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

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

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

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

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

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

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

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

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

Senate President

Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

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  • 26 Feb 2017

    RT : For his work in passing the NEDC Bill, has been conferred with the title of "Dikko of Potiskum" by HRH the Emir o

  • 26 Feb 2017

    RT : Thank you sir for the Harmony International advanced diagnostics center Ilorin. Clearly the best in the A

  • 26 Feb 2017

    RT : Once a Medical Doctor; Always one!Lesson: Have a Professional Qualification before venturing into Politics.

  • 26 Feb 2017

    RT : That did not happen, Asiwaju was granting interview when greeted him & others but BAT couldn't respond t

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Thanks to Senator Hassan Mohammed, the people of Potiskum, Yobe State will no longer have to travel far to get qual

  • 25 Feb 2017

    It was great to be back in Potiskum, Yobe State today to support Senator Mohammed Hassan's hospital project!

  • 25 Feb 2017

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

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

  • 25 Feb 2017

    I have just been conferred with the traditional title of Dikko of Potiskum by His Royal Highness the Emir of Potiskum

  • 25 Feb 2017

    RT : has just been conferred with the traditional title of Dikko of portiskum by His Royal Highnes

  • 25 Feb 2017

    RT : Right now 's president is in Potiskum,Yobe state for commissioning a hospital built by senator r

  • 25 Feb 2017

    From my experience in banking sector, I can attest to the fact that Borno & Yobe States were major trading hubs the banks could not ignore

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Senator Mohd Hassan is the kind of leader we find today in the ; People who are improving on the practice of yesterday's politics

  • 25 Feb 2017

    I am committed to helping Sen. Mohd Hassan get FG support in running the hospital so that its benefits are guaranteed & sustained

  • 25 Feb 2017

    I implore the Ministry of Health to ensure this Hospital continues to receive priority attention both in management and in resource

  • 25 Feb 2017

    I challenge FG to ensure that this hospital entrusted to them is adequately taken care of, and run with highest level of professionalism

  • 25 Feb 2017

    The lesson is that what matters is not political party or government in power but love you have for your people & your connection with them.

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Sen Mohammed's gesture must be strongly lauded that this is a PDP Senator, in an APC led state, donating this edifice to an APC government

  • 25 Feb 2017

    With 80 bed hospital donated by Senator Mohammed, residents of Potiskum will no longer need to travel to neighbouring states for treatment

  • 25 Feb 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE ... -

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Grateful for the honor by Emir of Potiskum & Emir Fika who both presented me with horses in recognition of passage of NE Bill in

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Saraki Seeks Efficient Healthcare Services In The Country...Commissions Hospital built by Senator in Yobe...

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Saraki Seeks Efficient Healthcare Services In The Country ...Commissions Hospital built by Senator in Yobe Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday urged the Federal Government, States and Local governments to ensure efficiency in all healthcare facilities across the country for the benefit of the masses. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the call during the commissioning and handing over of an 80-bed hospital built by Senator Hassan Mohammed and donated to the Federal Government in Potiskum, Yobe State. The Senate President noted that with the hospital, the residents of Potiskum will no longer need to travel to neighbouring states for treatment. He said: "This is why I committed to helping Senator Mohammad with getting the support of the Federal Government in the running of this hospital so that its benefits to the people of Potiskum and Yobe at large, are guaranteed and sustained. "This is the kind of leaders we find today in the Nigerian Senate; people who are abandoning the practice of yesterday’s politics. It must be strongly lauded that this is a PDP Senator, in an APC led state, donating this edifice to an APC government. "The lesson is that what matters is not the political party or the government in power but the love you have for your people and your connection with them. I challenge the Federal Government to ensure that this hospital that has been entrusted to them is adequately taken care of, and is run with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency possible. "I implore the Ministry of Health to ensure this Hospital continues to receive priority attention both in management and in resource. I expect that this hospital will be run with the highest degree of efficiency possible; and to the good people of Potiskum, I encourage you to use this hospital and demand efficiency in service from the management," he said. He added that the Senator chose to make a difference in the lives of people in his Senatorial District by building the hospital. "To build such an imposing edifice at a time like this, is not a mean feat," Saraki said. "To build and then transfer by donation, a hospital of this size and capacity to a different government in power other than his party, freely, for the service of his people is a signature statement of extraordinary leadership," he said. The Senate President said he was moved when Senator Mohammad told him that he preferred to build a befitting hospital than the typical practice of sharing money to constituents. He said that with the hospital, the lives of many children and that of many pregnant women will be saved. During a visit by the Senate President to the Palace of the Emir of Fika, Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed Abale, the Emir expressed gratitude to Saraki and his colleagues for making possible the passage of a law creating the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) which he said will help to rebuild and restore the areas ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. The Emir said his Emirate was a popular commercial centre before the advent of insurgency and sought for the help of all Nigerians to bring back prosperity and normalcy in the area. He thereafter presented a horse to the Senate President as a mark of honour and appreciation. The Senate President who thanked the Emir for the gift said from his experience in the banking sector he could attest to the fact that Borno and Yobe States were major trading centres which all banks could not ignore before the outbreak of the crisis and that he was committed to the rebuilding of the area. He noted that his interest in bring life back to normalcy in the area made him to quickly intervene to ensure that the Federal Government assumed responsibility for the running of the newly commissioned hospital. END

  • 25 Feb 2017

    It is my pleasure to be in Potiskum to commission this grand 80-bed hospital that my brother Sen. Hassan Mohammed has built for his people.

  • 24 Feb 2017

    I appreciate Gov. for his kind words today, and his acknowledgement of my contributions. I wish

  • 24 Feb 2017

    Indeed, the people of Ondo State made the right choice with Governor !

