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

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

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

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

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

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

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

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

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

Senate President

Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

TODAY
  • 11 Dec 2016

    RT : Yesterday, spoke at Brickhall School, Abuja. He later stopped by their art gallery to support their young artists

  • 11 Dec 2016

    Glad to be home in Kwara, had a meeting with members of my constituency where we exchanged progress report of happenings @ home & Senate

  • 10 Dec 2016

    RT : The strides of all Senators under d leadership of SP is geared towards serving the people that elected us.

  • 10 Dec 2016

    A student today, a leader tomorrow. We must do all we can to create, ensure and protect the opportunities and futur

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Took a moment to support artists whose amazing creations belie their years. Going home with these

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Celebrating with parents present, many of whom were the mothers. The joy of every parent is seeing

  • 10 Dec 2016

    We at the Senate are working to pass legislature that can bring the much needed resources necessary to support education

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Today, I am pleased to congratulate parents, teachers, students & Mgmt of as they celebrate their 1st Anniversary

  • 10 Dec 2016

    The Senate President on have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three...

  • 10 Dec 2016

    The Senate President on “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 10 December 1964 My thoughts turn to Dr. King’s Nobel Prize speech as we commemorate International Human Rights Day and the terrible atrocities occurring in the world today. Only yesterday, the news of the twin bomb blasts in Adamawa shook us with great pain and sadness. My heart cannot but cry out for the families and friends who have lost their loved ones to terror and violence. I send them my sincerest condolences. Last week, the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East held three days of public hearings on the situation in that region. The Ad Hoc Committee was created to investigate the diversion of material relief aid meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the region. After eight (8) years of terror, destruction and displacement mostly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, it is estimated that some 8.5 million people are in need of urgent assistance. Another 6.9 million people are in need of life saving humanitarian assistance. The Committee heard witness testimony about how the success of the Nigerian Army’s efforts to drive Boko Haram from the North East have exposed an unprecedented level of destruction to the physical infrastructure and the economy throughout the region. The Committee also learned from witnesses about the thousands upon thousands of previously unprotected and unassisted IDPs the Nigerian government and international aid agencies are struggling to reach, and to serve in newly liberated areas. The Committee also learned about the extreme stress being placed upon local host communities that have harbored both relatives and strangers alike in their homes and villages. The Committee also learned about the suffering of women and children in and around the IDP camps. Women who lack protection from sexual/gender based violence and who are forcedto trade sex for food by government officials. Children threatened with starvation due to the lack of availability of food and food insecurity. Our government cannot handle this crisis alone. Conversely, the international aid agencies cannot leverage their resources for greater effectiveness without greater coordination among state agencies. Yet, through it all, the people of the impacted areas of North East Nigeria await peace, security, economic development and a return to normalcy. We, the disciples of Dr. King’s inspiring words must put our commitment and faith into action by having the audacity to believe that we can end the insecurity and suffering in the North East. In recognition of International Human Rights Day, I for one commit to continue do all that I can as Senate President to help the Federal and State governments and the Ad Hoc Committee to do what it takes to protect the people and rehabilitate the economy of the North East. How about you? -ABS

  • 10 Dec 2016

    RT : The 's condolence message on the bomb blast in Adamawa: "My heart cannot but cry out for the families who lost lo

  • 10 Dec 2016

    RT : Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo -

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast

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

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast -

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb BlastSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday...

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday commiserated with victims of the twin bomb blast in Adamawa State. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the incident which took place in spite of the Armed Forces avowed determination to put to rout the insurgents, shows that "evil continues to fight back. But we will not be deterred." He assured Nigerians that the government will do all it takes to defeat the insurgents. "The news of Friday's bomb blast in Adamawa shook us with great pain and sadness," Saraki said. "My heart cannot but cry out for the families and friends who have lost their loved ones to terror and violence. I send them my sincerest condolences. "As our men and women on the front lines in the North East continue to gallantly defend our freedoms and root out the insurgency, today's attack demonstrates that evil continues to fight back. But we will not be deterred. "Nigerians must be rest assured that this government will continue to do all that it takes to defeat and decimate the Boko Haram resistance that is left. "The Nigerian legislature will continue to work and support the executive to ensure that we end the insurgency, restore normalcy to all parts of the North East. "I pray that the souls of the dear and departed may experience peace. And may all the injured recover speedily," he said. END

  • 10 Dec 2016

    RT : The congratulates Ghana's President-elect on his victory in the Presidential Election.

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect

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

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-electSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated...

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, on his victory in the recently concluded Ghanaian general elections. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also lauded both the outgoing President, and the people of Ghana for a successful electoral process. The Senate President stated that by conceding victory, President John Dramani Mahama, demonstrated that democracy in Africa has come of age. Saraki said: "From what we experienced last year during Nigeria’s general elections by having an incumbent President concede — and what we have seen today in Ghana, we can all attest to the fact that there is a trend of political maturity emanating from West Africa. “What we are celebrating today is a confirmation that Africa has truly matured in terms of democracy. “The people of Ghana and their leaders have confirmed that elections can be free, fair, credible and non-violent. “I commend and congratulate the President of Ghana, and the President-elect for their dignified conduct throughout this process. I wish them success throughout the transition period. I also want to reassure them that the Nigerian legislature will continue to remain their firm partners in development.”

  • 09 Dec 2016

    I wish the government of a successful transition. 's legislature will continue to remain your partners in development.

  • 09 Dec 2016

    One thing that we must celebratefrom today's concession in is the confirmation that Africa's democracy has truly matured.

  • 09 Dec 2016

    I commend President and President-elect for their statesman-like conduct throughout the Ghanaian Presidential election

  • 09 Dec 2016

    I also congratulate the people of Ghana for conducting a free, fair and credible democratic exercise.

  • 09 Dec 2016

    I congratulate the President-elect of Ghana, , on his victory in the Ghanaian Presidential elections.

  • 09 Dec 2016

  • 09 Dec 2016

    RT : We Senate don talk say dem no go sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill until to dem pass the 2017-2019 MTEF & FSP.

  • 08 Dec 2016

    RT : Today, the signed 's version of the Peace Corps Bill. It will now be sent to

  • 08 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 08 Dec 2016

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

  • 08 Dec 2016

    Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Senate Donates N12m To Ex-Servicemen The Senate today donated N12 million to the...

  • 08 Dec 2016

    Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Senate Donates N12m To Ex-Servicemen The Senate today donated N12 million to the Nigerian Legion towards the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations. Announcing the donation while being decorated with the remembrance emblem, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said the gesture was to appreciate the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces in providing and maintaining peace and security in the country. Apart from the N12 million, Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, said each Senator will make an individual donation to the Legion, since nothing is too much towards supporting the nation's retirees and keeping the memory of fallen heroes alive. Saraki assured the veterans that, "we will continue to give our support and commendation to men and women in the Armed Forces for what you have continued to do in providing peace and stability in this country. "Without peace and stability we will not make any progress. Whatever development we are able to achieve as a country depend on that peace and stability. "We must commend those that are still serving and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for the unity, peace and stability of this country. "The Senate will continue to work closely and collaborate with the Armed Forces on the area of welfare, professionalism and improved condition of service for our military. "For the veterans, who are being remembered during this period, it is our responsibility to ensure that they can live a life with lots of relief, peace and tranquility, and to also ensure that their living standard is appreciable," he said. Earlier, the National President of the Nigerian Legion, Capt. Micah Gayja, said proceeds of the sales of the emblem would be used in assisting members of the association. Gayja said it was from money realized from such sales last year that the Legion empowered 50 women, granted scholarships to 50 children of fallen soldiers, offered financial assistance to another 50 aged retired soldiers in addition to humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camped in Bauchi. END

  • 08 Dec 2016

    will continue to collaborate with the military in the area of Welfare, provision of equipment and improved condition of service

  • 08 Dec 2016

    I just received the leaders of Nigerian Legion that came to decorate members of with Armed Forces Rembrance Emblem for 2017.

