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

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

President of The Senate

President of The Senate

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

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

Senate President at NILS FELLOWSHIP CEREMONY

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

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

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

Senate President

Towards Open and Transparent Government


Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Meet The Senator

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

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

Activity Timeline

TODAY
  • 24 May 2017

    RT : is making access to finance easier for small businesses.

  • 24 May 2017

    RT : 5th June 2017.NASSBER ANNIVERSARY & ANNUAL DIALOGUE EVENT: : CREATING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH

  • 24 May 2017

    RT : 5th June, in partnership with & Nigeria Bar Asso supported by will commemorate 1st ann

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    RT : There will be an interactive session to discuss legislative interventions to actualise Creating Opportunit

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    is important because SMEs employ 84% of our workforce. When our SMEs grow, our economy t

  • 24 May 2017

    Press Release : North East: Saraki Seeks More EU Support For Humanitarian Situation

    Press Release  May 24, 2017   North East: Saraki Seeks More EU Support For Humanitarian Situation   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the European Union and other donor agencies for more support to solve the humanitarian crisis foisted by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.   Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, made the call when the President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and ... read more

  • 24 May 2017

    Press Release : North East: Saraki Seeks More EU Support For Humanitarian Situation -

  • 24 May 2017

    RT : Nationwide Applause as SP leads a major fight against rape and Sexual assault in Nigeria

  • 24 May 2017

    Press Release: National Assembly, NESG, NBA To Mark NASSBER

    Press Release May 24, 2017 National Assembly, NESG, NBA To Mark NASSBER  The National Assembly will next week (Monday June 5), commemorate the first year anniversary of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), with activities that include an interactive session to explore and discuss legislative interventions to actualise the theme: “Creating Opportunity through Legislation” for local businesses. The Special Assistant (New Media) to the Senate President, Bamikole Omishore, in a statement, said the event is being organized by the 8th National Assembly in partnership ... read more

  • 24 May 2017

    Press Release: National Assembly, NESG, NBA To Mark NASSBER -

  • 24 May 2017

    The reforms of will create more leverage for banks and credit agencies to lend more to our SMEs.

  • 24 May 2017

    On 9th of May, 2017, we passed the Movable Assets Bill. This will allow SMEs to access credit using mova

  • 24 May 2017

    Yesterday, passed the Warehouse Regulatory Agency Act.This Bill allows SMEs to secure loans

  • 24 May 2017

    This is why this month, as part of 's Ease of Doing Business reform, we passed legislation to provide SMEs with .

  • 24 May 2017

    Millions of SMEs in Nigeria do not have the collateral or the assets that are required for them to access loans from banks.

  • 24 May 2017

    Reports show that only 3% of SMEs received their start-up loans and capital through formal financial institutions.This needs to change.

  • 24 May 2017

    Access to Finance has always been a major problem for owners of small and medium-sized businesses in Nigeria. A...

  • 24 May 2017

    Access to Finance has always been a major problem for owners of small and medium-sized businesses in Nigeria. A 2016 NASSBER report highlighted that only 3% of SME owners that were surveyed, revealed that they had received their start-up loans and capital through formal financial institutions like banks. This is because SME owners often do not have the collateral or the assets requested by banks before they are given loans. This is why, this month, as part of the 8th Senate’s ‘Economic Reform Agenda’ to make the Ease of Doing Business in the country easier, we have focused on passing laws that will create more opportunities for SMEs to access the credit that they need to grow. Just yesterday, we passed the Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency Act. This Bill solves the problem of collateral by allowing businesses to secure loans using commercial warehouse receipts. Additionally, with the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Bill, which passed on the 9th of May, 2017, business-owners will be able to access credit using movable assets like cars, jewelry, and computers. These reforms will also serve to liberate our financial services sector from the fixed asset system which currently places too much emphasis on land as the base capital. This will create more leverage for our banks and credit agencies to lend more to the real sector. The Senate has focused on these reforms because the facts speak for themselves: our SMEs employ 84% of our workforce. Hence, if our SMEs are provided with opportunities for sustainable growth, our economy thrives, and we as a nation are all better of. -ABS

  • 23 May 2017

    Press Release: Senate To Investigate Increase in Rape and Sexual Assault

    Press Release​ 23 May 2017 Senate To Investigate Increase in Rape and Sexual Assault   The Senate on Tuesday passed a motion to investigate the increase in rape and sexual assault across the country. The motion titled: “Urgent need to investigate the alarming rate of Rape and Sexual Assault against Women, Children and Vulnerable people across the country” was introduced by Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South).   Na’Allah in his lead debate called for urgent attention ... read more

  • 23 May 2017

    Our nation has no choice but to address the increase of rape and sexual assault as a security priority - Abubakar...

  • 23 May 2017

    Our nation has no choice but to address the increase of rape and sexual assault as a security priority - Abubakar Bukola Saraki The Senate on Tuesday passed a motion to investigate the increase in rape and sexual assault across the country. The motion titled: "Urgent need to investigate the alarming rate of Rape and Sexual Assault against Women, Children and Vulnerable people across the country" was introduced by Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South). Na'Allah in his lead debate called for urgent attention to the “frightening increase in cases of sexual violence, notably rape where more than half of the victims are minors below the age of consent.” He noted that in most cases, the perpetrators are individuals familiar to the victims and include neighbors, employers and family members adding that the motion in meant to express Senate's concern that the activities of certain sexual predators represent a serious security threat to vulnerable segments of society. He stated that rape and sexual assault figures reveal that these crimes ignore gender as both males and females are victims. "What is worse, many perpetrators are never brought to justice due to poor rates of prosecution and convictions," he added. Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has lauded the Deputy Majority Leader, for introducing the motion and rallying his distinguished colleagues behind the effort to raise the alarm on the rise of rape and sexual assault in the country. "The distinguished Majority Leader has once again shown that he is a leader of compassion who believes in the rule of law. The crimes of rape and sexual assault that afflict today’s Nigeria cannot be tolerated and demand increased attention from law enforcement and civil society,” the Senate President said. The Senate in its resolutions urged the Inspector General of Police to investigate and prosecute violent sexual abuse to the fullest extent of the law and mandated the relevant Senate Committees to exercise their legislative and oversight function to seek solutions that would drastically reduce the incidents of rape and sexual assault. The Red Chamber further urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other security agencies to establish functional help desks to provide increased support for victims. They further urged judges and magistrates to revisit court sentencing policies on violent sexual offences to reflect the very serious nature of the crimes. “Our nation has no choice but to address the increase of rape and sexual assault as a security priority,” Dr. Saraki said. He further added that “not only must we crack down severely on perpetrators, but we must arrest the very idea that Nigeria is unsafe for children, women and vulnerable persons." END

  • 23 May 2017

    Press Release: Senate To Investigate Increase in Rape and Sexual Assault -

  • 23 May 2017

    RT : Additionally, 's Secured Transactions Bill allows busi

  • 23 May 2017

    RT : The Warehouse Receipts Bill solves the problem of collateral. With this, securing loans becomes easier for owners of SMEs. h

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  • 23 May 2017

    RT : Only about 3% of SMEs in the country were able to start their businesses with loans and capital obtained through formal fina

  • 23 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Channels TV Reporter, Chukwuma Onuekwusi

    Press Release  May 23, 2017   Saraki Mourns Channels TV Reporter, Chukwuma Onuekwusi   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of the State House Correspondent of Channels Television, Mr. Chukwuma Onuekwusi, in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Onuekwusi as a hardworking, passionate and conscientious reporter who left nobody in doubt ... read more

  • 23 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Channels TV Reporter, Chukwuma Onuekwusi -

  • 23 May 2017

    Link to full details of National Assembly line by line Budget as promised

  • 23 May 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected in the Manchester Attack.

