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  • 23 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, pinned Anthony Gabriel, one of his Police Details

  • 23 Apr 2018

    RT : VIDEO: Yesterday, following the visit of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to the injured Sergeant-at-Arms O

  • 22 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 22 Apr 2018

    This afternoon, I was at the home of Mrs. Sandra Davou, the brave female Sergeant-at-Arms Officer who was injured during Wednesday’s invasion of the Senate. Nigerians like Sandra, who go over and beyond their call of duty must be commended and appreciated for their service.

  • 22 Apr 2018

    This afternoon, I was at the home of Mrs. Sandra Davou, the brave female Sergeant-at-Arms Officer who was injured d

  • 22 Apr 2018

    I am now at the home of Mrs. Sandra Davou, the brave female Sergeant-at-Arms Officer who was assaulted and injured

  • 22 Apr 2018

    I am now at the home of Mrs. Sandra Davou, the brave female Sergeant-at-Arms Officer who was assaulted and injured in Wednesday’s invasion of the Senate Chambers.

  • 22 Apr 2018

    Happy 78th Birthday to the Emir of Ilorin, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.As you add another year sir, I wish yo

  • 22 Apr 2018

    Happy 78th Birthday to the Emir of Ilorin, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. As you add another year sir, I wish you good health and the continued grace and blessings of the Almighty Allah (SWT).

  • 21 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at the Wedding Reception of Dr. Saratu Abubakar Gobir to

  • 21 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, just arrived in Sokoto State. He was received at the Sult

  • 20 Apr 2018

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  • 20 Apr 2018

  • 20 Apr 2018

    With all that is going on, this is one piece of good news. Finally, is doing the right thing.While looki

  • 20 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 20 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 19 Apr 2018

    Yesterday, I delivered a paper at the Africa Finance Forum, organized by the Corporate Council on Africa on the sidelines of this year's Spring Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) holding in Washington D.C., U.S.A. My paper centered around the work that the Senate is doing to facilitate the growth of digital financing in Nigeria. I spoke about the Electronic Transactions Act, the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill; and the the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act, which are all interventions embarked on by the Senate and the National Assembly to create a balance between facilitating the sector and maintaining a secure financial system. While the Consumer Protection Commission Bill seeks to create a Consumer Protection Commission to safeguard consumers from fraud and price manipulation; the Credit Reporting Act, which has been signed into law, will enable the market to reduce credit delinquencies and serve as a behaviour-change framework that brings sanity into the credit community which will inspire confidence in the Nigerian market by drawing in more participants. Finally, the Secure Transactions in Movable Assets is the signature bill in our support of SMEs. This is because it frees up capital and creates opportunity for the funding of SME ventures as never seen before in Nigeria. With this law, we have created opportunities for SMEs to access capital by using movable goods like small machinery, cell phones and even household items as collateral. The implication of this is enormous in terms of dealing with poverty eradication across the nation.

  • 19 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 19 Apr 2018

    Read my keynote address delivered at the organized by the Corporate Council on Africa in Washin

