, Clashes in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday condemned the bomb blast in Maiduguri and the reported clashes between security agents and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise called Shiites in some parts of Kaduna, Kano and Katsina States on Wednesday. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, commiserated with victims of the ... read more

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Lauds Release of 21 Chibok Girls

    Bukola Saraki Lauds Release of 21 Chibok Girls Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, todaycommended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Security Services, the government of Switzerland, and the International Community for the combined efforts that led to the release of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls. Senator Saraki said: “We join all Nigerians to rejoice on the return of our daughters. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of those who have returned, and those girls who remain in the hands ... read more

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Seeks Increased Use Of Clean Cooking Energy By Nigerians

    Bukola Saraki Seeks Increased Use Of Clean Cooking Energy By Nigerians Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for an increased usage of clean cooking energy by Nigerians  as a veritable way to save the environment. The Senate President who  spoke Wednesday when Executive Director, International Centre For Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED), Eawh Otu Eleri and members of the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in Nigeria visited him, said Nigerians need to improve and increase her  patronage of clean ... read more

  • 13 Oct 2016

    North East Spending Probe: There ‘ll Be No Cover-up, Says Bukola  Saraki

    North East Spending Probe: There ‘ll Be No Cover-up, Says Bukola  Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has inaugurated the Senate Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the use of the fund that has been allocated to the Humanitarian Crisis in the North East and promised that all the facts of the case will be exposed. Speaking at the event, Saraki stated that the committee led by Senator Shehu Sani is being assigned a task to act on behalf of the 4.5 ... read more

  • 12 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki: Tax Laws Will Be Examined to Improve Ease of Doing Business

    Bukola Saraki: Tax Laws Will Be Examined to Improve Ease of Doing Business President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that the 8th Senate will work to streamline Nigeria’s multiple taxation system to improve the ease of doing business in the country. Speaking at a dialogue at the 22nd Edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, the Senate President, while answering questions from the audience, stated that Nigeria’s corporate taxation system needed to be reformed ... read more

  • 12 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki: 11 Economic Recession Bills Will Pass by End of 2016

    Bukola Saraki: 11 Economic Recession Bills Will Pass by End of 2016 President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that the 8th Senate will work to meet a 2016 deadline for the passage of all the 11 economic-priority Bills that it has scheduled to tackle the economic recession. Speaking at a dialogue at the 22nd Edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Saraki said since the beginning of the year, the Senate has worked to ... read more

  • 10 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Commends NESG

    Bukola Saraki Commends NESG Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended the Economic Summit Group (NESG) on the theme of this year’s summit which focus on promoting Made in Nigeria goods. Saraki who will be a guest at the summit tomorrow noted that the choice of theme put the private sector group on the same page with the Senate which has since last year identified the need to promote local manufacturers and service providers as champions of the efforts ... read more

  • 07 Oct 2016

    Press Release: We Welcome the Development, Say Saraki, Ekweremadu

    Press Release October 7, 2016 We Welcome the Development, Say Saraki, Ekweremadu Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu today described the verdict of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory dismissing the charges of forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 and their subsequent discharge as a welcome development and a vindication of their position from the beginning of the case that they are innocent of the accusations leveled against them. In a statement ... read more

  • 07 Oct 2016

    Press Release: 8th Senate Pro-business, Saraki Assures Traders Union

    Press Release October 6, 2016 8th Senate Pro-business, Saraki Assures Traders Union President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday assured traders in the various markets across the country not to panic as a result of the present harsh economic conditions as the Senate will always take decisions that will protect the interests of business and ensure the stability of the economy. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, stated this when the ... read more

  • 06 Oct 2016

    #TBT Video on what Senate is doing as part of our oversight function to ensure the economic management team and other economic stakeholders are working together”

    #TBT Video on what Senate is doing as part of our oversight function to ensure the economic management team and other economic stakeholders are working together”   saraki-on-what-the-senate-is-doing-to-revive-the-economy

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

    #TBT #Video of my Answer to the question of what the Senate is currently doing about the economic recession Click here to Watch the Video

  • 06 Oct 2016

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AMNESTY PROGRAMME, ON THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER, 2016.

