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

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

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

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

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

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

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

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

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

Senate President

Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

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  • 17 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident

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

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condoles with Victims of IDP Camp Accident -

  • 17 Jan 2017

    I pray the souls of the victims may rest in peace, and wish them speedy recovery, and I pray that incidents like these never reoccur again

  • 17 Jan 2017

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of todays accident in Rann Community of Borno State.

  • 17 Jan 2017

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of todays accident in Rann Community of Borno State....

  • 17 Jan 2017

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of today’s accident in Rann Community of Borno State. I pray that the souls of the victims may rest in peace. I wish the victims speedy recovery, and I pray that incidents like these never reoccur again.

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Looking forward to the game, Certain the boys will do us proud.

  • 17 Jan 2017

  • 17 Jan 2017

    RT : This amendment is sequel to an earlier Bill I proposed to ensure that qualified Nigerians are given job opportunities before

  • 17 Jan 2017

    My colleagues and I, paid a condolence visit to Senator Zainab Kure, to commiserate with her on the loss of her...

  • 17 Jan 2017

    My colleagues and I, paid a condolence visit to Senator Zainab Kure, to commiserate with her on the loss of her husband, former Governor Abdulkadir Kure. The delegation also met with Gov Abubakar Sani Bello, former Head of State Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar and other leaders in the State to commiserate with them on the loss. Also present was the the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

  • 17 Jan 2017

    amended to mandate Bureau of Public Procurement to support businesses to compete & be efficient

  • 17 Jan 2017

    RT : "Review of the is another bill before the senate. We believe tha FG should patronise locally made goods." ~

  • 16 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 16 Jan 2017

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

  • 16 Jan 2017

    The delegation to Niger State visited former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar to condole w/ him o

  • 16 Jan 2017

    The 's condolence delegation also commiserated w/ Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger on the death of late

  • 16 Jan 2017

    Today, I paid a condolence visit to Senator Zainab Kure, to commiserate with her on the loss of her husband, former

  • 16 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bomb Blast...Seeks Strict Security Measures to Curb TrendSenate President, Dr....

  • 16 Jan 2017

    Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bomb Blast ...Seeks Strict Security Measures to Curb Trend Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday condemned the bombing of a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri during which a Professor of Veterinary Medicine was reportedly among the casualties. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicly, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, decried the loss of valuable human lives and destruction of property during the incident. He expressed concern over the rising trend of isolated Boko Haram attacks on soft targets since the liberation of the Sambisa Forest which used to be the stronghold of the insurgents by the military. Such attacks, he said, has created fears among Nigerians, that in spite of the obvious defeat of the insurgents, pockets of attacks are still being perpetrated by the fleeing remnants of the outlaws. He also noted that the attack on the university provides a cogent reason why security should be further strengthened around all educational and allied institutions to prevent reoccurrence. "This attack calls for urgent security measures for all potential targets across the country so as to prevent the insurgents from taking undue advantage of the emerging peaceful atmosphere across the country", he said. While praying God to grant repose to the souls of the departed and quick recovery for the injured, he called on Nigerians to be more vigilant and security conscious. END

  • 16 Jan 2017

    I condemn in strongest terms the terrorist attack that happened in a mosque inside University of Maiduguri today.

  • 16 Jan 2017

    Read his submission over the weekend, very inspiring and innovative. We are working on getting him &

  • 16 Jan 2017

    RT : As we remember our fallen heroes today, I pray for those they left behind. Our heroes will never be forgotten.1/3

  • 16 Jan 2017

    As security agents continue to tackle terrorists & kidnappers, Senate will work with them to tighten patrols on are

  • 16 Jan 2017

    This can easily be produced in Nigeria. With Procurement Bill passed in Government agency shall procure

  • 16 Jan 2017

    How entrepreneurs can participate and benefit from the Challenge

  • 16 Jan 2017

    How entrepreneurs can participate and benefit from the Challenge

  • 16 Jan 2017

    How to Participate in the Challenge

  • 16 Jan 2017

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  • 15 Jan 2017

    Proposals on can be sent to min.gov.ng

  • 15 Jan 2017

    RT : Amendment of CAMA is to reduce regulatory challenges & make doing business in Nigeria much more attractive

  • 15 Jan 2017

    National Assembly bought few cars from and the procurement department will continue to improve on th

  • 15 Jan 2017

    Amendment of CAMA is to reduce regulatory challenges & make doing business in Nigeria much more attractive

  • 15 Jan 2017

    CAMA Bill is one of the 11 Priority bills by to restructure the economy and put it back on the path of j

  • 15 Jan 2017

    Coming up this week, Amendment of Company & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), which aims to establish State Corporate Affairs Commissions....

  • 15 Jan 2017

    RT : Today, we honour our heroes - past and present - and commemorate the victories and sacrifices of our soldiers.

  • 15 Jan 2017

    Today, as we mark the we remember our heroes past, all men and women of the Nigerian...

  • 15 Jan 2017

    Today, as we mark the we remember our heroes past, all men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces who laid down their lives during the first and second world wars, the Civil War, the various internal disturbances, we should all unite to appreciate our military and pray for safety as well as victory for the men still at the battle fronts.