  • 24 Feb 2017

    I had the pleasure of attending the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Ondo State today. Indeed the...

  • 24 Feb 2017

    I had the pleasure of attending the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Ondo State today. Indeed the people of Ondo State made the right choice.

  • 24 Feb 2017

    I had the pleasure of attending the inauguration of Governor in Ondo State today.

  • 24 Feb 2017

    It's always a pleasure to be in my home away from home, especially for the grand occasion of the inauguration of Governor .

  • 24 Feb 2017

    RT : Wednesday Night: hosted a meeting of & with the EMT, to discuss speedy passage o

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Today, I met with a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), led by Elloi Fillion, the...

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Today, I met with a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), led by Elloi Fillion, the ICRC head of delegation. Throughout the Boko Haram crisis, the ICRC has assisted the government of Nigeria in working to maintain the welfare of IDPs throughout the country. Together, we are partnering to strengthen the responsiveness of Nigerian institutions to emergencies.

  • 22 Feb 2017

    The welfare of IDPs is at the center of 's social impact agenda. Hence, we will explore more areas of par

  • 22 Feb 2017

    The will work to domesticate the Kampala Convention to reflect the humanitarian situation in the North E

  • 22 Feb 2017

    The has continued to assist the government of Nigeria in working to maintain the welfare of IDPs in the North

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Pleasure to meet with a delegation of the today at the . The delegation was led by Eloi Fillion.

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Today, I read letters from Acting President, withholding assent to 4 different bills. Pls find attach

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Today, I read letters from the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo withholding assent to four different...

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Today, I read letters from the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo withholding assent to four different bills. Please find attached a video of the bills.

  • 22 Feb 2017

    RT : We continue to serve you, the Nigerian People.Visit to learn more about the Office of the Senate P

  • 20 Feb 2017

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

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

  • 20 Feb 2017

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ... -

  • 20 Feb 2017

    RT : View the Bills that have been assented to since the inception of the 8th Assembly cc:

  • 19 Feb 2017

  • 19 Feb 2017

    RT : 2017 Budget, Buhari's Letters Dominate Senate's Resumption of PlenaryThe 8th Senate returns to regular...

  • 19 Feb 2017

    RT : by Nigerian. Sold over 2000 units on New media by initiative i

  • 18 Feb 2017

    : Solving The Problem of Patronage via

  • 18 Feb 2017

    This is an excellent use of New Media. I see you have received a good number of referrals. Together, we can all pro

  • 16 Feb 2017

    RT : Pictures of and Senator Ahmed Lawan on a courtesy visit to in Abuja House, London broke

  • 15 Feb 2017

    Buhari is Healthy, No cause for alarm, Says SarakiMyself, Rt Honorable Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and leader of...

  • 15 Feb 2017

    Buhari is Healthy, No cause for alarm, Says Saraki Myself, Rt Honorable Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and leader of Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan paid a visit to President Buhari in Abuja House in London. We were delighted to see that President Buhari is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits. The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself. The presiden’ts absence and imminent return shows that there is no vacuum in government and our system of democracy is working with all organs of government fulfilling their mandate. And let me use the time tested cliché, there is no cause for alarm! Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki President of Senate and Chairman National Assembly

  • 15 Feb 2017

    Our system of democracy is working with all organs of govt fulfilling their mandate. let me use the time tested cli

  • 15 Feb 2017

    President 's absence and imminent return shows there is no vacuum in government and our system of democracy is working

  • 15 Feb 2017

    Delighted to see President is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits. The President I saw today is

  • 15 Feb 2017

    RT : Pleased to receive Senate President , Speaker and Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, tonight.

  • 15 Feb 2017

    RT : This submission is made by the PHC Revitalization Support Group which I Chair on behalf of 72 and ...

  • 15 Feb 2017

    RT : National Assembly Concludes first of its kind 3 Day Public Hearing on 2017 Budget*

  • 14 Feb 2017

    Yesterday, we did something that has never been done since our country Nigeria returned to democratic rule. We hosted a public Hearing On The 2017 budget to increase the efficiency of government and its responsiveness to citizens needs as well as improve overall transparency and accountability in governance. It must be noted that the ongoing public hearing on the 2017 budget is in fulfillment of my pledge to make the nation's annual appropriation process open for public participation. This is the first public hearing on the Budget that brings together all stakeholders involved in the budget process. 2017 Budget if well-crafted and implemented, remains the most potent fiscal policy instrument of government in delivering socio-economic benefits in an all-inclusive manner. The best way to achieve this is to ensure that all stakeholders are made a part of the decision-making process especially as it relates to the provision of public services and distribution of social benefits. You will agree with me that the current state of the economy is needing of, among others, a credible budget that will stimulate real economic activities, fix our critical infrastructure and provide cushion for the poor and vulnerable