  • 08 Dec 2016

    Great meeting with party chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun along with other principal officers. Step towards a better working relationship

  • 08 Dec 2016

    RT : Shortlisted below? Accept my congratulations.Surely, this 100 will birth thousands of .

  • 07 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 07 Dec 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA ... -

  • 07 Dec 2016

    My opening remarks at the public hearing on the Petroleum Industry BillProtocol; 1. The petroleum industry...

  • 07 Dec 2016

    My opening remarks at the public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill Protocol; 1. The petroleum industry remains the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Oil and gas have been, and will likely remain for the foreseeable future, Nigeria’s most important non-renewable energy source. The industry contributes over 90% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. 2. The industry is therefore critical to the economic and social development of Nigeria. This all-important sector of the economy has for too long performed below efficiency indexes, with government and investors alike losing significant edge in the oil and gas investment trends. The case for change cannot be more compelling considering that existing petroleum legal, regulatory and institutional structures are out-dated. 3. It is unacceptable that till date, we still import over 90% of needed petroleum products (petrol and chemicals), we flare substantial gas produced, we have damaged our eco-systems and polluted our communities and cannot supply adequate electricity to our homes and industries. This situation has undermined our citizens’ standard of living, life expectancy, our national energy security and has resulted to other unforeseen fall-outs like: labour unrest; fuel queues; high cost of delivery of products; high cost of delivery of overall services in the overall economy; and unquantifiable wastage of national productivity as a result. 4. The state of the industry globally today, has heightened and made it imperative that either we comprehensively reform our local industry to have a chance to keep it alive or become extinct. The oil and gas industry is yearning for good governance,competitiveness, transparency, indigenous participation and accountability. 5. The 8th Senate recognizes that the reason for the dearthof reform in the industry is not due to lack of trying. Since 2008 when the PIB was first introduced through to the 7th National Assembly, several versions of the bill have unsuccessfully made their way through the National Assembly. While, the PIB was stalling and its passage delayed at the National Assembly, investment decisions in the industry continued to suffer, keeping the country’s future in limbo and denying Nigeria the unique opportunity as an oil and gas leader in Sub Sahara Africa. 6. This history of the petroleum industry reform effortnecessitated a rethink by the Senate on their approach and methodology. This gave rise to the choice of the current reform project by the 8th Senate. In our view, the petroleum sector is a politically sensitive industry with diverse and divergent interests. It was therefore important to recognize that for the reform to succeed,there was the need to unbundle it into manageable compartments that could be passed and implemented in tranches. 7. We were able to achieve this through extensive discussions, collaboration and the participation of all stakeholders; a process that we at the 8th Senate commenced as early as mid-August 2015 with a series of informal contributions that have culminated here today. 8. At this point, let me thank all those who contributed informally in moulding the bill, helping to unbundle its contents so that it is for this reason and others that we are today looking at the first of a series of bills arising from the intended reforms of the industry starting with the Petroleum Industry Governance and Institutional Bill. 9. It is widely acknowledged that major reforms in the governance and institutional structure for the sector are necessary and urgent. A major drawback of the existing framework is the lack of clarity of roles, self- regulation, conflicts and unnecessary overlaps. 10. The key objectives of the Petroleum Industry (Governance & Institutional Reforms) Bill therefore is to reform this segment of the industry by introducing international best practices that have led other countries to success in the development of their various oil and gas sectors. In doing this the bill will enable us; a) Create efficient and effective governing institutions with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry; b) establish a framework for the creation of commercially oriented and profit driven petroleum entities that ensures value addition and internationalization of the petroleum industry; c) promote transparency in the administration of the petroleum resources of Nigeria; d) create a conducive business environment for petroleum industry operations. 11. This public hearing therefore is another avenue for us to further hear from you the operators, regulators, experts and other stakeholders in the industry as how best to achieve these objectives and move the industry forward in a manner that is efficient, effective and corrective. 12. It is our hope that by the end of your deliberations today, we would have been able to fine-tune this bill ready for the Senate to consider and pass this first tranche of the bills without any further delay. 13. At the passage of the second reading of this bill, we made a commitment to the Senate, that along with this Governance bill, we will begin to tackle the Fiscal Framework and Host Community issues. 14. I want to use this opportunity to inform you all that we will be starting informal discussions and just as we did on the governance issues, we will be engaging with a lot of you for your contributions, advice and opinions. We believe the two areas, Fiscal Framework and Host Community Issues, truly depend on your engagement with us. 15. The bills on Fiscal Framework and Host Communities will be a shift from the previous approach where the government will force its opinion on all parties. Here at the 8th Senate, we intend to move away from the way things were done in the past during the consideration of such bills, especially Fiscal Framework and Host communities, we will push for a greater partnership relationship resulting in a bill that is a product of all the views and comments of the stakeholders so that the bill is a win-win for everyone; one that works for government, is attractive to oil companies to come and invest and takes into consideration the concerns of the host communities. 16. Finally let me reassure all stakeholders that this is just the beginning. We will also tackle the issues of downstream, gas and the environment. We are poised and resolved that we will deal with all issues related to the industry, albeit in tranches. This will ensure thoroughness and effectiveness. As a nation we cannot afford any further delay in our effort to reform our oil and gas industry. 17. The journey begins now and I assure you that we will guarantee that all of these bills are passed in record time. I wish you all very fruitful deliberations. 18. I now declare open the Public Hearing on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) 2016. 19. Thank you and May God bless Nigeria. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 07 Dec 2016

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  • 07 Dec 2016

    RT : "Major reforms in the institutional structure of the petroleum sector are necessary and urgent." - at '

  • 07 Dec 2016

    RT : "Our oil and gas industry is yearning for good governance, transparency, indigenous participation" - at

  • 07 Dec 2016

    RT : "It is unacceptable that till date, we still import over 90% of needed petroleum products " - at '

  • 07 Dec 2016

    This will be different from others in the past. We will not shove goverment ideas, we will consider views of all stakeholders

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Importance of petroleum Industry Bill cannot be overemphasized, reason why I chose to attend the personally instead of plenary.

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Objectives of PIB is to Promote healthy, safe & efficient conduct of petroleum operations in environmental friendly & sustainable manner

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Today, I will declare open public hearing on Petroleum Industry Bill. A step towards creating a framework for petroleum industry

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Today, I will declare open public hearing on Petroleum Industry Bill. A step towards creating a framework for petroleum industry

  • 07 Dec 2016

    The Commission shall have power to: Enter into contracts and incur obligations;Acquire, hold, mortgage, purchase and deal with property.

