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

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

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


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

TODAY
  • 06 May 2016

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

  • 05 May 2016

    RT : Seems like this will be the FIRST Event Page for a Public Hearing in Kudos!

  • 05 May 2016

    RT : International Day Of The Midwife: Read 's Message To Midwives Across The Nation

  • 05 May 2016

    International Day of the Midwife: Saraki Calls for Legislation to Address Maternal Mortality

  • 05 May 2016

    Yar'Adua's memory indelible in our hearts Saraki -

  • 05 May 2016

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

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

  • 05 May 2016

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

  • 05 May 2016

    ... that will help to strengthen the efforts of Midwives in Nigeria to enable them provide better support for expecting mothers.

  • 05 May 2016

    As we declare the inaugural International Midwifery Conference in Abuja open, will work to provide legislation...

  • 05 May 2016

    . data shows that the deaths of newborn babies in Nigeria represents a quarter of the total number of deaths of children under-five.

  • 05 May 2016

    Available data shows that the risk of Nigerian women dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is high compared to many other nations.

  • 05 May 2016

    Over the years, Midwives across the nation have helped to improve the maternal healthcare of Nigerian women.

  • 05 May 2016

    As a medical doctor by profession, I personally appreciate the contributions of Midwives in saving lives.

  • 05 May 2016

    I congratulate NANNM, UNFPA and on this years celebration of International Day of the Midwife.

  • 05 May 2016

    Today I congratulate the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the United Nations...

  • 05 May 2016

    Today I congratulate the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the WellBeing Foundation Africa on this years celebration of International Day Of The Midwife. As a medical doctor by profession, I personally appreciate the contributions of Midwives in saving lives. Over the years, Midwives have helped to improve the maternal health of the Nigerian woman. According to available data, the risk of a woman dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria is still high compared to developed Nations. As we declare the inaugural international Midwifery Conference in Abuja open, the 8th Assembly under my watch will partner with these organizations and others to provide legislation that will help to strengthen the efforts of Midwives in Nigeria to enable them provide better support for expecting mothers and also to other health practitioners.

  • 05 May 2016

  • 05 May 2016

    Late President Umaru Musa Yar'AduaEx-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria It is exactly six years ago since...

  • 05 May 2016

    Late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Ex-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria It is exactly six years ago since you bid us good bye but it is just like yesterday. Your selflessness, patriotism, integrity and legacies make your memory indelible in our hearts. We remember you now and always as a worthy family man, public servant, Governor and President. May the Almighty Allah continue to grant you peace till we meet to part no more. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki CON, President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • 05 May 2016

    Last night , leaders from the executive and legislative branches met to discuss national issues.

  • 05 May 2016

    Last night, at the Presidential Villa, President Muhammad Buhari hosted a meeting of the G-19 Group of APC...

  • 05 May 2016

    Last night, at the Presidential Villa, President Muhammadu Buhari hosted a meeting of APC Leaders drawn from both the Executive and Legislative branches. At the meeting, several pressing national issues were discussed.

  • 04 May 2016

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

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

  • 04 May 2016

    Saraki Applauds Senates Intervention in Agriculture; Pushes for Formalisation of the Sector The Senate P ... -

  • 04 May 2016

    The Agricultural Credit fund will also help in the transition of seeing agriculture as a business, not just as a social development program.

  • 04 May 2016

    The Agricultural Credit Fund will also help connect small-holder farmers to larger companies that will purchase their products.

  • 04 May 2016

    The Agricultural Credit Fund will also help ensure that farmers are provided with implementable business plans for their businesses.

  • 04 May 2016

    The Agricultural Credit Fund, if passed and signed, will address the lack of legal frameworks that limit access to credit for farmers.

  • 04 May 2016

    Today , we passed the 2nd Reading of A Bill to establish a National Agricultural Credit Fund.

  • 04 May 2016

    Today, at the Senate, we considered for Second Reading of A Bill for an Act to establish the National...

  • 04 May 2016

    Today, at the Senate, we considered for Second Reading of ‘A Bill for an Act to establish the National Agricultural Credit Fund to Promote Commercial Agriculture in Nigeria.’ This bill, if passed and signed into law, will address the current lack of legal frameworks that limit funds meant for farming going to actual farmers. This Credit Fund will also help ensure that local farmers are provided with implementable business plans and are linked to larger companies that will purchase their products. Furthermore, it will also help in the transition of seeing agriculture as a business, not just a social development program, as there will be clearly spelt out criteria for benefits, and fund administrators to guide the disbursement of the loans. Additionally, we also Considered the Report of the Joint Committees on Police Affairs, National Security, and Intelligence, in respect of the unfortunate recurrence of kidnapping and hostage-taking in the country. The Senate Report recommends a reappraisal of our intelligence gathering methods, a focus on community policing and information sharing between security agencies to curb the rate of kidnappings across the country. Other crucial bills presented at the Senate for First Reading were: The Sexual harassment in Tertiary Institutions Bill (2016) SB. 262 by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central); and The Payment Systems Management Bill (2016) SB. 268 by Senator John O. Enoh (Cross River Central).

  • 03 May 2016

    Earlier tonight at the Presidential Villa, at the banquet in honour of President Paul Biya of Cameroon.

  • 03 May 2016

    Earlier tonight at the Presidential Villa, at the banquet in honour of President Paul Biya of Cameroon.

  • 03 May 2016

    World Press Freedom Day: Saraki lauds Nigerian MediaSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday...

  • 03 May 2016

    World Press Freedom Day: Saraki lauds Nigerian Media Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday congratulated all practitioners in the media across the country and the world for their invaluable service to humanity as they celebrate the World Press Freedom Day. Saraki in a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also hailed all Nigerians on the occasion and said that the freedom of the press also connotes the freedom of individuals to partake in the governance of the country, discuss issues and freely give expression to their dreams and aspiration within the ambience of the law. He noted that the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day is another indication of the prime place the media occupy in the society "because it is not all professions that have a day set aside internationally to celebrate their contributions to society." The Senate President said that to further underscore the importance of the press in nation building, "our Constitution granted some responsibilities and specific freedom to the press in Sections 22 and 39". "This special Constitutional and institutional recognitions bestow on the press a sacred duty and responsibility to be fair to all, to adhere to truth and to consciously work for the unity, progress and development of their immediate and larger communities", he stated. The Senate President called on journalists and other practitioners in the media to always abide by the ethical principles of their profession in the discharge of their duties. He further noted the contributions of the media to national development at critical moments of the nation's evolution like their fight for independence, fight against military rule and struggle to enthrone democratic governance in the country. He urged the press not to relent in holding government accountable to the people and to continuously remain a defender of the voiceless and downtrodden in our society. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President

  • 03 May 2016

    The Freedom from Hunger bill is envisioned to make adequate food of acceptable quality the right of every Nigerian child's basic nutrition.

  • 03 May 2016

    Today, also passed A Bill for an Act to Make Provisions for Freedom from Hunger for Second Reading.

  • 03 May 2016

    As the world works to tackle the effects of Global Warming, has extended its efforts to addressing this pressing issue.

  • 03 May 2016

    Today , we passed the Bill for an Act to Provide Measures Against Climate Change for the second time.

  • 03 May 2016

    Today at the Senate, we passed the Bill for an Act to Provide Measures Against Climate Change for the second...

  • 03 May 2016

    Today at the Senate, we passed the Bill for an Act to Provide Measures Against Climate Change for the second time. As the world works to tackle the effects of Global Warming, Nigeria must join in the efforts being taken by nations around the world to address this pressing issue that contributes to negative changes in the environment. Additionally, A Bill for an Act to Make Provisions for Freedom from Hunger was also passed for Second Reading. This bill is envisioned to make adequate food of acceptable quality the right of every Nigerian child's basic nutrition.

  • 02 May 2016

    Amb. Ahmadu Was An Accomplished Diplomat - SarakiPresident of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday...

  • 02 May 2016

    Amb. Ahmadu Was An Accomplished Diplomat - Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday expressed grief over the death of former Ambassador to the United State, Hamzat Ahmadu and said he was an accomplished diplomat and technocrat per excellence. Saraki in a condolence message to the government and people of Sokoto State, immediate family and friends of the deceased, signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said death is an inevitable end but he quickly reminded the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that the departed diplomat lived a selfless life lived. The Senate President recalled the immeasurable services rendered to the nation by the late diplomat and added that as Personal Secretary to two former military Head of State - Generals Aguiyi Ironsi and Yakubu Gowon - late Ahmadu also served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to United States of America, Germany, France and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). He said late Ahmadu will be remembered for his passion and his belief in unity and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians. He said: "The news of the death of our dear elder-stateman, came to us with shock. He lived a fulfilled life, an accompanied diplomat, an amiable father and loving husband. His wise counsel and antecedents speak volume. His immense contributions to the development and unity of Nigeria will not be forgotten. It is unfortunate that the nation is losing the benefits of wise counsel that his generation can give to the present leadership in our nation", Saraki said. He prayed God Almighty to grant the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 01 May 2016

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of Workers

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

  • 01 May 2016

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  • 01 May 2016

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of WorkersPresident of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on...