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : VIDEO: SENATE PRESIDENT "THIS IS A NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THAT LISTEN": via

  • 22 May 2017

    understands your pain and we are determined to break the jinx this time around.

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : 3. Prevent the reinvestment of proceeds of unlawful activities in the furtherance of criminal enterprise,

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : 2. Deprive a person of the proceeds of an unlawful activity and other benefits derived from an offence committed within or o

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : 1. Provide for an effective legal and institutional framework for the recovery and management of proceeds of crime,

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : The absence of a civil forfeiture law in the country makes a mockery of the anti-corruption fight..

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : There are assets forfeiture provisions in the extant laws we have. These provisions basically cover forfeiture after convict

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : ...proceeds of assets across our law enforcement agencies..

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : The , 2017 (SB.376) aims at providing the necessary consolidation of the existing provisions in the reco

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : ... the value of the property obtained from these illegal activities..

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : The , 2017 (SB. 376) seeks to provide the legal & institutional framework for the recovery & management

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : ...of crime in a way that is more organised, coordinated, transparent and allows the country to benefit from rather than los

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : Today on , we track The Bill for an Act to make comprehensive provisions for the Confiscation, Forfeiture and...

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : The , 2017 (SB. 376) is Sponsored by Senator Mohammed Hassan(Yobe South).

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : The , 2017 (SB. 376) went for first reading on 10th November, 2016 and second reading on 17th May, 2017.

  • 22 May 2017

    RT : H.E joins delegates from all over the world at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

  • 22 May 2017

    My interview with of we discussed ; fight against corruption, E-Voting in

  • 21 May 2017

    My interview with @MaupeO of Channels TV on the program Hard Copy

    My interview with @MaupeO of Channels TV on the program Hard Copy, where I discussed about #OpenNASS, the fight against corruption led by President Mohammadu Buhari, Electronic Voting in National Assembly and need to strengthen institutions to sustain the fight against corruption.

  • 21 May 2017

    My interview with of Channels TV on the program Hard Copy -

  • 21 May 2017

    RT : PIGB will benefit Nigerians, says Senator

  • 21 May 2017

    RT : Bamikole Omishore: Using to jump-start Nigeria's economy YNaija via

  • 21 May 2017

    RT : WATCH: Senate president wants Buharis anti-corruption war to outlive present administration

  • 20 May 2017

    Yesterday, an interview I had with Maupe Ogun of Channels online aired. You can watch the interview by...

  • 20 May 2017

    Yesterday, an interview I had with @maupeo Maupe Ogun of Channels online aired. You can watch the interview by following this link.

  • 20 May 2017

    RT : [ BUDGET]SP FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS!Why it took so long to

  • 20 May 2017

    RT : I watched live on with , I saw the angel and honesty in him.

  • 19 May 2017

    Yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, my wife, Toyin Saraki, and I, paid our last respects to the former Governor of the Western Region, late Major General Adeyinka Abebayo. Rest in Peace Sir. You will be missed.

  • 18 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki: Electoral Act Amendment To Check Malpractices, Violence

    Press Release May 18, 2017   Saraki: Electoral Act Amendment To Check Malpractices, Violence   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed confidence that the recent amendments to the electoral law will strengthen the nation’s electoral process and make it conform with the international best practices.   Saraki stated that when assented to, the amendments will eliminate rigging, violence and other malpractices associated with the voting process.   The Senate President according to a statement by his Special Assistant ... read more

  • 17 May 2017

    Today, in order to curb the ongoing practice of Statutory Corporations of the Federal Government spending funds without the approval of the National Assembly, in-line with Sections 21(1), (2) and 3 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the Senate passed a Motion calling on all concerned agencies to submit their budgets to the National Assembly in the next two weeks. Additionally, the Senate called on all the Ministers that supervise such agencies to: One, immediately submit the budgets of these agencies to the National Assembly in Accordance to Section 21 of the FRA; and Two, stop all capital and non-essential expenditures for the current budget year of these agencies, pending the submission and subsequent approval of the budgets in question. This action taken by the Senate is in-line with the current anti-corruption fight of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government. This is because it limits the discretionary spending of public funds by the heads of government parastatals and agencies. -ABS

  • 17 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Global Action Against Terrorism, Illegal Migration

    Press Release May 17, 2017 Saraki Seeks Global Action Against Terrorism, Illegal Migration Senate President. Dr.Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for a concerted international effort to tackle terrorism, poverty and illegal migration, even as he described the menace as a global challenge. Saraki spoke yesterday when a delegation of students of the Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom, led by Major General Lawrence Craig visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja. Responding to an address by the leader ... read more

  • 16 May 2017

    Press Release: Senate To Partner US Chamber of Commerce on ICT For Job Creation

    Press Release May 16, 2017 Senate To Partner US Chamber of Commerce  on ICT For Job Creation The Senate has pledged its preparedness to work with the US Chamber of Commerce African Business Centre to develop the nation’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector towards diversifying the nation’s economy and creating jobs. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki made the pledge in Abuja when the Group led by Ms. Leila Ndiaye visited him ahead of the launch of the ICT ... read more

  • 16 May 2017

    Today, I met with a delegation of the US Chamber of Commerce African Business Working Group on ICT, led by Ms. Leila Ndiaye. In furtherance of our commitment at the 8th Senate to create more jobs and opportunities for young Nigerians, the US Chamber of Commerce and my Office have set up this working group, which comprises of representatives from some of the biggest ICT companies in the world like Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, to look at ways of building a more robust digital economy for Nigeria. Many of you will recall that in 2016, following my meeting with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), we came up with priority pieces of legislation that were aimed at restructuring Nigeria’s economy by improving the Ease of Doing Business in the country. Now, in collaboration with this ICT Working Group, we hope to do something similar by identifying the policies and pieces of legislation around broadband technology, taxation, and infrastructure that have been limiting Nigeria’s growth in the ICT sector. Once we receive the report from this working group — which shall serve as a roadmap for our legislative work on these issues — the 8th Senate will immediately get to work to ensure that Nigeria’s technology sector helps to propel our economic diversification agenda. -ABS

  • 15 May 2017

    Press Release: How To Win The War Against Corruption, by Saraki

    Press Release    May 15, 2017   How To Win The War Against Corruption, by Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advocated the need to prioritize deterrence rather than punishment in other to permanently win the ongoing war against corruption.   Saraki gave the charge in his speech at the Public Presentation and Book-Signing ceremony of Senator Dino Melaye’s book titled: “Antidotes For Corruption – The Nigerian Story”, held in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement ... read more

  • 15 May 2017

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE BOOK, ‘ANTIDOTES FOR CORRUPTION’ BY SENATOR DINO MELAYE

    SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE BOOK, ‘ANTIDOTES FOR CORRUPTION’ BY SENATOR DINO MELAYE, AT THE SHEHU YAR’ADUA CENTRE, ABUJA, MAY 14, 2017.    A couple of years ago, I read an interesting article in The Economist that tried to argue that there is direct correlations between corruption and development. I thought this was pretty obvious. What set me thinking more about the subject however was the graphics. ... read more

  • 13 May 2017

    Today, I was in Maiduguri, Borno State. We were able to gather peacefully because relative calm has been restored to the State. This peace that we are experiencing in Borno did not come about by itself. After years of insurgency, this peace is as a result of the hard work of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Kashim Shettima and our armed forces. Moving forward, we will continue to do everything to support and sustain the peace that has returned to Borno and the North East. Now, and always. -ABS

  • 12 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Tasks Nurses, Midwives on Reduction of Maternal, Infant mortality

    Press Release  May 12, 2017 Saraki Tasks Nurses, Midwives on Reduction of Maternal, Infant mortality  Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nurses and Midwives in the country to rededicate themselves to quality service delivery in order to boost healthcare and reduce the high prevalence of infant and maternal mortality in the country. Speaking during a courtesy call on him by a delegation nurses and midwives to mark this year’s International Nurses Day, led by his wife, Mrs. Toyin Saraki ... read more