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Establishes Nigeria Petroleum Regulatory Commission as a corporate body. The Commission shall have power to: Enter into contracts...

  • 07 Dec 2016

    In event of national emergency as specified in Constitution, Minister shall have right of pre-emption of all petroleum products obtained

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Assigns responsibility for determination, formulation & monitoring of Govt policy for petroleum industry to the Minister of Petroleum.

  • 07 Dec 2016

    NOC will keep its revenues, deduct costs directly & pay dividends to gov't thus putting an end to era of waiting for Federal allocation.

  • 07 Dec 2016

    The NOC will be an integrated oil and gas company operating as a fully commercial entity and will run like a private company.

  • 07 Dec 2016

    PIB seeks to split into2 separate entities: Nigeria Petroleum Assets Management Co (NPAM) and a National Oil Company (NOC).

  • 07 Dec 2016

    PIB will Provide transparency & accountability in administration of Nigerias petroleum resources, foster a conducive business environment

  • 07 Dec 2016

    PIB will Provide transparency and accountability in the administration of Nigerias petroleum resources.

  • 07 Dec 2016

    Establish a framework for creation of commercially oriented & profit driven petroleum entities that ensures value addition in the industry

  • 07 Dec 2016

    PIB seeks to create an efficient & effective governing institution with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry.

  • 06 Dec 2016

    Senate ​Poised to Break PIB Jinx, Holds Public Hearing Tomorrow The Senate, will on Wednesday (December 7th, 2016) begin the public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIB), which passed second reading on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016. The PIB governance legislation, which has been stalled in successive Assemblies, has reached its farthest stage in 16 years. The Bill establishes the process for breaking the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into two commercial entities which will be limited by shares. The two entities will be known as the National Petroleum Company and the National Assets Management Company. Once the PIB is passed and signed into law, Nigeria will have the necessary legislative framework that is needed to ensure the creation and sustainability of commercially-oriented and profit-driven entities that makes possible value addition and the internationalization of Nigeria’s petroleum industry. Speaking on the upcoming public hearing on the PIB, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, commended his colleagues for keeping their foot on the gas in their quest to pass legislation that would grow Nigeria’s economy and create jobs. “I must say, I am proud to be associated with an institution like the 8th Senate that has backed its words with its actions,” Saraki said, “When we passed the Senate’s Economic Legislative Agenda a few months ago, we said that we would make the elusive PIB one of our priorities. By bringing it to the public hearing stage, we have done this. “Though we have come this far, we cannot afford to take our foot off the gas. We must ensure that we expedite the work of the Committee after this public hearing, in order to make sure that the PIB is signed, sealed and delivered for the benefit of the Nigerian public early in 2017", he said. The PIB public hearing will be held on Wednesday and Thursday in the Senate New Wing of the National Assembly Complex. The hearings will be conducted by the Committee on Upstream Petroleum, which is chaired by Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura. The Senate is set to also introduce a Host Community legislation to complement the Governance and Institutional Framework Bill in the coming weeks. This Bill is aimed at addressing issues relating to community participation, security, and the ecological debt incurred by host communities from oil extraction.

  • 05 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2016

    I attended three public hearings today on strategic Bills that will help us create legislative framework to jumpstart our economy. Find below my remarks at the public hearing organized by Senate Committee on Works on Federal Roads Authority Bill, The Infrastructure Development Commission Bill and Motion on the need for the establishment of toll gates on our highways. PROTOCOLS It gives me great pleasure to be with you today for the Public Hearing on: 1. A Bill For An Act to Repeal The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (Establishment. Etc.) Act 2002 (As Amended) And To Establish The Federal Roads Authority To Promote A Safe And Efficient Management Of The Federal Roads Network And For Other Matters Connected Therewith; and 2. A Bill For An Act Provide For The Facilitation And Co-Ordination Of Public Infrastructure Development To Ensure That Infrastructure Development In The Country Is Given Priority In Planning, Approval And Implementation; To Ensure That The Development Goals Of The Country Are Promoted Through Infrastructure Development To Broaden The Scope Of Funding For Infrastructural Development And To Improve The Management Of Such Infrastructure During All Life-Cycle Phases, Including Planning, Approval, Implementation And Operations; And To Provide For Matters Incidental Thereto; And 3. A Motion on the Need For The Establishment Of Toll Gates On Our Federal Highways. For us in the legislature, Public Hearings are very necessary to enable us incorporate the views and inputs of critical stakeholders and the general public into the legislature as a demonstration that the National Assembly not only belongs to the people but will also seek the most updated knowledge and information on matters before us especially Bills and Motions. Public Hearings like this also gives us opportunity to receive inputs of the Executive agencies charged with the responsibility of ensuring the implementation of the Laws we passed here. This will ensure that any objections are frontloaded here and resolved rather than after its passage which usually results in gridlock and disruptions to national development and our democracy. Nigeria has a total road network of nearly 200,0000km. of this the Federal roads constitute about 34,120km representing 17.6% while the rest belong to the states and local governments. However, the federal roads are our interstate highways that ensure that we can move goods and services to different parts of the country. Unfortunately, our federal roads are largely dilapidated and have been unable to serve effectively as economic artery on which the development of the country and general wellbeing of Nigerians must depend on for the most part. Apart from paucity of funds and poor implementation of the approved budget these past years there are many other challenges that has bedevilled its effective development. Without a doubt, finance is very important. But since independence, the management of our federal roads has relied on a weak governance structure. It is an aberration that we have continued to rely on the Ministry, whose main responsibility ought to be policy design, formulation, monitoring and evaluation, to be the client, landlord and managers of our federal roads network. It is this anomaly that the Federal Roads Authority Bill is designed to address. Countries all over the world are rethinking their framework and creating more dynamic governance framework for managing their roads and the time has come for Nigeria to do the same. The bills we have set out here for consideration are some of our most important bills. In terms of the economic impact, the importance of a good road network as the arterial architecture on which a modern economist must rely cannot be overemphasised. Today we have an opportunity to lay for ourselves and our for the generation to come a new foundation on which we can build a more enduring, resilient and effective road infrastructure base for the new Nigerian economy. The Federal Roads Authority Bill is one of the identified by the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) report as one of the bills that can have significant impact in reducing the cost of doing business in Nigeria and give our people the opportunity to make their enterprises prosper and create jobs. The objectives of the National Integrated Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Bill 2016 are also reflective of global best practices. There is a need to have a high-level coordination of Nigeria’s infrastructure stock because of its great importance to our development as a nation. Our infrastructure deficit is wide and growing and there is a National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan. Yet, just as I said earlier on the roads sector, we do not have an institutional framework to bridge our infrastructure deficit in a holistic manner and implement the Master Plan. It is expected that National Integrated Infrastructure Coordinating Commission will assume that responsibility just as a similar Commission was established in South Africa and has been successful in closing their infrastructure gap. There is also an important Motion on the Need for the Establishment of Toll Gates on our Federal Highways. The objective of the Motion is to study the Toll Gates policy on effective and efficient ways to implement the policy aimed at producing a holistic package to generate adequate funds for roads maintenance and its judicious utilization to restore confidence in Nigerians. Today is really a momentous day in Nigeria’s infrastructure sector and I commend the Senate Committee on Works for organizing this Public Hearing. I urge all stakeholders present to make submissions that will add value to the Bills and Motion under consideration. I assure you that the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the people’s Senate and will continue to do our best to engage the Nigerian people on matters that have a direct impact on their welfare and progress. I wish you very successful deliberations and I formally declare this Public Hearing open. May God bless you and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • 05 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2016