  • 01 May 2016

    May Day: Saraki Seeks Renewed Dedication of Workers President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday urged Nigerian workers to be more committed in their service to the nation especially at this time of economic strain. He said the growth of the economy and overall development of the country depends on how much support workers give to Government's policies, programmes and projects. In a solidarity message to mark the May Day celebrations signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki expressed his appreciation and commended Nigerian workers and the organized Labour movement in the country for their contributions to the nation's economic growth and overall development. He said from the pre-independence era till now, the Labour movement has provided the backbone for the survival of the country. He also lauded their resilience and support for the change movement that brought in the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to power at the Federal level. He reiterated his promise that the Senate will continue to partner with the leadership of the organized Labour in the country in addressing issues of national importance as it did during the 2016 budget process and when the electricity tariff rate was increased by the Distribution companies. Saraki said: "No doubt we are not in the best of times as a nation, but with cooperation, dedication and perseverance we can turn our economy around for good and the contribution of every Nigerian worker is key to the realization of this dream. "This is why I urge you to remain steadfast and faithful to the efforts being made by the present administration to revive the economy and put Nigeria on the path of growth for the benefit of all Nigerians," he said. He also prayed that the economic recovery programmes of President Buhari will soon bring prosperity to all workers in particular and Nigerians in general. END Signed Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 30 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 30 Apr 2016

    Oba Of Benin: Weve lost A People's Monarch, says Saraki -

  • 30 Apr 2016

    Press StatementOba Of Benin: Weve lost A People's Monarch, says SarakiPresident of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar...

  • 30 Apr 2016

    Press Statement Oba Of Benin: We’ve lost A People's Monarch, says Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the government and people of Edo State over the call to glory of the Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, as he said "we have lost a People's monarch." In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the President of the Senate, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late Oba as a just, fair-minded, courageous, benevolent and a people's monarch who lived his entire life in the service of his people as a prince and king while also serving the nation as a bureaucrat and diplomat of high repute. The Senate President who received the news of Oba Erediauwa's transition with great shock said, "a glorious chapter in the annals of the Benin Kingdom has just come to a close. My grief stricken heart however goes out to the immediate family of the Oba, the Benin Traditional Council, the people and Government of Edo State, over the glorious but yet sad exit of the Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa - our highly revered King. "He was a fearless and pious monarch - attributes that distinguished him among other monarchs in the country. As we mourn the departure of our highly revered and benevolent patriarch, I can only enjoin his immediate family and the people of Edo State to take solace in the long, peaceful, enigmatic life of the departed which was full of exemplary service to his subjects and the entire country," he said. He prayed that Almighty God will grant Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin eternal welcome and bliss in the midst of his ancestors and make his successor-designate a greater king and worthy successor who will positively advance the commendable legacies of progress and development exemplified by Oba Erediauwa. The Senate President said, the country will surely miss the late Oba of Benin Kingdom because he was an embodiment of peace, culture and traditions of the Benin Kingdom in particular, Edo State and Nigeria in general throughout the time of his reign. Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the Senate President

  • 29 Apr 2016

    My visit to Delta signifies cordial & good relationship i have with Deltans. Gov Okowa & I sat next to each other in the 7th Senate.

  • 29 Apr 2016

    I'm in Delta State for 4th time in less than A year. This time to commiserate with Sen Nwabuoshi who lost his father

  • 28 Apr 2016

    Last night, I attended the dinner for Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu's book launch.

  • 27 Apr 2016

    Senate President Bukola Saraki calls for an end to Cattle Herdsmen-Attributed Violence in the Country

  • 26 Apr 2016

    We had quite a productive meeting tonight between the leadership of the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    We had quite a productive meeting tonight between the leadership of the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    We just rounded up a productive meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and .

  • 26 Apr 2016

  • 26 Apr 2016

    The motion urged the FG and State governments to prosecute violators of building codes to the fullest extent of the law.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Nigeria has lost hundreds of lives to building collapses that stem from the failure of contractors to adhere to construction guidelines.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    At plenary, also passed a motion to prosecute violators that fail to adhere to building codes.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    It is important that the violence attributed to herdsmen is addressed and curbed to ensure the safety, well-being and unity of the country.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Today, I asked the Committee on Agriculture to fast-track the implementation of 's Public Hearing on Killings by Cattle Herdsmen.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Today, I asked the Committee on Agriculture to fast-track the Senate Public Hearing on the killings by cattle...

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Today, I asked the Committee on Agriculture to fast-track the Senate Public Hearing on the killings by cattle herdsmen. It is important that such violence is addressed and curbed to ensure the safety, well-being and unity of the country. Additionally, we also passed a motion to prosecute violators that fail to adhere to building codes. Between 1974 and 2016, Nigeria has lost hundreds of lives to building collapses that stem from the failure of contractors to adhere to construction guidelines. To act as deterrents, the Senate has urged the Federal Government and State governments to prosecute violators of building codes to the fullest extent of the law.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Yesterday, I had the pleasure of declaring open the Senates public hearing on the repeal and re-enactment of the Nigeria Railway Corporation Act, organised by the Senate Committee on Transport. With our push for economic diversification, the re-enactment of the Railway Corporation Act is one of our priority bills in the 8th Senate, hence, yesterday’s public hearing was necessary to give the bill more consensus and depth. Repositioning Nigeria’s railway systems will help ensure that the sector is better-positioned to meet the demands of present times, as the greater effective delivery of the sector would have significant positive implications to the agricultural, mining, and oil and gas sectors.

  • 25 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 25 Apr 2016

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO DECLARE OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NIGERIAN RAILWAY CORPORATION ACT, CAP. N129 LFN 2004 (REPEAL & RE-ENACTMENT) BILL, 2015, MONDAY, 25TH OF APRIL, 2016. Protocol; It is with great pleasure that I welcome all our invited guests to this momentous event as we gather to deliberate on how best to reform our railway system. The Nigerian Railway Corporation Act Amendment bill 2015, is one of the high priority bills of the National Assembly and we are determined to ensure its passage in the manner that you, will advise through this public hearing. The 8th National Assembly remains committed to providing the necessary legislative support to aid infrastructure development and lay down the architecture on which a new virile Nigerian economy could be built. The rail system is one of the most important arterial systems of our economy and therefore a major determinant of the success or otherwise of our economic reform package. However, not so much havebeen achieved in the past to move this critical vehicle of the economy from the colonial initiative it has been to a 21st century economy solution. The existing law in the rail subsector was drafted and enacted to support an outmoded model that restricts management and investments in railway to the public sector. Aside the fact that this law has become too old and outmoded, many experts including the business community agree that there is need to separate the regulator from the operator and give investment remit to both the states and the private investor to invest in the sector. This, it is said, is to ensure a much more rapid deployment of the rail system across the nation and bring in competition, innovation and drive in this all-important sector. Distinguished Colleagues, invited guests, I sincerely hope that the proposed Railway Bill will lead to andusher a new era of growth and enablement for the private sector to participate more robustly and directly in the provision of rail services and railway Infrastructure, while ensuring efficiency and sustainability. As we begin deliberation on this bill, let me charge us to imagine the great benefit a new rail system enabling investment and promoting competition and innovation would have on the economy. The implications are already significant and direct, from the change it would bring to agriculture, mining, oil and gas, labourtransportation, urban planning to the sheer number of jobs that the construction and investment potential in this area holds. We have no choice but to speedily and comprehensively review and pass this bill. It is no exaggeration to say that the passage of this bill and the implementation of its provisions will have the impact of a new economic revolution. It is therefore with delight that I call on all of you to support this effort at changing the outlook of our rail system and our economy as a whole by contributing positively to this public hearing. It is my hope that your contributions would further enrich the discourse at the Senate plenary and that the final draft would have captured the missing links. I therefore enjoin all stakeholders in this public hearing to contribute gainfully in order to help the Committee arrive at more informed and conclusive decision. On this note therefore, I wish to declare the Public Hearing open I thank you all for listening. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 23 Apr 2016