  • 14 Jan 2017

    RT : Keep on the Crusade your excellency on products.

  • 14 Jan 2017

    The security agencies are on top of the situation. I call on fellow Nigerians to give assistance with any availabl

  • 14 Jan 2017

  • 14 Jan 2017

    Sure. Feel free to send mails to my office or fill contact form on my website

  • 14 Jan 2017

    When it becomes a law, then it has to be followed. will enforce that they comply by ensuring there is ef

  • 14 Jan 2017

    Public Procurement amendment ONLY mandates government agencies. Imagine if 30% of proposed 2017 budget goes directl

  • 14 Jan 2017

    Public Procurement Amendment we passed MANDATES government agencies to give preference to goods once

  • 14 Jan 2017

    I agree. We have received quite a number of brilliant entries from young Nigerians developing software that tackle

  • 14 Jan 2017

    My doors in National Assembly remain wide open, also you can contact me through my personal & official websites and

  • 14 Jan 2017

    I will continue to maintain open door policy. Anyone from ward level to state level can contact mandate office to b

  • 14 Jan 2017

    Thank you! For us to move forward as a nation, we need to put aside our differences and come together in the intere

  • 14 Jan 2017

    Another Initiative against Economic Recession

  • 13 Jan 2017

    RT : How do we get out of here? What can be produced locally with our skillsets? What are we going to export to the world?

  • 13 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 13 Jan 2017

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

  • 13 Jan 2017

    RT : Pictures representing at Jummah Prayers Commemorating the 2017

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Sen is chairman committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions. Certain he will be

  • 13 Jan 2017

    I had the honour of representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Jummat Prayers,...

  • 13 Jan 2017

    I had the honour of representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Jummat Prayers, this afternoon at the National Mosque Apart from the fact that the military symbolises the unity, strength, relevance and sovereignty of Nigeria, the men of the armed forces have helped to keep the country safe and help to ensure that our various diversities are sources of strength rather than division. Nobody would have imagined where we would have been if our military do not rise to the occasion every time that we face threats of internal and external aggression. These men continue to face the fire to ensure that the people of the North-eastern part of the country are not subjected to the unreasonable dictates of Boko Haram insurgents. It is for these reasons that on occasions like this when we remember our heroes past, all men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces who laid down their lives during the first and second world wars, the Civil War, the various internal disturbances like the Boko Haram, the entire country should unite to appreciate our military and pray for safety as well as victory for the men still at the battle fronts. I use this occasion to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and all the members of the military for the progress they have made in routing the Boko Haram insurgents out of the North East and restoring peace and stability. As a government, we will continue to provide for the welfare, training and development of the armed forces so that they will continue to excel in their duties.

  • 13 Jan 2017

    I had the honour of representing Pres at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Jummat Prayers, this afternoon at the National Mosque

  • 13 Jan 2017

    RT : Today, will represent at Jummah Prayers for the 2017 Armed Forces Remeberanc

  • 12 Jan 2017

    Today, we received the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika. The Minister came to brief @NGRSenate on why the ministry feels we have to close the Abuja Airport for 6 weeks. ‬ During the course of briefing by the Minister, we asked a series of questions that we received from Nigerians. We will continue with this line of questioning on Tuesday. One of the recommendations that stood out was the importance of more consultation especially with the Nigerian Society of Engineers on other options which exist to closing the Abuja Airport.

  • 12 Jan 2017

    Minister of Aviation will appear TODAY in @NGRSenate to explain rational behind the WATCH LIVE https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1225684357486904&id=900594889995854