    My Speech at the public hearing organised by the Senate committee on Banking, Insurance And other financial institutions on the Bill for the Establishment of the National Development Bank of Nigeria. PROTOCOL It is my pleasure to welcome you all to today's public hearing organized by the Senate committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions on The National Development Bank (Establishment bill). The 8th Senate has remained unflinchingly committed to using substantial legislative time and energy towards economic reforms with major focus on reducing the cost of doing business in Nigeria as well as boosting enterprise development. The National Development Bank of Nigeria (establishment bill) is one of those bills we have identified as crucial in expanding the access to finance opportunity for our people and promoting long-term borrowing that is less fragile. This bill has also been identified by the private sector as an integral unit in the institutional restructuring in the banking sector that will enable better SME and financing. This public hearing is therefore another avenue to seek intellectual and professional inputs from experts like you in the financial sector to query the framing of the bill. We will be very glad to get your honest opinions on such issues as the values to be derived from the merging proposed under the bill especially affecting other SME financing institutions and the advantages or otherwise of seeking a one-stop-shop special purpose SME financing entity with capacity. After our annual recess in September, as part of our antidote for revamping the economy the Senate prioritized certain legislative proposal including the National Development Bank establishment bill for consideration because of the benefits of mobilizing domestic and international resources aimed at addressing development financial needs. We have realized that overtime the existing development financial institutions established by government in the country have not been framed in such a manner as to act as an effective catalyst and financier of our young people’s innovation, enterprise and aspirations. This bill is aimed at addressing the limitations already observed and creating something more dynamic, more adaptive and robust in financial intermediation for development. According to the Comprehensive Review of the Institutional, Regulatory, Legislative & Associated Instruments Affecting Businesses in Nigeria micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) represents 96% of Nigerian businesses and as such are crucial to the Nigerian economy. The review goes further to show the difficulties these businesses have in accessing funds from financial institutions with data sourced from a collaborative survey conducted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency and the National Bureau of Statistics. The data showed that out of 80,312 Small and Medium Enterprises, only 13,031 (17%) listed their source of capital as a loan. In regards to micro enterprises only 3% were said to have listed their source of capital as a loan and these loans are more responsible for their inability to break even than most other challenges. These facts point to struggles faced by business owners in Nigeria and sets the tone for today’s public hearing. Let me be clear, ours is a simple vision; the see our economy exit recession through critical legislative interventions that can help unlock capital and energize our people’s enterprise. We want to to see the cost of getting loans reduce significantly and access to finance improves remarkably. It is hoped that by the time this bill is passed into law and signed by the president, we will have an institution that inspires confidence in our young ones to pursue and grow small businesses in every community and locality. This bill is only the first in the series of interventions we plan that would help refocus the banking sector in a manner that gives hope and inspires investor confidence in the Nigerian economy. This Senate, therefore recognize the need to strengthen and develop the domestic financial sector by encouraging the orderly development of capital markets through sound banking systems and other institutional arrangements aimed at addressing development financing needs. A National Development bank can be an effective instrument for small entrepreneurs and small and medium size enterprise to fully participate in the economy and fulfill the expectation of a more virile and diversified Nigerian economy. It is never too late to begin a good idea even with mounting opposition. We have a good opportunity to develop an efficient institutional framework for the establishment of a National Development Bank. But we must do it taking all parties and opinions on board so that our final outcome meets the test of time. It is my belief that at the end of this public hearing we must have moved a step further in this regard. Thank you very much for listening

  • 04 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 04 Dec 2016

    Senate Begins Final Work on Economic Recovery Bills This Week This week the Senate will move a step closer to passing half of its historic and much needed economic reform package as six of the 11 priority economic growth and reform bills are slated for public hearings between December 5 and 8. The legislation scheduled for public hearing on December 5 includes the National Development Bank of Nigeria Bill which is intended to provide short, medium and long term financing to participating financial institutions for loans to small scale, medium and industrial enterprises in agro allied businesses, manufacturing, mining and the National Road Fund Act to fund the rehabilitation and maintenance of the national road system. Also, public hearing on the Federal Roads Authority Act which is to manage the federal roads network so that it is safe and efficient, with a view toward meeting the socio-economic demands of the country and the Customs and Excise Reform Act which seeks to reform the administration and management of the Customs Service for greater accountability and revenue generation will hold the same day. On December 6, Land and Marine Transport Committee will hold public hearing on the National Transport Commission Act. The legislation establishes a National Transport Commission as an effective, independent and impartial authority in the transport sector. The following day, December 7 and 8, the Committee on Upstream Petroleum will hold public hearings on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIB). This long awaited legislation will establish a framework for the creation of commercially oriented and profit driven petroleum entities that ensures value addition and the internationalization of the petroleum industry. Procedurally, legislation is referred to the committee with the appropriate jurisdiction for it to hold public hearing after the bill has passed the first and second reading during the Senate plenary session. Once the committee submits the public hearing report to the full Senate, the legislation is subject to a third reading, or final passage by members sitting at plenary as a committee of whole. Commenting on the progress being made on the passage of key bills, the Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said the "Senate has been on a steady march to complete passage of the bills which forms our economic growth package before the end of the year. We have maintained all along that we would not rest until we did our part to end the recession, spur economic growth and bring relief to the people,” he further stated. The Senate’s economic strategy was unveiled on September 20 of this year by Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The 11 bills were part of a wider list of recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for how the National Assembly (NASS) could work with the Presidency to end the recession, restore investor confidence and begin to reorient the Nigerian economy. Key to much of the agenda is providing greater space in the economy for private sector participation, support for entrepreneurship and above all job creation. Also commenting on the busy week awaiting the Senate, Saraki himself said “this is a very important week for the Senate. We have moved beyond partisanship and we have moved beyond rhetoric. We are now in the realm where we have really worked to deliver something meaningful to the people of Nigeria.” Senator Abdullahi concurred with the Senate President. “People should really pay attention to the work the Senate has produced. The economic crisis provided the opportunity to work for long overdue reforms in government administration and accountability. The Senate seized upon the opening and now the country is on the verge of truly benefitting from the work of the NASS”, he said.

  • 01 Dec 2016

    World AIDS Day: Saraki Seeks End To Stigmatization As the world commemorates the 2016 World AIDS Day on Thursday December 1, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday called for an end to all forms of discrimination against and stigmatization of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Saraki, a medical doctor, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that discriminatory attitudes in society often leads to people being apprehensive of getting tested and HIV positive people failing to access treatment — thereby, leading to undue spread of the pandemic. “We need to acknowledge that reports have shown that stigmatization kills people faster than infection,” the Senate President said, “Nigeria must put in place a zero discrimination policy for HIV/AIDS and all health related ailments.” The Senate President stated that the Senate would be looking into how the HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act of 2014, which was signed into law during the former administration, is being implemented by law enforcement agencies. “We need to send a strong message that people living with HIV/AIDS are a part of our society,” he said, “By enforcing the laws passed by the National Assembly, we can prohibit discrimination by employers, individuals and organizations.” The Senate President also said: “As we strengthen these enforcement mechanisms to create more inclusion, governments across all levels must work with our local and international partners to build awareness about HIV/AIDS, and create a more supportive environment that will allow those living with HIV/AIDS to live fulfilling lives.” More than 3.5million people in Nigeria are said to be currently living with HIV. This represents 3.2% of the nation's adult population.

