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  • 21 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Condemns Attack on Yobe Girls’ School

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

  • 21 Feb 2018

    RT : The Nigerian Senate has tasked the federal government to set-up drug rehab centres across the country.cc:

  • 20 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 19 Feb 2018

    Today, it was a pleasure to be in Ogun State, to join Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuosho, father of Senator Lanre Tejuosho,

  • 19 Feb 2018

    ‪Today, it was a pleasure to be in Ogun State, to join Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuosho, father of Senator Lanre Tejuosho, for the celebration of his 80th Birthday.‬ ‪May the Almighty grant Oba Tejuosho long life and great health.‬

  • 19 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 19 Feb 2018

    RT : Emmanuella and the entire Mark Angel Comedy team are excited about your warm congratulatory m

  • 19 Feb 2018

    I am excited about the news that 25 out of 36 States have voted on the amendments that the 8th National Assembly passed in 2017. In 2015, when we first started the ambitious process to review the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we never could have imagined the level of support and participation that we would get from all of you — everyday Nigerians, members of the civil society, and political actors across the country. This is why the passage of the amendments in 25 States across the country, is a pat on the back of legislators at both the Federal and State levels — because it shows that with the right vision and follow-through, we can achieve ANYTHING as a nation. Make no mistake, this is another by the 8th National Assembly, and it further demonstrates that despite our differences politicians from various walks of life and various parties can still come together to get things done. Moving forward, I cannot wait to receive the documents at the National Assembly, so that we can move forward with the process of getting them assented and cemented in the laws of our great Federal Republic. Now that both the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives have set up a Joint Committee to review the amendments that did not scale through initially, we are encouraged with the level of collaboration that we have already seen from the State Assemblies throughout this process. I am very encouraged for the next phase of this process. Well done to the Members of our State Assemblies! -Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate

  • 19 Feb 2018

    I am very encouraged for the next phase of the . Well done to the Members of our State Assemblies!

  • 19 Feb 2018

    Now that both and have set up a Joint Committee to review the amendments t

  • 19 Feb 2018

    Moving forward, I cannot wait to receive the documents at the National Assembly, so that we can

  • 19 Feb 2018

    This is another by the 8th Assembly.It also further demonstrates that despite ou

  • 19 Feb 2018

    The passage of the in 25 States across the country, is a pat on the back of legislators at both

  • 19 Feb 2018

    In 2015, when we first started the ambitious process, we never could have imagined the level of

  • 19 Feb 2018

    I am excited about the news that 25 out of 36 States have voted on the amendments that the 8th

  • 18 Feb 2018

    Congratulations Emmanuella! Make sure you make them laugh over there. Your story is an inspiration. Come by the Nigerian Senate sometime, let’s discuss how we can develop the potential of our young talents in the creative industry. CC: Mark Angel http://allafrica.com/stories/201802180084.html

  • 18 Feb 2018

    Congratulations Emmanuella! Make sure you make them laugh over there.Your story is an inspiration. Come by the

  • 17 Feb 2018

    RT : "As a father, I know what it means to lose a beloved child in this kind of unfortunate circumstance. The entire country has

  • 17 Feb 2018

    As a father, I know what it means to lose a beloved child most especially in this kind of unfortunate circumstance. This is not a loss to Bauchi State alone. The entire country has lost a generation of future leaders. May the Almighty in his infinite mercies and wisdom grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and their parents and loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/last-moment-of-20-bauchi-students-killed-in-car-crash.html

  • 17 Feb 2018

    VIDEO: Economic development should not be something that just happens, It must be envisioned and deliberately planned. It must be about the people.

  • 16 Feb 2018

    I join all Nigerians in condemning the killing of innocent and defenseless citizens in Birane village, Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State. ‬ ‪Such senseless acts have no place in our society. Our security agencies must do all that it takes to find and prosecute the perpetrators.

  • 16 Feb 2018

    I join all Nigerians in condemning the killings of innocent and defenseless citizens in Birane village, Zurmi LGA o

  • 16 Feb 2018

    From the passage of the ; to my meetings on , and , these are your highlig

  • 16 Feb 2018

    From the passage of the ; to my meetings on , and , these are your highlights from my office this week. Read here now: https://goo.gl/nXtCQ7

  • 16 Feb 2018

    Yesterday, I paid a visit to the home of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to condole with him on the passing of his father, late Mallam Yusuf Buratai. Later on, I also visited the home of the late Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Gidado Idris, to commiserate with his family on his passing. May the Almighty grant the souls of the dear and departed Aljannah Firdaus. Amin.