  • 19 Apr 2018

    — My Keynote Address Delivered at the Africa Finance Forum Organized by the the Corporate Council on Africa in Washington D.C., United States of America — PROTOCOL. It gives me great pleasure to be among you here at the Africa Finance Forum. It is always time well spent when we come together like this to share ideas on ways of propelling the economic growth of the continent. Only a few weeks ago, I was at the Georgetown Africa Business Conference in this city. I see the Africa Finance Forum as a further opportunity to expand on the discussions from that conference and to channel them in various, equally profitable directions. In this instance, there is the platform to explore the role being played by the FinTech industry in driving growth and innovation in the finance sector and financing on the African continent. I thank the organisers for inviting me. The Corporate Council on Africa is to be commended for the successful convening of this very important event, therefore; and for the inspired focus on the FinTech environment on the continent, which, as we all recognise, is entering into an unprecedented period of boom. I would like to talk a bit about what this holds in store for the continent, but I must also, necessarily, particularise my focus by dwelling on my country, Nigeria. In doing so, I hope to share some background as experienced in Nigeria thus far with regard to FinTech, as well as the steps we are taking in the Nigerian legislature to regulate the banking industry and facilitate digital finance in the country. FinTech has enjoyed a tremendous upsurge in the global economy, but it is also true that excitement is revving up for Africa as the next frontier in this industry. Consider this encounter related to me just this past week by a friend who went on a 10-hour road trip from Nigeria’s capital Abuja to the commercial centre of Lagos, in the south-west of the country. He was travelling through stretch of rural countryside when he stopped to buy some plantains from a roadside seller, a young woman with a baby on her back. When he muttered that he could not buy as much as was on offer despite the persuasive sales pitch, due to limited naira notes in his wallet, the woman – without missing a beat – asked him in Pidgin English, “Oga, You No Get Transfer?” Not such a country bumpkin after all. The seller was, of course, referring to the popular USSD or web-based mobile funds transfer services, now offered by most banks in Nigeria. Such is the impact of the digital finance revolution now apace on the continent, you underestimate the rural plantain seller at your peril. Without a doubt, the success of FinTechs and their chain of strategic responses have challenged the activities of the major actors in the financial services industry across Africa. They are transforming the operational space of traditional innovation; and with a massive potential for creating significant revenue generation opportunities for African economies. The facts speak for themselves. A KPMG Report found that investment in the African FinTech sector quadrupled in the three years up to 2017 – from $198 million to $800 million. 2017 was a phenomenally successful year for African tech start-ups in general; over $195 million was raised in funding, an increase of 51 per cent on 2016. This is according to the Disrupt Africa African Tech Start-Ups Funding Report 2017 - which noted that the number of start-ups receiving funding rose to 159. FinTech companies received almost a third of that funding – due to their pull for investors eager to tap into the huge potentials in the sector. Nigeria is now one of the top three African destinations for tech investors. And this should be no surprise. One needs only take a look at the flourishing tech hubs in Yaba in Lagos, Nigeria – or Nairobi, Kenya - to get a sense of the radical changes being made possible by technology in the economic landscape of these countries. Naturally, a continent with a fast growing, youth-powered population that is plugged into content production and keen to keep abreast of information, must innovate. With apps and entertainment platforms aided by broadband technology that is driven by young African investors, the industry is scaling new heights. Tech start-ups proved particularly resilient during the recent slump in the Nigerian economy. These companies not only emerged from the recession relatively unscathed, they are attracting major seed funding and driving business growth. One remarkable factor is the convergence of two sectors: mobile telecommunications and finance. In Nigeria, for example, tele-density has grown from less than one per cent to 108 per cent in just 16 years of the liberalisation of the telecoms sector, making ours one of the fastest growing telecommunications sectors in the world. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) estimates that investment in the sector is now in excess of 68 billion dollars – contributing up to 15 trillion naira into the country’s treasury - the Federations Account, as we call it in Nigeria. The sector has created hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, while also driving businesses and innovations in the ICT sub-sector. This explosion is clear evidence of the uniquely expansive market when you have a population of about 180 million people, half of whom are between the ages of 15 to 35. And here is really exciting thing, ladies and gentlemen, the potential for growth in this area of convergence, the investment opportunity, is simply incalculable, especially when we are talking of a country like Nigeria. Yes, indeed, 7 out of every 10 Africans own mobile phones – but in Nigeria, that corresponds to only 15.5 million smartphone users at present, a mere 23 per cent. Internet penetration is still less than half of the population, at 47 per cent. This really comes into focus in a continent where only 17 per cent of the population has access to banking services. And so, rather than FinTech’s role as a disruptive force in the more developed economies such as here in the United States, digital financing is actually the key to bridging the gap in the banking sector across many African countries. In my speech at the first Africa FinTech Foundry (AFF) 2017 Conference held in Lagos last December, I touched on the need to accelerate the growth of FinTech start-ups that can rise to the challenge of providing access to banking services for the unbanked in Africa. This is so that more people, like that plantain seller by the rural roadside, can be empowered to conduct economic activity and make or receive payment in a seamless manner. It also opens up the economic space for greater financial inclusion, thereby enabling Nigerians at all levels to be drivers of economic growth. In the 8th National Assembly under my leadership, we have pursued a robust economic legislative agenda; and the two legislative chambers – namely the Senate for which I am President; and the Federal House of Representatives – have worked closely with the Nigerian Presidency to reform the economy for greater efficiency and transparency. We are working to expand opportunity for our people to grow wealth, create employment and aspire to better standards of living – and the private sector is the pivot for realising these goals. We have, therefore, made economic laws a priority, to foster ease of doing business and to increase private sector participation at all levels of the economy. No fewer than 500 tech start-ups have come up in the Nigerian technology eco-system over the last decade, enabling business processes and by so doing, enhancing economic activity and providing Africa-led solutions to economic problems. However, without funding, many of these ventures and tech start-ups would flounder, to the detriment of the economy. In our pursuit of a robust FinTech-driven digital economy, therefore, we are mindful of the need to use technology to bridge the funding gap between innovators, regulators and government. We recognise the role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in economic growth and development; and that is why the National Assembly has prioritised the passage of landmark economic laws to enable SMEs to grow and prosper, including: the Warehouse Receipts Bill; the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Bill and the Credit Reporting Bill. SMEs employ around 80 per cent of the Nigerian labour force; and can help bring down the unemployment rate. In light of all of this, the potential of FinTech to grow SMEs cannot be overstated. Nor can we over-emphasise the importance of the use of digital financial services - such as mobile banking, mobile money, internet banking, ATM and PoS machines - to achieve financial inclusion. The ease and cost of processing and collecting payments for products delivered, or services rendered, is critical to the success of the modern-day SME. And, thanks to the growth of the FinTech Industry in Nigeria, the cost of integrating online payments to a website is drastically reduced. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as a signatory to the MAYA Declaration, has launched a Nigerian Financial Inclusion Strategy which aims to halve the number of financially excluded Nigerians, to bring it down to 20 per cent by Year 2020. Already, the average citizen can carry out transactions using Short Codes, thus banking is made available to mobile phone users. There is greater ease in carrying out bank transactions, as most banks in Nigeria have mobile apps that enable banking outside bank premises or traditional opening hours. The unbanked are increasingly being banked; financial transactions can now be carried out in areas where there no banks; and Nigerians can easily transfer cash to people in the rural and suburban locations the same way as those in remote areas can carry out transactions without going in search of a bank. These all point in the direction that Nigeria needs to go, as one of the fastest growing digital financial platforms in the world, in order to reap the full benefits of the FinTech revolution. So far, banks have been the most active players in partnering with FinTechs and rebranding related purchased services. And not for no reason. The 2017 Nigeria FinTech Survey Report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that more than 62 per cent of bank customers in the country will use mobile applications to access financial services over the next five years. The potential for growth in digital financing is simply enormous in Nigeria; and the signs abound in our business terrain. This is why this topic is so timely as it is coinciding with our work at the National Assembly—in particular the 8th Senate through the Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions—to ensure financial inclusion for all; especially in the rural areas where a large percentage still remains unbanked; by bridging services between the banking and telecommunications sectors. The two sectors have been meeting to find a financial inclusion or services model that works for the complexities of our people and opens up more opportunities for economic growth at all levels of society. Our model could borrow from the success stories of countries like Kenya and South Africa but will be uniquely tailored to our needs and entrepreneurial spirit. The net impact of our legislative interventions; through the relevant Committee’s oversight and engagement will be to expand the ability of our banking sector to facilitate digital financing, expand the opportunity for financial services penetration and reach with the SMEs, and for enterprise support. We believe that these will give a fillip to the development of innovation and private sector capacity across the country. You will agree with me that innovation is the engine that powers financial inclusion. We are therefore working assiduously to encourage innovation in the FinTech space in Nigeria, and we shall continue to do so. As you might imagine, there are many challenges raised by the growth of FinTech in Nigeria. These include consumer protection and intellectual property issues as well as concerns about money laundering, fraudulent activity and so on. And then there is the data quagmire; legal and ethical questions raised by the use and abuse of data are the subject of global anxiety right now. FinTech growth requires us to pay attention to all of these, and to come up with regulatory frameworks that will safeguard our people. Therefore, as we seek to improve the business environment for SMEs and tech entrepreneurs in Nigeria, we are also committed to passing legislation that strikes a balance between facilitating the sector and maintaining a secure financial system. We are continuously working work to reframe our payment systems, strengthen mechanisms for electronic commerce, reduce non-performing loans and strengthen the credit market for SMEs through a broad range of legislative interventions. These include: the Electronic Transactions Act; the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill; the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act – which creates a Consumer Protection Commission to safeguard consumers from fraud and price manipulation; and the Consumer Credit Agency Act which allows lenders to better assess the credit worthiness of loan applicants. The Credit Reporting Act, which has been signed into law, will enable the market reduce credit delinquencies. This bill would serve as a behaviour changing and institutional framework that brings sanity into the credit community and inspires confidence in the Nigerian market, drawing in more participants. The Secure Transactions in Movable Assets is the signature bill in our support of SMEs. It frees up capital and creates opportunity for the funding of SME ventures as never seen before in Nigeria. With this law, we have created a new stream of opportunity for SMEs to access capital by using movable goods including small machinery, cell phones and even household items as collateral. The implication of this is enormous in terms of dealing with capital formation and poverty eradication. Our work is not exhaustive and will continue to adapt to changes that innovation in technology brings. We are confident in the signals we are sending to the world, that Nigeria fully intends to key into the astronomical growth of the FinTech industry – and to harness its full potential for the benefit of the largest economy in Africa; and we welcome any partnerships that ensure that this happens. Thank you. THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 18 Apr 2018