  • 30 Nov 2016

    Today, the Senate condemned the proposed increase of data tariffs by Service Providers, in line with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). We strongly believe that we must protect the Nigerian people that sent us to Abuja to represent their interests from the height of the irresponsible plan that has been put forward by the NCC. At a time when the cost of living has gone up for all Nigerians, due to inflation being at 18.3%, the NCC’s actions have implicitly mandated the service providers to increase their costs to maintain their profits. This is unacceptable. I have seen the power of the internet — and how it serves to give a voice to the voiceless, and a platform for millions to air their views. This is why the Senate will continue to maintain that access to the internet remains affordable for all Nigerians. On this note, the Senate has resolved to: - Halt the new tariff proposal by the NCC; - Mandate the Senate Committee on Communications to conduct thorough oversight on the process that brought it about; and - Ensure that Nigerians are always carried along when such processes are considered.

  • 30 Nov 2016

    We are now debating the proposed NCC data price hike on the floor of Senate. Please follow the link to watch live https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1170999939622013&id=900594889995854

  • 28 Nov 2016

    Week we pass, I follow Wazobia FM yarn on top wetin Nigerian Senate dey do for economy & why we dey push Recession no sabi say you be @APCNigeria or you be @OfficialPDPNig or say you be man or woman. So we must follow join hand to P.S four videos attached

  • 27 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 27 Nov 2016

    Saraki Congratulates Akeredolu ...Says Ondo Could Not Have Made a Better Choice Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, over his victory in the Saturday governorship election in the State. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, said Akeredolu's victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance. He urged the Governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders in the arduous task of moving the Sunshine State to the next level. He specifically urged Akeredolu to fully deploy his wealth of experience garnered over many years in private legal practice in running the affairs of the state. He lauded the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the elections while thanking the people of Ondo State for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the elections. Saraki said: "The people of Ondo have made a clear choice by voting for the APC. I can only assure the good people of Ondo that the APC and its flagbearer have all it takes to wipe away your tears and provide you the dividends of democracy that have hitherto eluded you. "With Akeredolu on the saddle of governance, I have no doubt that the state will soon witness unparalleled development both socially, economically and politically. "Ondo could not have made a better choice than Akeredolu. Welcome on board!" he stated. END

  • 25 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 25 Nov 2016

    Saraki Congratulates Atiku @ 70 The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday congratulated a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on his attaining the age of 70 years. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, described the former Vice-President as a detribalized Nigerian and bridge builder whose influence, selflessness and astuteness has continue to positively impact humanity both within and outside the shores of this country. While wishing the celebrant many more years of fruitful service to God and humanity, he urged the political class to borrow a leaf from his many acts of generosity and passion for education. “Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is one man that has continued to inspire his peers and upcoming generation alike in all aspects of life. He is a man of great courage and vision that has helped to shape the development and democratic advancement of this country in no small measure. “He is a true gift to humanity and we are blessed to have a personality like him as one of the major stakeholders in the Nigeria. I can only but wish the Turaki Adamawa excellent health, long life and continued service to humanity on this occasion of joining the Septuagenarian club,” he said.

  • 24 Nov 2016

    Today, the 8th Senate, passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill (SB. 173 and 183) for its third and final reading. Although the Corps has been operational for some time, the passage of this Bill has helped to create a legal framework that will institutionalize the Peace Corps. This Bill will also empower more young people, and will contribute to bringing down Nigeria’s unemployment rate. It is my hope that once this Bill is signed into law by Mr. President, we can work on harmonizing the work of the Peace Corps with that of other security agencies. This is important because it will allow for a more coordinated and efficient response to the pervasive issues of insurgency, kidnapping and other crimes that are confronting Nigeria

  • 24 Nov 2016

    Saraki Seeks Media Partnership to End Economic Recession Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday urged the media to collaborate with the upper chamber in its efforts aimed at pulling the nation's economy out of recession. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, while presenting a keynote address at the 2016 Awards/Dinner for Senators and Journalists covering the Senate, organized by the Senate Press Corps. While commending the awardees and organizers of the event, he urged the media to always ensure truth and objectivity in their reportage of events so as to adequately inform and educate the people about the activities of the parliament. The Senate President stated that the 8th Senate has put adequate processes in place not only to ensure that the 2017 budget is passed in record time but to see a product and quality that Nigerians can be proud of. "We will also continue to plead that there must be objectivity and truth in your reporting," Saraki said. "We must also continue to educate our good people on the efforts we are making in the Senate. "I believe that over the last few months a lot of work has been going on in the Senate showing that it is more business-like approach and I am confident that during the remaining period of our tenure, we will definitely lay a foundation that others after us will build on. "I think at this particular time, let me use this opportunity because in the 8th Senate we keep on talking about the economy, economy, economy and I know that it is very tempting sometimes for the media to continue to focus on what will grab the headlines. I want to appeal to you to blend what is important for the people we represent with the ones that will grab headlines. Today what is important for the people we represent is how do we can get ourselves out of this recession. "That might not in some cases grab the headlines. We will appreciate if you can work with us so that we can achieve this objective. It is our own view that we continue to address how we can improve the economy and we are confident that this time all the budget processes that we have put in place will ensure that we try as much as possible to ensure that the product and the quality is one that we will all be proud of." Saraki said the National Assembly is working to ensure that the 2017 budget is passed in record time and also implementable. He added: "Some of the comments you might have heard today and you will hear in the during the budget process, are not comments that are against government. They are comments that will ensure that the product that we will deliver is a product that Nigerians will be proud of. "I think we are all tired of having budget documents that at the end of the day, when it comes to implementation, they don't mean anything. But when we all come together and put all our best efforts, we have something that we will be proud of. "And it is also in this spirit that I am confident that this time around, we will also be able to pass the 2017 budget at the earliest time possible than we have seen in the last few years," he said. Some of the award categories and the recipients include: Parliamentary Media Award for Leadership - Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume; Lawmaking Facilitator of the Year Award - Sen Andy Uba; Senator of the Year Award - Senator Dino Melaye; Gender Rights Senator of the Year Award - Senator Abiodun Olujimi; Senate Committee Chairman of the Year Award - Senator Samuel Anyanwu; and Outstanding Grassroots Parliamentarian Award - Senator Kabiru Gaya. Others are: Most Innovative Constituency Project of the Year Award - Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Apostle of Peace in the Senate Award - Senator Barnabas Gemade; Parliamentary Advocate for Infrastructural Development Award - Senate Olugbenga Ashafa; Parliamentary Leader of the Decade Award - Senator David Mark; and Parliamentary Bureaucrat of the Year Award - Mr. Olajide Owolabi Adelami. Members of the Senate Press who also received recognition are: Mr. James Itodo - Senate Reporter of the Year (Radio); Mr. Summer Shagari Sambo - Senate Reporter of the Year (Television); Mr. Taiye Odewale - Senate Reporter of the Year (Print); Mr. Ismail Mudashir - Senate Investigative Journalist of the Year; Mr. Francis Ojo - Senate Photo-Journalist of the Year; Mr. David-West Okpoko (Senate Videographer of the Year and Mr. Aminu Martins Omoye - Most Active Press Corps Executive. END

  • 19 Nov 2016

    Was in Ondo State earlier today to appeal to the people of the state to join the winning party by voting for our gubernatorial candidate Rotimi Akeredolu SAN

  • 18 Nov 2016

    I had the pleasure of speaking at the 1st Annual Chevening Alumni Leadership Summit.I advised the illustrious gathering of some of the best minds in our country the importance of having more intellectuals, getting involved in the affairs of running our country.