  • 11 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 10 Jan 2017

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

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

  • 10 Jan 2017

    WELCOME BACK SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM 2016 END OF THE YEAR RECESS ON TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2017. Protocol: 1. Distinguished colleagues, it is heart warming for me to see you back in good health, refreshed and energised for the work ahead. Let me on behalf of myself and the entire leadership wish you and all Nigerians a very happy new year. 2. 2016, was a very challenging year for all of us. But I assure you that the work we have done so far is gradually setting the stage for a greater and better 2017. Let me therefore, begin this address by thanking every one of you for the hard work and dedication exhibited in the last quarter of last year to keep the promise we made to all Nigerians that we would pass laws that would make the difference in their lives. 3. It is already historic that within the last quarter, which incidentally is the second quarter of this session, we all rolled up our sleeves, with sweat on our brows and successfully passed 49 bills through 3rd reading and 68 bills through second reading. This is a record setting feat, which has never been matched in the history of the National Assembly. That within a period of 4 months in the middle of the term of any past National Assembly, 49 bills are passed in a single quarter. 4. I want to especially thank all the committees who worked tireless to help us achieve this milestone. Let me also thank our President Muhammadu Buhari for showing faith with the work we are doing here at the National Assembly as he has by today signed into law 16 of the bills we have passed into law already. 5. Distinguished colleagues, as long as our economy is still in recession, our work is not done. Because our people are still being laid off; so long as factories are closing shop, for as the hardship in the land continues to bite harder, investment continues to dwindle and the foreign exchange market remains fragmented, I will be demanding even much more from us to get all our economic reform bills passed. Ideally we would like to see them pass together with the 2017 budget. Let me therefore urge all our committees involved with our priority bills to double efforts to ensure that by the end of the first quarter of this year we will have these bills ready. 6. We promise to pass our priority economic reform bills to help aid our economic recovery. This is a promise we must keep. There are already, new NASSBER research findings projecting that our priority bills, will have an output impact equivalent to an average of 6.87% of GDP over a 5-year period on the economy. The average annual growth in jobs is estimated at approximately 7.55 million additional employments as well as an average of 16.42% reduction in Nigeria’s poverty rate. Over the projected 5-year period, it is suggested that the reforms, which these bills would engender, may add an average of N3.76 Trillion to National incomes (National Disposable Income was N85.62 trillion in 2014), equivalent to 4.39% of 2014 figures. 7. These statistics make the delivery of these bills imperative and confirm evidently that we have got our priorities right so far. It is hoped that as we begin to turn our focus now towards the passage of the 2017 budget, these bills will be implemented simultaneously with the budget to enable us exit the recession quickly. 8. It is therefore imperative that we immediately begin work earnestly on the MTEF to ensure passage by the end of the week. In this way, consideration and debate on the 2017 budget will immediately follow in the 3 “sitting days” of the next week. It is our hope that we will with this budget begin the implementation of the report of the Committee on Budget Reforms, which has since submitted its report. This will enable more Nigerians participate in the budget consideration process, deepen the review and create the necessary efficiencies we expect from our budget implementation. 9. Distinguished colleagues, there is hardly a point reiterating the importance of making the 2017 budget the most successful budget we have ever passed, neither is it important to emphasise the need to have this budget back on the desk of the executive on time for implementation. As you may be aware, based on the recommendations of the Budget Reform Committee, we are working towards ensuring that budgets are prepared and submitted timely, so that implementation will follow a regular fiscal circle. In this regard, the National Assembly will not tolerate agencies of government not submitting their budgets within the budget period. This is why I urge all agencies yet to submit their budgets to do so quickly as budgets not received within time may have to wait for the next budget circle. 10. The budget is the most critical instrument within our public context for economic reordering. It is an effective tool to stimulate the economy, ensure an even distribution of development across the country; and give the “Made In Nigeria” initiative the impetus to survive and in the long term, sustain itself. In this particular regard, the Senate has played its part by passing the amendment to the Procurement Act for which we are awaiting concurrence by the House and for the immediate assent of the President. Once this happens, we will not rest at simply assigning it back to the relevant committee but rather, we all will play our part to ensure that all government agencies comply with the law. I for one, intend to put the full weight of my Office behind this initiative to build the trust and ensuing patronage of Nigerians in goods and products made by our own people. I truly believe that this is the singular policy that can play a key role in getting out of this recession, provide the needed jobs; and keep the economy going. 11. The issue of policy inconsistencies remains an issue that continues to challenge our business environment. I have in the past argued and still hold the view that for a private sector-led economy to thrive, we need to reform our policy environment to give investors and our businessmen and women ample adjustment time to make informed investment decisions rather than have uncertainties. This is especially important in the agriculture and solid mineral sectors where we have significant economies of scale and opportunities for diversification of our economy. In view of this we shall, in consultation with stakeholders across board be looking at legislative measures that could increase the potential for a more stable policy environment starting with the agricultural businesses and solid mineral resources sectors of our economy. 12. Distinguished Colleagues, before we left for the break, myself, a select few of us and stakeholders in the power sector met to get an understanding of why no progress has been made thus far despite the best intention; and the revelations were mind-boggling. There had been errors in the privatisation process and the model by which the power sector is being operated—whether at generation or distribution—will never take us where we need to be. It has failed and nobody appears willing to tackle the issue head-on towards a permanent resolution. I have mandated the Senate Committee on Power to continue the consultation with the relevant parties to forge a path to solving our crippling power deficit. After all, if we are going to drive Nigerian industry, we need to resolve this and fast. 13. My dear colleagues, while we have our attention on the economy and are working with sweat on our brows to improve it for the betterment of our people, we cannot lose sight of the callous and growing circle of violence across the country, especially now in southern Kaduna. We condemn in totality to depravity being exhibited on the streets of Kafanchan. This Senate will not pay lip service to it neither will it sit idly by and watch innocent Nigerians being slaughtered on the basis of their religion, ethnic group or political persuasion. No, we will not stand aloof. Let me therefore; use this opportunity to call on the leadership in the state to use its authority and constitutional mandate to bring to immediate halt the growing orgy of violence that has enveloped Southern Kaduna. This new theatre of conflict is one too many and must be nipped in the bud. Thankfully, a motion to this effect is already before us. We will ensure a thorough investigation is carried out to unravel the issues and advise government appropriately on the matter in order to ensure that all those found culpable are severely dealt with irrespective of who may be behind them. This will ensure there is no repeat of this madness and assure the people of Kaduna that injustice and impunity will not be allowed to triumph over our collective will to maintain our national unity and coherence. 14. The Petroleum Industry continues to be critical to the health of our economy. This is why, the Senate is urging the Executive to take positive steps to begin pen and meaningful dialogue with those aggrieved in the Niger Delta to proffer lasting solutions that will help us take advantage of the emerging international oil market outlook to revamp our economic fortunes. The proposed engagement we suggest must be sincere, constructive, open, and confidence building. This Senate is willing to assist and play whatever role necessary to facilitate a successful agreement that would help us see to the end if the lingering conflict. 15. Distinguished colleagues, I would want us during this session to also pay attention to the protection and preservation of consumer rights. The current situation where consumers’ rights are violated and treated with indignity must stop. We are prepared to defend the right of the Nigerian to receive a superior quality of product or service purchased with their hard-earned resources. We will not stand for the exploitation of consumers and we have already shown that we are unafraid to tackle such an issue whether perpetrated by public or private sector service-providers; as was the case of the intended data tariff hike proposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which we moved swiftly to prevent. We want people to know that they can run to us and we will in turn rise in defense of the Nigerian consumer who should be respected as a driving force in the economy. 16. I cannot end this brief remark of mine without emphasising on the need for us to pursue and conclude the on going constitutional review process which we will conclude by the end of this session in March. We must do this to ensure that our people begin to enjoy the benefits of the intended reforms which will help strengthen our unity, increase our prosperity and opportunity as we as expand our liberty and happiness across the country. 17. Finally, distinguished colleagues, let me thank you all for your unflinching focus and perseverance in the way you have conducted yourself as we march towards the attainment of most of our laid priorities. Though there have been many distractions on the way and unmerited traducers unleashed at you to weaken your resolve, you have remained resolute and un-detachable to our collective goal. This is a reflection of what can be achieved if we keep the focus before the end of our tenure. Like a said when we started this journey, history beckons and we cannot afford to lose sight of the goal. 18. Thank you for your attention and God bless Nigeria. (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki President, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • 09 Jan 2017