  • 12 May 2017

    : We Will Remain Committed to our Nurses and Midwives This week, I met with a cross-section of nurses and midwifery groups led by my wife, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, who is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives. As a medical doctor, I find it devastating that Nigeria has the 2nd-worst maternal mortality rate in the world. This means that everyday, an average of 116 women die from pregnancy-related causes around the country. To put this in another perspective, Nigeria’s makes up 2% of the world’s population but takes up 12% of the world’s maternal mortality rate. This is unacceptable. This is why in the coming weeks, the Senate, through our Committee on Health, and Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases, will be taking appropriate action by using our powers of oversight to ensure that: One, midwives and primary healthcare centers across the country have the appropriate personnel, infrastructure and funding; Two, stakeholders meet to immediately confront the lapses in our system that impede quality service delivery and address the requirements of nurses and midwives in Nigeria. Moving forward, midwives across the country should be rest assured that they have a committed partner in the 8th Senate. We will continue to work to ensure that Nigeria’s maternal mortality ratio decreases by fully supporting all efforts to address these challenges. -ABS

  • 11 May 2017

    Full line by line details of the National Budget as promised #OpenNass #PromiseKept

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  • 11 May 2017

    : A Budget of Firsts Today, the 8th Senate passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill and fulfilled its promise to . When we came into Office on the 9th of June, 2015, we promised Nigerians that we would continue to remain committed to running an institution that is transparent and accountable to the Nigerian people. With the budget release, we have kept this promise, and this is what we will continue to do. I thank the Appropriation Committee and Sub-Committees of the Senate for a job well done on this #2017Budget process. As much as this budget is a Budget of Growth and Recovery, it is also a Budget of firsts. This year, we had the first-ever Joint Public Hearing on the National Budget that allowed Civil Society Organizations and the public to make direct recommendations to the budget. This was also the first time since 1999 that the budget and its details were laid on the floor of both legislative chambers. Another first is that this budget cycle was the first time that the line-by-line details of the National Assembly were laid and made available to the public. I appreciate the cooperation from members of the Executive and the remarkable change that we witnessed from the 2016 budget process. Additionally, I commend all Nigerians for their patience and understanding during the #2017Budget process. Moving forward, although the 2016 budget process has been commendable in terms of its implementation, it is my hope that the 2017 budget cycle will see better implementation and positively impact the lives of all Nigerians. -ABS

  • 11 May 2017

    Yesterday, it was a pleasure to receive the eminent members of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ELTS) Task Force, led by the Former President of Niger Republic, His Excellency, Salou Djibo. The goals of ECOWAS to create a well-integrated sub-region, through the Free Movement of Persons, Goods, and Services across West African States, is truly commendable — as it will be highly beneficial to Nigeria. This will help to increase the volume of trade between our ECOWAS Member States, which currently stands at less than 10%. However, with this policy in place, in order to safeguard our West African States and Nigeria from certain challenges, it is important that crucial steps be taken to avoid the exploitation of the ETLS by smugglers, small arms and light weapons dealers, and other individuals or groups that might wish to take advantage of the ELTS for nefarious reasons. As we work to remove the roadblocks that have hindered the implementation of the policy across the sub-region, we must also work to ensure that we resist the ongoing manipulation of well-intended trade polices by other countries to our own detriment. We must take our cues from the experiences in other continents like the EU that have successfully achieved both domestic trade protection and regional trade liberalization. On our part, the 8th Senate will continue to work to ensure that schemes like the ELTS have to work for Nigeria’s domestic industries like the agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors through proper oversight and accountability. We have already started this process by successfully pushing for the removal of additional tariffs on the CET on raw materials in the pharmaceutical industry in order to benefit our local drug manufacturers. However, we will not stop here. We will continue to work with the Federal Government to monitor and push for the full compliance of all regional and domestic trade incentives in order to create more opportunities and wealth for Nigerians.

  • 10 May 2017

    Today, I met with Nurses & Midwives led by my dear wife, @ToyinSaraki, who is an Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives. We discussed how @thenigeriansenate can pass legislations to improve working conditions of our nurses and midwives, in order to improve Nigeria's maternal mortality rate which is currently the 2nd highest in the world.

  • 10 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges ECOWAS Leaders To Resist Trade Policy Manipulation

    Press Release  May 10, 2017   Saraki Urges ECOWAS Leaders To Resist Trade Policy Manipulation    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, called on leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to resist ongoing manipulation of its well intended trade polices by other countries to the detriment of the sub-region.   Saraki who gave the advice in his speech at the opening session of the 2017 First Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, also ... read more

  • 09 May 2017

    Today, at the Senate, we passed the Secured Transaction in Movable Assets Bill and the Credit Bureau Services Bill. These two Bills are a part of the Senate’s Ease of Doing Business Legislation that are aimed at making the local regulatory environment more conducive to starting and operating businesses. Under the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Bill, we can close the gap on access to credit financing for SME’s by allowing the use of movable assets as collateral when acquiring loans. Up until now, only fixed assets like land and infrastructure were accepted. Additionally, the Secured Transaction Bill strengthens the financial inclusion of SME’s, stimulates responsible lending to micro, small and medium enterprises and establishes a Collateral Registry for its operations.

  • 09 May 2017

    We just laid the #2017Budget at the Nigerian Senate. This is the first time since 1999 the Bill and its details are being laid at the same time. I congratulate all the members of the Appropriation Committee, for the hard work that they put into getting the Appropriation Bill and it's details ready.

  • 09 May 2017

    Press Release: Ease of Doing Business: Saraki Charges Technical Committee on CAMA, ISA

    Press Release May 8, 2017   Ease of Doing Business: Saraki Charges Technical Committee on CAMA, ISA     Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki has inaugurated an 18-man Technical Committee on the amendment of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and the Investment and Security Act (ISA) with a charge to improve the ease of doing business in the country.   The Senate President also urged the Committee to work out modalities to halt the exodus of manufacturing companies ... read more

  • 08 May 2017

    Today, I inaugurated an 18-person technical committee on the amendment of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and Investment and Security Act (ISA). The aim of this technical committee is to review these Bills, in order to ensure that they will truly improve the ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. Every Nigerian that has a business idea should be able to register and incorporate his or her company without hassle or delay. For every business that we start, our nation benefits from employment, revenue generation, products and services to better our lives and enterprises that will help drive and reinforce our claims of being the fastest growing economy on the continent. This is what we are working towards at the Senate.

  • 07 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Condoles Families of Lagos-Ibadan Highway Accident Victims

    Press Release  May 7, 2017 Saraki Condoles Families of Lagos-Ibadan Highway Accident Victims  *Restates Senate’s plan to Intervene on speedy completion of reconstruction work President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the road accident which claimed about 26 lives at the weekend on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Saraki, in a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the tragic loss of lives on ... read more

  • 07 May 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Hails Buhari, Security Forces on Release of 82 Chibok Girls

    Press Release  May 7, 2017   Saraki Hails Buhari, Security Forces on Release of 82 Chibok Girls President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, security operatives, and the international Red Cross on the release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls, that were part of the group abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki expressed delight ... read more

  • 06 May 2017

    After several years, yesterday, it was great to be back at Shonga Farms in Kwara State. When we first started the project when I was the Governor of Kwara State, people were attacking the idea saying that it could not be done. Many said that it was not sustainable. Many others said that the farm belonged to me. Still, others said that it would not benefit the State and invariably, the country. Years later, the facts are speaking for themselves. When it started, Shonga Farms was producing only 12,000 birds a week. Now, they are producing 20,000 birds a day! Back then, it only employed a handful of people, now, it employs over a thousand people! From being a small farm in Kwara, now, Shonga, is a priced jewel in Africa. The decision by Country Bird Holdings (CBH), one of the largest poultry companies in Sub-Saharan Africa to acquire a majority stake in Valentine Farms Ltd., Shonga is a testament to the success of the farm. Posterity will always be the greatest judge. The truth is, when you are in a position of leadership, don’t listen to the naysayers. Yes, take in all the positive criticism. But always stay focused. It’s only then that you can achieve your vision for the people.