  • 13 Feb 2017

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

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

  • 13 Feb 2017

    MY REMARKS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY #2017BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017. Protocols. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this 3-day National Assembly’s 2017 Budget hearing organized by the Joint Committees of Appropriations. This is the first public hearing on the Budget that brings together all stakeholders involved in the budget process. Distinguished Guests, We are at a crucial stage in our national development. This cannot be overstated! You will agree with me that the current state of the economy is needing of, among others, a credible budget that will stimulate real economic activities, fix our critical infrastructure and provide cushion for the poor and vulnerable. The challenge, however, is how best to ensure that the Budget is utilized as an effective policy in achieving these. It is my belief that the public budget, if well-crafted and implemented, remains the most potent fiscal policy instrument of government in delivering socio-economic benefits in an all-inclusive manner; and, the best way to achieve this is to ensure that all stakeholders are made a part of the decision-making process especially as it relates to the provision of public services and distribution of social benefits. It is, therefore, in line with this belief that the 8th National Assembly deemed it necessary to bring Government, Civil Society Organisations, Private Sector, and other key actors in the economy to deliberate on the Budget proposal. Through this engagement, and others to come, we hope to increase the efficiency of government and its responsiveness to citizens needs as well as improve overall transparency and accountability in governance. Distinguish Ladies and Gentlemen, The issues challenging the economy are well-known to us: from low government revenues, shortages in foreign exchange supply, and slowdown in economic activities to rising unemployment and cost of living; we are all affected in one way or another. With key economic indicators heading south, there is no better opportunity to reset the fundamentals of our economy. What we have before our consideration is the 2017 Budget proposal of N7.298 trillion, which we believe has been designed based on a medium-term recovery and growth plan. At the various sub-Committees, we are objectively reviewing the planned expenditures especially as it relates to its feasibility and relevance in delivering the broad objectives of the Budget which are to: Pull the economy out of recession; Invest in the people of Nigeria; and, Lay the foundations for a diversified, sustainable and inclusive growth. On a more specific note, the 2017 capital budget proposal is intended to support activities that will help to speed up the diversification of the economy and the promotion of the non-oil sector, as well as create jobs for our youth. Accordingly, it is expected that “Made-in-Nigeria” (that is, domestic production of food, materials and other commodities) will be encouraged. In addition, 2017 capital budget proposal is intended to engender private sector partnership in infrastructure as well as other critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture, manufacturing and services. However, the extent to which the budget proposal will succeed in achieving its overall objective of pulling the economy out of recession depends on a number of imperatives. These include: how well the capital spending targets critical sectors of the economy; how much of the capital allocation is devoted to real developmental projects as against administrative capital project; the level of detail provided in the budget that will aid proper oversight of budget implementation; and, ultimately, the realization of projected revenues and borrowings. As most of you may have observed, while government has made efforts to ensure that provisions in the Budget proposal aligns with the arching goal of pulling the economy out of recession and laying the foundations for diversified growth, certain provisions are clearly off the path. The Budget must address the critical issues setting back our national growth and development. In this regard, the 8th National Assembly will continue to support government’s economic recovery and growth effort. To this end, we will ensure that proposed projects and programmes, and their estimated expenditure are in sync with Government’s priorities. Beyond that, we will also ensure that, in line with the amended Procurement Act, a sizable part of the capital expenditure is retained within the country as Government patronizes “Made-in-Nigeria”. In addition, the National Assembly will continue to focus on priority Bills that will loosen the structural bottlenecks that are impeding the ease-of-doing business in the country. These priority Bills, among which, include: National Transport Commission bill; National Road Fund Bill; National Road Authority Bill; National Inland Waterways Bill; Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority Bill; Infrastructure Development Commission Bill, Petroleum Institution and Governance Bill; Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill will unstiffen the investment climate in critical sectors of the economy. What we want to build is a better Nigeria, and we all have a part to play. I therefore enjoin us to feel free and be constructive in our deliberations as this will not only enhance the outcome of this interactive session but engender the attainment of the development interest of Nigerians. I look forward to your very valuable and intuitive contributions in this 3-day Budget hearing, and assure you that your suggestions will be carefully utilized in ensuring we deliver a budget that address our real development issues and sets us on the path of recovery and sustainable inclusive growth. Thank you and God bless you! PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 11 Feb 2017

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017. 1. Ahusu Billahi Minna Shaiton Rajiim. Bismillah Rahamon Rahim. All praises be to Almighty Allah, the owner of today, the owner of yesterday and the designer of our tomorrow. May His blessing be on our Holy Prophet Muhammmed, his companions and members of his family. Assalam Alaekunm Waramotullah Wa Barakatuhu. 2. The Protocols.... 3. I am happy to join members of the Ulammahs and dignitaries across our country to celebrate these learned men and women from the 33 states of our country who have memorised the holy book. I congratulate all the participants for coming this far in this competition. For those of you who are winning prizes today, I am happy for your accomplishment. It is good to also remind those who are unable to clinch prizes that there is joy in participating. Almighty Allah will reward all your efforts. 4. The knowledge of the holy book is one of the best ways to spread the words of God. And I am convinced that if we all forget about religion and look at the rationality of the words contained in the holy books, our world will be better. The holy books of the two major religions, the Quran and Bible, teach morality, justice, equity, love, compassion, respect for elders, making money through just and fair means and many other virtues which if we all imbibe them, there will not be war, disease, poverty, squalor, deprivation, crime and injustice. 5. The holy books talk about the responsibility and burden of leadership. The books say those of us in position of leadership will have a lot to account for before Allah. Also, It is true that all of us are in one position of leadership or the other. We are leaders at various levels and we will be held accountable. Even as a follower, we will be held accountable on whether we have played our role in making our leaders lead with the fear of Allah. 6. More importantly, I want to enjoin those of you who have proven to be experts in the memorisation of the Quran to please help preach the words of God to the high and low in a peaceful manner. Use your knowledge of the holy book to spread love, peaceful co-existence, understanding, tolerance, unity, compassion and genuine fear of Allah. 7. Use your knowledge of the Quran to let the world know that those who discourage people from acquiring education are not good Muslims. Let the world know that those who obstruct the peace of the world do not represent Islam. Let the world know that Our holy Prophet lived peacefully with Christians and Jews. He taught us to even emulate him. That is the essence of Hadiths. If we have taken to the words of Prophet Muhammmed (saw), there would have been peace and development in our country and the world over. 8. Let me at this point thank the organisers of this event for a befitting event. I want to advise that this competition should be taken to the next level. We should continue to improve on it every year. We should use all the opportunities offered by the new technology, new media and the new age of knowledge to further promote the memorisation of the Quran. 9. Insha Allah, it is my prayer that next year's event will be a big improvement on this year's and that all of us who witness this year's event will be around in good health to play better roles. 10. Let me use the opportunity of the gathering of distinguished members of the Ulammahs to ask that you all pray for our President, Muhammadu Buhari. MayAlmightyAllah continue to give him good health, the wisdom and know how to lead this country in peace and to prosperity. Also, pray for our country to have peace, unity, economic prosperity and political stability and general development. 11. I also want to assure you that the Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general will not enact any law that will stifle the freedom of worship. We will always work to ensure that people can freely practice their religion without fear. 12. I thank all of you for coming here and wish you safe return to your respective destinations. Asalaam Alaekunm, Waramotu Llahi, Wa Barakah tuhu. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON. President of the Senate and Chairman, National Assembly TURAKIN Ilorin February 11, 2017