    I DID NOT MAKE DEAL WITH PDP TO BECOME SENATE PRESIDENT. My dear brother Dele, let me thank you most sincerely for your article last weekend, “My Candid Letter to Saraki.” I take everything you said in that article to heart and I must commend you for your candidness indeed and the sincerity of your intentions. As you said in your article, you are someone I have known more by reputation than by any personal relationship, until recently when we struck up some personal acquaintance based on our shared political interests, especially during the last presidential election. However, I understand why you had to sound so defensive for knowing me at all and had to publicly map the boundaries of our relationship. We have got to that point in our country when we no longer believe that anyone could stand for anything based on principles and convictions alone. Moreover, in the growing culture of media crucifixion and presumed guilt; it is rare to find a voice like yours that calls for fairness and justice. I would have simply sent you a text message or call you up for your candid advice to me, which I take seriously. But I feel the need to make some clarifications on some of the issues you raised. One of them was that in seeking to be Senate President, I struck a deal with the PDP and made it possible for one of them to be the Deputy Senate President. I know this is the dominant narrative out there, but it is far from the truth. I did not do any deal with the PDP. I did not have to because even before the PDP Senators as a group took the decision to support my candidature on the eve of the inauguration of the 8th Senate, 22 PDP Senators had already written a letter supporting me. What I did not envisage was a situation where some members of my party would not be in the chambers that day, especially when the clerk had already received a proclamation from the President authorizing the inauguration of the Senate. Pray, if a team refused to turn up for a scheduled match and was consequently walked over, would it be fair to blame the team that turned up and claimed victory? I believe those that made it possible for PDP to claim the DSP position were those who decided to hold a meeting with APC senators elsewhere at the time they ought to be in the chambers. What the PDP Senators did was to take advantage of their numerical strength at the material time. They simply lined up behind Senator Ike Ikweremadu while those of us from APC voted for Senator Ali Ndume. It was a game of numbers, and we were hopelessly outnumbered. If the PDP had nominated their own candidate for the Senate Presidency position that day, they would have won. It was as simple as that. Secondly, I don’t know if you were aware that in the build up to Senate inauguration, the National Working Committee of the APC sent two signals. The first signal specified how leadership positions in the National Assembly have been zoned. While we were trying to give effect to this decision, the second signal came, which contained names of people to which these zoned position had been allocated. What was not acknowledged was that the President of the Senate is not an executive president. He is primarily one of 109 senators. Therefore, I cannot decide by myself who gets what in the Senate. Therefore, when they said I defied party directive in the choice of principal officers, they are invariably ascribing to me the power that I did not have. My dear brother, most people talk about the Senate Presidency position, but this was not my only offence. I have also been accused of helping to frustrate some people’s opportunity to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate. But I have no problem with anybody. My concern was that it would not be politically smart of us to run with a Muslim-Muslim ticket. I doubt if we would have won the election if we had done this, especially after the PDP had successfully framed us a Muslim party. I felt we were no longer in 1993. Perhaps, more than ever before, Nigerians are more sensitive to issues of religious balancing. This, my brother, was my original sin. What they say to themselves, among other things, was that if he could conspire against our ambition, then he must not realize his own ambition as well. For me however, I have no regrets about this. I only stood for what I believed was in the best interest of the party and in the best interest of Nigeria. Now to the substantive issue of my trial. As you rightly noted, this trial is not about corruption. And I am happy that since my trial started, people who have followed the proceedings have now understood better what the whole thing is about. I have had opportunity to declare my assets four times since 2003. Over those years, the Code of Conduct Bureau had examined my claims. There was no time that they raised any issues with me on any item contained in my declarations over those twelve years. This is why you should be surprised that while I am being tried by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the witness and the evidence supplied against me were all from EFCC. Like you, I have an abiding faith in the judiciary. May God forbid the day that we would give up on our judicial system. However, the onus is not on me to prove that I have confidence in the judiciary; the burden is on my prosecutors to prove to the world that justice is done in my case. If the process of fighting corruption is itself corrupt, then whatever victory is recorded would remain tainted and puerile! Some people have wondered, why has Saraki been “jumping” from one court to another instead of facing his trial? To those people, I would say that I have only gone to those courts in search of justice. Strange things have happened, and they are still happening. For example, Section 3(d) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act states that the Bureau shall refer any breach or non-compliance to the Tribunal. However, where the person concerned makes a written admission of the breach, no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary. It was on this basis that the case against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was dismissed in 2011, by this same judge in this same Tribunal on the grounds that he was not given an opportunity to deny or admit to any breach before he was brought before the tribunal. This was the ruling that I relied on in making my case. But what did the judge say? That he had judged in error in 2011 and he had since realized his error and departed from it. My question is whether a Tribunal of first instance has the power to reverse itself. I should expect that everyone would be worried if justice is applied differently to different people. However, in spite of my fears, I remain hopeful. Why? Because the judiciary does not end with this Tribunal. Do you know the genesis of my real problems with President Goodluck Jonathan? I have had a touchy relationship with him, but the turning point was in September 2011 when I moved a motion on the floor of the Senate that exposed the N2.3 trillion fuel subsidy racket. I remain proud that I was the Senator that blew the lid on the most elaborate corruption scheme ever in this country. But after that I became a marked man. My security was withdrawn. I was invited and re-invited by the EFCC and the Special Fraud Unit. I was even declared wanted at a point. I believe I am still one of the most investigated former governors in this country. I have no doubt that if the Jonathan government was able to find anything against me, they would not have allowed me to go unpunished. Let me make this point clearly. I do not expect to be shielded from prosecution because of my contribution to APC, if there was genuine basis for such action to be taken against me. But I have every reason to expect not to be persecuted by the party that I contributed so much to build. The New PDP may not have given APC victory in 2015, but it was an important factor in the dynamics that produced that victory. And with all sense of modesty, I was an important factor in the formation of New PDP; in leading that group to the APC; in ensuring our group’s support for the candidate during the primaries and in mobilizing substantial resources for the election. For these, I have not expected any special compensation. Rather, I only expect to be treated like every loyal party member and accorded the right to freely aspire! Some people have complained that I have been taken Senators with me to my trial. But I did not force them to follow me. The Senators have freely accompanied me to the Tribunal not because they are loyal to me as Abubakar Bukola Saraki, but because they are committed to the principle that produced me as the President of the Senate. The same principle that produced Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President and produced Ali Ndume as Majority Leader. They see all of us in the Senate leadership as manifestation of their jealously guarded right to freely choose their own leaders. Because they know they made us their leaders without any external interference; they are confident that they retain the power to remove us whenever they so wish. They also know what this trial is all about. They believe I am being victimized because they have expressed their right to choose their own leadership. This is why I am not in any way perturbed by my absence in the chambers during this trial. Because I was not imposed on the Senate, I feel confident that the Senate will protect its own choice whether I am present or not. It is never about me. It is about the independence of the legislature. It has always been so since 1999. It is so today and it would be so in 2019, it would be so in 2023, and as long as we practice a democracy that operates on the principle of separation of powers. My dear brother, let me end by observing that I am not alone in this trial. On trial with me in this process is the entire judicial system. On trial with me are our entire anti-corruption institutions and our avowed commitment to honestly fight corruption. On trial with me is our party’s promise to depart from the ways of the past, a promise that Nigerians voted for. And I dare say, on trial with me is our media; and their ethical commitment to report fairly and objectively. In the end, it is my earnest hope that whatever we do will ultimately ennoble our country. Dr. Saraki is President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 23 Apr 2016