  • 18 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 18 Nov 2016

    GOODWILL MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE 1ST NATIONAL CHEVENING ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Protocols, 1. Your Excellency, distinguished alumni; let me start by thanking you for the honour of your invitation to me to say a few words at this illustrious gathering of some of the best minds in our country; the First Chevening Alumni Leadership Summit in Nigeria. 2. I understand that the Chevening scholarship is awarded annually to exceptional individuals who possess outstanding leadership potentials for them to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any university in the United Kingdom. The event this morning is therefore, to a very significant extent, a testimony to the outstanding success of this initiative by the British Government through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. As a UK trained medical doctor myself, I can testify to the wonderful opportunities that the UK universities offer in both academic and professional development. I have no doubt therefore, that the Chevening Scholarship has contributed immensely to our country’s human capital development over the years and has further strengthened the historical ties between our both countries. 3. As I look around this room, I cannot but marvel at the fantastic array of intellect gathered here. However, I could also not help but wonder why in spite of the outstanding capabilities that all of you could bring to the table, we have not made the kind of progress we ought to have made as our country. I wonder why we have failed to tap into the enormous reserve of skills and leadership that abound within you all. 4. As we continue to grapple with the challenge of how best to manage our natural resources, here yet is another dimension. We must urgently begin to develop a system that puts our human assets to best use. We must urgently begin to create a system that enables us to put our best brains and minds in positions that they can contribute effectively to the development of our country. As we continue to struggle to find new solutions to the old problems that we face, people like you must be at the forefront, you must bring your expertise and experience to bear. 5. Our economy is in recession. For the first time in more than two decades, inflation is at a decade-high of close to 18%. Oil production is down and there is a severe foreign currency shortage; resulting in a slumping currency and subsequent job losses. The task before all of us, citizens and leadership alike, is enormous. Chevening Alumni in Nigeria must get involved in this quest for solutions to what has effectively become the greatest challenge of our time. 6. At the 8th Senate, we saw very early on that the major challenge before us was the economy. We are convinced that the only economy that can serve Nigeria at this point in our history is that which is inclusive and is able to protect the weakest among us. Our approach therefore is to create the legislative framework for inclusive economic prosperity to all our citizens. We believe that the kind of economy we must build as we face the grim prospect of a post-oil world; is that which is able to tap on the best of our human capital, the creative energy of our youth and the diverse resources of our land. 7. Even as we try to embrace this new thinking and solutions, we recognize the institutional challenges. This is why one of the first legislative initiatives we undertook as early as 6 months from resumption of office was to review all the laws that have made it difficult for people to do business in our country and frustrated investors willing to come into our economy. The assignment we undertook had the following components: Review of the laws of the Federal Republic o Nigeria which relate to the business enabling environment to determine whether they were consistent with international best practices; how effective they were in providing a competitive environment for private sector enterprises to thrive; what specific aspects of the laws were impeding business growth; and the degree of transparency in their operation or whether they prevented arbitrary or perverse enforcement by public agencies;Review of current proposed legislation in the National Assembly that may impact on the Nigerian Business Environment;The identification of specific deficiencies in the legislative framework for business;Preparation of draft recommendations for consideration by the Roundtable on priority areas to be addressed in the national legislative agenda covering: existing acts which should be repealed or significantly amended; existing bills which should take priority at the National Assembly; and new legislation which should be brought to the National Assembly by the Federal Government. 8. Among the first set of bills that have emerged from the review are the Public Procurement Act Amendment bill; the Custom and Excise Bill; The Federal Competition Commission Bill; Federal Roads Authority Bill; The Ports and Harbour Reforms Bill; Securities and Investment Act (Amendment) Bill; Companies and Allied Matters Act (Amendment) Bill; National Transport Commission Bill; Independent Warehouse Regulatory Bill; National Roads Fund Bill; National Development Bank Bill and; Petroleum Industry Governance Bill. 40 of these bills have been passed in the Senate while 82 are nearing the end of their legislative cycle. 9. The 8th Senate is confident that these bills, once passed into law, would lay a solid legislative and policy foundation for the broad-based reforms that are so urgently needed to set our country on the path of inclusive economic growth. 10. In September 2016 when the National Bureau of Statistic declared us in a recession, the Senate upon reconvening carried out a debate to identify actions required. Prior to this, the Senate leadership with a few key private sector leaders to discuss the causes but more importantly, possible practical solutions. At the end if the debate, we came up with a 20-point agenda to assist the executive arm of government to hasten our exit from recession. 11. Even as we continue to work on these, I wholeheartedly invite you to work with us in productive partnership so that we can journey together in this difficult but necessary task to build the Nigeria that we all wish for, for us and for our children. 12. We are here today to explore “The Economic prosperity of Nigeria and the role of alumni in contributing to economic growth”. As we continue to partner with the private sector, we in the 8th Senate believe that you have a significant role to play in contributing to economic growth largely by engaging with us in government; either at the Executive or Legislative level. We have seen from our partnership with NESG, the benefits ad we believe that with the caliber of alumni here, more can be achieved. Let me reassure you that we remain focused on achieving economic prosperity for all Nigerians. 13. Your Excellency, distinguished scholars, ladies and gentlemen. I thank you once again for the honour of your invitation and I wish you fruitful deliberations.

  • 16 Nov 2016

    My meeting to mediate with representatives of ASUU and finance, Education & labour ministries to avoid nationwide strike to start shortly.