  • 05 May 2017

    Today is a great day for and I had the pleasure of visiting Tshonga Farms Ltd Kwara State with Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele Senator Shaaba Lafiagi and Senator Abdulahi Adamu Delighted to see the progress that has been made in 13 years, most especially because they now employ over 1000 Kwarans and are creating opportunities daily for out grower farmers. It is my belief that with the governor of Central Bank witnessing first hand what Kwara State has been able to achieve with commercial farming, same will be replicated all over Nigeria to fully diversify our economy and engage our teeming youth.

  • 04 May 2017

    Press Release: Pharmaceutical Group Lauds Saraki Over Import Adjustment Tax Policy

    Press Release May 4, 2017 Pharmaceutical Group Lauds Saraki Over Import Adjustment Tax Policy  The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) has commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for his intervention which led the Federal Government to introduce an Import Adjustment Tax policy last year that has encouraged pharmaceutical industries in the country to thrive. The National President of PMG-MAN, Mr. Okey Akpa, gave the commendation when he led other national executive members of the ... read more

  • 04 May 2017

    Yesterday at the Senate, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) led by their Chairman, Mr. Okey Akpa. At the meeting, the delegation thanked us for our successful work in advocating for a reversal of the 5% Common External Tariff (CET) on the importation of raw materials that are needed by our local pharmaceutical industries. Last year, when PMG-MAN came to the Senate, I reassured them that the Senate would look into advocating for the reduction of this CET on the raw materials, so that our local pharmaceutical industry can grow, and Nigerians all over the country would have access to cheaper medications. We have done this. Now, our next step on this issue will be to push for the self-sufficiency of our local pharmaceutical sector. In light of this, I have set up a technical committee made up of key staff from my Office and members of PMG-MAN. This committee has been given 6-weeks to produce a report on the enabling laws that are needed to make sure that our pharmaceutical industry can meet the demands of the entire country. This is because for the safety of our citizens and our national security as a nation, Nigeria must begin to take steps to produce the vaccines and medications that it needs locally, instead of relying on other countries.

  • 04 May 2017

    Yesterday, as part of our activities to mark at the Nigerian Senate, I had a brief chat with the members of the Senate Press Corps. These men and women, day-in and day-out, contribute immensely to our work here at the National Assembly. During the chat, I emphasized the need for members of the Press see the great power that they have, as a great responsibility to push out truthful, verifiable, and pertinent information to the public. As set out by the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, the Media plays a crucial role in advancing a peaceful, just and inclusive society. This is why at the Senate, we will continue to see the Press as our partners in our nation’s development.

  • 03 May 2017

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TO THE SENATE PRESS CORPS ON THE OCCASION OF THE ‘WORLD PRESS FREEDOM

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TO THE SENATE PRESS CORPS ON THE OCCASION OF THE ‘WORLD PRESS FREEDOM’ DAY 2017 ON WEDNESDAY, MAY  3, 2017 PROTOCOLS. 1. Good afternoon, Gentlemen of the Press. 2. Although we usually interact in various capacities during the course of our respective duties, today, it gives me great pleasure to be here again with all of you at the refurbished Senate Press Centre. 3. As we all ... read more

  • 03 May 2017

    Congratulations to our two newest Ministers, Prof. Stephen Ocheni and Mr. Suleiman Hassan, who passed screening and confirmation at the Senate today.

  • 03 May 2017

    Press Statement: Senate Moves to Harmonise Child Adoption Laws

    Press Statement  May 3, 2017   Senate Moves to Harmonise Child Adoption Laws    Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has pledged that the 8th Senate will harmonise all child adoption laws in the country to make it easier for Nigerians wishing to adopt children do so without hindrance.   Saraki spoke when the South East Professional Women Association of Nigeria and the Diaspora (SEPWAND), visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja.   He also said that the objective ... read more

  • 03 May 2017

    WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: Saraki Seeks Media's Partnership To Grow Economy Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for greater collaboration between the media and government at all levels towards accelerated economic development of the country. Saraki, in a statement to mark the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted the enormous sacrifices made by the Nigerian media to end military dictatorship and entrench democracy in the country. He stated that having contributed immensely to return the country to democratic rule, it is time for the media to key into the present administration's determination to exit the current recession, grow the economy and make life more abundant for all. He noted that the theme of this year's celebration which is "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies" cannot be fully realized without sustained improvement in the economic status of every Nigerian. Saraki said: "There is no doubt that one of the major challenges confronting us as a people is how to grow the economy and provide jobs for our teaming population. I believe the press has a great role to play in accelerating the process through the dissemination of appropriate information and unbiased reportage of government's economic recovery efforts. "The Nigerian media played tremendous role in ending military rule. It is time for her to join the crusade to build a sustainable economy for the benefit of all," he said. The Senate President also paid tribute to journalists across the world who have had to pay the supreme price, suffered injuries and deprivations while carrying out their legitimate duties. He called on media owners - public and private - to enhance the welfare and security of practitioners in the media, in view of their critical role in the socio-economic development of the country. END

  • 03 May 2017

    Last week Wednesday, Queens College Old Girls Association (QCOBA) visited my office to submit a petition on the state of their alma mater. After listening to their detailed presentation, which emphasized issues around deteriorating infrastructure such as the open sewage systems and unclean water that led to the death of three young girls, it was clear that immediate action had to be taken. At the meeting, I made the alumni delegation three promises: One, that the Senate would set up an investigative committee to look into the issues surrounding the death of three young Queens College students; Two, that although we are deep into the 2017 appropriations process, we would work to ensure that Queens College gets adequate funding to address its infrastructural challenges; and Three, that the Senate would set-up a major stakeholder session involving the government, members of our academic community and international partners to work towards a holistic identification of problems in our school system, with a goal of restructuring education in Nigeria to meet the demands of a changing world. Following my promise, yesterday, the Senate passed a resolution to investigate the poor state of the infrastructure in Queens College. This Motion directed the Senate Committee on Education to carry out a public hearing on the deaths of the three young girls, in order to ensure that this situation does not repeat itself in any of our schools. Secondly, through the appropriate committees, we have already started to work on ensuring that the school receives additional funding, specifically for infrastructural upgrades. While the stakeholder session on education is still being planned, it is necessary to note that from what I have observed over time, Nigeria’s spending on infrastructure, limits our ability to fund critical social services like healthcare and education. This is why for the past few months at the Senate, we have been working to ensure that necessary but costly infrastructure across the country receive private sector support for funding. For example, one of the key initiatives that I have been working on with my colleagues alongside the 2017 budget, is to get more private sector support and investment for the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. This approach would go a long way in freeing up billions of Naira of the Federal budget that can go into funding education and healthcare in our communities. This is also why we are working assiduously to get our 4 road Bills passed by both Houses of the National Assembly and signed into law. Moving forward, we must ensure that the social development of our nation remains a priority in all that we do. Our children must continue to have the right education to remain competitive in Africa, and around the world. At the Senate, we will continue to remain committed to advancing our educational system and the social welfare of our citizens. -ABS