  • 15 Feb 2018

    I also visited the home of the late Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Gidado Idris, to commiser

  • 15 Feb 2018

    This evening, I visited the home of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to condole with him on the p

  • 15 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 15 Feb 2018

  • 15 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 15 Feb 2018

    RT : 4. REMOVES UNFAIR QUALIFICATION PROCESSES: The amendment ensures that political parties can no longer impose a

  • 15 Feb 2018

    RT : 3. FULL BIOMETRIC ACCREDITATION: Section 49 of the amendment gives INEC powers to utilize full biometric accre

  • 15 Feb 2018

    RT : 2. ONLINE PUBLICATION OF VOTER REGISTERS: Section 15 of the amendment provides a more level playing field for

  • 15 Feb 2018

    RT : 1. INSTANT ELECTRONIC (NO MORE MANUAL) TRANSMISSION OF RESULTS: The amendment mandates the immediate transmiss

  • 15 Feb 2018

    RT : , adopted the Conference Committee Report on the . The objective of this Act is to

  • 15 Feb 2018

    My first encounter with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was when I was the Chairman of the Nigerian...

  • 15 Feb 2018

    My first encounter with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was when I was the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum. Back then, they were focused on fighting the spread of polio in the country, and there was a need for them to engage with executives at the State Level — because the fight against Polio could not be driven from Abuja alone. Since then, through targeted programs and data collection, they have worked with State Governments and played a crucial role in Nigeria’s quest to become polio-free. This is why, yesterday, it was a pleasure to meet with the Country Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Paulin Basinga, to discuss Universal Healthcare Coverage in Nigeria. I told the Director that I believe that the next focus of the Foundation should be on this issue because I strongly believe that with the right kind of collaboration amongst states, local governments and the private sector, Universal Healthcare Coverage can be achieved and sustained across Nigeria in a way that is viable for all Nigerians. I also emphasized that we need to stop the approach of targeting certain diseases through certain interventions and programs, and go down to the root of the issue — addressing primary healthcare. This way, we will have maximum impact, and less repetition of programs. On our part, in the National Assembly, we will continue working to ensure that the Healthcare Law that has been passed and signed in previous administrations becomes effective in 2018 in order to provide more funding for the health sector in Nigeria.

  • 15 Feb 2018

    RT : Highlights of the National Assemblys amendment to the .INSTANT TRANSMISSION OF R

  • 14 Feb 2018

    Today, the Nigerian Senate confirmed 7 INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners and adopted the Conference Committee Report on the . It is my hope that these actions will help contribute to and sustain free and credible elections around the nation.

  • 14 Feb 2018

    Today, confirmed 7 INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners and adopted the Conference Committee Report on

  • 14 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 14 Feb 2018

    RT : The issue of prison reform and decongestion has always been at the front-burner of our social impact agenda at the Senate

  • 14 Feb 2018

    RT : "The 8th Senate cares very much about discrimination, and we will continue to work to ensure that no persons right is infri

  • 14 Feb 2018

    RT : "On Drug Abuse, we have been engaging with relevant stakeholders like NDLEA, NAFDAC and the Pharmacists Council since our tw

  • 14 Feb 2018

    RT : Yesterday, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, met with the Federation of Muslim Womens Association (

  • 14 Feb 2018

    For us in the 8th Senate, issues that regard mothers, wives and children are issues that we take with very great concern, this is why, yesterday it was a pleasure to meet with representatives of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association (FOMWAN), at the Nigerian Senate to discuss ways to bring down the drug use epidemic across the nation; using Constituency Projects to address poverty; and address discrimination in the school and workplace. FOMWAN, which is an umbrella association for all Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, has over the years worked for the empowerment of women across the nation by staging interventions in the areas of education, healthcare, humanitarian services, youth development, and gender issues. During our conversation, I let the delegation know that the 8th Senate is very keen to collaborate with FOMWAN to address the issues that they raised, and also mentioned some of the Bills that we have taken up in the areas of Child Protection, Improving Maternity, and Child Destitution. On Drug Abuse, we have been engaging with relevant stakeholders like NDLEA, NAFDAC and the Pharmacists Council since our two-day Roundtable in Kano at the end of last year, and since then, we have come up with recommendations on the way forward, which we will continue implementing. Finally, I assured the delegation from FOMWAN that we will also continue to work to ensure that our Constituency Projects positively impact the lives of people at the grassroots level and also reiterated the 8th Senate’s resolve against discrimination — letting them know that we will always continue to work towards ensuring that all Nigerians are fairly treated and no person's right is infringed upon.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    RT : President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that the Senate will look into the loan secured by the manag