    RT : President of Senate with Congressman Chris Smith. Chairman Foreign Affairs, Sub Committee On Africa, Glo

  • 18 Apr 2018

    RT : We condemn, in the strongest terms, todays attack on the Senate chamber. An attack on is an attack

  • 18 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: Earlier today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, spoke at the Corporate Council on Africas Afric

  • 18 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 18 Apr 2018

    With the way the Senate has defied those seeking to undermine it, today, we sent out a strong signal that we are al

  • 18 Apr 2018

    I have just been informed that some hoodlums invaded the Senate chambers, forcefully taken away the mace and assaul

  • 18 Apr 2018

    I have just been informed that some hoodlums invaded the Senate chambers, forcefully taken away the mace and assaulted some of our Sergeant-at-arms on chamber duty. I am delighted that the Senate stood up to them by disregarding their unreasonable and shameful action and went on with the day's proceedings as slated in the Order Paper. My commendation goes to my deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, other members of the leadership, my colleagues, the leadership and members of the House of Representives for standing in defence of democracy, parliamentary sanctity and constitutionalism. With the way the Senate has defied those seeking to undermine it, we have sent out a strong signal that we are always ready to defend our constitutional mandate and nothing will deter us from this. I associate myself with the comments of the Deputy Senate President that we are ready to get to the roots of this assault on democracy and ensure that those who are responsible, no matter how remote, will be brought to justice. Read more here: http://www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com/press-release-attack-on-senate-saraki-commends-colleagues-house-members-for-defending-democracy/

  • 17 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 17 Apr 2018

    RT : UPDATE: Senate President to Attend World Bank/IMF Spring MeetingSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday nig

  • 16 Apr 2018

    RT : This evening, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, met with Moustafa

  • 16 Apr 2018

    Today, at the Centenary Celebration of Sheikh Adam Abdullah El-Ilory in Lagos.