  • 10 Feb 2017

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical Projects

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

  • 09 Feb 2017

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

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

  • 08 Feb 2017

    Senate to Engage MDAs on Made-in -Nigeria Campaign, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said the 8th National Assembly would use the ongoing 2017 Appropriation Bill defence sessions to engage Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on why they should patronize locally produced goods when implementing the budget. Saraki who said this when an American firm - Diamond Designs Limited - visited him in Abuja said such an action will assist in getting the country out of the current economic recession. He commended the firm for keying into the buy Made-in-Nigeria initiative being championed by the Senate to stimulate the economy and create jobs. He said: "At the moment, the budget process is on and we intend to use that opportunity to engage the MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) to ensure that when they start implementation of the budget, they will make sure that they patronize locally produced goods more than imported goods." He said the Senate would support all Nigerian based entrepreneurs in the Made in Nigeria project "to see how we can create an enabling environment that will support your business so that as you grow you will provide jobs for a lot of Nigerians and thereby contribute to the growth of the economy." He added: "Let me commend the efforts you (Diamond Designs Limited) are making and the way you have taken this initiative and policy of ours in the Senate on the issue of made in Nigeria initiative. "Living in America and having that belief in what we are doing here and now taking them further in providing jobs for our people who ordinarily would be unemployed because there is no demand for this kind of work. "This is what we are talking about that the Made-In-Nigeria initiative is likely to take us out of the recession. The main aim of this is that we can produce for export and local consumption," he said. Earlier, Managing Director of Diamond Designs Limited, Mary Francois, said following the Made-In-Nigeria initiative by the Senate, she decided to invest in Made-In-Aba by producing American designs with Nigerian fabrics for sale in the United States. She said that the designs made from Nigerian fabrics have been overwhelmingly received by Americans. "What we have been doing is that we have hired tailors and we are still looking for more tailors from Aba and Abuja, to make clothes in the American designs using the Nigerian fabrics. We are also opening up a shop in Aba, not only to produce our items but we also want to take some of the items from the people in Aba and market them in boutiques in the US, so that these people in Aba will have an income and have their goods sold in the US," she said

  • 07 Feb 2017

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

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

  • 07 Feb 2017

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PROTOCOL I am very delighted that we are gathered together today to seek a solution to one of, if not the most significant challenge to our quest for economic development; the issue of providing adequate power for our economy. The Nigerian power sector in spite of the enormous resources committed to it within the last 14 years has remained in a perilous state, delivering very disappointing results. Today, we are on the verge of a total systemic breakdown and I see this as an opportunity to stop this train from derailing completely. Opportunities for both the Legislature and Executive to come together to forge a solution to this perennial problem have been wasted in the past. We cannot afford to waste the opportunity we have now. We owe it to the people who have entrusted us with the privilege of working out solutions to their problems by electing us to our various offices that we are hard on our heels to bring them solutions not complaints. However, we cannot shy away from the fact that inexcusable mistakes have been made in the past that brought us to this point and we must be willing to face up to them and clearly delineate them in order to ensure that we do not return to the mistakes of the past. Clearly some of these where innocent mistakes, others were rather the product of selfish interests, some fraudulent, some borne out of ignorance and others glaring lack of capacity apparent from day one. All of these combined has brought us to the mess we now have to face up to. To get out however, sacrifice has to be made and borne by all. We must agree to put Nigeria first and our contributions to this must be genuine. Yes, some will lose money, jobs may be lost, investment gestation may extend but government must as well be sincerely committed to providing the right environment and fulfill its part of the deal without equivocation. Unless all players speak frankly, open-mindedly and honestly we will not get the right solutions. I am going to lead the way in being blunt and specific in my contribution starting with these remarks and hopefully that will set the tune for not-so-politically-correct deliberations here. Where we are is not an accident. We walked our way into the landmine we are facing with the decisions we made in the past. While privatization is a right policy recipe to pursue in order to put in place a power sector that can galvanize our economy, we forgot that the participation of the private sector is not an end in itself. We neglected that unless this is done, observing transparency, competition, transaction integrity we might end up with a sector worse than the past. We sold the discos to individuals and parties who had no idea about running a proper power distribution business. Licenses were issues based on cronyism rather than capital adequacy, market experience and capacity to deliver. Agreements were faulty and transaction integrity hardly imperative. The BPE did things that were inexcusable. To imagine that even the sale proceeds of about $4bn was solely spent towards the payment of pensions and staff. Not one single kobo was expended towards catalyzing the sector back to life. GENCOS bought generating units without a clear assurance of source of gas to fire plants and government had no active roadmap for delivery of a gas market infrastructure to make this happen. Yet gas companies and the IOCs were exporting our gas out of our shores to create gas markets elsewhere in Europe and Asia while we languished in darkness as a result of incessant, persistent and erratic power outages. In the face of all these our people continued to be called upon to bear inexplicable bills estimated beyond rationale service value. While we are at the problem, the implications all of these have created has continued to mount on all fronts with stagnating growth statistics, loss of SME jobs in a country with a large and rapidly growing population, factories shutting down in growing numbers, dwindling family investable income and opportunities mostly due to the high cost imposed by inadequate electricity supply. Indeed, the link between electricity supply and economic development is such that the health of the industry is a matter of deep and personal concern to all citizens. Finally, let me reiterate the urgency of this gathering in human terms. Wherever you go in the country nothing represents the failure of government and leadership in the mind of Nigerian like the epileptic power situation in the country. Fixing it is at the highest priority list of our people. In other words, our people are demanding that we do all that is in our power to reverse this long and unenviable power sector blight. We must get it right. The first step is this forum. This National Assembly is fully ready to support and drive every actionable initiative that is expected out of this interactive session to boost the power sector significantly. We will be relying heavily on your wisdom and input, to craft the right legislative initiatives that will help us deliver a new and more reliable Nigerian power sector for the Nigerian economy. Thank you for coming. Senator (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki CON President of the Senate, and Chairman National Assembly