  • 02 May 2017

    Today, the South East Professional Women Association in Nigeria and Diaspora paid a courtesy call to my office. The delegation was there to discuss the issue of vulnerable young women being sold into sex slavery — many of them, for the purpose of giving birth to babies that will be eventually sold to unsuspecting parents through rogue adoption agencies. The delegation also emphasized the need for Nigeria to work to provide our young women with the necessary skills, education and opportunities like seed funding in order to make this critical demographic more productive in all areas of their lives. I commend the delegation for their commitment to the issues raised and assure them of the Senate’s continued support. Moving forward, through legislation, the Nigerian Senate will work on advocating to enforce our laws around sex trafficking. Additionally, we will work with the State Assemblies, who work on issues that are related to adoption, to ensure that Baby-Making factories are outlawed across the nation. Next week, in order to give the necessary legislative backing to this issue, the Senate will be discussing the concerns of the delegation at a plenary session. We will also continue to work to ensure that the young women in our society have access to employment opportunities through our economic priority bills that are aimed at creating up to 7 million jobs. Finally, we will also work towards pushing and passing legislation that is aimed at ensuring that our young women have access to credit to start businesses of their own in their communities. -ABS

  • 02 May 2017

    How to Enhance Jobs Creation Through ICT, By Saraki​ President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stressed the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in transforming Nigeria’s economy and creating more job opportunities for the nation’s youth. In a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki in a discussion with some visiting foreign dignitaries stated that developing an open and competitive ICT marketplace in Nigeria has the potential of contributing billions of dollars to our nation’s GDP. “Nigeria’s ICT sector accounted for only 11 percent of our GDP in 2014. In an era where we are looking to diversify the foundation of our economy, in 2017, ICT can be a key source of potential revenue and livelihoods for millions of our enterprising youth. But the only way this will be possible is if we augment the regulatory and political attention that we devote to the sector,” the Senate President said. “Nigerians are keen to adopt new information and communications technology in their workplaces and homes, to make life easier, better and more productive for them,” Saraki said, “Nigeria’s ICT space is fast-evolving and is the largest in Africa. With 86 million Nigerians online, the increasing proliferation of tech clusters and the growth of cross-border ICT services, we need to change the way that we think about ICT in Nigeria. We can’t stop thinking locally, but we need to start acting globally.” “We need to figure out how to push more Nigerian tech companies -- many of whom are run by young men and women -- to be competitive in the global marketplace. We also need to increase access to cheaper ICT solutions to our MSMEs that contribute 47 percent to our nation’s GDP. Most importantly, we need to develop our human resources by strengthening our school curriculum to reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and adoption. There are many issues to be solved, but will sufficient cooperation, all stakeholders, public and private, can work together to harness the potential of ICT in Nigeria,” he said. The Senate President also emphasised the need to build on Nigeria’s current ICT foundation, in order to utilize ICT and ICT services in order to positively make impact on the daily lives of everyday Nigerian. In June 2017, the Senate President's Office is scheduled to host a CEO Roundtable featuring Nigeria's leading ICT executives, where the discussion will focus on issues that are particular to Nigeria’s ICT development.

  • 01 May 2017

    Saraki to FG: Set Up Review Panel on Workers’ Demands

    Saraki to FG: Set Up Review Panel on Workers’ Demands   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised the Federal Government to immediately constitute a panel consisting of stakeholders to work on demands of Nigerian workers for increased wages and arrears of pension, promotion and allowances.   Saraki while speaking with newsmen at the Eagles Square, Abuja, venue of the May Day Celebration said if the workers had allowed the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, to ... read more

  • 01 May 2017

    Saraki to FG: Set Up Review Panel on Workers' Demands Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised the Federal Government to immediately constitute a panel consisting of stakeholders to work on demands of Nigerian workers for increased wages and arrears of pension, promotion and allowances. Saraki while speaking with newsmen at the Eagles Square, Abuja, venue of the May Day Celebration said if the workers had allowed the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, to address them he would have announced some plans that the government had for the workers. He said the Government needs to quickly move to address all the issues that the workers are angry about and expressed the readiness of the National Assembly to play its part in ensuring that the workers get their dues. "Government must set up a high-powered committee representing all stakeholders who have the ability to engender confidence across board. They must be given clear terms of references and realistic time to conclude their work and make recommendations. "We in the National Assembly are ready to play our part to ensure that the appropriation of necessary funds and enactment of appropriate laws to back up the resultant policies", he said. He said the government appreciated the patience, understanding and co-operation that the workers had extended to the Administration since its inception, particularly at this period of economic challenge and that their positive attitude will not be taken for granted. He added that the National Assembly members had on their own increased the proposed provision in the 2017 budget being worked on to take care of pension of retired workers. He also said the legislature could easily at the last stage of the budget process include provisions to take care of the financial implication of redressing arrears of promotion and allowances. He added that the National Assembly would at all times be responsive and responsible to the yearnings of the workers and that they would always show understanding of the plight of workers. Signed Yusuph Olaniyonu Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President

  • 01 May 2017

    Press Release: May Day: Workers Are the Lifeblood of Our Nation, Says Saraki

    Press Release April 30, 2017   May Day: Workers Are the Lifeblood of Our Nation, Says Saraki   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described Nigerian workers as the life-‘blood and driving force of the nation’s development in view of their invaluable contributions.   In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to mark the 2017 Workers’ Day celebration, Saraki lauded the resilience and commitment of workers in both the formal and ... read more