    I DID NOT DO ANY DEAL WITH PDP TO BECOME SENATE PRESIDENT My dear brother Dele, let me thank you most sincerely for your article last weekend, “My Candid Letter to Saraki.” I take everything you said in that article to heart and I must commend you for your candidness indeed and the sincerity of your intentions. As you said in your article, you are someone I have known more by reputation than by any personal relationship, until recently when we struck up some personal acquaintance based on our shared political interests, especially during the last presidential election. However, I understand why you had to sound so defensive for knowing me at all and had to publicly map the boundaries of our relationship. We have got to that point in our country when we no longer believe that anyone could stand for anything based on principles and convictions alone. Moreover, in the growing culture of media crucifixion and presumed guilt; it is rare to find a voice like yours that calls for fairness and justice. I would have simply sent you a text message or call you up for your candid advice to me, which I take seriously. But I feel the need to make some clarifications on some of the issues you raised. One of them was that in seeking to be Senate President, I struck a deal with the PDP and made it possible for one of them to be the Deputy Senate President. I know this is the dominant narrative out there, but it is far from the truth. I did not do any deal with the PDP. I did not have to because even before the PDP Senators as a group took the decision to support my candidature on the eve of the inauguration of the 8th Senate, 22 PDP Senators had already written a letter supporting me. What I did not envisage was a situation where some members of my party would not be in the chambers that day, especially when the clerk had already received a proclamation from the President authorizing the inauguration of the Senate. Pray, if a team refused to turn up for a scheduled match and was consequently walked over, would it be fair to blame the team that turned up and claimed victory? I believe those that made it possible for PDP to claim the DSP position were those who decided to hold a meeting with APC senators elsewhere at the time they ought to be in the chambers. What the PDP Senators did was to take advantage of their numerical strength at the material time. They simply lined up behind Senator Ike Ikweremadu while those of us from APC voted for Senator Ali Ndume. It was a game of numbers, and we were hopelessly outnumbered. If the PDP had nominated their own candidate for the Senate Presidency position that day, they would have won. It was as simple as that. Secondly, I don’t know if you were aware that in the build up to Senate inauguration, the National Working Committee of the APC sent two signals. The first signal specified how leadership positions in the National Assembly have been zoned. While we were trying to give effect to this decision, the second signal came, which contained names of people to which these zoned position had been allocated. What was not acknowledged was that the President of the Senate is not an executive president. He is primarily one of 109 senators. Therefore, I cannot decide by myself who gets what in the Senate. Therefore, when they said I defied party directive in the choice of principal officers, they are invariably ascribing to me the power that I did not have. My dear brother, most people talk about the Senate Presidency position, but this was not my only offence. I have also been accused of helping to frustrate some people’s opportunity to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate. But I have no problem with anybody. My concern was that it would not be politically smart of us to run with a Muslim-Muslim ticket. I doubt if we would have won the election if we had done this, especially after the PDP had successfully framed us a Muslim party. I felt we were no longer in 1993. Perhaps, more than ever before, Nigerians are more sensitive to issues of religious balancing. This, my brother, was my original sin. What they say to themselves, among other things, was that if he could conspire against our ambition, then he must not realize his own ambition as well. For me however, I have no regrets about this. I only stood for what I believed was in the best interest of the party and in the best interest of Nigeria. Now to the substantive issue of my trial. As you rightly noted, this trial is not about corruption. And I am happy that since my trial started, people who have followed the proceedings have now understood better what the whole thing is about. I have had opportunity to declare my assets four times since 2003. Over those years, the Code of Conduct Bureau had examined my claims. There was no time that they raised any issues with me on any item contained in my declarations over those twelve years. This is why you should be surprised that while I am being tried by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the witness and the evidence supplied against me were all from EFCC. Like you, I have an abiding faith in the judiciary. May God forbid the day that we would give up on our judicial system. However, the onus is not on me to prove that I have confidence in the judiciary; the burden is on my prosecutors to prove to the world that justice is done in my case. If the process of fighting corruption is itself corrupt, then whatever victory is recorded would remain tainted and puerile! Some people have wondered, why has Saraki been “jumping” from one court to another instead of facing his trial? To those people, I would say that I have only gone to those courts in search of justice. Strange things have happened, and they are still happening. For example, Section 3(d) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act states that the Bureau shall refer any breach or non-compliance to the Tribunal. However, where the person concerned makes a written admission of the breach, no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary. It was on this basis that the case against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was dismissed in 2011, by this same judge in this same Tribunal on the grounds that he was not given an opportunity to deny or admit to any breach before he was brought before the tribunal. This was the ruling that I relied on in making my case. But what did the judge say? That he had judged in error in 2011 and he had since realized his error and departed from it. My question is whether a Tribunal of first instance has the power to reverse itself. I should expect that everyone would be worried if justice is applied differently to different people. However, in spite of my fears, I remain hopeful. Why? Because the judiciary does not end with this Tribunal. Do you know the genesis of my real problems with President Goodluck Jonathan? I have had a touchy relationship with him, but the turning point was in September 2011 when I moved a motion on the floor of the Senate that exposed the N2.3 trillion fuel subsidy racket. I remain proud that I was the Senator that blew the lid on the most elaborate corruption scheme ever in this country. But after that I became a marked man. My security was withdrawn. I was invited and re-invited by the EFCC and the Special Fraud Unit. I was even declared wanted at a point. I believe I am still one of the most investigated former governors in this country. I have no doubt that if the Jonathan government was able to find anything against me, they would not have allowed me to go unpunished. Let me make this point clearly. I do not expect to be shielded from prosecution because of my contribution to APC, if there was genuine basis for such action to be taken against me. But I have every reason to expect not to be persecuted by the party that I contributed so much to build. The New PDP may not have given APC victory in 2015, but it was an important factor in the dynamics that produced that victory. And with all sense of modesty, I was an important factor in the formation of New PDP; in leading that group to the APC; in ensuring our group’s support for the candidate during the primaries and in mobilizing substantial resources for the election. For these, I have not expected any special compensation. Rather, I only expect to be treated like every loyal party member and accorded the right to freely aspire! Some people have complained that I have been taken Senators with me to my trial. But I did not force them to follow me. The Senators have freely accompanied me to the Tribunal not because they are loyal to me as Abubakar Bukola Saraki, but because they are committed to the principle that produced me as the President of the Senate. The same principle that produced Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President and produced Ali Ndume as Majority Leader. They see all of us in the Senate leadership as manifestation of their jealously guarded right to freely choose their own leaders. Because they know they made us their leaders without any external interference; they are confident that they retain the power to remove us whenever they so wish. They also know what this trial is all about. They believe I am being victimized because they have expressed their right to choose their own leadership. This is why I am not in any way perturbed by my absence in the chambers during this trial. Because I was not imposed on the Senate, I feel confident that the Senate will protect its own choice whether I am present or not. It is never about me. It is about the independence of the legislature. It has always been so since 1999. It is so today and it would be so in 2019, it would be so in 2023, and as long as we practice a democracy that operates on the principle of separation of powers. My dear brother, let me end by observing that I am not alone in this trial. On trial with me in this process is the entire judicial system. On trial with me are our entire anti-corruption institutions and our avowed commitment to honestly fight corruption. On trial with me is our party’s promise to depart from the ways of the past, a promise that Nigerians voted for. And I dare say, on trial with me is our media; and their ethical commitment to report fairly and objectively. In the end, it is my earnest hope that whatever we do will ultimately ennoble our country. Dr. Saraki is President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 23 Apr 2016

    PENDULUM: A Candid Response from the Senate President

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

  • 15 Apr 2016

    Senate Intervenes on Debts Owed GENCOs by FG

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

  • 14 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 14 Apr 2016

    Two Year Observance of the Abduction of Today, the Senate passed a motion on the two year observance of the abduction of the 276 Chibok School Girls that were taken at gunpoint from a Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014. This abominable event, unforgettable in its own right - as one of the greatest mass abductions of young people in the history of the world - marked a crucial turning point in Nigeria’s war against the terrorist group Boko Haram. This is because since this episode came to light, the world began to pay attention to our collective struggle as a nation against radical insurgency. Since then, many of us have rallied and campaigned in every way that we know how, and demanded as one nation that our young daughters and sisters be returned back to us safe and unscathed. To aid in these efforts, we in the National Assembly have worked to empower our men and women in uniform by appropriating funds to ensure that they are properly equipped in their battles on the front lines. Because of this, since this administration took office nearly a year ago, we have recorded significant successes in our efforts to reclaim once-lost territory. To put it simply, our formidable armed forces have taken back large swarths of Nigerian territory that were once under Boko Haram control. Nonetheless, more needs to be done to ensure that the communities affected by Boko Haram are resuscitated and rebuilt. Yet still, even more needs to be done to guarantee that never again in this history of our nation will we experience a tragedy like this. Moving forward, to address the plight of the North East, the Senate will work expeditiously on the passage of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) bill that is aimed at restoring the livelihoods of our millions of internally displaced people (IDPs), and putting back our more than 10.5 million school-age children that are out of the classroom back in schools. To aid the capabilities of our security agencies to combat terrorism in all its forms, laws like the Biometric Identification bill - which have passed second reading, will be fast-tracked to ensure that the Nigerian police and other relevant agencies have a robust crime and criminal tracking system that will enhance our national security and counter-terrorism efforts through the automation of criminal records with biometric identification data. As we work to put the legislative frameworks in place to ensure that occurrences like the abduction of our Chibok Girls remains a thing of the past, the executive must treat the return of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls and all other Nigerians that have been kidnapped by Boko Haram as an outright priority. We owe it to ourselves as a nation, and to their families to bring all our abducted countrymen and women home. It is clear that with the pace that this government is going, this insurgency will be tackled once and for all. However, governments across all levels in the federation must work together to secure our young population. In this regard, solid security structures must also be put in place to guarantee that when our children leave their homes to get an education, they are safe and secure. On our part, the Senate will continue to dig-up and work on the review of our existing laws that address counter-terrorism and security. As I have stated at different times, the work of nation building requires our collective effort. In a similar vein, the task of bringing back our girls requires our unconquerable resolve to do so. Therefore, as we remember our abducted girls and our mission to ensure their safe return, we must not equivocate and we must not relent. Nigeria must not forget her daughters. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 13 Apr 2016

    Today, we laid the revamped Petroleum Industry & Governance Bill for First Reading. With this simple but pivotal action, the Senate has demonstrated its commitment to seeing that the Nigerian economy is restructured for much-needed recovery. Despite the unnecessary distractions that have presented themselves in recent times, the legislature is fully committed to putting the Nigerian people first and solving our pressing national issues. In a similar regard, today, the Bill to Amend the Public Procurement Act to provide for the adoption of a Local Content Policy and timely completion of Procurement processes passed its Second Reading at the Senate. With this, Nigerian businesses and entrepreneurs are one step closer to having a first option policy, as this amendment would ensure that as a matter of law, agencies of government patronise made in Nigeria goods.