  • 13 Feb 2018

    RT : The Senate Will Continue to Defend Nigerias Democracy, Says Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki -- speaking on Sen

  • 13 Feb 2018

    On Thursday at the Senate, we will be having a Public Hearing on two Prison Reform Bills that are aimed at strength

  • 13 Feb 2018

    I let the Committee on Prisons Reform & Decongestion know that they are preaching to the converted as a vast majo

  • 13 Feb 2018

    The issue of prison reform and decongestion has always been at the front-burner of our social impact agenda at the

  • 13 Feb 2018

    In the area of decongestion of our prisons, I commend the National Stakeholders Committee on Prisons Reform & Decongestion for the work that they have been doing across the country. As a former Governor, I know firsthand the associated problems with overcrowded prison systems. This is why there is a need to review our current correctional system, alongside the Governors of the 36 States of the Federation, in order to work towards gradually but surely implementing the recommendations of the stakeholder committee. Finally, in the area of funding, through our Committee on the Interior, during this appropriations process, we will work to address some of the short-term issues that were raised today. However, moving forward, it is necessary that we have a comprehensive law in place that will make our prison system function in a sustainable manner that is in line with international best practices.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    The issue of prison reform and decongestion has always been at the front-burner of our social impact agenda at the Senate. This is why, today, I received members of the National Stakeholders Committee on Prisons Reform & Decongestion, led by the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello. The committee consisted of representatives from the Presidency, the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Prisons Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Human Rights Commission and other participants from the civil society. I let the Committee know that they are preaching to the converted — as a vast majority of the Senators and I believe that there is a need for a comprehensive reform of our current prison system. This is why on Thursday at the Senate, we will be having a Public Hearing on two Prison Reform Bills that are aimed at strengthening our prison systems. I urged the Members of the Stakeholders Committee to be at the hearing to express their views — so that, with their input, we can work towards reforming the system for the better.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    I am now meeting with stakeholders on ways to achieve comprehensive prison reform and decongestion.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    I am now meeting with stakeholders on ways to achieve comprehensive prison reform and decongestion.

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Justice Saka's contributions to the judiciary will be remembered, and he will surely be missed.May the Almighty A

  • 12 Feb 2018

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the late Justice Saka Yusuf who passed away today. Justice Saka wa

  • 12 Feb 2018

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the late Justice Saka Yusuf who passed away today. Justice Saka was a highly cerebral legal luminary — who served as the Kwara State Chief Judge during my tenure as Governor. Justice Saka's contributions to the judiciary will be remembered, and he will surely be missed. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) grant his soul a place amongst the righteous ones.

  • 12 Feb 2018

    RT : presenters and attendees focused on the areas of weakness that should be strengthened and the various assets

  • 12 Feb 2018

    RT : The successful 2-day served as an opportunity to survey the nations current security situation and to place

  • 12 Feb 2018

    RT : The just completed National sponsored by was a strategic collaboration amongst all arms of govern

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Gen. Shagaya

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

  • 12 Feb 2018

    RT : Day 2 of the National continues today with presentations from heads of military and para-military organizati

  • 11 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2018

    RT : Heres everything you need to know about the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Sarakis activities from 3rd February to

  • 11 Feb 2018

    The death of a family member is often traumatic. It is much more unbearable when one loses two family members in short intervals. In this regard, my family and I commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari and his family over the death of two members of his extended family – Hajiya Halima Dauda and Hajiya Ai’sha Alhaji Mamman. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) give Mr. President and his entire family the fortitude to bear these losses and grant the souls of the dearly departed Aljannah Firdaus. Amin. http://www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com/press-release-saraki-condoles-with-buhari-over-death-of-two-family-members/

  • 11 Feb 2018

    My family and I commiserate with and his family in this moment of grief.May the Almighty A

  • 11 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 11 Feb 2018

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Last weekend, at Georgetown University's African Business Conference, I spoke about why economic development must...

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Last weekend, at Georgetown University's African Business Conference, I spoke about why economic development must happen in Africa -- and to Africans. I highlighted our successes, talked about the gaps that currently exist, and emphasized the need for us to tap into the opportunities that are currently before us in order to deliberately fulfill the 'Africa Rising' narrative. https://youtu.be/Hx-CfzsVZpE

  • 11 Feb 2018

    RT : In case you missed it: Watch the Keynote Address by President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at Georgetown Unive

  • 11 Feb 2018

    RT : From discussing business in Africa at Georgetown University, Washington D.C, to the National in Abuja, Niger

  • 10 Feb 2018

    Today, it was great to be in Port Harcourt to attend the Thanksgiving Service for Senator Magnus Abe and other

  • 10 Feb 2018

    Today, it was great to be in Port Harcourt to attend the Thanksgiving Service for Senator Magnus Abe and other...