  • 15 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 14 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 14 Apr 2018

    RT : This week, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, called for more female participation in governance in Nigeria; he a

  • 14 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, with former Senate Presidents, Sen. David Mark and Anyim Pius An

  • 14 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, joined the Senators of the 7th Assembly to present former Senate

  • 14 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: Last night, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his Distinguished Colleagues from the 8th

  • 13 Apr 2018

    RT : Let me also reiterate the National Assemblys commitment to continue to support the vision of the ICC.What I can assure you

  • 13 Apr 2018

    RT : On behalf of the 8th Senate, let me formally welcome you to Nigeria Let me also commend you that your first visit since be

  • 13 Apr 2018

    RT : Yesterday, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with the newly-elected President of the Internationa

  • 13 Apr 2018

    Yesterday, I invited Nasir Yammama, the Founder of Verdant Agritech and winner of Queen Elizabeth’s Young Leaders Programme to my Office to chat about in . It’s always encouraging to see our young men and women achieve great feats. Keep it up Nasir!

  • 12 Apr 2018

    RT : VIDEO: Nasir Yammama, the Founder of Verdant Agritech and winner of Queen Elizabeths Young Leaders Programme, speaking abou

  • 12 Apr 2018

    RT : PICTURES: Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with Nasir Yammama, the Founder of Verdant Agr

  • 12 Apr 2018

    RT : The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is now meeting with Nasir Yammama, the Founder of Verdant Agritech

  • 11 Apr 2018

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

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

  • 11 Apr 2018

    RT : President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged to work with relevant political stakeholders to ensure that

  • 11 Apr 2018

    Today, I met with the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians (CONFEPA). I let them know that they are shini

  • 11 Apr 2018

    Of course, social and religious issues might come into play when we begin to talk about the increase in female participation in politics and governance. However, we must ensure that we carry everyone along. Just like when we brought the Constitution forward for amendment, it was a collaborative process. No one side could bully the other into accepting the other’s views. Everyone had to be carried along. Hence, we must be strategic and determined on all fronts as we push for female participation in politics. I am convinced, that the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians (CONFEPA) visit is timely. This is because in 2019, we must see some real change. Now that political parties are gearing up for elections, this is the right time to ask candidates an important question: “Where do you stand on the issue of Gender affirmation?” With almost 50% of the vote, women have the numbers to bring about real change on this issue. Let your votes do the work. Strategize and mobilize, and you will get things done. So that, once we settle the issue of female participation in politics, women will be in the room to contribute for all the other issues. That being said, right now, we need more women in the room.

  • 11 Apr 2018

    One of the key issues that deals with increased female participation in politics is the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (). I know that many people believe that this bill could have been passed faster, however, it will be the final result that matters. This is because, in lawmaking, sometimes, you might begin with 10 or 15 requests in a Bill; but it doesn't end there. Hence, what we will continue to do is to lead by example and encourage others to continue to do the same.

  • 11 Apr 2018

    I told the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians (CONFEPA) that they have my full support and the full support of my Office in pushing for increased female participation in politics and governance, however, it is must be a collective effort. Having more women in government is in the interest of Nigeria’s development. This is because increased female participation in politics will strengthen our democracy and make our country better.

  • 11 Apr 2018

    At my meeting with the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians (CONFEPA), I let the female parliamentarians know that they are shining examples to millions of young girls, who look up to them as role models. I also told them that we must change the tide and get more women into elected and appointed positions. This is because, as a nation, Nigeria cannot afford to continue to bench its women as the nation moves forward. We need more female participation in politics and governance.

  • 11 Apr 2018

    Based on the last census, women account for nearly 50% of Nigeria’s population, however, today, they hold less than 8% of the elective positions at the federal and state levels. This is why today, I was pleased to receive the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians (CONFEPA), led by its Chairperson, the Rt. Hon. Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Uyinmwen Ativie to discuss female participation in politics and governance.

  • 11 Apr 2018

    Today, we held a valedictory session for our late friend and colleague, Senator Mustapha Bukar, who passed away las

  • 11 Apr 2018

    Today, we held a valedictory session for our late friend and colleague, Senator Mustapha Bukar, who passed away last week. Personally, I was lucky to have met Senator Bukar a long time ago, when I was a banker, and he was still in the Ministry of Water Resources. I remember that even back then, he impressed me with his intellectual acumen. A few messages that resonated in the eulogies delivered by my Distinguished Colleagues, were that the late Senator Bukar was a ‘gentleman’, a ‘humble man’ and an ‘intelligent technocrat.’ From his humility, no one would ever have known that he was the Senator representing Mr. President in the Senate. He was a man who whenever we interacted, was always about finding solutions to problems — and he was also a man that always worked behind the scenes to do just that. Whenever he spoke on the floor of the Senate, you could always see that Senator Bukar was a highly cerebral man who had a lot of ideas. This is why, today, we all mourn his passing. I pray that the Almighty grants him a place amongst the righteous ones, and I also pray that his family is granted the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Amin.

  • 11 Apr 2018

    RT : Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, praised the former President of the Senate, Senator David Ma

  • 11 Apr 2018

    RT : Today, the 8th Senate held a valedictory session for the late Senator Mustapha Bukar. In his comments, President of the Se

  • 10 Apr 2018

    Happy Birthday Aliko.