  • 03 Feb 2017

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport Sector

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

  • 03 Feb 2017

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport Sector Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate is presently working on critical legislation to reposition the nation's transportation sector. Saraki disclosed this when the National Executive Committee of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), led by its National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq visited him in Abuja. The Senate President who was decorated as the Grand Patron of the association by Sadiq, during the visit, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, stated that the National Assembly, under his leadership, will spare no effort to ensure that the transport sector is working effectively. Saraki said: "In the Senate already, our main focus is to see how we can encourage more private sector participation in the transport sector and that is why we have about six different bills in the transportation sector. "They include the Transport Commission Bill, Federal Roads Authority Bill, Roads Fund Bill, Ports and Harbour Bill and the Railway Bill. All these are meant to improve the Transport sector and help businesses in the country," he said. He said that the National Assembly will continue to encourage entrepreneurs to manufacture cars locally at affordable prices. "We still believe that we can provide the enabling environment that will make the price of new vehicles almost the same as some of the second hand cars that are being imported to check the idea where vehicles that have been condemned in other parts of the world are brought here," he said. He called on the warring factions within RTEAN to sheathe their swords and work together to provide better services to Nigerians even as he promised to intervene to see that peace returns to the union. "I want to appeal to the two factions of your association to come together under one umbrella. I think it is very important," he said. "I made a special exception in seeing your association today because generally we have a procedure here that we do not see one faction or the other. But we will try and encourage you to come together. "I hope by the next time you will be here you will come as one united body. We will play our own role in ensuring that that happens because we know that keeping your association going keeps the transport sector going, provide better opportunities in jobs and ease the burdens in travel for our people," he added. The Senate President also thanked the leadership of the union for making him the Grand Patron of the association. Earlier, Sadiq urged the Senate President to intervene in the leadership crisis rocking the association in order to to bring about a united union. He said the visit was meant to interface with the Senate on the plight of the association and to partner with the National Assembly in the struggle to end the present economic recession and its adverse effect on the transport sector. He listed the challenges confronting stakeholders in the transportation sector to include insecurity, transit crimes, highway robbery, poor road network, decayed infrastructure and roads furniture. "We therefore urge the National Assembly to partner with our association to make roads and motor parks safe," Sadiq said. END Signed: Sanni Onogu Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President

  • 01 Feb 2017

    Earlier today, H.E. Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq - High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria paid me a courtesy visit, where we discussed issues that will mutually benefit both countries.

  • 29 Jan 2017

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  • 29 Jan 2017

    Good morning, Tune in to watch my interview on @Channelstelevision Sunday evening 8pm on with @Seun_okin as I discuss steps we are taking to get Nigeria out of recession using and other legislative instruments.

  • 28 Jan 2017

    Video: Why I am using the parliament to drive the Campaign.

  • 27 Jan 2017

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill

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

  • 27 Jan 2017

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has pledged that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Bill currently before the National Assembly would be given accelerated passage to enable Nigerians living outside the country the opportunity to participate in events within the country. The Nigerians In Diaspora Bill when passed would facilitate the establishment of the Diaspora Bond for the in-flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into Nigeria among other benefits. The Senate President spoke yesterday when he received a delegation of Nigerians in the Diaspora led by its Worldwide Coordinator, Dr. Camillius Konkwo, at the National Assembly. According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, Dr. Saraki assured that the Nigerians in Diaspora Bill would be passed as soon as possible saying , " though the Senate has suspended its plenary session to February 21 to enable the quick passage of the 2017 budget, your April 2017 deadline could be met as the Senate would pass the bill by March 2017. He told the NIDO delegation that the bill has already passed it's first reading at the Senate. "On the NIDO bill, the National Assembly will partner with you as it is part of the Made in Nigeria Campaign which is to patronise and prioritise the purchase of Made in Nigeria goods by the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). "Government agencies spend as much as N2.1 trillion annually and if the MDAs spend up to 30 percent of their expenditures by patronising Made in Nigeria goods, it will go a long way to stabilise the economy and grow the Naira", Dr. Saraki said. On their request that the electoral act should be amended to enable Nigerians in the Diaspora vote during elections, the Senate President told the delegation that the Electoral Act is almost 95 percent concluded, but said that since the amendment of the act is an on going process that the National Assembly would still look into their request to vote during elections. Earlier, leader of the delegation, Dr. Konkwo told the Senate President that official statistics showed that Nigerians in the Diaspora contributes over $35 billion to the economy through remittances, but unofficially that the remittances are three times more than the official figure. He appealed for visa waivers for foreign investors coming through Nigerians living outside the country, advocating that there should an official data of Nigerians in the Diaspora by directing the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) carry out a data capturing of Nigerian outside the country. He commended the Senate President for his leadership intervention especially in championing bills that would help grow the economy and exist Nigeria out of the present economic recession. END

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour, Says Saraki

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

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour, Says Saraki My attention has been drawn to a speculation on some online media about supposed meeting of some Governors who held Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to ransom and sought for Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to take over the Presidency. My first initial reaction was to ignore this empty rumour but after being inundated with calls from across the country and abroad, it became necessary for me to make clarifications from our own end. It is a good thing that the Presidency had dismissed the speculation and showed that there is no substance to it. However, i feel it should be known that those behind this baseless, empty and unintelligent mischief are those who do not love this country. Such suggestions as contained in the speculation can only bring ill-will, disunity and crisis to the country and i therefore advise the sponsors to desist immediately. More importantly, these trouble makers should refrain from linking Senator Saraki's name to their evil plot.