  • 10 Feb 2018

    Today, it was great to be in Port Harcourt to attend the Thanksgiving Service for Senator Magnus Abe and other APC members of parliament elected from Rivers State.

  • 10 Feb 2018

    RT : This morning, I was with the Dir Project, Constituency Office to inspect Isale Asa Road, one of the roads co

  • 10 Feb 2018

    From discussing 'Africa Rising' at Georgetown University, Washington D.C, to the National in Abuja on Thursday -- this is a recap of everything that I have been doing for the past 7 days. Read here now: https://goo.gl/XUbjZu

  • 09 Feb 2018

    Today, I declared open the 9th Meeting of Clerks to National and State Houses of Assembly in Abuja. I told the clerks that it is my firm belief that the strength of democracy lies in our legislature. Hence, Speaker Dogara and I will continue to do whatever we can to provide them with the capacity-building and training that they need to strengthen the legislative arm of government at the State and Federal levels. You can read more here: https://goo.gl/UYLxYc

  • 09 Feb 2018

    RT : Yesterday, the Nigerian Senate held a two- day Senate National Security Summit on the security infrastructure in Nigeria.

  • 09 Feb 2018

    The passing of veteran broadcaster, Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed, is not only a loss to journalism but to the entire nation. Many of you might recall how the fearless Baba-Ahmed risked his life to report live the Maitatsine crisis in the 80’s. As a journalist and writer, Baba-Ahmed exhibited courage in reporting issues -- no matter whose ox was gored. Journalism has lost one of its exemplary stars. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) grant him Aljannah Firdaus. Amin.

  • 09 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 09 Feb 2018

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  • 09 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Veteran Broadcaster, Baba-Ahmed

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

  • 09 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 09 Feb 2018

    The loss of a child is something that would have broken many people, this is why, last night, I was honoured to be at the charity ball marking the Launching of the MaxLife Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to the memory of the late Maxwell Chinedu Omabuwa Oduah-Etoromi, the late son of my colleague in the 8th Senate, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah. I am humbled by Senator Oduah’s grace in the face of adversity. Somehow, she has been able to find the strength and giving heart to turn personal tragedy into a beautiful legacy, through the work of the foundation she has founded in Maxwell’s name. It has been encouraging to know that already, many youngsters are benefitting from the foundation’s targeted sponsorships in formal and informal education. For example, where the beneficiary’s aptitude is not in the tertiary educational pathway, they are taught practical skills that will equip them to live ‘Maximum Lives’.

  • 08 Feb 2018

    Following the spike in the bloodletting over the New Year period, today, the Senate convened a to review the entire security architecture of the country. The sharp increase in murderous violence, over and above the relatively manageable level of insecurity that has plagued our country for some time, jolted us out of any last vestiges of complacency or denial. There can be no denying the horrific reality in many parts of our country today. People who should be neighbours are turning on one another and taking up arms. These attacks and reprisal attacks are an intolerable cycle of hell that must be broken. Killings, kidnappings, mayhem and general lawlessness cannot be the new normal. We must take this country back and restore order. To this end, today’s Summit brought together a wide spectrum of stakeholders including: political leaders; security policy makers; Governors – who are Chief Security Officers in their states; security and intelligence chiefs; key persons in the nation’s security architecture; regional and socio-cultural groups; traditional rulers; civil society organisations (CSOs) and others with strong, persuasive insights into the problem. It is my hope that when this Summit ends on Monday, we would have achieved some consensus around what needs to be done, in the short term as well as in the long term, to bring comfort and relief to those affected, and assurances of security throughout the country.