  • 10 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks MTN on Quality Service Delivery

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

  • 10 Apr 2018

    Today, we observed a moment of silence for our colleagues and friends, Senator Mustapha Bukar and Hon. Buba Jibril. You will both be missed.

  • 10 Apr 2018

    RT : Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, signed the condolence register for the late Senator Mustapha

  • 10 Apr 2018

    Today, we observed a moment of silence for our colleagues and friends, Senator Mustapha Bukar and Hon. Buba Jibril.

  • 10 Apr 2018

    RT : President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today, read a letter from President Buhari, wherein the Commander-in-Ch

  • 10 Apr 2018

    RT : Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, read 3 letters from President Muhammadu Buhari, on the confi

  • 09 Apr 2018

    This evening, it was a pleasure to receive the Group Board of MTN, led by the Chairman of , Dr. Pascal Dozie

  • 09 Apr 2018

    This evening, it was a pleasure to meet with the Group Board of MTN, led by the Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Dr. Pascal Dozie and the Group Chairman of MTN, Phuthuma Nhleko. This visit coincided with the retreat of the MTN Board, which is holding in Nigeria. At the courtesy call, I congratulated the company for the success that they have achieved over the last 19 years in Nigeria, and urged them to continue to see the government and people of Nigeria as partners in development.

  • 09 Apr 2018

    At the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting this morning.

  • 09 Apr 2018

    At the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting.

  • 08 Apr 2018

    Happy 70th Birthday Senator David Mark. Over the years, you have served our nation in various capacities and you have distinguished yourself as a patriot and a statesman. May the Almighty continue to bless and guide you.

  • 08 Apr 2018

    Happy 70th Birthday Senator David Mark.Over the years, you have served our nation in various capacities and you h

  • 07 Apr 2018

    Following my visit to Offa this morning to condole with the traditional ruler and people over Thursday’s attack, I called the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, to commiserate with him on the loss of some of his personnel during the robbery incident. The IGP promised that Armored Personnel Carriers will immediately be stationed in strategic parts of Offa and additional police personnel will be deployed. Top investigators will also be sent to Kwara State to help in tracking down the perpetrators. I thank the IGP for his prompt response and the anticipated measures aimed at tackling this security menace. It is my hope that Thursday’s incident that has left our people in Offa and Kwara State rattled and in grief will never reoccur. -Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki President of the Senate

  • 07 Apr 2018

    I thank the IGP for his prompt response and the anticipated measures aimed at tackling this security menace. It

  • 07 Apr 2018

    The IG of Police promised that Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) will immediately be stationed in strategic parts of

  • 07 Apr 2018

    During my conversation with the IG of Police, we spoke on the need for better security and increased presence of th

  • 07 Apr 2018

    Following my visit this morning to Offa, to condole with the traditional ruler and people over Thursdays attack, I

  • 07 Apr 2018

    ‪I am now meeting with the Olofa of Offa, HRM Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, to condole with him and the people of Offa over Thursday’s vicious attack. ‬

  • 07 Apr 2018

    I am now meeting with the Olofa of Offa, HRM Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, to condole with him and the people of

  • 06 Apr 2018

    Cutting short my condolence visit to Arochokwu, Abia. Enroute to Offa to meet with survivors of yesterdays attack.

  • 06 Apr 2018

    Today, my colleagues and I are in Arochukwu, Abia State, for the funeral service of the late Madam Matilda Nwannedi

  • 06 Apr 2018

    Yesterdays bank robbery in Offa LGA, that led to significant loss of lives and injury is a despicable act committe

  • 06 Apr 2018

    Yesterday’s savage attack on unsuspecting citizens and establishments in Offa LGA, that led to significant loss of lives and injury is a despicable act committed by cruel individuals. Make no mistake, there will never be any valid grounds or rationale behind such violence that has left many families without their loved ones — and one more community in grief and shock. Last night, I spoke to Governor Ahmed to express my condolence on the lives that were lost in the attack, and we both agree that no stone will be left unturned until the perpetrators of this heinous act are caught and brought to justice. Moving forward, it is also important that we all work together to ensure that this does not reoccur. We all must co-operate at various levels to increase the security of our communities. I pray that the souls of those that we lost yesterday are granted places amongst the righteous ones. My prayers and support will continue to be extended to all the affected families, and we will remain relentless until everyone who planned or carried out this attack faces the full wrath of the law. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

  • 05 Apr 2018

    While in Daura today, I also visited Engr. Abdullahi Bukar, the Sarikin Kudu Daura and brother of my late colleague, Senator Mustapha Bukar. I told Engr. Bukar that we will all miss his brother in the Red Chamber.

  • 05 Apr 2018

    This afternoon, I was in Katsina State to condole with the Emir of Daura, HRH Alhaji Farouk Umar Farouk, on the loss of my colleague, Senator Mustapha Bukar, who passed away earlier this week. May the Almighty grant the departed Senator a place in Aljannah Firdaus. Amin.

  • 05 Apr 2018

    This morning, I was in Lokoja, Kogi State, to commiserate with the wives and family members of the late Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Umar Buba Jibril.