  • 12 Apr 2016

    After a brief recess, today, the Senate resumed its plenary sessions, where we had 6 new bills presented for First Reading. The bills are: The In-Vitro Fertilisation Bill; The Criminal Injuries Compensation Bill; The National Sports Commission Bill; The Nigerian Football Federation (Establishments etc.) Bill); The National Sports Commission (Establishment etc.) Bill; and The Environmental Health Officers (Registration, etc.) Amendment Act. Additionally, the Senate also considered for Second Reading 2 pivotal bills. The first bill considered was: “A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Commission for Conciliation and Arbitration, National Labour Council, the Office of the Registrar of Trade Unions, etc. to administer the provisions of Labour Laws in Nigeria and for matters connected therewith. While the second bill was: “A Bill for and Act to Provide for the establishment of a Defence Space Agency, and for other matters connected therewith.”

  • 09 Apr 2016

    Plot to Unleash Sponsored Anti- Saraki Protests Uncovered

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

  • 05 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I’m Happy that the Trial Has Commenced

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

  • 05 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I'm Happy that the Trial Has Commenced Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said he is glad that his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on asset declaration in 2003 has finally commenced. Saraki said the proceedings of today has given him confidence that if the trial is conducted fairly he would be vindicated. The Senate President noted that even though the prosecution tried to bring in some dramatic narratives, it was clear that they were merely thrashing around and hoping to titillate the public with salacious tales. He added that he was hopeful however that when the time comes, his lawyers will have the opportunity to present his case. End. Signed Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser to Senate President on Media and Publicity

  • 04 Apr 2016

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

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

  • 04 Apr 2016

    Saraki : I've Fully Complied with Law on Asset Declaration Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today said he has fully complied with the provisions of the law on declaration of assets by public officers. In a reaction to the claim contained in the Panama-based offshore provider, Mossack Fonseca and shared by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists (ICIJ) that he failed to declare assets belonging to his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in secret offshore territories, Saraki said he has in his different asset declarations included properties owned individually by himself and his wife. The property in question forms part of Dr. Saraki's wife's family asset. It is public knowledge that Mrs. Saraki comes from a family of independent means and wealth with numerous and varied assets acquired over decades in family estates and investments. "Furthermore, the law only requires a public officer to declare both his own assets and those held by his spouse and his children under 18 years of age. The law does not require a public officer to declare assets held by the spouse's family. "It is not expected by the law that a public officer should declare such assets held in the spouse's family estate. Indeed, the Code of Conduct form does not make provision for declaration of spouse's family assets", he stated. End Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President

  • 03 Apr 2016

    Leveraging Legislation For Economic Survival By Sanni Onogu The present economic downturn occasioned by dwindling oil prices in the international market, has not only led to frantic calls for economic diversification, it has also opened our eyes to our deeply flawed laws currently inhibiting business competitiveness and obstacles on the way of investors - foreign and local - who genuinely want to invest in the country. The concomitant negative effect of these deeply flawed and obsolete laws over the years had seen the whittling of businesses in Nigeria at a geometric rate and the permanent lockdown on long term investments in our potentially huge non-oil sector. Therefore, it has become imperative to remove the anti-business obstacles if the urgent quest to navigate the economy away from hitting the rocks due largely to over dependence on revenue from crude oil exports is to be achieved. Towards this end, both chambers of the 8th National Assembly had at inception made and adopted Legislative Agenda, which among others made the revival of the nation's economy one of its cardinal objectives. The Senate in particular has continued to focus on how to prevent corruption, block leakages in the system and ensure the full diversification the economy through productive collaboration with the executive, private sector operators and the citizenry. In tandem with his belief in action rather mere talk, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki commissioned a team of experts to work with the National Assembly to research and review all institutional, regulatory and legislative instruments operational in the country, identify their impact on the ease of doing business in the country and to come out with a way forward. The technical team led by Professor Paul Idornigie, included development partners like DFID ENABLE project, the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), the Nigerian Bar Association Session on Business Law (NBA, SBL). The report of the experts which was submitted to the National Assembly in February was recently the focus at the maiden National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) in Abuja. Major sections of the report which were critically reviewed and consensus reached on the way forward during the breakout technical sessions include the laws on competition, doing business, roads, rail and maritime infrastructure, public-private partnerships, taxation, finance and investment, arbitration and dispute resolution, e-business and intellectual property and Constitution review. On business competitiveness, it was observed that since the enactment of the Privatization and Commercialization Act in 1998, public enterprises and services have been transferred to the private investor in the absence of any legal framework for promoting and regulating competition. It was noted that the government's paradigm shift from public sector provision of infrastructure and other services to the private sector has increased the need to ensure that there is no abuse of dominant positions in the market. Therefore, the session identified anti-competitive practices that substantially lessen competition within the Nigerian market. It also proffered ways on how mergers, acquisitions and business combinations can be controlled so as not to stifle competition. Of additional focus was the emphasis on the fashioning of a legal framework that would sufficiently deal with the emerging reality that competition, if not regulated, the hitherto public monopolies will be replaced by private monopolies with dire consequences for the socio-economic development of the nation. On Doing Business in Nigeria, the experts at the technical session validated the findings of the report that the country is running largely on obsolete laws, weak governance framework, fragmented regulatory structures and bogged down by inhibiting practices with very weak accountability mechanisms. Data from the "Doing Business 2016" Report suggests that the generic requirements to set up a business represent an impediment to starting a business. The main bottlenecks are the time and cost requirement. On the average, it takes 30.8 days to start a business in Nigeria" and costs 31.% of income per capita. When compared with the best global performers, th data shows that it takes half a day to start a business in New Zealand, and costs 0.00% of income per capita in Slovenia. The legislation governing the nation's road infrastructure were also assessed and found to require urgent review. In this wise, the proposed Roads Sector Bills are intended to establish autonomous bodies that will co-ordinates and allocate funds generated for road maintenance, road planning, monitoring and supervision. According to the experts at the session, it is also intended to promote the sustainable development and operation of the road sector and facilitate the development of competitive markets and the promotion of enabling environment for the private sector participation in the financing, maintenance and improvement of roads in Nigeria. It was further noted that the eisting legislation in the rail infrastructure sector was drafted and enacted to support an outmoded model. They however endorsed a proposed Railway Bill which provides for the "restructuring of the railway sector by establishing the Nigerian Railway Authority, the procurement of private sector participation for the provision of Railway Services and Railway Infrastructure, the regulation of the railway sector, promote the efficient and sustainable development of competitive markets for services in the railways sector, promote the provision of safe Railway Services, promote universal access to Railway Infrastructure in Nigeria; and provide the conditions that will enable the provision of Railway Services and Railway Infrastructure while protecting the rights and interests of Railway Operators, Customers and other stakeholders." Another sector of the economy that was critically analyzed during the technical session is the nation's maritime infrastructure. Clearly, it was noted that government has proved to be poor managers in the maritime infrastructure sector and public finances are thinning down. However a proposed Ports and Harbour Bill to provide an appropriate institutional framework for the ownership, management, operation, development and control of ports and harbour and to ensure the integrity, efficiency and safety of the ports based on the principles of accountability, competition, fairness and transparency and encourage private investment in port infrastructure, promote private sector participation in the provision of port services and facilities, promote and safeguard Nigeria's competitiveness and trade objectives was okayed by the experts as a way of remedying the situation. On the operation of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) policy do far, it was observed that even though the government had made commitments towards tackling the infrastructure deficit, "the government often does not and indeed cannot source the funds to follow through." The report had noted that in countries at the top tier of the Global Competitiveness index, PPPs have played a central role in providing new and well-maintained roads, bridges, airports, railways, ports, waterways as well as in efficient water and sanitation infrastructure. It was also underscored that recent trends in the economy suggest that there is enough interest from domestic and foreign investors in Nigeria's infrastructure. However, they agreed that the government needs to intervene by strengthening the legislative framework to make the sector more conducive for private sector investment. Again it was noted that another factor undermining doing business in the country is the prevalence of a "prohibitive prohibitive tax system." For instance, the session agreed that most aspects of Nigeria's taxation compare unfavorably with its competitors and this they say had culminated in a deplorable 181 place in the World Bank's Paying Taxes' survey. According to the experts, "despite having the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has one of the lowest tax revenue to GDP ratios in the world." Even though the Federal Government had initiated steps to raise tax revenue, such as the introduction of luxury taxes and the on-going process to review incentives, such as the much abused pioneer status system it was opined that it still needs to focus on reviewing tax disincentives, which "hinder growth, prevent productive diversification of the economy and make it difficult to earn sustainable non-oil tax revenue." To turn around the situation, the session stressed that "reform of the Nigerian tax system should have a high priority in the legislative agenda of the National Assembly." On the other hand, the session on finance and investment observed that Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) represent 96 per cent of the nation's businesses, and that it is therefore crucial to support their growth and further innovation. However, one of the most important issues facing MSMEs as highlighted is their difficulty in accessing finance. It was emphasized that "While the 'Doing Business 2016' Report indicates that Nigeria's financial system is performing well, a joint survey conducted by SMEDAN and the National Bureau of Statistics suggests that the majority of small business owners are not accessing credit facilities offered by banks and other financial institutions." This, they said, supported the idea that traditional credit markets have historically been difficult for start-up to access. It wad also noted that transparency is important for investors to be able to analyze a company's risks and opportunities. The role of the law and by extension that of the National Assembly, according to submissions at the session, is to ensure parity of information through disclosures so that investors pay the right price to acquire securities, whether in the primary market or the secondary market. The critical role played by arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanism in the building of investor's confidence also came to the fore at one of the technical sessions. They noted that the ability of a legal system to efficiently handle complex (and indeed all) disputes is crucial for investor confidence. They bemoaned a situation where in the various States across the Federation, Judges are confronted with dockets containing thousands of cases and motions - and the caseload continues to increase. According to them, "This expanding, increasingly complex workload limits the time available for judges to prepare for cases in advance of hearings, affects the atmosphere in courtrooms and delays the resolution of disputes. For courts to resolve commercial cases with the efficiency and quality that Nigeria businesses deserve, it is vital that the Federal and State Legislatures introduce reforms to their respective judicial systems." The issues emanating from the emerging e-business and intellectual property was also identified as one of the disincentive to businesses in the country. It was underscored that the application of information and communication technology (ICT), support most business activities activities today as they have automated processes, improved systems and generally created new business frontiers. This development the session noted had enabled businesses and individuals to communicate and transact with other parties "electronically, instantaneously and internationally." However, it was noted that this has given rise to a variety of legal and regulatory issues for policymakers and lawmakers, from the validly of electronic methods of contracting and the security risks inherent in them, to concerns over cybercrime, privacy and the ability to protect intellectual property rights online. It was further noted that even though Nigeria has welcomed advancements in ICT and its application in the business environment, translating policy objectives into workable laws and regulations can be difficult especially with technology which represents particular challenges to lawmakers, primarily due to the pace of change that occurs in the subject matter itself. Above all it was noted that the Constitution needs review if the work being done to make for business competitiveness and to attract investors is to yield the desired results. The Constitution it was observed has certain provisions that impede businesses in the country, hence the need for it to be amended to enhance doing business in the country. It is clear that arising from the report and roundtable where the findings of the report were interrogated and validated, the 8th National Assembly now has a sharper focus on the laws it needs to urgently repeal and re-enact and the new bills it needs to introduce to remove obstacles to doing business in Nigeria. The good thing is that both chambers and both at par on the need to improve the business environment. With the close collaboration it has established with the private sector, it is hoped that the legislature will continue to be businesslike by making its impact felt through cutting edge legislation in tandem with best practices anywhere in the world. This would no doubt lay a solid foundation for the nation's economic survival and growth. Interestingly, the Senate President, while declaring the session opened had pledged that the National Assembly will work assiduously to pass the identified critical bills in the shortest possible time. On his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Ado Doguwa, commended the initiative of the roundtable and promised that the House would support the initiative to create enabling business environment in the country, boost investors confidence and in turn create the needed jobs. Onogu is the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President END