  • 08 Feb 2018

    These are my remarks from today’s , held at the NAF Conference Center, Abuja. PROTOCOLS. 1. You are welcome to the Summit on National Security, a 2-Day dialogue convened as a matter of national urgency. We are here because, in the face of escalating threats to the peace and security of our dear country, it becomes necessary to put heads together, share ideas and map out strategies to see us out of the current predicament. 2. The coming together of the Executive and Legislative arms of government for this discussion about security, is a pointer to the seriousness of the situation, and our determination to tackle the problem. The Summit is also unique, because never before have we had such an inclusive platform for appraising security-related matters in this country. 3. If I may provide some background: it will be recalled that the Senate had, on 30th of November 2017, inaugurated the Ad-Hoc Committee on Review of Security Infrastructure in the Country. This came about, because we were increasingly concerned at the spate of crises and insecurity in many parts of the country, and knew that we needed to do something about it. The Committee had a broad mandate; to look into the problem and prepare a report outlining a different approach for dealing with the issue. 4. The spike in the bloodletting over the New Year period injected another note of urgency into the matter, and further served to augment the mandate of the Committee, whose members suspended their recess to conduct a fact-finding visit to Benue State, scene of one of the recent killings. From that visit on 12th January 2018, the Committee had a report ready for the Senate upon resumption on 16th January. It was on the back of that, that we passed the Resolution to organise this Summit - to review the entire security architecture of the country. I would like to thank the members of the Committee – Chaired by Senate Leader, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan - for their hard work and commitment to this national assignment, and the expedient manner in which they discharged their functions. 5. The sharp increase in murderous violence, over and above the relatively manageable level of insecurity that has plagued our country for some time, jolted us out any last vestiges of complacency or denial. There can be no denying the horrific reality in many parts of our country today. People who should be neighbours are turning on one another and taking up arms. These attacks and reprisal attacks are an intolerable cycle of hell that must be broken. Killings, kidnappings, mayhem and general lawlessness cannot be the new normal. We must take this country back and restore order. 6. To this end, the Summit brings together a wide spectrum of stakeholders including: political leaders; security policy makers; Governors – who are Chief Security Officers in their states; security and intelligence chiefs; key persons in the nation’s security architecture; regional and socio-cultural groups; traditional rulers; civil society organisations (CSOs) and others with strong, persuasive insights into the problem. 7. It was envisaged that the Summit would provide a platform for critically examining the problem of insecurity, to help collate views and ideas in aid of the search for solutions. It is most reassuring to see us all here – people together – coming together to come up with a national response to a grave problem confronting our nation. 8. To the Executive, I say this: you cannot do it alone – and this is why we are all here to join efforts. It is all hands on deck. No one person, organisation or arm of government can single-handedly tackle the hydra-headed monster of insecurity. The Constitution makes it clear that the safety of lives and property of citizens is the responsibility of government. We in government must therefore do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerians are safe from harm, and their livelihoods and belongings protected. 9. Permit me to observe that those who are in this room have the capacity to bring about a change in this situation, to end the violence and bring succour. We have the capacity. But, do we have the political will? I daresay political will is what is required; and it is my hope that we shall marshal it as a legitimate instrument against this problem. Indeed, there is no reason why that should not be the case. This is not a Summit to trade blames – in no way is this a blame game. Neither is it convened so that any person or entity can take credit. We just want solutions. Solutions only. That is all Nigerians require of us. 10. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is expected that at the end of our deliberations and submissions, we will have a more profound understanding of the nature of the crisis; as well as a realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of our security assets. We should also have a more accurate assessment of challenges to the current disposition of the Nigerian state - through the level of preparedness of all its law and order agencies to security threats. 11. Let me add that this Summit should help us achieve some consensus around what needs to be done, in the short term as well as in the long term, to bring comfort and relief to those affected, and assurances of security throughout the country. 12. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, we would have failed in our responsibility if - by the end of this Summit – we didn’t succeed in triggering higher levels of collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders, of a character that can be sustained and placed at the service of the nation. This spirit of collaboration and cooperation is, therefore, key. 13. The Summit programme has been designed to allow full and unfettered discussion. All participants are therefore encouraged to be forthright in expressing their views, and show commitment to the need for solution. Let me reiterate that we are not here to indict anybody. This is not an indictment, it is not to lay blame or point fingers, and it is not to take credit for what goes well. This process is very much solutions-driven. In order for us to ameliorate the current difficulties, therefore, it is important that people speak frankly. 14. In that vein, let me say to those who will make contributions during the sessions: please, do not be on the defensive. Nobody is on trial here. Let us make our submissions with openness, in good faith and with an attitude that is forward-looking. When all is said and done, this is a worthy exercise, for the good of Nigeria, and we should all strive to do our best, - and that work begins at this Summit. 15. What our country needs at this time is leadership that will work to douse the flames and reduce tension in the land. It is essential that we lower the barriers in our actions and rhetoric, and refrain from playing politics with a crisis situation in which Nigerian lives are being lost, tragically and needlessly, on a regular basis. 16. Let me extend our deepest gratitude to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his and the Executive’s support towards the convening of this Summit. Appreciation also goes to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, for the cooperation that brought the entire 8th National Assembly on board for this Summit. 17. The kind of collaborative and joined-up working that should be an example to Nigerians, is already on display here; and it is hoped that we shall use this as a springboard for the success of this Summit, the outcome of which must be such as can feed into the search for a solution. Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 08 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 05 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 04 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 03 Feb 2018