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work

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

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday appealed to elders and leaders of the North-east region to make the North-east Development Commission (NEDC) work and beneficial to the generality of the people when the recently passed bill is signed into law by the President. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, made the appeal when the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, led a delegation of elders and leaders of the six states of North-east region on a thank you visit to the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly over the passage of the NEDC Bill. Prominent among members of the delegation include the Governor of Adamawa State, Jibrilla Bindow, Shehu of Bama, Emirs of Askira, Mubi, Fika and Gujba; Professor Jibril Aminu, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, Sen. Grace Bent, former Governor of Adamawa, Boni Haruna, Alhaji Mohammed Bunu, Chairman, Senate Caucus of the Northeast, Danjuma Goje, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Tahir Monguno. Saraki said he was happy with the progress made so far in restoring peace in the region, rehabilitating the people and rebuilding the areas devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency. Why saying that the thank you the National Assembly expects is for the proposed intervention agency to make positive impact on the people for which it is meant, he expressed hope that Maiduguri as well as other major urban centers in the North-east will in no time regain their commercial vibrancy for which they were once reputed. Saraki said: "We all knew the situation in the Northeast. I am very happy with the progress we have made today as we play our own part to show that the National Assembly is truly behind the North-east in the restoration of peace, rebuilding the devastated areas and bringing life back to the region. "A lot of us have personal experiences. I remember when I was in the private sector, commercial activities in those days in the north, after Kano, the second place you go to is Maiduguri. It is my hope and wish that that day will come back when commercial activities will again dominate Maiduguri and it is my hope and prayer that what has now befallen the region will never happen again. "Since January 13, we have transmitted the NEDC Bill to the President and I have no doubt that he will assent to it looking at the public demand for it. If everything is done, I think the thank you, you can give all of us is that after the Bill becomes law, and the commission starts to work, that it will make a difference in the lives of the suffering masses; "And that we will not come to this National Assembly and begin to set up a panel of investigation over what is happening in the commission. I say this with all seriousness. I don't want to hear later or for people to ask us why did you set up this commission? "Or for them to say Instead of being a commission for development, a commission to halt degeneration or neglect, a commission to empower the people, it is now a commission for some of the experiences we are seeing in other commissions. "And I want to plead with our leaders and elders here, the youths, our women and those who are watching that we make a pledge and commitment to ourselves that the journey and the sacrifices that everybody has made to make this Commission come into existence, that we the leaders from Northeast, not just those who will be appointed to the Commission, all of us have a responsibility to make sure the resources bring the best to our people in the Northeast. "This I think will be the biggest thank you you can give all of us and I pray that the Almighty Allah will allow you at this time be a good example for us and it would be the thank you that you give to all of us that are here," Saraki said. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said the thank you visit has become necessary in view of the greater role the National Assembly would be expected to play in appropriating funds to the commission after it becomes operational. Governor of Borno State and Leader of the Delegation, Kashim Shettima, noted that the North-east has suffered and therefore needs urgent attention, while thanking the leadership of the 8th National Assembly and all Nigerians for the supreme compassion extended to the Northeast so far. While noting that the the cost of devastation in the Northeast is about $9,6billion, he said that the NEDC when established would guide its operation with the experiences of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Watch live debate of the 2017 budget proposal online https://www.facebook.com/NgrSenate/videos/1237549669633706/

  • 24 Jan 2017

    Earlier today, I met with the new UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Edward Kallon in my office at the National Assembly. During the meeting, I called for more partnership between the United Nations and the Nigerian Senate in a bid to strengthen engagement that will translate into greater relief, economic recovery and rehabilitation of lives. I noted the efforts being made by the 8th Senate towards achieving Agenda 2030 and also emphasized the importance of the UN-Nigeria Relations to Africa and Nigeria in particular being one of the largest economies in Africa. As a partner In progress, 8th Senate has launched its economic plan to fix the issue of the economy in a way that is proactive, future-oriented, and guided by principles of inclusion, participation and sustainability. I assured the delegation that Nigeria will continue to play its role as a member of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE) in areas of climate change and quick resolution to humanitarian crisis in the country. Mr. Kallon shared with my colleagues and I the United Nation’s vision of supporting a coordinated approach to humanitarian and development interventions in Nigeria. He expressed the UN’s readiness to partner with the Senate and strengthen the existing partnership for greater collaborations.