  • 29 Mar 2016

    Saraki Urges Closer Collaboration Between Nigeria, Colombia

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

  • 29 Mar 2016

    Saraki Urges Closer Collaboration Between Nigeria, Colombia The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday called for a closer collaboration between Nigeria and Colombia in order to improve diplomatic ties and enhance democratic governance in both countries. Senator Saraki, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, spoke when he received a Parliamentary delegation from Colombia, led by Senator Edinson Delgado in his office. He also said that the National Assembly is open to relationships with other advanced parliaments across the globe to broaden its legislative experience and knowledge of its lawmakers. He noted that Nigeria and Colombia have a long standing relationship that need to be oiled and improved upon for mutual benefits just as he canvassed for strong investment in the Nigeria economy by Colombian investors. He said; "We are happy that you are here. I believe your visit will further strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Colombia. "For many years, lots of opportunities have not been harnessed by both countries in spite of the fact that Nigeria and Colombia have a lot of things in common. Here in Nigeria, we have two chambers just like you have in Colombia. "We are very identical, we must build this relationship and that is why I am encouraging this visit particularly at this period of diversification of our economy," Saraki said. The Senate President extended invitation to the parliament of Colombia for cooperation and exchange of programmes that would improve the quality of law making in both countries. Earlier, the leader of the Colombian parliamentary delegation, Senator Edinson Delgado called for mutual cooperation between his country and Nigeria for mutual diplomatic and economic benefits. Delgado said the team which comprised of Colombian businessmen and investors was in Nigeria on a three city tour of Lagos, Yola and Port Harcourt to foster partnerships and explore opportunities with a focus on commerce, industry and agriculture between both countries. He promised to work hard to improve the economic and parliamentary relationship between Colombia and Nigeria. "We are keen to strengthen our diplomatic relationship and establish basic opportunities between our two countries." Delgado said. Sanni Onogu Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President

  • 29 Mar 2016

    Today, at the Nigerian Senate meeting with Senator Edison Delgado and a delegation of parliamentarians from the Republic of Colombia. We discussed fostering stronger economic ties, and pushing for collaboration and partnership across various sectors.

  • 27 Mar 2016

    Saraki commiserates with victims of Kano inferno

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

  • 27 Mar 2016

    Saraki commiserates with victims of Kano inferno Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commiserated with victims of yesterday's fire disaster that ravaged the popular Abubakar Rimi market in Kano. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) lamented the continuous occurrences of fire disasters in markets across the country and urged the managements of markets to always employ all modern means of preventing and combating fire disasters to ensure traders are not subjected to this harrowing loss. The popular Sabon-Gari market in Kano, was in the early hours of Saturday hit by a fire incident very that led to the destruction of goods and properties worth millions of naira. Saraki said, "the continuous loss of merchandise and properties in many commodity markets in the country and Kano in particular to fire disasters has reached a worrisome level that requires urgent measures to combat the trend. "These fires incidents had deprived our hard working and determined traders the means of livelihood and survival and these are expectedly breadwinners of their families. In addition, these losses represent the depletion of national wealth as most of the victims constitute a significant chunk of entrepreneurial class who are supposedly great contributors to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “This is most unfortunate to the economy of Kano State, more so coming after the destruction of Kurmi market, the oldest market in Kano by fire, and the recent inferno at the furniture section of Abubakar Rimi market "The Senate is pained by the loss, and I seize this opportunity to underscore the need for adequate preventive measures against fire disasters in our markets. All markets in the country must be built with the plans to prevent outbreak of fire incident and equipped with fire fighting equipment. Also, market women should be constantly trained in fire preventive measures and drills", the Senate president stated. He urged the state government to ensure thorough investigations to unravel the cause of the incident and forestall occurrence. Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity) to the Senate President

  • 24 Mar 2016

    Easter: Saraki Urges Prayers For Peace, Economic Growth

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

  • 23 Mar 2016

    Saraki to Senators: Use Oversight to ensure implementation of Budget

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

  • 21 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 21 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 20 Mar 2016

    National Assembly Hosts Round-table Session on Economy

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

  • 19 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 17 Mar 2016

    Saraki sues for peaceful elections in Rivers

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

    My Comments on ‪#‎GEOBILL‬.