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

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

  • 01 Feb 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Delivers Lecture in Washington on Saturday

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

  • 31 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 30 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 29 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 29 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 28 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Laments Funding Constraints in National Assembly

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

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Empanels Conference Committee on Electoral Reforms Bill

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

  • 24 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 24 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Ex-CJN, Musdapher

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 23 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 18 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 15 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 11 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 10 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 08 Jan 2018

    APPOINTMENT OF NEW DIRECTORS FOR ABS CONSTITUENCY’S OFFICE

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

  • 04 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 03 Jan 2018

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

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

  • 31 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 29 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 28 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 24 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 23 Dec 2017

    Chief Imam Thanks Saraki for Saving His Life

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

  • 21 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 20 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 18 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 16 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Senate Moves to Tackle Drug, Substance Abuse

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

  • 16 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 12 Dec 2017

    Saraki: Court of Appeal Verdict Vindicates Me

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

  • 12 Dec 2017

    Press Release: 5 Ways to Achieve Restructuring, Says Saraki

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

  • 12 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 11 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 04 Dec 2017

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

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

  • 03 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Late Adesoye

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

  • 01 Dec 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Felicitates With Muslims At Eid El Maulud

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

  • 29 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 24 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 23 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 22 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 21 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 21 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 20 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 17 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 16 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 15 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 11 Nov 2017

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

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

  • 09 Nov 2017

    Press Release: UN Scribe Lauds NASS Relationship with Executive

    Press Release November 9, 2017 UN Scribe Lauds NASS Relationship with Executive  The United Nations has commended the good relations between the Executive and the 8th National Assembly as exhibited by the lawmakers at the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, during the presentation of the 2018 Budget by  President Muhammadu Buhari. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambers, gave the commendation ... read more

  • 07 Nov 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (C.O.N) ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL – 7TH NOVEMBER, 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (C.O.N) ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL – 7TH NOVEMBER, 2017.   PROTOCOL.       1. Mr. President, on behalf of my colleagues, Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Honourable Members of the House of Representatives, I welcome you and members of your Executive team to this joint session of the National Assembly.   2. ... read more

  • 07 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New NASFAT’s Chief Missioner, AbdulAzeez

    Press Release November 7, 2017 Saraki Congratulates New NASFAT’s Chief Missioner, AbdulAzeez President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the newly appointed Chief Missioner of the Nasrul-Lahi-Li- Fathi Society (NASFAT), Imam Maruf Onike AbdulAzeez. Saraki, who is the Baba Adinni of Ansar-ul- Islam Worldwide, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the appointment was well deserved and described Imam AbdulAzeez as a consummate scholar, highly educated and enlightened religious ... read more

  • 06 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Paradise Papers: Saraki Hides No Asset and Violates No Law

    Press Release  November 6, 2017   Paradise Papers: Saraki Hides No Asset and Violates No Law   Once again, the issue of offshore company registration which was first raised in 2016 is being revived and thrown to the public space. As a responsible public officer, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will continue to explain his position. We know this is the period of politics when mudslinging is a common trick in the game.   However, we will like to ... read more

  • 06 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Executive, Legislature Not in Competition, Says SGF ….Pledge Closer Collaboration with National Assembly

    Press Release November 6, 2017 Executive, Legislature Not in Competition, Says SGF ….Pledge Closer Collaboration with National Assembly Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Monday said that the Executive and the Legislature are not in competition but would work together to deliver on the promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Nigerians. Mustapha according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu in Abuja, stated this ... read more

  • 06 Nov 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,; AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES OTUKPO (ESTABLISMENT, ETC.) BILL 2017 – 6THNOVEMBER, 2017.

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI; AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES OTUKPO (ESTABLISMENT, ETC.) BILL 2017 – 6THNOVEMBER, 2017.     PROTOCOL.   1. My sincere thanks to the Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND for the invitation to declare open this Public Hearing on the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (Establishment, Etc.) Bill 2017 ... read more

  • 03 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate to Partner EU in Fight Against Illegal Migration 

    Press Release  November 3, 2017   Senate to Partner EU in Fight Against Illegal Migration    President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed the willingness of the National Assembly to support efforts being made by the Federal Government and the European Union (EU) to mitigate the rising incidence of illegal migration into European countries.   Saraki who stated this when the new EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, visited him in Abuja, also stressed the need for ... read more

  • 02 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate Commiserates With Tinubu Over Son’s Death