  • 30 Apr 2017

    My Offence is That I Opposed Muslim-Muslim Ticket (Wrote this article last year) 23 April 2016 By Bukola Saraki My dear brother Dele, let me thank you most sincerely for your article last weekend, “My Candid Letter to Saraki.” I take everything you said in that article to heart and I must commend you for your candidness indeed and the sincerity of your intentions. As you said in your article, you are someone I have known more by reputation than by any personal relationship, until recently when we struck up some personal acquaintance based on our shared political interests, especially during the last presidential election. However, I understand why you had to sound so defensive for knowing me at all and had to publicly map the boundaries of our relationship. We have got to that point in our country when we no longer believe that anyone could stand for anything based on principles and convictions alone. Moreover, in the growing culture of media crucifixion and presumed guilt; it is rare to find a voice like yours that calls for fairness and justice. I would have simply sent you a text message or call you up for your candid advice to me, which I take seriously. But I feel the need to make some clarifications on some of the issues you raised. One of them was that in seeking to be Senate President, I struck a deal with the PDP and made it possible for one of them to be the Deputy Senate President. I know this is the dominant narrative out there, but it is far from the truth. I did not do any deal with the PDP. I did not have to because even before the PDP Senators as a group took the decision to support my candidature on the eve of the inauguration of the 8th Senate, 22 PDP Senators had already written a letter supporting me. What I did not envisage was a situation where some members of my party would not be in the chambers that day, especially when the clerk had already received a proclamation from the President authorizing the inauguration of the Senate. Pray, if a team refused to turn up for a scheduled match and was consequently walked over, would it be fair to blame the team that turned up and claimed victory? I believe those that made it possible for PDP to claim the DSP position were those who decided to hold a meeting with APC senators elsewhere at the time they ought to be in the chambers. What the PDP Senators did was to take advantage of their numerical strength at the material time. They simply lined up behind Senator Ike Ikweremadu while those of us from APC voted for Senator Ali Ndume. It was a game of numbers, and we were hopelessly outnumbered. If the PDP had nominated their own candidate for the Senate Presidency position that day, they would have won. It was as simple as that. Secondly, I don’t know if you were aware that in the build up to Senate inauguration, the National Working Committee of the APC sent two signals. The first signal specified how leadership positions in the National Assembly have been zoned. While we were trying to give effect to this decision, the second signal came, which contained names of people to which these zoned position had been allocated. What was not acknowledged was that the President of the Senate is not an executive president. He is primarily one of 109 senators. Therefore, I cannot decide by myself who gets what in the Senate. Therefore, when they said I defied party directive in the choice of principal officers, they are invariably ascribing to me the power that I did not have. My dear brother, most people talk about the Senate Presidency position, but this was not my only offence. I have also been accused of helping to frustrate some people’s opportunity to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate. But I have no problem with anybody. My concern was that it would not be politically smart of us to run with a Muslim-Muslim ticket. I doubt if we would have won the election if we had done this, especially after the PDP had successfully framed us a Muslim party. I felt we were no longer in 1993. Perhaps, more than ever before, Nigerians are more sensitive to issues of religious balancing. This, my brother, was my original sin. What they say to themselves, among other things, was that if he could conspire against our ambition, then he must not realize his own ambition as well. For me however, I have no regrets about this. I only stood for what I believed was in the best interest of the party and in the best interest of Nigeria. Now to the substantive issue of my trial. As you rightly noted, this trial is not about corruption. And I am happy that since my trial started, people who have followed the proceedings have now understood better what the whole thing is about. I have had opportunity to declare my assets four times since 2003. Over those years, the Code of Conduct Bureau had examined my claims. There was no time that they raised any issues with me on any item contained in my declarations over those twelve years. This is why you should be surprised that while I am being tried by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the witness and the evidence supplied against me were all from EFCC. Like you, I have an abiding faith in the judiciary. May God forbid the day that we would give up on our judicial system. However, the onus is not on me to prove that I have confidence in the judiciary; the burden is on my prosecutors to prove to the world that justice is done in my case. If the process of fighting corruption is itself corrupt, then whatever victory is recorded would remain tainted and puerile! Some people have wondered, why has Saraki been “jumping” from one court to another instead of facing his trial? To those people, I would say that I have only gone to those courts in search of justice. Strange things have happened, and they are still happening. For example, Section 3(d) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act states that the Bureau shall refer any breach or non-compliance to the Tribunal. However, where the person concerned makes a written admission of the breach, no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary. It was on this basis that the case against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was dismissed in 2011, by this same judge in this same Tribunal on the grounds that he was not given an opportunity to deny or admit to any breach before he was brought before the tribunal. This was the ruling that I relied on in making my case. But what did the judge say? That he had judged in error in 2011 and he had since realized his error and departed from it. My question is whether a Tribunal of first instance has the power to reverse itself. I should expect that everyone would be worried if justice is applied differently to different people. However, in spite of my fears, I remain hopeful. Why? Because the judiciary does not end with this Tribunal. Do you know the genesis of my real problems with President Goodluck Jonathan? I have had a touchy relationship with him, but the turning point was in September 2011 when I moved a motion on the floor of the Senate that exposed the N2.3 trillion fuel subsidy racket. I remain proud that I was the Senator that blew the lid on the most elaborate corruption scheme ever in this country. But after that I became a marked man. My security was withdrawn. I was invited and re-invited by the EFCC and the Special Fraud Unit. I was even declared wanted at a point. I believe I am still one of the most investigated former governors in this country. I have no doubt that if the Jonathan government was able to find anything against me, they would not have allowed me to go unpunished. Let me make this point clearly. I do not expect to be shielded from prosecution because of my contribution to APC, if there was genuine basis for such action to be taken against me. But I have every reason to expect not to be persecuted by the party that I contributed so much to build. The New PDP may not have given APC victory in 2015, but it was an important factor in the dynamics that produced that victory. And with all sense of modesty, I was an important factor in the formation of New PDP; in leading that group to the APC; in ensuring our group’s support for the candidate during the primaries and in mobilizing substantial resources for the election. For these, I have not expected any special compensation. Rather, I only expect to be treated like every loyal party member and accorded the right to freely aspire! Some people have complained that I have been taken Senators with me to my trial. But I did not force them to follow me. The Senators have freely accompanied me to the Tribunal not because they are loyal to me as Abubakar Bukola Saraki, but because they are committed to the principle that produced me as the President of the Senate. The same principle that produced Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President and produced Ali Ndume as Majority Leader. They see all of us in the Senate leadership as manifestation of their jealously guarded right to freely choose their own leaders. Because they know they made us their leaders without any external interference; they are confident that they retain the power to remove us whenever they so wish. They also know what this trial is all about. They believe I am being victimized because they have expressed their right to choose their own leadership. This is why I am not in any way perturbed by my absence in the chambers during this trial. Because I was not imposed on the Senate, I feel confident that the Senate will protect its own choice whether I am present or not. It is never about me. It is about the independence of the legislature. It has always been so since 1999. It is so today and it would be so in 2019, it would be so in 2023, and as long as we practice a democracy that operates on the principle of separation of powers. My dear brother, let me end by observing that I am not alone in this trial. On trial with me in this process is the entire judicial system. On trial with me is our entire anti-corruption institutions and our avowed commitment to honestly fight corruption. On trial with me is our party's promise to depart from the ways of the past, a promise that Nigerians voted for. And I dare say, on trial with me is our media and their ethical commitment to report fairly and objectively. In the end, it is my earnest hope that whatever we do will ultimately ennoble our country. Dr. Saraki is President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 30 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode

    Press Release April 30, 2017 Saraki Congratulates NGE’s President, Egbemode Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated Mrs. Funke Egbemode, on her reelection as the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), during the guild’s Biennial Convention in Lagos. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that the choice of Egbemode, who is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspapers, is a clear testimony that she has successfully ... read more

  • 27 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Urges Nigerians To Embrace Preventive Healthcare Strategies

    Press Release April 26, 2017 Saraki Urges Nigerians To Embrace Preventive Healthcare Strategies …Leads Senate Leadership to Immunize Children Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on communities to embrace preventive healthcare strategies like immunization, in order to prevent the outbreak of preventable diseases. Saraki gave the charge while speaking to reporters at the National Assembly Clinic, where he led the Senate leadership to administer Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) on babies as part of ... read more

  • 27 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Mourns Prof. Borishade …Says He Was An Academic Per Excellence

    Press Release April 27, 2017   Saraki Mourns Prof. Borishade …Says He Was An Academic Per Excellence   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has received with shock the news of the death of a former Minister of Education, Prof. Babalola Borishade, who he described as an academic and public servant par excellence.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the former Minister as a dynamic administrator and great reformer.   He ... read more

  • 27 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Calls For Urgent National Dialogue To Fix Education Sector

    Press Release April 27, 2017 Saraki Calls For Urgent National Dialogue To Fix Education Sector …As Queens College Old Girls’ Petition Senate Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for an urgent roundtable discussion involving all stakeholders, the government and international development agencies on how to halt the dwindling fortunes of education in the country. Saraki spoke yesterday when the Advocacy Group of the  Queens Collage Old Girls’ Association led by its National President, Dr. Frances Funmi Ajose, submitted ... read more

  • 21 Apr 2017

    Saraki Laments Death Of Football Fans In Calabar

    Saraki Laments Death Of Football Fans In Calabar Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed shock over the death of football fans through electrocution at a viewing centre in Calabar, the Cross River State capital and described the incident as tragic. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, commiserated with the immediate families of the victims, the government and people of Cross River State and football enthusiasts across the country ... read more

  • 15 Apr 2017

    Press Release: Don’t Stop Supporting Govt in the Education Sector, Saraki Urges Religious Bodies

    Press Release April 15, 2017 Don’t Stop Supporting Govt in the Education Sector, Saraki Urges Religious Bodies Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today in Ilorin urged religious groups to continue to support government in providing sound education for the youths in Nigeria. He said religious groups pioneered the funding, establishment and nurturing of educational institutions from pre-colonial periods. Saraki who spoke in Ilorin during the 75th Anniversary of the Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria where he was turbaned as ... read more

  • 14 Apr 2017

    Saraki Calls for Concerted Efforts to #BringBackOurGirls

    Saraki Calls for Concerted Efforts to #BringBackOurGirls Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for concerted efforts to bring back the over 200 school girls that were abducted from their secondary school in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State three years ago. Speaking on the third year anniversary of the abductionof the girls, Saraki pledged that the Senate will continue to do everything within its power to advocate for the return of the remaining Chibok girls — stating ... read more