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

    Senate President  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

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

  • 15 Mar 2016

     Saraki  Promises Adequate Support for National Assembly Clinic

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

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Repositioning Economy Our Priority, Says Saraki

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

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Speech on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

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

  • 13 Mar 2016

    Ibru Was An Exemplary Leader, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Mar 2016

    We’ll Never Cover Up Corruption, Says Saraki

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

  • 11 Mar 2016

    Senate President Saraki Announces Attendance at CCT-led trial

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

  • 10 Mar 2016

    Video: Saraki Meets Female Students on #InternationalWomensDay

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

  • 09 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Saraki Pays Tribute to Osinbajo at 59‎

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

    Remarks by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on #InternationalWomensDay

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

  • 08 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 07 Mar 2016

    Ocholi’s Death,  A Monumental Loss, Says Saraki 

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

  • 06 Mar 2016

    We Remain Solidly Behind Saraki, Say Senators

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

  • 06 Mar 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Uphold Rights of Disabled Persons

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

  • 05 Mar 2016

    Saraki congratulates Obasanjo, New Olubadan, Condoles with Ganduje

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

  • 03 Mar 2016

    Senate, UK Parliament pledge collaboration

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

  • 02 Mar 2016

    NESG: Why the Legislature Must Give Priority to Business Environment

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

  • 01 Mar 2016

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

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Receives the Report on Doing Business in Nigeria

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki Assures On Sustainable Economic Policies

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

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Saraki To Receive Report On Business Environment In Nigeria

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

  • 26 Feb 2016

    Press Release on Social Media Bill

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

  • 25 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 25 Feb 2016

    Video: Saraki Speaks on Niger State Lead Poisoning

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

  • 25 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 24 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 15 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 12 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2016

    SP’s remarks on visit of President of Germany

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

  • 10 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2016

    Video of Senate President addressing TUC/NLC

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

  • 07 Feb 2016

    Dwindling Oil Revenue: Saraki Seeks Positive Tax Culture

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

  • 06 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Why We Need to Amend Procurement Law, Says Bukola Saraki

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

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Senate President Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

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

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Saraki tasks ECOWAS Parliament on war against terrorism

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

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Senate Meets with Service Chiefs to Review North-east Zone Operations

    Senate Meets with Service Chiefs to Review North-east Zone Operations The leadership of the Senate and chairmen of committees relating to security agencies yesterday( Wednesday) held a meeting with heads of the military to review the developments in the fight against insurgency in the North east zone, particularly in the wake of the recent vicious attack on Dalori town in Borno State. At the closed door meeting which lasted for about two hours and presided by Senate President, Dr. Abubakar ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2016

    VIDEO: Bukola Saraki meets with Service Chiefs (03/02/2016)

    On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, along with a contingent of Distinguished Senators, the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with the Service Chiefs of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

  • 03 Feb 2016

    Bukola Saraki to NLNG: End gas flaring

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday challenged the management of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to put an end to gas flaring in the country. According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Saraki who stated this when the Management of the NLNG, led by its Managing Director, Babs Omotowa visited him in Abuja, said it was high time the gas being flared is converted to something ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2016

    I Never Referred to Obasanjo in My Chat with Senate Correspondents- Bukola Saraki

    I Never Referred to Obasanjo in My Chat with Senate Correspondents- Bukola Saraki  The Media Office of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has described a report in which he was said to have replied President Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking to journalists after the presentation of the newly remodeled and refurbished Senate Press Centre as mere mischief, misrepresentation and undue sensationalism. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that during the presentation ... read more

  • 02 Feb 2016

    Success of 2016 Budget Depends on Revenue Generation, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said if the 2016 Budget National Assembly is going to be realistic and successful, emphasis should be on the non oil and independent revenue generating sources. Saraki, while answering questions from Senate Correspondents after commissioning the newly upgraded and refurbished Senate Press Centre at the National Assembly in Abuja, said the eighth Senate will focus attention on the revenue generating areas and to ensure that all leakages are blocked. The Senate President ... read more

  • 02 Feb 2016

    VIDEO: Bukola Saraki Commissions Newly Renovated Senate Press Corps Centre

    On Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki unveiled the newly renovated Press Centre of the Senate Press Corps.

  • 28 Jan 2016

    Letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo

    Yesterday, I acknowledged that I received a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he called the attention of the National Assembly to some issues. I will want to assure President Obasanjo that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation. It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the ... read more

  • 27 Jan 2016

    Budget Remarks of Senate President on Wednesday January 27 2015

    Distinguished colleagues, Let me congratulate congratulate you all for the painstaking insightful and detailed deliberation we have had so far. The debate has been very critical and engaging. From both sides of the isle, I have watched and seen for myself an exceptional commitment towards the Nigeria project. The debate over the 2016 budget has been civil, apolitical and laced with the desire to deliver this budget. Again, both sides of the isle have described this budget as courageous and ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2016

    Saraki Donates To Ilorin Market’s Fire Victims

    The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday donated N2.9 million for the reconstruction of the shops that got burnt at Oja Tuntun market,Baboko, Ilorin, Kwara state about a fortnight ago. He made the donation during his unscheduled visit to the market to commiserate with the victims. Speaking at the sight of the burnt shops, Saraki lamented that the incident had caused dislocation to the economic wellbeing of the people. He urged the marketers to take greater caution to ensure that ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2016

    Saraki To Political Office Holders: We Have No Choice But To Deliver

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday said the nation’s political office holders have no choice but to deliver on their promises to the people. Saraki who stated this in a goodwill message he delivered at the 2016 National Political Summit in Abuja said those who fail to deliver would risk being voted out by the electorate in the next elections. He also said that the 8th National Assembly will work closely with the executive to eliminate corruption and ... read more

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Saraki Tasks PCC On Effective Service Delivery

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the leadership of the  Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to be more alive to their responsibilities so as to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the Public Service. Saraki who gave the charge when the Chairman of PCC, Chief Emmanuel Ogbile led other National Commissioners and Directors of the agency on a courtesy visit to the Senate in Abuja said the PCC should be restructured in order to be true watchdog on ... read more

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Unemployment: Saraki Urges Unilever To Increase Investment In Nigeria

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday urged the Unilever Group to increase their investment in Nigeria with the aim of providing more employment opportunities in the country. Saraki while receiving the management of the Unilever Group,  led by its President in charge of Africa, Mr. Bruno Witvoet in his office, also urged the conglomerate  to source more of their raw materials, especially agricultural produce like palm oil, from the country in order to provide the much needed empowerment ... read more

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Saraki assures ex-legislative aides on payment of severance allowance

    Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has assured  legislative aides and members of the 7th National Assembly that the  payment of their severance allowance will soon commence. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu said all efforts were being made to ensure that the former aides are paid their entitlements, and attributed the delay to the non-release of the funds by the Federal Ministry of Finance. The ... read more

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Late Olubadan Was A Courageous Monarch, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday expressed sadness over the news of the passing on of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the late Olubadan was a great and courageous monarch who fought valiantly to preserve the dignity of the Ibadan traditional stool and by extension the nation’s traditional institution. He described the late traditional ruler as a highly ... read more

  • 17 Jan 2016

    Saraki Orders Review of NASS Security

    Chairman of the National Assembly and President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has directed a review of all security arrangements in the National Assembly to keep the institution abreast of the current challenges in the country, especially now that the Boko Haram insurgency has receded. According to the Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Security, Major General Saleh Maina (rtd), the review of the security around the complex is part of the periodic plans to ... read more

  • 14 Jan 2016

    Senate Will Only Accept Budget Submitted by Buhari

    Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, announced that the Senate will only accept the version of the 2016 Appropriation Bill that was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly. Saraki made this statement after the Senate ad hoc committee setup to investigate the claims of the 2016 budget being misplaced delivered its report at the Senate plenary. In their report, the investigative committee revealed that the Senate have ... read more

  • 14 Jan 2016

    Saraki: 30 Governance, Economic Reform Bills Await Senate Debate

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that in a bid to provide adequate legislative instruments to fast-track the necessary change and reforms expected in all critical sectors of the country, 30 Bills to address identified key areas have been submitted by his colleague-Senators and now await Senate’s consideration and passage. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, the Senate President stated this at a meeting with his key aides as part of preparations for the ... read more

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Speech Delivered by the President of the Senate at the Inauguration of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review

