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


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 Tuesday May 27th, 2014.

Today, the Senate in plenary received as laid before it, the report of the Committee on Interior, in respect of a motion on “the Tragic Nationwide Aptitude Test and Physical Examination on 15th March 2014 into the Nigerian Immigration Service. The Senate also celebrated and congratulated the Nigerian Children as they mark their Children’s day today. The request of Mr President was received, for the confirmation of Mr Stanley Lawson and Prof. Dahiru Hassan Balami for appointment as a Non-Executive Member … read more

Senate Activities for Thursday 10th April, 2014

Today at plenary, the Senate took the 1st Reading of the following Bills:  Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Act 2011 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2014 (SB.472). Sponsor – Sen. Sahabi Ya’u. Nigerian Council for Clinical Psychologists (Est. etc) Bill 2014 (SB.473). Sponsor – Sen. Margery Chuba-Okadigbo.   The Senate in the Committee of the Whole considered the report of the Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation on the screening of the nominees – Mr. Emmanuel Olusanya Omirin … read more

Senator Saraki’s views on 2014 budget

2014 Appropriation Act passed today:  Read below for Senators Saraki’s view. Today at the plenary, the Senate considered and passed the 2014 Appropriation Act. During my contribution on the floor of the Senate on the consideration of the report, I drew the attention of the Senate to a lacuna in the budget, which I considered critical to the effective implementation of the budget. My intervention is simple. The Appropriation Act we passed today did not consider a valuable indicator of … read more


The following Bills were read for the 1st time: i. Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2014 (SB.470). Sponsor – Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba. ii. Proceeds of Crime Bill 2014 (SB. 471). Sponsor – Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba. The Senate, sitting in the Committee of the Whole resumed the clause by clause consideration of the Establishment & Public Service Committee Report on the Pension Reform Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2014. The consideration of the report was concluded and the Bill was … read more

Senate activity for Wednesday 19th March, 2014

At the Senate plenary session yesterday- Wednesday the 19th of March 2014, the entire session was dedicated to the clause by clause consideration of the both bill which scaled their 3rd reading and passage by the Senate. The Senate sitting in the Committee of the Whole, considered and debated clause by clause the consideration of the Committee Report of these two Bills – The National Assembly Service Commission Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2013 and the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) … read more

Senate Activity for Tuesday, 11th March 2014

The Senate resumed plenary sitting on Tuesday-11th of March 2014 after its centenary break. The following Bills went through their first reading on the floor of the Senate- i.    National Fiscal Stabilization Bill 2014 (SB.457). Sponsor – Sen. Ehigie E. Uzamere ii.   National Biodiversity Bill 2014 (SB.458). Sponsor – Sen. Ehigie E. Uzamere. iii.  Agricultural Processing Zones (Est.etc) Bill 2014 (SB.459). Sponsor – Sen. Sefiu A. Kaka The clause by clause consideration of the Judiciary Committee Report on the … read more

Bukola Saraki led committee to probe Ministry of Environment contract allegedly executed in Boko Haram enclave

The Senate Committee on the Environment and Ecology, on Monday, queried the Federal Ministry of Environment for paying N21m to a contractor who claimed that his firm was currently executing a construction project in the Bama community of Borno State. It therefore directed the leadership of the ministry to institute a probe into the issue and forward their findings to it before the 2014 budget they submitted would be approved. Permanent Secretary of the ministry,  Mr. Taiye Haruna, had listed the … read more

The Lead Debate On The Motion For Transparency And Accountability In Fuel Subsidy Management By Senator Bukola Saraki

The fuel subsidy scheme is a program designed to make petroleum products more accessible affordable and cushion the effect of market prices on the poor masses. This policy has been long standing. This motion does not seek to abolish the policy, (that’s a debate for another day). But for now, we are concerned to make the scheme more effective, transparent, efficient, corrupt free and work within the Appropriation, Fiscal Responsibility laws and in the interest of the masses for which … read more