  • 04 Apr 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Senator Mustapha Bukar

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

  • 30 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 29 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 27 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Advocates Priority for Human Capital Development

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

  • 27 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 24 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Sofola SAN

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

  • 19 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 17 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 17 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Senator Ali Wakili, Visits Family

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

  • 12 Mar 2018

    Press Release: ICC Presidency: Saraki Congratulates Eboe-Osuji

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

  • 11 Mar 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Lauds Ekweremadu’s Appointment As Professor

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

  • 08 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 07 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 05 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 05 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 04 Mar 2018

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

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

  • 26 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 26 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 22 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 21 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Condemns Attack on Yobe Girls’ School

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

  • 20 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 19 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 15 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 15 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 14 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Gen. Shagaya

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

  • 11 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2018

  • 09 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 09 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Veteran Broadcaster, Baba-Ahmed

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

  • 09 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 05 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 04 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 03 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 01 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Delivers Lecture in Washington on Saturday

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

  • 31 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 30 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 29 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 29 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 28 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Laments Funding Constraints in National Assembly

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

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Empanels Conference Committee on Electoral Reforms Bill

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

  • 24 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 24 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 18 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 15 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 11 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 10 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 08 Jan 2018

    APPOINTMENT OF NEW DIRECTORS FOR ABS CONSTITUENCY’S OFFICE

    APPOINTMENT OF NEW DIRECTORS FOR ABS CONSTITUENCY’S OFFICE His Excellency Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki CON, President of the Senate has approved the appointment of the following Directors for ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI Constituency’s Offices: *DIRECTORATE* 1. Garba Ibrahim Dare Dir/Adm. & finance Ilorin East. 2. Yinka Saliu Ibrahim Project/Empowerment ilorin west. 3. ALH. Isiaka Moh’d Danmairomo Non Governmental ilorin west. 4. HAJIA. Afusat Alaro Women Affairs 5. ALH. Abdullahi B.A. Oganija Director Publicity 6. Suleiman Oba Yahaya /Research & Monitoring 7. ... read more

  • 04 Jan 2018

    New Year Killings: We Must Remain United Against Violence, Says Saraki

    New Year Killings: We Must Remain United Against Violence, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condemned the recent killings in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna States that left countless Nigerians dead, describing the attack on the affected communities as ‘heinous’ and ‘reprehensible’, and called on all Nigerians to remain united in their condemnation of violence. He said: “The recent killings in this new year that have left many families without their loved ones, and several communities ... read more

  • 03 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Kaita’s Death, A Great Loss to the Nation, Says Saraki

    Press Release January 3, 2018 Kaita’s Death, A Great Loss to the Nation, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the death of a former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, as a great loss not only to Katsina and Kaduna states but to the entire nation. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described late Kaita as a courageous, experienced and consummate politician, who was ... read more

  • 31 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki to Nigerians at New Year: Let Us Pray for an Improved Economy in 2018

    Press Release December 31, 2017 Saraki to Nigerians at New Year: Let Us Pray for an Improved Economy in 2018 President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has extended his heart felt good wishes to all Nigerians in the New Year, with a clarion call on them to pray for a full recovery of the economy in 2018. Saraki in a New Year message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said a strong economy ... read more

  • 29 Dec 2017

    Boko Haram: Saraki Lauds US over Sale of Fighter Jets to Nigeria

    Boko Haram: Saraki Lauds US over Sale of Fighter Jets to Nigeria President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the United States government for its support for Nigeria’s bid to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east zone through the approval of the sale of A29 Super Tucano fighter jets to the Nigerian Air Force. Saraki was responding to Wednesday announcement by the Nigeria Air Force that the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington had ... read more

  • 28 Dec 2017

    Press Release: *Fuel Crisis: Saraki Directs Senate Committee to Suspend Recess*

    Press Release December 28, 2017 *Fuel Crisis: Saraki Directs Senate Committee to Suspend Recess* ….As Senate Summons Kachikwu, NNPC’s GMD, Others In a bid to end the ongoing fuel crisis and the untold hardship it is presently unleashing on Nigerians, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, directed the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to cut short its recess and immediately convene a meeting with industry stakeholders. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), ... read more

  • 24 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Greets Christians At Christmas, Urges Prayers for Peace, Unity

    Press Release December 24, 2016 Saraki Greets Christians At Christmas ….Urges Prayers for Peace, Unity President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, felicitated with all the Christian faithful in the country and the world over as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as symbolized by the Christmas festivities. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged Christians to use the festive occasion to pray for unity, peace ... read more

  • 23 Dec 2017

    Chief Imam Thanks Saraki for Saving His Life

    Chief Imam Thanks Saraki for Saving His Life The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Imam Mohammed Soliu Bashir, today thanked the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for saving his life. The Chief Imam said this while receiving the Senate President on a courtesy visit to his home at Princess Road, Agaka Area, Ilorin. “If you revive a sick person, you have served God and humanity,” Imam Bashir said, “The interpretation of it, from the Islamic perspective is if ... read more

  • 21 Dec 2017

    Press Release: We Need a Strong, Effective NAFDAC, Says Saraki, Tasks New DG to Reposition Agency To Fight Drug Abuse

    Press Release December 21, 2017 We Need a Strong, Effective NAFDAC, Says Saraki …Tasks New DG to Reposition Agency To Fight Drug Abuse Following the Senate’s Roundtable on Drug Use Crisis in Nigeria, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, reiterated that the country needs a strong and effective National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to safeguard the health of the nation and eliminate the production and distribution of drugs and other ... read more

  • 20 Dec 2017

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON POLICE AFFAIRS AND JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL MATTERS.