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Saraki Tasks GLOBE Nigeria on Climate Change Bill

    Saraki Tasks GLOBE Nigeria on Climate Change Bill Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday tasked the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) Nigeria, to tackle the challenges of the climate change, gas flaring and other challenges of the sustainable development goals in Nigeria. The Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE) is an international organization comprising national parliamentarians from over 80 countries committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development. According to a statement by the Special ... read more

  • 07 Apr 2017

    World Health Day 2017: Saraki Raises Alarm Over Withdrawal of International Funding for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

    World Health Day 2017: Saraki Raises Alarm Over Withdrawal of International Funding for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called for increased global attention for HIV/AIDS funding in Nigeria. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, on the occasion of World Health Day 2017, Saraki, who is a medical doctor by training, stated that with the decision by major foreign donors to suspend funding for ... read more

  • 05 Apr 2017

    CSOs Commend Senate Over Meningitis Response

    CSOs Commend Senate Over Meningitis Response A coalition of over 40 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), that work to ensure equitable access to vaccines in Nigeria, has commended the 8th Senate for its resolution, which called for meningitis vaccination to be made free in public healthcare facilities across the country. In a statement signed by Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, the national convener of the coalition – Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) – the CSOs “noted with pleasure, the motion on the ... read more

  • 04 Apr 2017

    Watch the Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017

    Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017  

  • 04 Apr 2017

    Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017

  • 04 Apr 2017

    Meningitis: Senate Urges Health Ministry to Make Vaccines Free

    Meningitis: Senate Urges Health Ministry to Make Vaccines Free • “We will provide ample funding for healthcare”, Saraki Says On Tuesday, the Senate urged the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to make meningitis vaccinations free in public healthcare facilities across the country. The resolution followed a motion titled: “Outbreak of Meningitis and the Urgent Need to Curb its Spread & Stop Further Deaths” sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa and 16 other Senators. The ... read more

  • 02 Apr 2017

    N310m Was Never Stolen From Saraki’s House, Aide Insists

    N310m Was Never Stolen From Saraki’s House, Aide Insists The attention of the Media Office of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a rehash of mischievous and concocted allegations aimed at misleading the public with spurious claims that the Senate President allegedly owned the sum of N310million said to have been stolen  from a Bureau de Change operator in November 2015, by suspected operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and some army personnel. This ... read more

  • 31 Mar 2017

    Nigerians In US Commend Senate For Passing Diaspora Commission Bill

    Nigerians In US Commend Senate For Passing Diaspora Commission Bill Nigerians in the United States have commended the 8th National Assembly for keeping to its promise by passing the Diaspora Commission Bill. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had vowed during a courtesy visit by the group to the National Assembly last year for the Diaspora day, that his leadership would ensure the bill is passed without further delay. Persistently, Nigerians in the Diaspora have been contributing money in billions ... read more

  • 30 Mar 2017

    Senate Passes Amendment To Electoral Act

    Senate Passes Amendment To Electoral Act …Approves Electronic Voting …Says Collated Results to be Electronically Transmitted The Senate Thursday passed amendments to the  Electoral Act 2010, approving the use of electronic voting in future elections. It also approved that election results should be electronically transmitted to collation centers. The passage of bill followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act ... read more

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals

    Building Strong Institutions is Beneficial Than Strengthening Individuals  Today is another great day in the history of our growing democracy, as I present myself before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on allegation of non Payment of customs duty on an Official Vehicle by Senate. As the President of the 8th Senate and Senator from Kwara Central, I am proud of the Senate as an institution and its Constitutional role to represent the interests of the Nigerian ... read more

  • 21 Mar 2017

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide

    Saraki Has Nothing to Do With Importation of Vehicle, Says Aide Special Adviser to Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu has stated that the allegation raised today by Senator Ali Ndume linking Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to the importation of vehicle lacks basis as it was outright falsehood. In a press statement, Olaniyonu said from the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it is obvious that the Senate President has nothing to do with the importation of ... read more

  • 20 Mar 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON), PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE OPENING OF A RETREAT FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. PROTOCOL It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this year’s National Assembly Management retreat and I thank the organisers for putting together this retreat. The National Assembly has been established not only as the highest law-making institution but more important, as the enabler ... read more

  • 18 Mar 2017

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki

    Regional Partnership Panacea To African Challenges, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has identified regional cooperation and partnership as the only  solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the African continent. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made this known in a keynote address at the opening session of the on going Crans Montana Forum of Africa and South South Cooperation For Africa’s Development holding at Dakhla, Morocco. He noted that, ... read more

  • 17 Mar 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM OF AFRICA AND SOUTH SOUTH COPERATION FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT I thank the Crans Montana Forum for the opportunity to speak at this highly prestigious event and to this distinguished audience. I must also commend the Forum and everyone associated with its work for providing this platform for us ... read more

  • 11 Mar 2017

    ‘Why Germany Should Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’

    ‘Why Germany Should Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’ Head of Bundestrat, the upper chamber of the German Parliament, Ms Malu Dreyer, has said that Nigeria as the leading country in Africa must be economically strong and therefore deserved the support of a European giant like her country.Dreyer who spoke at the weekend while receiving a delegation of the Senate led by its President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in Berlin said Germany attached great importance to the strong relationship with Nigeria ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKET ON THE NEED TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF UNCLAIMED N90 BILLION DIVIDENDS IN SECURITIES FOR NIGERIA INVESTORS AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF CAPITAL MARKET REGISTRAR’S (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2016, HELD ON TUESDAY 7THMARCH, 2017.

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKET ON THE NEED TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF UNCLAIMED N90 BILLION DIVIDENDS IN SECURITIES FOR NIGERIA INVESTORS AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF CAPITAL MARKET REGISTRAR’S (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2016, HELD ON TUESDAY 7THMARCH, 2017.     Protocol;   1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this important occasion today of this Public Hearing organized by the Senate Committee on ... read more

  • 07 Mar 2017

    Press Release: SARAKI CONGRATULATES OSINBAJO AT 60

    Press Release: SARAKI CONGRATULATES OSINBAJO AT 60 Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on his 60th birthday anniversary.   Saraki in a statement, signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also wished Osinbajo good health, great wisdom and enduring grace to to serve the nation and humanity.   “On behalf of all members of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic, I wish our Acting President, ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2017

    #MadeInNigeria My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today

    #MadeInNigeria My Remarks at the 4th Edition of the Made IN Aba Trade Fair that was held in Abuja today   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair. 2. I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba ... read more

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German Parliament

    Saraki Leads Senate Team to German ParliamentSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation bbbbon a three-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to promote improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany as well as for the purpose of peer review.A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President stated that the delegation which includes Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, ... read more

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Press Release: Saraki Seeks Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians

    Press Release March 4, 2017 Saraki Seeks Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday called on all Nigerians to strive for peaceful  and harmonious coexistence to facilitate the developmental agenda of the present administration across the country.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave the charge in his speech during the coronation of the Tor Tiv the 5th, His Royal Highness, Prof. James Ortese Ayatse, in Gboko, ... read more

  • 03 Mar 2017

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH,

    REMARK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SENATE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE TRANSPORT SECTOR REFORM BILLS, ON FRIDAY 3RD MARCH, 2017.   Protocol;   1. This Senate has made the passage of the various transport sector infrastructure bills, a critical aspect of our legislative agenda. These bills include;   a. The Railway Bill; to reform our rail systems;   b. The Port and Harbour Bill; for the efficient running of the ports;   c. The National Transport Commission Bill; to serve as ... read more

  • 03 Mar 2017

    Sahara Reporters’ Tendency to Fabricate Lies Against Me Now an Obsession, Says Saraki