    Saraki Pays Tribute To Late Kure, Says His Sacrifice To Nation Building Will Not be Forgotten Senate President, Bukola Saraki has expressed shock over the death of the former Governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure just as he described him as a man who sacrificed all he had for nation building. Saraki, in a condolence message issued by his Special Assistant on New Media, Bamikole Omisore stated that Kure’s death left a void that cannot be easily filled. “I received the shocking news of the demise of a political Icon, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, his demise no doubt leaves a void that cannot be easily filled. Saraki said He added saying the late Kure was an inspiration for many especially the downtrodden, adding that his memory and legacy will linger on till eternity. The Senate President also commiserated with the Family of the late Kure most especially his Wife, Hajia Zainab Kure who had also served the country as a Senator. Saraki urged the former Senator to take heart and accept the will of God over the shocking death of her late Husband just as he prayed to Allah (SWT) to grant the departed soul Al-Jannah Firdaus (the best abode in Paradise).

  • 04 Jan 2017

    Do you have ideas that can revitalize the value chain of products to make it more competitive? We will like to hear from you Send in your ideas to min@senatepresident.gov.ng Let's think outside the box to move Nigeria forward.

  • 03 Jan 2017

    As promised, we kick-start the soft launch of the Challenge This campaign is organised to showcase everyday products that are used by Nigerians and produced by Nigerians locally that serves as an alternative to imported products. The next few weeks, we hope to identify products and ideas that can be matched with investors and government agencies. To wrap up the Challenge, in March, we will be inviting some of the finalist to a Made In Nigeria Roundtable at the Senate. This Roundtable will allow us, legislators, Government Agencies, business owners, and everyday Nigerian consumers to review and update the report of NASSBER, the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable, which was held in 2016 to improve the ease of doing business in the country. As part of Senate's oversight of government agencies, we will also use the opportunity to get feed back on the Public Procurement Act passed by Senate in 2016 which mandates government agencies to give preference to local manufacturers in Procurement of goods and services. Good luck to all the participants. Be sure to use the hashtag in all your submitted videos. ABS

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki

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

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Senate to Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings, says Saraki Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday pledged that the Nigerian Senate, upon resumption, will look into the crises that have led to the wanton loss of lives and property in the Southern part of Kaduna State, in recent times. The Senate President made this known while responding to the cry of a concerned Nigerian on Twitter on Monday, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on New Media, Bamikole Omisore, in Abuja. A twitter user, Chimeze Okoro Ukoha had tweeted: “@Bukolasaraki About 800 Christians massacred in Kaduna and nobody is talking about that. VERY BAD,” the concerned Nigerian told Saraki. In his response, Saraki said: “Once @NGRSenate resumes, this issue will be addressed to get a clearer picture of what the real situation is and find a lasting solution.” Saraki went further by also tweeting: "Every Nigerian life matters, and @ngrsenate will work to ensure that rule of law is always upheld as prescribed by Nigerian Constitution." The killings in Southern Kaduna have continued to generate reactions from various quarters, especially among the masses. Many have questioned why the killings have continued despite the security measures put in place by the Kaduna State Government. A lot of Nigerians have also appealed to the Federal Government to nip the ugly trend in the bud. Special Assistant on New Media to the Senate President, Bamikole Omisore, said the Senate President is in touch with Senators from that state and constantly getting updates on developments even though the Senate is on recess