  • 15 Nov 2016

    In Dasuki, Nigeria Has Lost Another Statesman Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday described a former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, as a statesman whose impact was felt in many areas of national life during his active days. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, stated that late Dasuki helped in reforming local government administration in the country and the organization of Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. He also played key roles in the area of achieving religious harmony during his days as Secretary General of the Jaamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) Society. The Senate President commiserated with Hon. Abdulsama Dasuki, a son of the the deceased who is currently a member of the 8th House of Representatives, other members of the immediate family of the late ex-Sultan, the government and people of Sokoto State, the Muslim Ummah and the entire nation over the demise of the late Dasuki. He described the late ex-Sultan as a peace loving gentleman who worked for the welfare of his people even as he lauded his immense contribution to nation building. Saraki said: "It is noteworthy that during his beneficial lifetime, late Dasuki left his mark as an astute administrator, diplomat, Islamic scholar, educationist and played a pivotal role in unifying the Muslim Ummah through the reorganization of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs(NSCIA). He will be sorely missed." While praying to Allah to grant the departed soul a place in Aljanah firdaus, he urged his immediate family and his admirers to be consoled by the worthy virtues of the late elder statesman. END

  • 15 Nov 2016

    Saraki: “Ending Recession Requires Dialogue and Cooperation” 14 November 2016, Abuja---Today Senate President (Dr.) Bukola Saraki said, “ending the recession requires dialogue and cooperation from Nigeria’s national leaders.” The Senate President’s comments were in response to repeated questions about his recent meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate’s votes to return the President’s Mid-Term Economic Framework (MTEF) and $29.9 billion loan request pending the submission of supporting documentation. “Reports of rising tension between lawmakers and the president are overblown,” Saraki stated. “The MTEF and the loan request were returned to the executive because both submissions lacked the supporting documentation necessary to conduct due diligence and oversight” he said. “The real concern should be the length of time it will take to receive the requested documentation and the time lost toward beginning the 2017 budget process.” The Senate President explained that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria gives the National Assembly (NASS) the power to approve federal appropriations. This mean the annual budget, appropriations bills and loan requests must be passed by the NASS. “What the media is now covering and what the public is witnessing is not political gamesmanship” Saraki observed. “This is the discourse that must occur if we are to figure out the best way to tackle the recession. The growing cooperation between the executive and legislative branch is the only way to move Nigeria forward.” Both the National Bureau of Statistics and Bloomberg Markets reported today Nigeria’s inflation rate rose in October from 17.9% to 18.3%. Increases in the inflation rate of housing, electricity, water, lubricants for personal transport and education were leading sub-index sectors driving the inflation rate. Additionally, food inflation rose from 16.6% to 17.1% led by increases in the price of bread, cereal, fish and meat. The Senate President further stated, “at the end of the day we as elected leaders must listen to the testimonies of the people and understand the level of despair in the country.” “I am confident that by working together we can overcome the recession and address the needs of so many in meaningful ways.”

  • 14 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 14 Nov 2016

    Saraki Urges State Assemblies to Adopt Amended Procurement Law Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised State Houses of Assembly in the 36 states to adopt the recently amended Public Procurement Act and enact it in order to help local manufacturers in their respective states. Saraki who was addressing the first set of beneficiaries of the Skill acquisition Training and Empowerment Programme (STEP) initiated by him to empower youths in his home state, Kwara, said the adoption of the new Procurement Act in the states will ensure that state government agencies will join their federal counterparts in putting money in the pockets of citizens while helping to encourage the development of private initiatives among fellow country men and women. Saraki called on the Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Alli Ahmed to take the message to his colleagues in other states on the need for legislators to focus on laws that can be enacted to help people out of the current economic recession. "This is a challenging time for all of us and it requires ingenuity, creativity and thinking out of the box to come up with ideas that will put people to work, put money in their pockets, increase our gross domestic products, make our nation self reliant and increase revenue generation ability of governments. "Those of us in government have the burden to do all all that are within our control to create opportunities for our people to excel, create conducive atmosphere for people to produce quality goods and services and ensure that they are patronized and encouraged. This is what the amended Public Procurement Act seeks to achieve and I want to see it replicated across the country", he said. The Senate President noted that he was always bothered about the consequence of young people who are capable but have no job and that the idea of STEP developed from the need to help as many youths as possible to contribute their quota to national economic development. He said the beneficiaries of STEP will be groomed and trained to become employers of labour in the shortest possible period and this will have multiplier effect in the State. He also said the programme will be run in such a manner that its success will encourage other political leaders to emulate the philosophy behind it and come out with better plans and strategies that will achieve similar objectives. " I am looking forward to a situation where each of our Senatorial districts in the country will have one or two items that it is producing on a massive scale and exporting across the world in such scale that you could say, this item is the wealth creating product in the area. "We will continue to work with some development experts to generate ideas that can help the people. As I have said, the major issue that the eighth Senate will focus on in the remaining period of its tenure is how to put the national economy on a strong footing", he said.

  • 11 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 09 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Women Society Commends Senate For Initiatives On Economy

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

  • 09 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 05 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 05 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Pa Olaniwun Ajayi

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Presidency Lauds Saraki Over Reform of Budget Process

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 02 Nov 2016

    Saraki: Social Injustice, Corruption in IDP Camps Inexcusable

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

  • 30 Oct 2016

    Saraki Lauds Army for Buying Aba Made Shoes

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

  • 24 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 23 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 21 Oct 2016

    Saraki Seeks Incentives For Girl Child Education

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

  • 18 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 17 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 14 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Lauds Release of 21 Chibok Girls

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Seeks Increased Use Of Clean Cooking Energy By Nigerians

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 12 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 12 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 10 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Commends NESG

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

  • 07 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 07 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 05 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 05 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 30 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 30 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 29 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Edo Polls: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki

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

  • 23 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 20 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 19 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Ibru Was A Trailblazer, Says Saraki

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

  • 02 Sep 2016

    Saraki: Accountability is Key to North East Development Plan

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Investigate IDPs Hunger/Nutrition Crisis

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 24 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 23 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 20 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 16 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 12 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 10 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Saraki Commends EFCC for Investigating Diversion of N/East Relief

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

  • 07 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 03 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 02 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New NBA President

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

  • 25 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session.

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OF APC

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 18 Jul 2016

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 13 Jul 2016

    Promise Kept by Senate

    Promise Kept by Senate   Saraki Keeps Promise as Senate Passes Law to Curb Abuse Against People with Disabilities The Senate today (Wednesday, July 13th, 2016) passed for its third and final reading the ‘Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill (2016) (SB 22).’ Taking to his social media pages to comment on the development, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki stated that the bill is highly important as it seeks to curb the abuse in all forms of ... read more

  • 09 Jul 2016

    Press Statement: Monguno Was A Detribalized Nigerian, Worthy Ambassador, Says Saraki

    Press Statement July 09, 2016 Monguno Was A Detribalized Nigerian, Worthy Ambassador, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed sadness over the death of one of the last set of the nation’s founding fathers, elder statesman, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, who he  described as a detribalized Nigerian and worthy ambassador. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja noted that the former Minister of Mines and Petroleum in the ... read more

  • 07 Jul 2016

    Shinkafi Died When His Experience Was Most Needed, Says Saraki

    Shinkafi Died When His Experience Was Most Needed, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that the death of Alhaji Umaru Ali Shinkafi came at a time when his experience, frank disposition, wise counsel and political sagacity were most needed by a nation faced with several challenges. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that late Shinkafi who was Marafan Sokoto was an accomplished public servant as a top policeman, ... read more

  • 06 Jul 2016

    Eid-el-Fitri: Saraki Urges Muslim faithful to Sustain Virtues Learnt in Ramadan

    Eid-el-Fitri: Saraki Urges Muslim faithful to Sustain Virtues Learnt in Ramadan President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged Muslim faithful in the country to sustain the values and virtues which the holy month of Ramadan taught them in their day-to-day relationship with God and fellow human beings. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, in commemoration of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri also urged all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful ... read more