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AMNESTY PROGRAMME, ON THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER, 2016. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the public hearing by the Senate Committee on Niger Delta on the activities of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AMNESTY PROGRAMME. The Nigerian Senate recognizes the importance of the Amnesty programme to the sustenance of peace ... read more

  • 05 Oct 2016

    Press Release: Teachers’ Day: Saraki Makes Case For Teacher’s Welfare

    Press Release October 5, 2016   Teachers’ Day: Saraki Makes Case For Teacher’s Welfare   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday called on government at all levels to prioritise the payment of salaries and general welfare of teachers at all levels in order to secure the future of the country.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to mark this year’s Teachers’ Day, also congratulated Nigerian teachers and their ... read more

  • 05 Oct 2016

    Press Release: Senate Probes FG’s Spending On North-east Crisis *To Hold Public Hearing *Senators to donate N33m to IDPs

    Press Release October 4, 2016 Senate Probes FG’s Spending On North-east Crisis *To Hold Public Hearing *Senators to donate N33m to IDPs The Senate on Tuesday set-up an adhoc committee to probe spendings by the Federal Government on the humanitarian crisis in the North-east in view of the allegation of massive diversion of relief materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The Adhoc Committee chaired by Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna State is also to hold a public hearing ... read more

  • 30 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Nigeria @ 56: Saraki Canvasses Join Efforts, Prayers to End Recession

    Press Release September 30, 2016 Nigeria @ 56: Saraki Canvasses Join Efforts, Prayers to End Recession President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians from all walks of life to collaborate with the Federal Government in order to ensure the nation  emerged  from the current economic recession stronger, more united, developed and self reliant. Saraki in his message to mark the nation’s 56th Independence Anniversary signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity),  Yusuph Olaniyonu, also ... read more

  • 30 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Recession: Senate Seeks Harmonization of Financial, Monetary Policies

    Press Release September 29, 2016 Recession: Senate Seeks Harmonization of Financial, Monetary Policies The Senate has urged the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to harmonize the Federal Government’s financial and monetary policies as one of the ways to end the current economic recession. The Upper Chamber also enjoined the Executive to urgently negotiate external concessionary borrowing to finance aspects of deficit in the 2016 Appropriation Act. These were part of the recommendations adopted by the ... read more

  • 29 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Edo Polls: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki

    Press Release  September 29, 2016 Edo Polls: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated the Governor-elect of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his victory in yesterday’s gubernatorial election. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Obaseki’s success as well deserved and expected by those who have keenly followed the electioneering campaigns in the state in the last few months. “Godwin ... read more

  • 23 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 20 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 19 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Ibru Was A Trailblazer, Says Saraki

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

  • 02 Sep 2016

    Saraki: Accountability is Key to North East Development Plan

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Investigate IDPs Hunger/Nutrition Crisis

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 24 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 23 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 20 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 16 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 12 Aug 2016

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

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

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Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals  Today is another great day in the history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on allegation of non Payment of customs duty on an Official Vehicle by Senate. As the President of the 8th Senate and Senator from Kwara Central, I am proud of the Senate as an institution and its Constitutional role to represent the interests of the Nigerian … read more

Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide Special Adviser to Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu has stated that the allegation raised today by Senator Ali Ndume linking Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to the importation of vehicle lacks basis as it was outright falsehood. In a press statement, Olaniyonu said from the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it is obvious that the Senate President has nothing to do with the importation of … read more

SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. PROTOCOL It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this year’s National Assembly Management retreat and I thank the organisers for putting together this retreat. The National Assembly has been established not only as the highest law-making institution but more important, as the enabler … read more

Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has identified regional cooperation and partnership as the only  solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the African continent. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made this known in a keynote address at the opening session of the on going Crans Montana Forum of Africa and South South Cooperation For Africa’s Development holding at Dakhla, Morocco. He noted that, … read more

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT I thank the Crans Montana Forum for the opportunity to speak at this highly prestigious event and to this distinguished audience. I must also commend the Forum and everyone associated with its work for providing this platform for us … read more





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