  • 02 Jan 2017

    Today, as promised, we kick-start the soft launch of the Challenge This campaign is organised to showcase everyday products that are used by Nigerians and produced by Nigerians locally that serves as an alternative to imported products. The next few weeks, we hope to identify products and ideas that can be matched with investors and government agencies. To wrap up the Challenge, in March, we will be inviting some of the finalist to a Made In Nigeria Roundtable at the Senate. This Roundtable will allow us, legislators, Government Agencies, business owners, and everyday Nigerian consumers to review and update the report of NASSBER, the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable, which was held in 2016 to improve the ease of doing business in the country. As part of Senate's oversight of government agencies, we will also use the opportunity to get feed back on the Public Procurement Act passed by Senate in 2016 which mandates government agencies to give preference to local manufacturers in Procurement of goods and services. Good luck to all the participants. Be sure to use the hashtag in all your submitted videos. ABS

  • 01 Jan 2017

    Saraki Promises to Intervene in Aviation Sector Facility Crisis Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday pledged to intervene in the nation's aviation sector, which has suffered major setbacks, with the purported non-calibration of all 30 Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and VHF Omnidirectional Ranges (VHFs) that are operational in the country. In his response to a social media user, Adamu Taiwo Haruna, who tweeted at the Senate President’s @BukolaSaraki handle saying “SP @bukolasaraki all 30 Instrument Landing Systems & VORs in Nigeria are all out of calibration. This is a serious safety issue Sir,” Saraki responded that he would personally take up the issues with the aviation minister, SenayorHadi Sirika and heads of other agencies concerned. “Thank you for the info[mation],” the Senate President responded via his personal handle, “Unfortunately the Chair Senate Aviation Committee, Sen Aliero is away but I will personally look into it right away.” When pressed further by the user, who stated that the failure of the ILS and VORs in the aviation sector could lead to air crashes, the Senate President assured the online community that he would reach out to the Minister in-charge of the Aviation sector, in order to have him explain the purported failures in the system. “I will reach out to the Minister and have him explain why this is so,” he said, “Be rest assured that I am on top of it.” ILS's are Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), while VORs are VHF Omnidirectional Ranges. ILSs enable aircraft to land when pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway, while VORs help aircraft to stay on course during flights by receiving radio signals transmitted by a network of fixed ground radio beacons. Twitter users who weighed in commended the Senate President’s response to the issue, with one social media user, @OlufemiAwoyemi, describing the Senate President’s responsiveness to issues as “Governance 101.” In the past decade, Nigeria has suffered major aviation disasters, which have been caused by the negligence of the aviation authorities, and lapses by airlines that have led to fatal crashes.

  • 31 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 31 Dec 2016

    Saraki Calls For Collective Efforts To Grow Economy in New Year Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigerians for witnessing the New Year in spite of the hard times and called for collective efforts to end the current recession and grow the economy. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the nation's challenges are surmountable "but we need to approach them with unity of purpose, focus and single-mindedness." He said: "It is a thing of joy to celebrate the New Year in an atmosphere of peace and security. For one thing, the people of the Northeast and indeed across the country are celebrating without fear of attacks from insurgents or other criminal elements. "This was made possible by the determination of the present administration to effectively secure the country and ensure peace - which is key for any development to be achieved. "I believe that working collectively in the New Year, we will be able to right the wrongs of the past and ensure renewed economic, social and political development of our dear country. This is not the time to despair as there are signs that things will get better today in the new year. "We must realize that amid our economic challenge lies our greatest opportunity to diversify and be self-reliant as a nation. This we can do by strengthening the capacity of our entrepreneurs to produce using local content and while we all decide to always buy made in Nigeria goods. "Even though we are not where we want to be as a nation yet, we must continue to take those steps that will eventually bring us to our envisioned destination as a prosperous and peaceful country," he said. He stated that the legislature and the executive would collaborate more closely to advance policies and programmes that would end the economic recession in the New Year. “Working together, we will fulfill the mandate of the millions of Nigerians that we represent,” he said, “Success is our only option in these turbulent economic times.”

  • 31 Dec 2016

    Last night, it was an honour to serve as the Chairman at the wedding reception of Aisha Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Muhammad Dikko Dahiru Mangal. As we celebrate this occassion, I wish the new couple the bless of blessings as they settle into their union. Allah ya bada zaman lafiya. I also congratulate my great friend and brother, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on his daughter’s wedding

  • 25 Dec 2016

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas

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

  • 25 Dec 2016

    Saraki Felicitates With Christians At Christmas President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday felicitated with the Christian faithful in the country as they celebrate Christmas. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also urged Nigerians to use this yuletide season to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasizes selflessness, piety, brotherly kindness and love towards one another. He also reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate at ensuring that the country regains her pride among the comity of nations through relevant and timely legislations. He said the nation can only get out of the woods, when the citizenry resonate the teaching and doctrine of Christ. "This is the season of love and forgiveness. It should not be seen only as a merrymaking period but as a time to pray fervently for a peaceful and prosperous nation. As a nation, we have passed through series of challenges but the fact remains that we can only surmount our economic crisis if we stay united, extend hands of fellowship to one another and be law abiding. "We must also rededicate ourselves to the ennobling virtues of faith in God, love for one another, honesty and peaceful coexistence. It is time to make these virtues more evident and practical in our daily lives," Saraki stated. In doing this, the Senate President said the indomitable spirit of Nigerians will continue to enable people apply realistic and practical steps towards renewed prosperity for all. He therefore wished all Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance. END Signed: Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President

