Senate Begins Move To Reduce It’s Allowance ‪#‎OPENNASS

‬In response to the recent outcry from Nigerians against perceived huge allowances being paid to federal legislators, the Senate yesterday began moves to reduce its earnings by constituting a committee to draw a roadmap for the review. The move, which is geared towards ensuring accountability in the Senate, is the first of its kind since 1999. It was also in fulfillment of the promise made by Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, last week after a meeting with the leadership of … read more

WELCOME SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON).

WELCOME 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 SHORT RECESS ON TUESDAY, 23 JUNE, 2015 Protocol: 1. Distinguished colleagues, I am especially delighted to welcome you back to the hallowed Chamber of the Senateafter a short recess. It is my hope that the recess afforded some of us time to rest from the dizzying activities ofelections and inauguration … read more

PLENARY PROCEEDINGS OF 1ST DAY OF SITTING OF 8TH ASSEMBLY

PLENARY PROCEEDINGS OF 1ST DAY OF SITTING OF 8TH ASSEMBLY Today- Wednesday,10th June 2015 was the first official day of the Senate of the 8th National Assembly. Today’s session was presided over by the new Senate President- Sen.(Dr.) Bukola Saraki. At the commencement of the session, the Senators called the attention of the Senate President to the misspelt names of some Senators. The corrections were noted and amended accordingly. The Senate President, Sen. Saraki urged all Senators to cross check … read more

OIL BENCHMARK PRICE OF $78 FOR 2015 BUDGET IS UNREALISTIC- SENATOR BUKOLA SARAKI

These are troubling times for the Nigerian economy. Our revenue base is caving in under the stress of falling price of oil in the international market. Due to the drastic and persistent nature of this fall from the highs of $115 in June of this year, it is my considered view that we can’t continue to give the impression that it is business as usual. The fact that the free fall in the international oil market price has seen it … read more

SENATE ACTIVITIES FOR TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER, 2014

Today, Tuesday the 21st of October 2014, the Senate was in receipt of an executive communication on the request of Mr President to increase the amount of the Diaspora Bond from USD 100 lion to a maximum of USD300 from the International Capital Market. The request was, as is the tradition of the Senate, referred to its Standing Committee on Local & Foreign debts and Finance. The Senate also approved and adopted the Conference Committee Report on Review of the … read more

Senate Activities for Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Today, Tuesday the 21st of October 2014, the Senate was in receipt of an executive communication on the request of Mr President to increase the amount of the Diaspora Bond from USD 100 lion to a maximum of USD300 from the International Capital Market. The request was, as is the tradition of the Senate, referred to its Standing Committee on Local & Foreign debts and Finance. The Senate also approved and adopted the Conference Committee Report on Review of the … read more

SENATE ACTIVITIES FOR WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER, 2014

At the Senate Plenary today, Wednesday 15th Oct.2014, the Senate considered the Conference committee report on the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities(Prohibition) Bill 2014 and approved same. The Bill for an Act to regulate the Business of Equipment Leasing in Nigeria 2014 (SB. 514 & HB. 97) was considered and extensively debated by Senators. The Bill was subsequently read for the 2nd time and referred to the Committee on Trade and Investments. The following bills were also debated on the … read more

SENATE ACTIVITIES FOR TUESDAY 14TH OCTOBER, 2014

Yesterday, Tuesday-14th October 2014, the Senate took the 1st Reading of the following bills: i. Equipment Leasing Bill 2014 (SB. 514) Sponsor- Sen.Ita Enang. ii. Nigerian Geological Survey Agency Act 2003 (amendment) Bill 2014 (SB. 515) Sponsor – Sen. Danjuma Goje. iii. N.D.E Act 2011 (amendment) Bill 2014 (SB. 516) Sponsor- Sen.Danjuma Goje. The Senate received as laid before it, the report of the Conference Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (further … read more

SENATE ACTIVITIES FOR WEDNESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2014

At the Senate plenary proceedings today-17th September 2014, the requests for the confirmation of the following nominations: i. Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze for appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court; ii. Jonah Madugu for appointment as a member of the Federal Civil Service Commission (Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states); iii. and Captain Muhktar Usman for appointment as a Director General of the NCAA, were received and referred to the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Establishment and Aviation respectively. The … read more

SENATE ACTIVITIES FOR TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER, 2014

The Senate resumed plenary proceedings today, commencing with the swearing in of a new Senator, for the Niger East Senatorial District seat in the Senate. The Senate President in his welcome address to all the Senators, outlined the legislative agenda for the remaining months of the legislative year. These he listed to include consideration of the the following bills- the PIB, Pension Reform Bill, Customs Bill, Proceeds of Crime Bill, National Automotive Bill, Agricultural Produce processing zones, further harmonization of … read more