VALEDICTORY SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, TO THE SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA – JUNE 6, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. Distinguished colleagues, as we come to the final plenary and the last few days of the eighth Senate, it is a victory in itself that we are seeing the journey to its momentous end. That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do when they come together for the greater good. This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us, once again, that power does
OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NUCLEAR SAFETY AND RADIATION PROTECTION ACT (REPEAL AND RE-ENACTMENT) BILL 2019, HELD ON THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this Public Hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology and the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) for the consideration of the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act No. 19 of 1995 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019 (SB.695). 2. Ensuring the safety of nuclear energy generation activities, as well as the protection of citizens worldwide, is of the utmost priority to leaders in our world today. Nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl in
REMARKS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AS GUEST OF HONOUR OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AT THE 2019 EUROPE DAY HELD IN ABUJA ON MAY 9, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. It is indeed a pleasure to join our great international partners the European Union in celebrating the 2019 Europe Day, which is held annually in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration, whose spirit of democracy and development through cooperation has brought us all together here tonight. 2. My warm greetings and gratitude to Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, for my invitation to this event which, I note, is co-hosted by all 20 EU Members States in Nigeria. It is really
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT PREMIUM TIMES CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (PTCIJ) CONFERENCE MARKING THE 2019 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY HELD AT THE NEW CHELSEA HOTEL, ABUJA ON MAY 3, 2019.
PROTOCOL. It is my pleasure to attend the Opening Ceremony of the conference marking the 2019 World Press Freedom Day organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and the European Union’s Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme. I thank Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Chief Executive of PTCIJ, for the kind invitation extended to me to be at this event, the theme of which – ‘Press Freedom in Nigeria — the Rule of Law, Media and Violent Extremism’- remains a pertinent one for all
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE FAREWELL DINNER FOR GOVERNORS HELD AS PART OF THE NIGERIA GOVERNORS‘ FORUM: INDUCTION FOR GOVERNORS, HELD AT THE TRANSCORP HILTON, ABUJA, ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. It gives me great pleasure to be at this Farewell Dinner for Governors being held as an opener to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum: Induction for Governors, a three-day event that has its grand commencement here tonight. 2. It is always a hugely gratifying time spent with esteemed former and present Governors as we come together to honour the work of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) – a body concerning which one has had the rare and unique privilege to make one’s own humble contributions
OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NIGERIA POLICE ACADEMY (ESTABLISHMENT, ETC.) BILL 2018 (SB 270), HELD AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
PROTOCOL. 1. I welcome you all to this Public Hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs for the further consideration of the Nigeria Police Academy (Establishment, Etc.) Bill 2018 (SB 270). 2. I thank the entire members of the Committee under the able Chairman, Distinguished Senator Tijjani Y. Kaura, for the work they have put into the proposed law to see us to this stage; and for organising this Public Hearing to enable us take on a broad range of stakeholder views on the provisions of
REMARKS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE OPENING DINNER FOR THE SENATORS-ELECT AND THE MEMBERS-ELECT OF THE 9TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, HELD AT THE HILTON ARENA, TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL, ABUJA, ON SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. It is a pleasure to welcome you all to this Opening Dinner for the Senators-Elect and Members-Elect of the 9th National Assembly. Let me congratulate all the newly elected lawmakers who won the mandate to represent their constituents in the federal legislature. This is a worthy achievement. I wish each and every one of you a successful tenure. 2. As we all know, the legislature is the bedrock of democracy and the closest arm of government to the people. Legislators are held in a position of trust
GOODWILL MESSAGE DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE MAIDEN EDITION OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS AWARD NIGHT HELD AT THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL INSTITUTE, JABI, ABUJA, ON MARCH 29, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. It is a special pleasure to be at the maiden edition of the Body of Benchers Award, which affords one the opportunity to be in the charmed circle of the brightest legal minds in our country today, albeit for only a few hours. This occasion is an affirmation of the honour and pride that reside in the Benchers, no matter the prevailing atmosphere. It is heartening to see esteemed and unbowed members of the Body of Benchers here tonight in celebration of that inviolable
OPENING REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2019 BUDGET, HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019
PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Public Hearing on the 2019 Budget proposal, which was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of December, 2017. 2. As many of you will know, we have in the 8th Senate laid a precedence that emphasises citizens’ engagements in matters of national interests, particularly those that directly affect their aspirations and wellbeing. We believe that the citizens are major stakeholders in nation-building, and we have, therefore, since the inaugural edition, resolved
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AT THE NOLLYWOOD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK BY THE NOLLYWOOD MANDATE GROUP, HELD AT THE ORIENTAL HOTEL, LAGOS, ON JANUARY 25, 2019.
PROTOCOL. 1. I am pleased to be at the Nollywood Economic Outlook (NEO) 2019, which focuses on current global realities, trends, creating the right policies, recommendations and the future of Nigeria. I commend the organisers, The Nollywood Mandate, for putting together this important programme at this crucial time. I also wish to express my gratitude to Dr. Don Pedro Aganbi, President of The Nollywood Mandate and NEO, for my invitation to this event and the opportunity to deliver the Keynote Address. 2. To begin with, I must admit