  • 27 Jun 2016

    Statement: His Excellency, the President of Senate, Nigeria National Assembly Dr. Bukola Saraki

    Statement: His Excellency, the President of Senate, Nigeria National Assembly Dr. Bukola Saraki June 27, 2016 Abuja, Nigeria, June 27—Today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document. In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the ... read more

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Press Release: I Know Nothing About Alleged Forgery, Says Saraki

    Press Release June 22, 2016 I Know Nothing About Alleged Forgery, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Wednesday) maintains he knows nothing about how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth Senate on June 9, 2015 was formulated. He said the on-going efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as Senate ... read more

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF INCIDENCES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. 20TH OF JUNE, 2016.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR(DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF INCIDENCES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. 20TH OF JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to be with you today to declare open the public hearing on this important bill that will provide a proper legislation to checkmate the ugly incidence of sexual harassment in our ... read more

  • 20 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMITTEE ON AVIATION ON THE “WORRISOME AND UNSTABLE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY. MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMITTEE ON AVIATION ON THE “WORRISOME AND UNSTABLE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY. MONDAY, 20TH JUNE, 2016. Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this Public Hearing on the findings of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Aviation’s report on “Worrisome and Unstable Position of the Nigerian Aviation Industry,” which has ... read more

  • 17 Jun 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE REVIEW ON 17TH JUNE, 2016

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE RETREAT ORGANISED BY THE SENATE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE REVIEW ON 17TH JUNE, 2016. PROTOCOL 1. Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, you would recall that in earlier this year upon the inauguration of this all important committee, I did make the point that the members of this committee had been arrived at in recognition of the enormity and solemnity attached to the exercise of constitutional review. 2. This ... read more

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Press Releasee: Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki

    Press Releasee June 16, 2016 Senate Committed To Women Empowerment, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate towards the advancement and empowerment of women in all spheres of the country. Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, said the red chamber will also ensure the eradication of all discrimination against women through the Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill now being considered by the ... read more

  • 13 Jun 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour

    Press Release June 12, 2016 Saraki Seeks Eradication Of Child Labour Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday called for eradication of Child Labour as part of activities marking this year’s World Day Against Child Labour with the theme:  “End child labour from the supply chain”. Saraki in a statement by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Fatima Kakuri, urged all stakeholders to work towards bequeathing a future devoid of child and all other forms of inhuman practices against children.   The statement ... read more

  • 09 Jun 2016

    SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, DISTINGUISHED SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH SENATE

    SPECIAL ADDRESS ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH SENATE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY By SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI President of the Senate, and Chairman of the National Assembly Federal Republic of Nigeria JUNE 9, 2016 1. Distinguished colleagues; one year ago today, the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was inaugurated. That inauguration marks a further consolidation of our democracy and opens a new chapter in the practice of government by representation in our country. 2. ... read more

  • 08 Jun 2016

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THEESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION COMMISSION BILL, ON TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, DECLARING OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THEESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION COMMISSION BILL, ON TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016.   Protocol; 1.  I want to begin by thanking the Senate Joint Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare, and National Planning and Economic Affairs for their expedited action in reviewing the Bill for the establishment of a National Poverty Eradication Commission. 2.  The ... read more

  • 06 Jun 2016

    AN OPENING REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE RETREAT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INEC, TODAY 6TH OF JUNE 2016

    AN OPENING REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE RETREAT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INEC, TODAY 6TH OF JUNE 2016.   Protocol:   It is my pleasure to be here with you at this very important event and to declare open, this retreat by the Senate Committee on INEC. Let me particularly appreciate everyone here that has taken out time to attend this retreat for your ... read more

  • 05 Jun 2016

    Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers for Peace, Security

    Ramadan: Saraki Seeks Prayers for Peace, Security President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday urged Muslim Faithful across the country to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for peace, security and God’s intervention in tackling the myriad socio–economic challenges confronting the nation. In a statement to mark the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fasting season signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the President of the Senate thanked God for ... read more

  • 05 Jun 2016

    SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration

    SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration The report yesterday  by SaharaReporters about a burglary in the Ilorin home of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki contained series of falsehood and at best an exaggeration of an incident which happened two weeks ago in which N12 million was stolen by some unknown persons inside the Administrative Office located next door to the house. In a statement, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity stated that ... read more

  • 02 Jun 2016

    Farmers, Herdsmen Conflict: Senate to Find Solutions, Says Saraki

    Farmers, Herdsmen Conflict: Senate to Find Solutions, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appealed to herdsmen and farmers across the country to maintain peace as the National Assembly is ready to proffer lasting solution to the perennial clashes over grazing by cattle. Speaking yesterday when a group of herdsmen from Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association, Jigawa State branch visited him, the Senate President who described the perennial clashes between the farmers and herdsmen as unfortunate, also appealed ... read more

  • 01 Jun 2016

    Press Release: Senate committed to a viable pharmaceutical sector  – Saraki

    Press Release June 1, 2016 Senate committed to a viable pharmaceutical sector  – Saraki President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday assured Nigerians of the Senate’s commitment toward a viable pharmaceutical industry where capacity and products will meet the health challenges of the citizenry. In achieving this, Senator Saraki said the 8th Senate will through review of existing legislations, reposition the manufacturing sector of the economy to favorably compete in the international market. Addressing the executives of ... read more

  • 31 May 2016

    Press Release: Senate To Debate NEITI Report, Says Saraki

    Press Release May 31, 2016 Senate To Debate NEITI Report, Says Saraki The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said that the Senate would debate the 2013 Audit Report of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in view of the mind boggling revelations of mismanagement contained therein. Saraki, according to a statement in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, disclosed this when the the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio led the management ... read more

  • 29 May 2016

    Democracy Remains Best Solution to our National Problems, Says Saraki

    Democracy Remains Best Solution to our National Problems, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended Nigerians for working to sustain democracy in the past 17 years despite the various challenges the country has encountered within the period. In a statement to mark this year’s Democracy Day, signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described democracy as not only the most globally accepted system of government but also the best ... read more

  • 24 May 2016

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment

    Reaction on Bill on Sexual Harassment Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki  Reacts to Bill On Sexual Harassment passing 2nd Reading “Today at the Nigerian Senate, we passed a Bill to Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Nigerian Universities for its Second Reading. Many young Nigerian boys and girls suffer at the hands of lecturers, fellow students and those in administrative positions of power when they seek to further their education in our universities. This bill, once passed and signed into law, will ... read more

  • 16 May 2016

    Press Release Saraki Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament

    Press Release May 16, 2016 Saraki Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday called for more powers for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, if the aim of the subregion to achieve full integration is to be realized. Saraki made the call in his speech at the opening of the First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate ... read more

  • 10 May 2016

    Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission

    Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission   In line with the Legislative Agenda approved by the Senate, the President of the Senate today has announced the intention of the Senate to inaugurate an independent Transparency and Delivery Commission to review and improve the oversight systems and tools of the Senate.   The Commission will be led by a working group consisting of a world leading research institution and a partner institute in Nigeria and will be advised by ... read more

  • 10 May 2016

    Video The Senate President speaks on the North East Development Commission Bill

    #Video The Senate President speaks on the North East Development Commission Bill  

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

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

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

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

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





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