  • 24 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 24 Jan 2017

    “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, my speech at an event organised by General Electric and Ministry of Trade of Investment. Protocol; 1. It gives me great pleasure to be with you tonight for many reasons. First, I am passionately committed to the idea of encouraging our local investors and ensuring that our laws and policies enable you to succeed in your ventures in Nigeria. 2. Secondly, I am delighted at the efforts GE has shown in recent times as to its investment strategy in Nigeria. ClearlyGE is committed to investing in Nigeria; and have shown that you are not only here just for the good times but have a long-term outlook for your engagement with Nigeria. 3. It is that reason in particular I felt it was important to be part of this event and use it as a platform to reiterate the position of government, particularly the National Assembly that Nigeria is ready for business in spite of the recession we are experiencing. 4. Having said that, let me reiterate that the present National Assembly is determined and has opened its doors to the private sector to exchange ideas, opinions and engagements that would see us create the critical legal and legislative superstructure on which the next free market Nigerian economy will anchor on. Our focus in the NASS has been the economy and will remain so until we can chart a course out of recession, create jobs, facilitate private sector investment in infrastructure projects; and encourage interest in the agriculture and mining sector. We are going to achieve these through working closely together. 5. I will not spend any time talking about how we got to where we are, as I am sure you are all more concerned as to what the plan of action is. People like yourselves; want to invest in this economic climate and are more interested in the government’s plan to induce growth in the economy. 6. At the onset of the 8th National Assembly we collectively decided tocarry out a comprehensive review of the institutional, regulatory, legislative and associated instruments affecting businesses in Nigeria; this we did with the Nigerian Bar Association, members of the private sector community and our development partners, through the National Assembly Business Environment (NASSBER) Roundtable platform. Our findings revealed the fact that we were running a modern economy largely on laws, regulatory structures, fragmented, highly incoherent and outdated policies; some dating as far back as the 1940s. 7. The Nigerian Railway Corporation Act, for example, is a textbook case for why there has been very little or no modernization in the subsector in the past 60 years. Private sector participation in transport sector infrastructure development, deployment and expansion was almost non-existent creating a deficit of over $350bn in ourinfrastructure market and thus depriving this country of a much-needed catalyst for growth and development. Therefore, we resolved that to enable the private sector to play its role, our laws needed to evolve to meet global business best practices of current times. 8. Infrastructure deficit must be led by the private sector. We must look at roads, ports, railways and power and see how we can encourage the private sector to invest so as to bridge the gap. Primary expenditures accounts for 56% of the capital budget and is still grossly inadequate. What do we need to do to reverse this? Also presently, we are not meeting UN commitments where we must spend 1% of our Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) on health and have a budget allocation of at least 26% on education. We cannot achieve this if the bulk of our government resources are tackling projects that could otherwise be driven by a vibrant and enabled private sector. This is why we must turn the resources within. 9. This is at the heart of my current campaign which essentially hinges on government patronage, support for and encouragement of local investors to “create wealth & foster localization”. For us in the 8th National Assembly it is not enough for government to say, “Patronize Made-in-Nigeria products and services”. We must ensure that government leads the way. Government capital expenditures in 2012 amounted to an estimated N1.8 trillion (<$2bn). This is why the Senate has passed the bill clearly giving a margin of government patronage to local investors and those who have chosen to make locally, use locally and create jobs for our teeming population. We would like to see local investors especially those adapting local content into their businesses, given preferential treatment in the way government procurements are done. 10. Presently we have a number of what we have termed economic priority bills that we are passing through NASS. They willprovide the legislative framework, whichwill encourage investments in keysectors by the private sector. These include: Petroleum Industry Bill; National Development Bank of (Establishment) Bill; Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority Act (Amendment) Bill; National Road Fund (Establishment) Bill; National Transport Commission Act, 2001 (Amendment) Bill; Warehouse Receipts Act (Amendment) Bill; Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) (Amendment) Bill; Investment and Securities Act (ISA); Customs and Excise Management Act; Federal Competition Bill; and the National Road Authority Bill. 11. Aside from laws, we will by oversight responsibility, work to eliminate the bottlenecks in facilitating these objectives; also consider laws to back up policies to address investment in areas such as Agric and Mining that require a long incubation period; in light of past experiences of policy summersaults. 12. If we pass these laws, we will be creating new frameworks for ease of capital mobilization, business protection, conflict resolution & contract enforcement; all of which are aimed at creating a more enabling and friendly business environment. With these, investors will be encouraged to come into play their part because there are policies backed by laws to support their businesses; and thus government can better tackle our social and developmental issues. 13. We have advised the executive strongly on the issue of the Niger Delta to achieve a peaceful resolution to the unrest there. We need to revisit the Export Promotion Policy Scheme; re-negotiate the joint venture partnership funding; plug leakages and strengthen the laws to address anti-corruption. 14. On Power, we need to address the improvement of generation capacity and find ways to fund and pay for it. We need to address the liquidity of distribution companies (DisCos), find a competitive tariff rate; improve on transmission and small scale projects to assist generation. 15. Ladies and gentlemen, though the Nigerian economy may be going through a difficult patch, we are confident that we will emerge stronger and more resilient after this. The demographics are good, we have a youthful population and our entrepreneurial spirit is unbeatable. I call on investors and the general public to take advantage of our new coherent vigour in our legislative plan and the sincerity of purpose in our executive to strengthen the business environment and encourage local investments. In this year, we will hopefully see a positive GDP growth and a better business environment. 16. Be assured always of the support of the National Assembly as a willing partner for success. Feel free to access my office with your new ideas that requirelegislative support and together let’s create a new Nigerian economy built for the 21st century and beyond. 17. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigerian 18. Thank you for listening. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 22 Jan 2017

    Great match day! Congratulations to ABS Ilorin FC for winning 1-0 against Ifeanyi Ubah FC. What ABS FC has achieved makes me hopeful that we can develop our domestic league with privately run clubs -- not state-owned ones. No country develops it's football without building it's local league. In this regard, I would like to use this opportunity to encourage others to invest in our Nigerian league to help build our homegrown footballers.

  • 22 Jan 2017

    Great match day! Congratulations to @ABSIlorinFC for winning 1-0 against @ifeanyiubahfc. Also, congratulations to the the Gunners!

  • 21 Jan 2017

    To promote our Nigerian league, my club @ABSIlorinFC will allow women and children under 15 years old to watch our matches for free.