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON POLICE AFFAIRS AND JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL MATTERS ON A BILL TITLED THE NIGERIAN POLICE DEVELOPMENT FUND (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC) BILL, 2017 (SB. 433) ON WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER, 2017. PROTOCOL, 1. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing by the Senate ... read more

  • 18 Dec 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE SENATE ROUNDTABLE ON THE DRUG USE CRISIS IN NIGERIA.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE SENATE ROUNDTABLE ON THE DRUG USE CRISIS IN NIGERIA, HELD AT BRISTOL PALACE HOTEL, KANO -DECEMBER 18, 2017 PROTOCOL. 1. A warm welcome to my Distinguished Colleagues, dignitaries, our international partners, speakers, invited guests and indeed all who have joined us at this Senate Roundtable on the Drug Use Crisis in Nigeria. We are here to wake ... read more

  • 16 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Senate Moves to Tackle Drug, Substance Abuse

    Press Release December 16, 2017 Senate Moves to Tackle Drug, Substance Abuse Following the Senate’s resolution in October on the state of drug and substance abuse around the nation, the Upper Chamber has moved to address the widespread use of drugs and other illegal substances through a stakeholder roundtable with state governments, local governments, traditional rulers, the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria and NGOs. The objective of the Roundtable which will hold in Kano on Monday and Tuesday, is to bring ... read more

  • 16 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Gidado, Says We Have Lost an Elder Statesman

    Press Release December 16, 2017 Saraki Mourns Gidado, Says We Have Lost an Elder Statesman President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Gidado Idris, who passed away on Friday night. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said with the death of Alhaji Gidado Idris, Nigeria has lost an Elder Statesman and a bridge ... read more

  • 12 Dec 2017

    Saraki: Court of Appeal Verdict Vindicates Me

    Saraki: Court of Appeal Verdict Vindicates Me We noted the verdict of the Court of Appeal Court today in which it agreed with the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has no case to answer on 15 of the 18 charges filed against him by the Federal Government. We believe that upholding the no case submission by Dr. Saraki with regards to 15 of the 18 counts charges vindicates the innocence of the ... read more

  • 12 Dec 2017

    Press Release: 5 Ways to Achieve Restructuring, Says Saraki

    Press Release December 12, 2017 5 Ways to Achieve Restructuring, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has listed five ways the National Assembly can help restructure the country for the good for the overall benefit of all Nigerians. Saraki, who spoke while declaring open a retreat organized by the Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF), in Katsina on Tuesday, also harped on the need to keep the country united while working to ensure that all regions get their ... read more

  • 12 Dec 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE NORTHERN SENATORS FORUM Retreat.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE NORTHERN SENATORS FORUM RETREAT HELD IN KATSINA ON DECEMBER 12, 2017. PROTOCOL. 1. My Distinguished Colleagues, it is wonderful to be in Katsina, the Home of Hospitality itself. I feel very welcome indeed, and it is particularly gratifying that the Northern Senators Forum Retreat is taking place in this historic city, a seat of leadership in Nigeria ... read more

  • 11 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Advocates Central Coordination For FG’s Job Creation Programs

    Press Release December 11, 2017 Saraki Advocates Central Coordination For FG’s Job Creation Programs President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for closer coordination between agencies of the government that are in-charge of youth development and job creation in order to ensure that Federal Government’s policies and programs on job creation are aligned across the board. Speaking at a one-day Special Public Hearing on Youth Job Creation and Entrepreneurship, the Senate President stated that it is imperative ... read more

  • 05 Dec 2017

    Press Release:Budget Passes 2nd Reading, “Timetable Must be Followed” Says Senate President

    Press Release December 5, 2017 2018 Budget Passes 2nd Reading ….“Timetable Must be Followed” Says Senate President The 8th Senate has passed the Second Reading of the 2018 Appropriation Bill. The Bill has been forwarded to the Committee on Appropriations and its various sub-committees for further consideration and budget defence by the various ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Speaking on the passage of the Second Reading of the Budget, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola ... read more

  • 04 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates with Omu-Aran People over Passage of Olomu

    Press Release December 4, 2017 Saraki Commiserates with Omu-Aran People over Passage of Olomu President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bokola Saraki, has expressed his condolences to the people of Omo Aran over the transition of a first class traditional ruler in Kwara State, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the death of the revered royal father has left a great vacuum that ... read more

  • 03 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Late Adesoye

    Press Release December 3, 2017 Saraki Mourns Late Adesoye President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the demise of Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye, the Asiwaju of Offa. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Adesoye as a worthy son of Kwara State, who used his wealth, knowledge and enterprise for the growth and development of the state and Nigeria in many spheres. “Chief ... read more

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Felicitates With Muslims At Eid El Maulud

    Press Release December 1, 2017 Saraki Felicitates With Muslims At Eid El Maulud President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday congratulated all Muslim faithful on the celebration of Eid El Maulud which is principally to commemorate the birthday of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Saraki, who is the Baba Adinni of Ansar-ul-Islam Worldwide, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, thanked all muslims across the country for their steadfastness and prayers for ... read more