  • 21 Dec 2016

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January

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

  • 21 Dec 2016

    Saraki To Launch Made in Nigeria Challenge in January 2017 In his continued quest to provide a platform for the promotion of Made in Nigeria products in order to boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in the country, Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has informed of his plan to launch 'Made in Nigeria Challenge' in January 2017. Saraki, in a statement signed by Bamikole Omisore, his special assistant on New Media, stated that the 'Made in Nigeria Challenge' initiative will afford entrepreneurs in the country opportunity to connect manufacturers that produce alternatives to imported products. The initiative, the Senate President stated, will not only assist upcoming entrepreneurs but open door of opportunities for established local manufacturers to compete in international markets. "On 2nd of January 2017, my office will launch challenge to connect investors to manufacturers that produce alternatives to imported products, since inception of the 8th Senate, we have championed and encouraged the patronage of goods so as to jumpstart the economy and we have also amended the Public Procurement Act to support this agenda. "In 2017, we intend to take further by using legislation to discourage importation of goods that can be produced locally, take the advocacy directly to Nigerians, work with government agencies to create enabling environment and encourage Nigerians who have eyes for local production i.e. goods that are ready substitute to imported ones" the statement read. "From January 2nd 2017, using hashtag manufacturers can post 45 seconds to 3 minutes video of a product we are importing but that they can produce using at least 80 per cent local content. "Those shortlisted will be invited to a roundtable with investors and government agencies such as Bank of Industry (BoI), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and so on," he said. END

  • 19 Dec 2016

    To celebrate my birthday, I hosted 72 Kwara indigenes who made first class honours from different universities. I decided to host these students to encourage and remind them that the best resource we have in Nigeria is not Oil, Gold or Tantalite but Human Capital, I assured them that I will continue to use my position to improve the human capital resource with any opportunity I find. Delighted that some of my friends decided to give automatic employment to some of the graduants, to start in January. I encourage others that might want to celebrate me to consider extending helping hand especially to young entrepreneurs who focus on Made In Nigeria goods and services. Thank you,

  • 16 Dec 2016

    I congratulate Hon minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed (@aminajmohammed) on her appointment as the United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary General. The appointment at the UN is a testament of her competence, and an acceptance by the global community of her ability as a reformer. She has demonstrated over the years that she is in a class of her own as a technocrat, In her tenure at the Environment Ministry, which is exactly one year today, we have seen and felt her positive impact at the helm of its affairs. I urge Hon Mohammed to use her new position to demonstrate the urgency for more international intervention and donations in the North East. On our part, the National Assembly will continue to support all positive development strides of the UN, with the belief that such initiatives will better the lives of Nigerian citizens.

  • 15 Dec 2016

    Today, I hosted a Roundtable on Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry at the Senate. The objective of this Roundtable was to brainstorm and find quick relief solutions for Nigeria’s rapidly flatlining electricity supply industry — in order to prevent it from collapse. Moving forward, the Senate will be working to set up mechanisms to address the various challenges that are facing Nigeria’s electricity supply industry. We will begin this process with a Public Hearing in January, that will allow us to examine issues that border around the shortfalls in funding that the sector has experienced; the governance structures of the distribution companies; and the capitalistion/liquidity of the electricity generation and distribution sector as a whole. I want to reiterate this is in the clearest possible terms: the electricity industry is a necessary component of Nigeria’s economic growth, doing nothing to fix it is not an option. We must act now, and we will act fast for the sake of all Nigerians to get our power sector back on track.

  • 14 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 14 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 14 Dec 2016