  • 20 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 20 Jan 2017

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE Protocol; It gives me great pleasure to flag off this important road construction which will open and connect 14 local government areas in Zamfara state. I must commend His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for this bold and massive project. Indeed, to take up such a gigantic project in this period with such limited resources coming into the state makes an unmistakable statement that leadership and governance is all about commitment to the course of lifting our people from poverty and suffering. No doubt, the construction of a reliable road network is one of the fastest ways of moving people, goods and services for growth and development. This project is commendable because Zamfara state plays a very important role in food production in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries. For a state which prides itself on its large farming population, an improved road network will definitely provide more employment opportunities to the people and improve socio-economic activities in the State. The challenges of road construction and maintenance have been a very big setback in our quest for sustainable economic development as a Nation. The Federal Government has nevertheless made significant efforts to improve the road situation as seen in increased allocations to the road sector in the 2017 appropriation bill which is being considered by the National Assembly. Further to that, the 8th National Assembly is on the verge of passing the Federal Roads Authority bill and National Road Fund Bill into law to not only promote a safe and efficient management of our road networks; and open up opportunities for alternative funding mechanisms from the private sector that will guarantee continuous improvement of the quality of this roads year in year out. As we are about to begin this massive road construction, I hope that our Nigerian Engineers, Technicians and Artisans have been and will continue to be incorporated in the workforce at all the different stages of construction; and that we also employ the use locally-made equipment where possible. This will boost local content and reinforce our drive in the National Assembly for increased patronage of Made in Nigeria goods. It is expected that this avenue will provide a trickle-down effect on the socio-economic activities of Zamfara state. Finally, I will like to thank all our party men and women who have kept faith with this administration. The Executive arm and the legislature are working tirelessly to ensure our economy is revived and the fruits of development reach every citizen. We have to join hands with Mr. President to ensure that the common man finds comfort in this country. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must keep faith and continue praying for our leaders. Once again, congratulations to His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for getting to this point and I look forward to seeing more infrastructural improvements throughout the state and region. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident

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

  • 16 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 13 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 11 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 10 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki

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

  • 31 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 25 Dec 2016

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas

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

  • 21 Dec 2016

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January

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

  • 14 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 14 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast

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

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect

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

  • 08 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 07 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 04 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 27 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 25 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 18 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 14 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 11 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 09 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Women Society Commends Senate For Initiatives On Economy

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

  • 09 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 05 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 05 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Pa Olaniwun Ajayi

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Presidency Lauds Saraki Over Reform of Budget Process

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 02 Nov 2016

    Saraki: Social Injustice, Corruption in IDP Camps Inexcusable

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

  • 30 Oct 2016

    Saraki Lauds Army for Buying Aba Made Shoes

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

  • 24 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 23 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 21 Oct 2016

    Saraki Seeks Incentives For Girl Child Education

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

  • 18 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 17 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 14 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Lauds Release of 21 Chibok Girls

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Seeks Increased Use Of Clean Cooking Energy By Nigerians

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 12 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 12 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 10 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Commends NESG

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

  • 07 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 07 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 05 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 05 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 30 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 30 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 29 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Edo Polls: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki

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

  • 23 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 20 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 19 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Ibru Was A Trailblazer, Says Saraki

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

  • 02 Sep 2016

    Saraki: Accountability is Key to North East Development Plan

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Investigate IDPs Hunger/Nutrition Crisis

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 24 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 23 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 20 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 16 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 12 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 10 Aug 2016

    Alleged B’Haram Recruitment in IDPs Camp: Saraki Calls for Probe

    Alleged B’Haram Recruitment in IDPs Camp: Saraki Calls for Probe Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, urged security agencies in the country not to treat the rumours that Boko Haram terrorists are recruiting members from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the Northeast with levity but to urgently investigate the issue to unravel those behind the menace, if any. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki said it has become ... read more

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Saraki Commends EFCC for Investigating Diversion of N/East Relief

    Saraki Commends EFCC for Investigating Diversion of N/East Relief President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday applauded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for investigating and arresting a contractor who diverted 60 trucks of grains that were allocated to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State by the Federal Government. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on the arrest of the contractor, the Senate President denounced the actions of ... read more

  • 07 Aug 2016

    Press Release August: Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode

    Press Release August 7, 2016 Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated Mrs. Funke Egbemode, on her official confirmation as the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), during the guild’s 12th annual conference in Port Harcourt last week. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that Egbemode, who is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspaper, is a square peg in ... read more

  • 03 Aug 2016

    SARAKI COMMENDS UNICEF’s DECISION TO RESUME AID WORK IN N/EAST

    SARAKI COMMENDS UNICEF’s DECISION TO RESUME AID WORK IN N/EAST -Urges probe of alleged Diversion of Relief Items to IDPs Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday commended the pledge of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to continue providing relief assistance to millions in the North-east, despite last  Thursday’s (June 28th, 2016) attack on a Its relief convoy that left two aid workers, one contractor and two soldiers  injured. In a Statement by his  Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), ... read more

  • 02 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New NBA President

    Saraki Congratulates New NBA President Press Release August 2, 2016 Saraki Congratulates New NBA President President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the newly elected President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Mahmoud Abubakar, SAN, and other national officials of the association. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the election of Abubakar could not have come at a better time in the life of the ... read more

  • 25 Jul 2016

    Saraki To NFF’s Warring Factions: It Is Time To Move On

    Saraki To NFF’s Warring Factions: It Is Time To Move On Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday appealed to warring factions in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to sheathe their sword in the interest of football development in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the call, when the President of NFF, Amadju Pinnick led the President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, and Secretary General, ... read more

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session.

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OF APC

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 18 Jul 2016

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Jul 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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