    Press Release November 2, 2017 Senate Commiserates With Tinubu Over Son’s Death The Senate has expressed sadness over the death of Mr. Jide Tinubu, son of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, after a brief illness on Wednesday. President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who earlier paid a condolence visit to commiserate with Tinubu in Abuja, in a statement he personally signed on behalf of his colleagues described the death as ... read more

  • 01 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Directs MDAs to Submit Outstanding Scholarships to Senate …Calls for Review of Scholarship Policy

    Press Release November 1, 2017 Saraki Directs MDAs to Submit Outstanding Scholarships to Senate …Calls for Review of Scholarship Policy President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday met with representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responsible for the welfare of Nigerian Students on scholarships abroad now stranded due to non-payment of their living allowances and tuition fees by relevant government agencies. The Senate in plenary had mandated the President of the Senate to intervene and know ... read more

  • 01 Nov 2017

    Press Release: Senate Seeks Adequate Financial Provision for NEDC in 2018 Budget

    Press Release  November 1, 2017   Senate Seeks Adequate Financial Provision for NEDC in 2018 Budget   The Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to make adequate financial provision in the 2018 Budget for the take-off of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).   The Senate also affirmed its commitment to the implementation of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Act following the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari on 26th October, 2017, to the NEDC Bill passed by the National ... read more

  • 30 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Senate Mourns Danjuma Goje’s Late Wife

    Press Release October 30, 2017   Senate Mourns Danjuma Goje’s Late Wife   The Senate has commiserated with one of its members, Senator Danjuma Goje, who lost his wife, Hajia Yelwa Danjuma Goje, in the early hours of Monday.   In a statement personally signed by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate expressed shock and sadness over Mrs. Goje’s death, and described the deceased as an exemplary pillar of support, a dedicated partner and mother ... read more

  • 26 Oct 2017

    Press Release Saraki: NASS Working to Increase Private Sector Participation in Economy

    Press Release October 26, 2017   Saraki: NASS Working to Increase Private Sector Participation in Economy   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, stated that one of the primary objectives of the 8th National Assembly is to increase private sector participation in all spheres of the economy in order to make the country viable.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this while welcoming the Board of ... read more

  • 25 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Commends Buhari For Signing NEDC Bill into Law

    Press Release October 25, 2027   Saraki Commends Buhari For Signing NEDC Bill into Law   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu described the Presidential Assent as a “major development in the efforts by the present administration to restore peace and normalcy in the North East and making the harrowing ... read more

  • 25 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Bama Emirate Lauds National Assembly ‘s Role in Rebuilding of North-East

    Press Release October 25, 2017 Bama Emirate Lauds National Assembly ‘s Role in Rebuilding of North-East The Bama Emirate on Tuesday expressed gratitude to the Senate and indeed the National Assembly over their unflinching commitment to the rebuilding of the North East Region, following the devastation visited on the area by the Boko Haram insurgents. The Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Umar Ibn El-Kanemi, gave the commendation when he led a delegation comprised of eminent sons and daughters of the ... read more

  • 15 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Canvases International Conference on the North East, Boko Haram Threat

     Press Release October 15, 2017 Saraki Canvases International Conference on the North East, Boko Haram Threat President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the international community to organize a global conference aimed at galvanizing international resources to  mitigate the  devastation and the humanitarian situation in the North East  of the Country as well as the continuous threat posed by the Boko Haram terrorists.  It could be recalled that Saraki on Thursday led a National Assembly delegation ... read more

  • 12 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to 137th IPU in Russia

    Press Release October 12, 2017   Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to 137th IPU in Russia   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Thursday) led a National Assembly delegation to partake in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the theme: “Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue.”   Saraki who is a member of the Governing Board of the IPU, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni ... read more

  • 11 Oct 2017

    Press Release: International Day of the Girl: Saraki Celebrates Nigerian Girls​

    Press Release  October 11, 2017   International Day of the Girl: Saraki Celebrates Nigerian Girls​   The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has joined the world in celebrating the 2017 commemoration of the International Day of the Girl (IDG2017).   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that IDG2017 is an opportunity for law and policy-makers, community leaders and families to re-evaluate, highlight and scrutinize ... read more

  • 11 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Senate to Partner PSN to Combat Drug Abuse

    Press Release October 10, 2017 Senate to Partner PSN to Combat Drug Abuse President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the commitment of the 8th Senate to work with relevant agencies like the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to curb increasing incidence of drug abuse in the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, spoke when the leadership of the PSN visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja. ... read more

  • 09 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Senate, MDAs, CSOs Proffer Solution to Youth Unemployment Challenge