    Today, President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2017 Draft Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly. Please find below my speech Protocol: 1. It is my pleasure on behalf of my Distinguished and Honourable colleagues to warmly welcome you Mr. President and your entourage to this joint session of the National Assembly. 2. Mr. President, while we may have struggled with key aspects of our budget process in the past, I am happy to note that we have made some important progress. To start with, we are seeing the budget presentation coming slightly earlier this year. Though, we hope tosee an even greater improvement on this in the coming year. But more importantly however, is that so far this year’s budget process has benefitted from greater cooperation and consultations between the National Assembly and the Executive. 3. Mr. President, I wish to note that the National Assembly recognizes however that the problem with our budget and budgeting process goes far deeperthan the relative progress we have made. This is why in August this year, I inaugurated a joint Executive/Legislative committee and a technical committee to review our budget systems and identify ways we can make them more transparent, more participatory, more result oriented and therefore more effective. The committee has since submitted its report and the National Assembly is already started the process of implementing the recommendations. 4. Already, we have tried to bring the key highlights of the report into effect within the 2016 framework. These include: • pre-budget consultation and engagement, • greater information sharing and recording, • Public hearing on the budget bill • Drafting of an Organic Budget Bill • Amendment of the Public Procurement Act 5. Our hope is that the remainder of the recommendations of this report will be implemented within the 2017 budget year with the passage of the Organic Budget Law. The Organic Budget Law will provide the legal framework for regulating the procedures that budget preparation, approval, implementation and even accounting must follow. It will bring the budget and national planning regime within a clearly defined framework, thereby ensuring greater predictability, transparency and efficiency. 6. When the current National Assembly introduced the Civil Society Public Hearing on the Budget initiative, the idea was to open up the budgeting space by incorporating the Civil Society into the budget process, thereby ensuring greater transparency and accountability. We are proud to say that this engagement has come to stay as a crucial part of our budget approval process. 7. Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, honourablemembers, you would recall when the National Bureau of Statistics NBS came out with the numbers to confirm that the Nigerian economy has slumped into recession, the National Assembly rose with one voice. Through a joint resolution, we recommended that you make a “state of the nation” address on the plan of government to get us out of recession and have 20 important Executive actions that in our view needed to be taken to get the economy back on track. The National Assembly on its part listed and prioritized 11 economic reform bills for passage. We intend to get these bills ready alongside the 2017 Appropriation bill. We believe that the core elementsof these bills will aid the Executive in mobilizing the required private capital into the general economy, but especially the infrastructure market. 8. In the thinking of the 8th National Assembly, our country can no longer rely on the public sector alone to spend us out of recession. It is therefore critical that we mainstream private sector business and investment in the economy. To achieve this, we must make it much easier and efficient for people to invest and do business in our country. 9. Further to this, we are also aware that if we must attract private investments to play a central role in our economic recovery efforts, must make deliberate efforts to market Nigeria as an attractive brand through a very robust and highly coordinated process of engagements. This effort must necessarily start with injecting confidence in the market through clarity and consistency of policies. We must speak the right language and show that we are open to and ready for legitimate business. 10. I wish to reassure Mr. President that the National Assembly would continue to seek opportunities to deepen this relationship because we are convinced it is the only by working closely together that our country can make the progress that we all desire. 11. The overarching purpose of a budget is essentially to ease the economic pressure on our people in general and the poor most especially. The 2017 budget assumes even a greater significance, particularly in this time of recession. Mr. President, the feedback we get from visits to our various constituencies is that there is hardship in the land. We can see it and we can feel it. This situation therefore commands all of us as government to a greater sense of urgency. We cannot work magic, but we must continue to work the clock. Our people must see that the singular pre-occupation of government is the search for solution to the current economic hardship; and the commitment to ease their burden. They don’t want to know what political parties we belong, what language we speak or how we worship God. They have trusted their fates into our hands, and they need us now more than ever, to justify the trust that they have reposed on us. The people of Nigeria will pardon us if we do some things wrong. But they will not forgive us if we do nothing. And that is why, Mr. President the two chambers have taken a position whatever may be our differences, or opinions on issues of the economy we will all work with one common purpose for this reason. 12. It is in times like this, when we are challenged from all sides that we need to develop new relationships and cultivate more friends. No one can clap with one hand and expect to be heard. This is the time when compromise, engagement is the tool necessary for successful collaboration and cooperation. 13. This is why I encouraged the Executive to continue with its engagement plans across all sections and stakeholders in the country particularly with our brothers in the Niger Delta and all parts of the country where instability is impacting on our collective economic and security aspirations. 14. Mr. President, you will recall in 2015, , I made a clarion call while receiving Your Excellency’s budget presentation for that year that the 2016 budget needed to be bold and pragmatic to drive local production and promote made-in Nigeria goods. 15. Today, permit me Your Excellency to reiterate this call. The only way we can cut down on our foreign exchange needs, create jobs and stimulate entrepreneurship in the country is to promote local manufacturing and investments. 16. This is why the National Assembly injected the made-in-Nigeria amendment into the Public Procurement Act. We are expectant that with your leadership, Mr. President, we will achieve even much more in this area. It is the hope of the National Assembly that the 2017 budget will continue to proactively pursue this policy objective. 17. Mr. President, though we are confident that we are receiving from you a very well-articulated budget proposal, it is worthy to point out that the best produced budget from the executive at all times still remains a proposal according to our constitution which the National Assembly will work assiduously on. On behalf of the National Assembly, we commit to work on the 2017 budget, conscious of the responsibility that the current economic situation imposes on us and driven by the urgency to alleviate the suffering of our people and also bearing in mind your aspiration and vision for our people. We assure you Mr. President and all Nigerians that not even a single minute would be wasted on our side in the course of getting this budget approved. 18. With these few words, I hereby invite Your Excellency to deliver your speech and lay the 2017 budget proposals for the consideration of the National Assembly in accordance with Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. 19. I thank you and extend the season’s greetings to all. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