  • 29 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate Seeks Urgent End to Alleged Slave Trade Activities in Libya

    Press Release November 29, 2017 Senate Seeks Urgent End to Alleged Slave Trade Activities in Libya …It is a ‘Slap in the Face’, Says Saraki The Senate on Wednesday, called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to invite the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria and discuss how to end the ongoing Libyan slave trade which allegedly involves the sale of Africans, some of them of Nigerian descent, as slaves. In a motion titled: “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the ... read more

  • 24 Nov 2017

    Press Release Restructuring: Nigeria’s Unity Must Be Our First Focus, Says Saraki

    Press Release November 24, 2017 Restructuring: Nigeria’s Unity Must Be Our First Focus, Says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola, has emphasized that unity is a prerequisite for Nigeria’s development, stability and greatness. Speaking in Calabar, at the retreat held by the Southern Senators’ Forum, Saraki insisted that “we must always put Nigeria first” in the ongoing debate about restructuring of the country and other similar agitations. “As a nation, unity is a prerequisite for development, stability and ... read more

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges India to Invest in Health Sector to Reduce Medical Tourism

    Press Release November 23, 2017 Saraki Urges India to Invest in Health Sector to Reduce Medical Tourism President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Indian authorities to partner with the Federal Government in encouraging investors to build and maintain world class health facilities in the country. Saraki who made the call when the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nagabruihana Reddy, visited him in Abuja, said such partnership would drastically reduce the number of Nigerians who ... read more

  • 22 Nov 2017

    Press Release November 22, 2017 SARAKI TO COALITION: YOUR STATEMENT IS PREJUDICIAL, NOT BASED ON FACTS

    Press Release November 22, 2017 SARAKI TO COALITION: YOUR STATEMENT IS PREJUDICIAL, NOT BASED ON FACTS Our attention has been drawn to a statement signed by a group of journalists under the aegis of The Coalition for Press Freedom and Whistleblower Protection (CPFWP). We are concerned about a number of erroneous assertions in the statement, to the effect that a media organisation, Sahara Reporters, is subject to intimidation at the behest of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The ... read more

  • 21 Nov 2017

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS PARLIAMENT IN ABUJA – NOVEMBER 21, 2017.

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS PARLIAMENT IN ABUJA – NOVEMBER 21, 2017.     PROTOCOL.   On behalf of the entire members of the Nigerian National Assembly and the Nigerian Community Delegation, I bid you all welcome to the Second Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African ... read more

  • 21 Nov 2017

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI C.O.N AT THE NIGERIAN SPORTS SUMMIT 2017, HELD AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM, LAGOS, ON 21ST NOVEMBER 2017.

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI C.O.N AT THE NIGERIAN SPORTS SUMMIT 2017, HELD AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM, LAGOS, ON 21ST NOVEMBER 2017. PROTOCOL. I am especially pleased to be here with you today for The Nigerian Sports Summit 2017 on the theme, ‘Nigerian Sports And Its Economic Diversification Into Entrepreneurial Investment To Enhance Talents, Empowerment and Employment, Security Tool To Make Sport More Productive’. I thank the ... read more

  • 20 Nov 2017

    Press Release November 20, 2017 Saraki Mourns Ekwueme, Commiserates With Nigeria, Family

    Press Release November 20, 2017 Saraki Mourns Ekwueme, Commiserates With Nigeria, Family President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the demise of the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also lauded the dedication and service of Ekwueme to the development of the country. He described Ekwueme as a rare personality and an exceptional leader while praying to ... read more

  • 17 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges Auditors-General to Block Revenue Leakages in Public Service

    Press Release November 17, 2017 Saraki Urges Auditors-General to Block Revenue Leakages in Public Service President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Auditors-General in the country, particularly at the Local Government level, to partner with the Senate in its current effort to block financial leakages and ensure that maximum revenue accrues to government at all levels in the Federation. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the charge when the ... read more

  • 16 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: Senate to Partner NBA To Ease Passage Of Bills

    Press Release November 16 2017   Saraki: Senate to Partner NBA To Ease Passage Of Bills   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the cooperation of the Senate with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to ensure easy passage of bills before the Upper House.   He also immediately directed that all pending and prospective bills before the Senate be made available to the NBA for their input which he said would improve the quality of such bills.   ... read more

  • 15 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Healthcare Reform: Senate Canvasses Implementation of One Percent Clause in 2014 Health Law

    Press Release November 15, 2017 Healthcare Reform: Senate Canvasses Implementation of One Percent Clause in 2014 Health Lawn The Senate, on Wednesday, called for the implementation of the one per cent clause in the 2014 National Health Act, aimed at ensuring that one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund is devoted to restoring and revitalizing the nation’s health sector. The demand came during the consideration of a Motion sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central), on the alarming upsurge ... read more

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates Emir of Ilorin on 22nd Anniversary

    Press Release November 11, 2017   Saraki Congratulates Emir of Ilorin on 22nd Anniversary   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday congratulated the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, on attaining 22 years on the throne of his forebears.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the Mai-Martaba Sarkin Ilorin, as an exceptional royal father whose reign has witnessed peace and phenomenal development in ... read more

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Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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