    Press Release October 9, 2017 Senate, MDAs, CSOs Proffer Solution to Youth Unemployment Challenge The Senate, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on Monday convened a roundtable dialogue on the alarming rate of youth unemployment in the country. The event which was attended by the President of the Senate, Principal Officers of the Senate, Senators and CSOs, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, ... read more

  • 07 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Russia 2018: Saraki Congratulates Supers Eagles

    Press Release October 7, 2017   Russia 2018: Saraki Congratulates Supers Eagles   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, congratulated the Nigerian Super Eagles and all Nigerians on the nation’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to hold in Russia next year.   Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that being in Uyo to witness firsthand the dedication, poise and consistency of our players has ... read more

  • 05 Oct 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Inaugurates Nigeria/Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group

    Press Release October 4, 2017   Saraki Inaugurates Nigeria/Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday inaugurated the Nigeria-Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group and described the body as a veritable instrument to deepen integration among nations globally.   According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the President of the Senate on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, Saraki also said that the integration process in Africa is a process that its time has come. ... read more

  • 04 Oct 2017

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON NIGERIA-MOROCCO PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP.

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON NIGERIA-MOROCCO PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP AT SENATE CONFERENCE ROOM 0.22, WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2017.   Protocol, 1. I am highly delighted to deliver a goodwill message on the occasion of the inauguration of the Senate Committee on Nigeria-Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group. I welcome all members to this important event. ... read more

  • 01 Oct 2017

    Press Release: 57th Independence Anniversary: Saraki Preaches Unity Among Nigerians

    Press Release September 30, 2017   57th Independence Anniversary: Saraki Preaches Unity Among Nigerians President of the Senate,  Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Nigerians on the 57th anniversary of the country’s independence and for sustaining her status as a united and progressive country. In a goodwill message to mark this year’s Independence Anniversary, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki also urged Nigerians irrespective of creed and tribe to continue to work ... read more

  • 29 Sep 2017

    Press Release September: Saraki Pledges Support to ACP Countries on Cotonou Agreement

    Press Release September 29, 2017   Saraki Pledges Support to ACP Countries on Cotonou Agreement   ….Assures UNDP of Quick Passage of Gender Bill   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the support of the National Assembly to the Cotonou Agreement of the African, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) countries ahead of its meeting in Cotonou, Benin Republic to fashion out a unified terms of agreement with the European Union (EU).   In a similar vein, the ... read more

  • 27 Sep 2017

    Press Release: Youth Inclusiveness Key to Good Governance, Devt., Says Saraki

    Press Release September 27, 2017   Youth Inclusiveness Key to Good Governance, Devt., Says Saraki   President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday said that giving young persons the opportunity to partake in leadership is crucial to good governance and economic development.   Saraki, according to statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, made the remarks in his opening speech at the African Regional Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) at the ... read more

  • 27 Sep 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE IPU AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE IPU AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, ABUJA, 27TH – 28TH 2017.   Protocol;   I am delighted to deliver this keynote address on the regional conference of young Parliamentarians in Africa under the auspices of the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).   The memories are still fresh on how ... read more

  • 26 Sep 2017

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) ON THE 8TH SENATE’S RESUMPTION OF PLENARY FROM THE 2017 ANNUAL RECESS

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) ON THE 8TH SENATE’S RESUMPTION OF PLENARY FROM THE 2017 ANNUAL RECESS ON TUESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 2017.   PROTOCOL   Distinguished colleagues, it a great pleasure to see you all back from our annual recess. In truth, it has always been a special privilege to welcome you my colleagues into this chamber, and today is no exception. I believe the recess afforded us, opportunity ... read more

  • 25 Sep 2017

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF FINANCE ON TAX INCENTIVES MANAGEMENT

    OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A ONE DAY PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF FINANCE ON TAX INCENTIVES MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY BILL, COMPANIES INCOME TAX ACT 2004 (AMENDMENT) 2017 AND CONSTITUENCY PROJECTS ( BUDGETARY PROVISION) BILL, 2016) ON MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017 .   PROTOCOL; It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing organized by the ... read more

  • 18 Sep 2017

    PRESS STATEMENT: Saraki: National Assembly Will Investigate Crisis in South-east

    PRESS STATEMENT September 18, 2017   Saraki: National Assembly Will Investigate Crisis in South-east   1. Following the clash between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), I hereby call for calm and restraint by all Nigerians so that we would all jointly find the right solution to the current problem rather than worsening the crisis.   2. Our brothers and sisters in the South-east, in particular, should continue to maintain peace and tranquility and go ... read more

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Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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