  • 13 Dec 2016

    Senate: We Won't Rubber Stamp 2017 MTEF As President Muhammadu Buhari presents the 2017 Budget to the Joint Session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, the Senate has said that it would not be a rubber stamp in consideration of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) which is due to be discussed on Thursday. The position of the Senate was made known yesterday by its Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, when a civil society group, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) led by Barrister Eze Onyekpere submitted a report on MTEF to the Senate. The Senate Leader who justified his earlier comments that the MTEF was empty said gone are the days when the National Assembly would rubber stamp any document, insisting that the legislature will always analyze all documents to ensure that the interest of the citizens are protected. According to the Senate Leader, "We are Nigerians, we represent Nigerians, this is Medium Terms Expenditure Framework for Nigerians and not for the World Bank. And in the Senate, we have experts. So, when they brought the MTEF, we said that we will subject it to critical analyses and not rubber stamp it and then it was in the media that National Assembly should be blamed for not passing the budget in time, I responded by telling them they brought empty documents. "We are professionals here. We are grateful to centres like you that are non-governmental. You are independent. This is what we need, not bringing reports from World Bank or from any expert from diaspora that come to play on the intelligence of Nigerians. We want to thank you and assure you on behalf of the Senate that we are not only going to consider your submission, we are going to act on it because I have a personal interest on the MTEF this year. "We want to prove to those outside the executive that we are Nigerians that have constitutional responsibility to look at what affects Nigerians with inputs from centres like you that will address the challenges that we have in this country and proffer solutions to them by experts who are Nigerians. Not people from outside that will be working with the economic theories that are alien and not minding what they send to us, not even minding whether the weather in Nigeria and the weather in Europe and America are not the same. "So, even if you bring any important economic policy and put it in Nigeria, even the weather can tell you that it won't and can't work because they are not the same. So, the Senate will not rubber stamp the MTEF but will subject it to critical analyses. So, we appreciate your contributions and we are going to look into it. Our doors are open, the Eighth Senate is a different Senate," he told the group. Earlier, Onyekpere called on the National Assembly to ensure that the MTEF documents are submitted on time in future as it contains reports and statistics on the micro economics and how to grow the economy. He said that his group, the CSJ, reviewed the MTEF documents submitted by the Buhari administration and deliberated on its strengths and weaknesses. The leader of the delegation said the MTEF is a constitutionally-prescibed exercise as the legislature is mandated to ensure that the framework is policy driven and that the revenue projections are realistic and realizable while also helping the National Assembly to be more proactive in its oversight duties to make the executive become more accountable. END

  • 13 Dec 2016

    Today, we took a very important motion on the unlawful and wilful misappropriation and criminal withholding of public revenue by NNPC and NPDC from 2013 to date. The motion charges that since 2013, NPDC has continued to lift crude oil from divested oil wells OML 61, 62, 63 worth over $3.487bn without remittance of any nature to the Federation Account. I commend Senator Dino Melaye for bringing this motion to the floor of the Senate. As part of our Legislative agenda, the 8th Senate resolved to strengthen our oversight functions on all goverment Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure accountability and transparency in the activities of government. The amount reflected can fund the country’s budget instead of us looking to take a loan of 4 billion dollars, we cannot continue a practise where some people will continue to sabotage the anti corruption effort. I call on the GMD, Auditor General, Minister of finance and CBN Governor and Anti-Corruption agencies to look into this claim. I challenge my colleagues to work through the holiday to have a report available to be laid on the 9th of January, 2017.

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Commiserates With Victims Of Adamawa Bomb Blast

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

  • 10 Dec 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates Ghanaian President-elect

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

  • 08 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 07 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 05 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 04 Dec 2016

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

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

  • 27 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 25 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 18 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 14 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 11 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 10 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 09 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Women Society Commends Senate For Initiatives On Economy

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

  • 09 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 05 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 05 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Pa Olaniwun Ajayi

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

    Press Release: Presidency Lauds Saraki Over Reform of Budget Process

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

  • 04 Nov 2016

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

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

  • 02 Nov 2016

    Saraki: Social Injustice, Corruption in IDP Camps Inexcusable

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

  • 30 Oct 2016

    Saraki Lauds Army for Buying Aba Made Shoes

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

  • 24 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 23 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 21 Oct 2016

    Saraki Seeks Incentives For Girl Child Education

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

  • 18 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 17 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 14 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Lauds Release of 21 Chibok Girls

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Seeks Increased Use Of Clean Cooking Energy By Nigerians

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

  • 13 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 12 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 12 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 10 Oct 2016

    Bukola Saraki Commends NESG

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

  • 07 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 07 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 06 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 05 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 05 Oct 2016

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

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

  • 30 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 30 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 29 Sep 2016

    Press Release: Edo Polls: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki

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

  • 23 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 20 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 19 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 11 Sep 2016

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

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

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Ibru Was A Trailblazer, Says Saraki

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

  • 02 Sep 2016

    Saraki: Accountability is Key to North East Development Plan

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Saraki: Senate Will Investigate IDPs Hunger/Nutrition Crisis

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

  • 27 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 24 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 23 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 21 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 20 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 16 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 12 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 10 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Saraki Commends EFCC for Investigating Diversion of N/East Relief

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

  • 07 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 03 Aug 2016

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

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

  • 02 Aug 2016

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates New NBA President

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

  • 25 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    Today, the Senate held a highly productive plenary session.

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

  • 21 Jul 2016

    SARAKI REMAINS A PROUD MEMBER OF APC

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 20 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 19 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 18 Jul 2016

    I Remain Loyal To APC, Says Saraki

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

  • 13 Jul 2016

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

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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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





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