    Sahara Reporters’ Tendency to Fabricate Lies Against Me  Now an Obsession, Says Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the desire by Sahara Reporters and its publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to fabricate lies and and create phantom information designed to libel him is so legendary and has turned to an obsession. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said it is from that prism that he viewed recent stories by Sowore accusing ... read more

  • 27 Feb 2017

    FACEBOOK COMMENDS SARAKI FOR OPENING UP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    FACEBOOK COMMENDS SARAKI FOR OPENING UP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY   The Office of the President of the Senate is indeed delighted at the endorsement of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for opening up the activities of the 8th Nigerian National Assembly through various channels, especially the daily Facebook Live Video streaming from Senate Plenary.   The Chief Product Officer and Company Lead on Product Management and Development of Facebook, Christopher Cox, gave the commendation while speaking at The Future ... read more

  • 25 Feb 2017

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDING OVER OF THE 80-BED HOSPITAL BUILT BY SEN. HASSAN AND DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT POTISKUM, YOBE STATE

    SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, SEN. (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDING OVER OF THE 80-BED HOSPITAL BUILT BY SEN. HASSAN AND DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT POTISKUM, YOBE STATE. PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to be with all of you today to commission this grand 80-bed hospital that my brother Sen. Hassan Mohammed has built for you, the people of Potiskum. Let me start by thanking the Almighty Allah for making this event possible and congratulate Sen. Hassan Mohammad and the entire people of Potiskum, for such great ... read more

  • 20 Feb 2017

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF EXPORT ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA, ON MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY, 2017.

    OPENING ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, ON THE OCCASION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE SENATE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION OF EXPORT ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA, ON MONDAY  20TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   Protocol;   It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this investigative public hearing organized by a Joint Committee of the Senate Committees on Finance, Trade and Investment, Gas, ... read more

  • 13 Feb 2017

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELENCY, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 2017 BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017.

    REMARKS BY HIS EXCELENCY, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATOR (DR.) BUKOLA SARAKI, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 2017 BUDGET HEARING, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   1. Protocols.   2. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this 3-day National Assembly’s 2017 Budget hearingorganized by the Joint Committees of Appropriations.This is the first public hearing on the Budget that brings together all stakeholders involved in the budget process.   3. Distinguished Guests,   We are at a crucial stage in ... read more

  • 11 Feb 2017

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017.

    SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATE PRESIDENT, DR ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TURAKIN ILORIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE 31ST NATIONAL QURANIC MEMORISATION COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2017.     1. Ahusu Billahi Minna Shaiton Rajiim. Bismillah Rahamon Rahim. All praises be to Almighty Allah, the owner of today, the owner of yesterday and the designer of our tomorrow. May His blessing be on our Holy Prophet Muhammmed, ... read more

  • 10 Feb 2017

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical Projects

    Saraki Laments Abandonment of Critical ProjectsSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has lamented the abandonment of critical infrastructural projects after investing huge amount of money on them.Receiving the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, who paid him a visit today in Abuja, Saraki said the action has resulted in a waste and left the country with little options in times of eventualities.He noted that the non-completion of re-modeling projects of Minna airport has left the Federal Government with no option ... read more

  • 09 Feb 2017

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT PUBLIC HEARING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS & LEGAL MATTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION & FINANCIAL CRIMES AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON

    REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SENATOR (DR) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, AT PUBLIC HEARING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS & LEGAL MATTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION & FINANCIAL CRIMES AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON 9TH FEBRUARY, 2017.   Protocols;   1. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this public hearing jointly organised by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters, the Committee on Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes and the Committee ... read more

  • 07 Feb 2017

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    MY SPEECH AT A 2-DAY STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE/ WORKSHOP ON THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.    PROTOCOL   I am very delighted that we are gathered together today to seek a solution to one of, if not the most significant challenge to our quest for economic development; the issue of providing adequate power for our economy.   The Nigerian power sector in spite of the enormous resources committed to it within the last 14 years has remained ... read more

  • 03 Feb 2017

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport Sector

    Saraki: Senate Working To Reposition Transport SectorSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate is presently working on critical legislation to reposition the nation’s transportation sector.Saraki disclosed this when the National Executive Committee of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), led by its National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq visited him in Abuja.The Senate President who was decorated as the Grand Patron of the association by Sadiq, during the visit, according to a statement by his ... read more

  • 27 Jan 2017

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill

    Senate Will Fast-Track Diaspora Commission Bill   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has pledged that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Bill currently before the National Assembly would be given accelerated passage to enable Nigerians living outside the country the opportunity to participate in events within the country.   The  Nigerians In Diaspora Bill when passed would facilitate the establishment of the Diaspora Bond for the in-flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into Nigeria among other benefits.   The Senate ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour, Says Saraki

    Leave Me Out of Baseless Rumour,  Says Saraki   My attention has been drawn to a speculation on some online media about supposed meeting of some Governors who held Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to ransom and sought for Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to take over the Presidency.   My first initial reaction was to ignore this empty rumour but after being inundated with calls from across the country and abroad, it became necessary for me to make clarifications ... read more

  • 25 Jan 2017

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work

    Saraki Urges North-east Leaders to Make the NEDC Work       Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday appealed to elders and leaders of the North-east region to make the North-east Development Commission (NEDC) work and beneficial to the generality of the people when the recently passed bill is signed into law by the President.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, made the appeal when the Governor of Borno ... read more

  • 24 Jan 2017

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NGIERIA AT ADINNER EVENT WITH THE THEME “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, ORGANISED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT AS PART OF A RECEPTION FOR JEFF IMMELT, CHAIRMAN GE GLOBAL, TODAY, MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NGIERIA AT ADINNER EVENT WITH THE THEME “INVESTING AND LOCALISATION, ORGANISED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT AS PART OF A RECEPTION FOR JEFF IMMELT, CHAIRMAN GE GLOBAL, TODAY, MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016   Protocol;   1. It gives me great pleasure to be with you tonight for many reasons. First, I am passionately committed to the idea of encouraging our ... read more

  • 20 Jan 2017

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE

    MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE     Protocol; It gives me great pleasure to flag off this important road construction which will open and connect 14 local government areas in Zamfara state. I must commend His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for this bold and massive project. Indeed, to take up such a gigantic project in this period with such limited ... read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Press Release  May 24, 2017   North East: Saraki Seeks More EU Support For Humanitarian Situation   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the European Union and other donor agencies for more support to solve the humanitarian crisis foisted by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.   Saraki, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, made the call when the President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and … read more

Press Release May 24, 2017 National Assembly, NESG, NBA To Mark NASSBER  The National Assembly will next week (Monday June 5), commemorate the first year anniversary of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), with activities that include an interactive session to explore and discuss legislative interventions to actualise the theme: “Creating Opportunity through Legislation” for local businesses. The Special Assistant (New Media) to the Senate President, Bamikole Omishore, in a statement, said the event is being organized by the 8th National Assembly in partnership … read more

Press Release​ 23 May 2017 Senate To Investigate Increase in Rape and Sexual Assault   The Senate on Tuesday passed a motion to investigate the increase in rape and sexual assault across the country. The motion titled: “Urgent need to investigate the alarming rate of Rape and Sexual Assault against Women, Children and Vulnerable people across the country” was introduced by Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South).   Na’Allah in his lead debate called for urgent attention … read more

Press Release  May 23, 2017   Saraki Mourns Channels TV Reporter, Chukwuma Onuekwusi   Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of the State House Correspondent of Channels Television, Mr. Chukwuma Onuekwusi, in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness.   Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Onuekwusi as a hardworking, passionate and conscientious reporter who left nobody in doubt … read more

My interview with @MaupeO of Channels TV on the program Hard Copy, where I discussed about #OpenNASS, the fight against corruption led by President Mohammadu Buhari, Electronic Voting in National Assembly and need to strengthen institutions to sustain the fight against corruption.





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