    Protocol: It is my honour, distinguished colleagues to inaugurate the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review today. The 1999 Constitution was indeed, a bold and innovative attempt to come to grips with some of Nigeria’s most fundamental and pressing problems of the time. This Constitution has taking us thus as a united indivisible nation. As the blueprint of our developmental aspiration, there is a developing national consensus that the constitution as presently constituted requires realignment with our political, economical, ... read more

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Bill to Amend Agricultural Lending Scheme Passes Second Reading; Saraki Calls for Serious Intervention in Lending to Farmers

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today called for the need for Nigeria to take agriculture more seriously in order to diversify the country’s economy. Speaking against the backdrop of the consideration of a Senate bill to amend Nigeria’s Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme, the Senate President stated that with the proper mechanisms in place, agriculture would soon take the driver’s seat in Nigeria’s economic development as it stands to create sustainable employment for young people. “This scheme when actualized ... read more

  • 12 Jan 2016

    Welcome Address by the President of the Nigerian Senate on Resumption from Senate Recess on Tuesday 12th January 2016

    WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM THE SENATE RECESS ON TUESDAY, 12TH JANUARY, 2016. Protocol: Distinguished colleagues, I am very delighted to welcome you all back from our end of year recess. I hope you had a very rewarding time with your families and your constituencies? As we resume today, let’s take a few moments to thank the ... read more

  • 12 Jan 2016

    Senate Urges Federal Government to Intensify Awareness of Lassa Fever; Saraki Urges Deployment of Health Workers

    The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today commended the sponsors of motion on the Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria. Speaking on the floor after the motion sponsored by the members of the Senate Committee on Health, led by its Chairman, Senator Gbenga Tejuosho (Ogun Central), the Senate President stated that it was pertinent for the Federal Ministry of Health to come up with a sustainable strategy to curb the ongoing outbreak as well as work to ensure that such ... read more

  • 08 Jan 2016

    Saraki donates N2.6m to victims of Ilorin violence

    Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday donated N2.6million to the 53 victims of the recent violence in Agbarere and lta-Ajia areas of Ilorin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that each of the 53 beneficiaries, whose vehicles were damaged, received N50,000 at the constituency office of the senate president in Ilorin. The cash was presented to the beneficiaries by the Director General of the ABUBAKAR Bukola Saraki Constituency Office, Alhaji Abdulwahab Issa. In his remarks, the director general said ... read more

  • 07 Jan 2016

    Senate Urges CBN to Relax Forex Policy

    The Nigerian Senate has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to relax its strict Foreign Exchange policy as it is doing more harm to the economy than good. Senate President Bukola Saraki during a meeting with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Christine Lagarde said small businesses especially, are being made to suffer unnecessarily. He called on the apex bank to introduce a more flexible foreign exchange regime and reduce the present restrictions on the autonomous market ... read more

  • 07 Jan 2016

    Saraki to IMF: Support Nigeria’s Policies, Spread Our Message of Change to the World

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Nigeria’s  economic policies and help to spread the message to the international community that the new government in the country is committed to fiscal discipline. Saraki while receiving a delegation of the Fund led by the Managing Director, Ms.Christine Lagarde said the new government also has a supportive legislature which is devoted to enacting legislations that will create a conducive atmosphere for business to thrive. ... read more

  • 06 Jan 2016

    Address of the Senate President on the Visit of IMF Managing Director Madame Christine Lagarde

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI TO THE MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE VISIT OF MADAME CHRISTINE LAGARDE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, (IMF) ON 06 JANUARY, 2016. Protocol: Your Excellency, on behalf of my Distinguished and Honourable colleagues, I warmly welcome you and your entourage to the National Assembly. Your historic visit today, is a testament of the importance ... read more

  • 05 Jan 2016

    Saraki To Meet with IMF Boss, Lagarde on Wednesday

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Wednesday (tomorrow) lead the leadership of the Senate to a meeting with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, who is currently on a four-day working visit to Nigeria. The meeting between Saraki and Lagarde at the National Assembly is expected to focus on the nation’s economy, particularly the recent global developments and their impact on Nigeria. Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President, Yusuph ... read more

  • 31 Dec 2015

    Saraki to Nigerians At New Year : Let’s Join Hands To Make Our Country Great Again

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Thursday called on Nigerians to join hands with the present administration to make the country great again, by supporting its policies and programmes aimed at restoring full security across the country and revamping the economy. Saraki in a New Year message to Nigerians signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, congratulated the people as they mark the New Year festivities and for their resilience and patience especially in ... read more

  • 26 Dec 2015

    Saraki Condoles with Lamido, Emefiele over Mothers’ Demise

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday commiserated with the Lamido of Adamawa, Alh. Barkindo Mustapha, over the death of his mother, Hajiya Adda Gombeji, at the age of 87. Saraki also expressed sadness over the death of the mother of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Madam Alice Emefiele who was 94 years. The Senate President in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, specifically lauded the two ... read more

  • 26 Dec 2015

    Saraki mourns victims of Anambra explosion

    …urges strict adherence to safety rules President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday expressed grief over the deaths and injuries recorded as a result of gas explosion at Nnewi, Anambra State on Christmas eve. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja commiserated with the families that lost loved ones in the inferno and wished those that were hospitalized quick recovery. Saraki said: “I am especially saddened that so many ... read more

  • 22 Dec 2015

    2016 Budget Address by the President of the Senate

    ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2016 DRAFT APPROPRIATION BILL BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. Protocol: It is my pleasure on behalf of my Distinguished and     Honourable colleagues to warmly welcome you and your entourage to this joint session ... read more

  • 19 Dec 2015

    2016: Nigerians Should Expect Transformational Economic Policies- Saraki

    The administration of  President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to making lives more bearable and comfortable for the Nigerian masses. The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki stated this earlier today in Ilorin during a special prayer to mark his 53rd birthday. He said the All Progressives Party(APC)- led federal government will continue to formulate economic policies that would be beneficial to all. He hinted that the coming year would witness realisation of lots of transformational economic policies that would be beneficial ... read more

  • 18 Dec 2015

    Saraki Lauds Dream Team Over Africa Nations Cup Victory

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today (Friday) lauded the Under-23 soccer team for bringing glory to the country by emerging victorious at the finals of the Under-23 Africa Nations Football Championship in Dakar, Senegal last Saturday. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, the Senate President said the Dream Team VI has once again advanced the soccer prowess of the country particularly in Africa and the world in general. He specifically commended the ... read more

  • 16 Dec 2015

    Saraki: Arms Deal Probe, An Indictment of Senate

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today said the on-going investigation into the arms deal in the Office of the National Security Adviser has called to question whether the Senate is effective in the performance of its oversight functions. Saraki in his remark during the plenary session in the legislative chamber on a motion titled “Abandonment of Projects : A Menace to Development in Nigeria” sponsored by Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) said if the Senate Committees on National Security ... read more

  • 14 Dec 2015

    Senate Has No Plan to Gag the Press – Saraki

    …Says Gender Based Violence Must Stop Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today (Monday) reiterated that there is no Bill before the Senate that is aimed at gagging or stifling the media  in spite of misrepresentation and attacks which has trailed the Frivolous Petition Bill. Saraki in his remarks as chairman of a sensitization meeting on the implementation of Guidelines on Gender Based Violence and Young Persons in Nigeria, organized by the Women Arise for Change Initiative in Abuja also ... read more

  • 09 Dec 2015

    Speech by Senate President at Lagos Business School Breakfast Club End of Year Dinner: Macroeconomic Outlook for 2016 and Legislative Perspective

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON “MACROECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR 2016 AND LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE”, AT LAGOS BUSINESS SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUB END OF YEAR DINNER, 08 DECEMBER, 2015. Protocol; 1. It is a great honour and pleasure to be invited by the Lagos Business School Breakfast Club to share my legislative perspective on the macroeconomic outlook for 2016.  I thank the organizers for this kind gesture. 2. You may recall, prior to May 29, 2015, ... read more

  • 05 Dec 2015

    Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to Paris Conference on Environment

    Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki today (Thursday) led a delegation of the National Assembly to Paris, France, to attend two conferences of Parliamentarians from across the world on how to save the environment. According to a statement signed by Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special  Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, the delegation which included members from both the Senate and House of Representatives also include Senators Bukar Abba Ibrahim,  Monsurat Sunmonu, Athan Nneji Achonu, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi and ... read more

  • 01 Dec 2015

    Count Me Out of Arms Deal, Says Saraki

    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has dissociated himself from the N60bn arms deal involving the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that contrary to report published in an online medium, SaharaReporters, he has never had anything to do with purchase of security equipment because in his entire political career he never served in any committee or body which has any link ... read more

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

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

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

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

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





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