FEBRUARY 10TH, 2018 NEWSLETTER.

OFFICE OF THE

SENATE PRESIDENT
DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON)
1.ON HOW

AFRICA’S
PERCEPTION IS CHANGING

GLOBALLY
7 THINGS THE SENATE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT
NIGERIA AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY’S
AFRICA BUSINESS CONFERENCE

“…our gathering is in some way a reflection of the
changing attitudes towards the continent. It used to be
the case that when those in the West thought of Africa,
all they conjured up were images of conflicts, epidemics
On Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar
and despots. While we still have reports of conflicts and
Bukola Saraki, delivered a keynote address at Georgetown University, Washington
D.C’s Africa Business Conference (#GTABC2018). Saraki spoke on the topic ‘The outbreak of disease on CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera, we
African Value Chain: Harnessing Local Talent and Opportunity’. also now have programs like ‘Inside Africa’, ‘African
In his remarks, Saraki made a case for quality higher education and the creation of Voices’, ‘Marketplace Africa’, and ‘Africa Business
the right conditions and opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment in both Report’– that showcase entrepreneurial acuity, talent
Nigeria and Africa — while urging the world to take note that truly, Africa has come
and innovation.”
of age.

These are the highlights.

2. ON HOW AFRICA’S
YOUTH POPULATION
IS AN OPPORTUNITY

3. ON WHY WE MUST
STRENGTHEN THE
PURCHASING POWER
“4. ON WIZKID, DAVIDO,
PHYNO, AND THE GROWTH
OF NIGERIAN MUSIC
OF NIGERIANS “Another sector that provides value addition and
comparative advantage is the Entertainment
industry, which has grown tremendously over the
last 20 years… Nigerian musician Wizkid
recently sold out London’s prestigious Royal
Albert Hall, and is much sought after for
collaborations with major American Music artists.
Whilst interacting with Wizkid recently, he told
me he ‘filled a stadium of 40,000’ in Gabon a
“Africa is home to about 1.3 billion “A large market is only useful when the French-speaking country where they didn’t
people and her population is expected to people have the necessary purchasing understand a word of his lyrics; and he himself
double by 2050… A large yout h power; and a huge population is only an was astonished. The Shoki dance movement went
population such as ours means a huge asset when it is productive.  My country, from the back streets of Lagos to galactic heights
market in terms of consumption, services Nigeria, is already a population in the music video of U.S. Hip-Hop artist, Missy
and labor. However, for Africa to benefit powerhouse, the largest in Africa and the Elliot. I remember in my younger days, if you
from the demographic dividends that a seventh in the world. Our population went to a disco party in Nigeria, the deejay
massive youth population offers, we must currently stands at 180 million and it has would play 100 per cent American RnB like
make the right investments in quality been rising at the rate of 2.7% since 2010.
Shalamar, The Whispers and Earth Wind and
higher education and create the right The UN predicts that Nigeria will close in
Fire. Now, no such thing. Nigerian musicians like
conditions and opportunities for on the 300 million people mark by the
Davido and Phyno are all the rage. I would
entrepreneurship and employment. No year 2050 – overtaking the United States
African country can do this alone.” as the third most populous country on never have thought in my lifetime that I would
earth.” see this happen. We have come full circle.”

5. ON NOLLYWOOD
ACTORS AND

6. ON LAGOS TECH
START-UPS AND

7. ON NURTURING RAW
TALENT IN AFRICA
AVENGERS MARK ZUCKERBERG
“The same can be said of Nollywood,
which is the second largest movie industry
in the world; and is another bold example
of people creating a value chain as
though from nothing. When the first video
feature in what would become known as
Nollywood, a film called ‘Living in
Bondage’ was released in the mid-90s,
few could have imagined the huge
industry it would spawn, but here we are “In Lagos, tec h star t-ups not only
today. Nollywood stars are known the weathered the recession unscathed, they “African governments must provide an
world over, and the industry employs are attracting major seed funding, driving enabling environment for the nurturing of raw
thousands of Nigerians. So influential are business growth and are impacting in
talent. Our education system ought to move
these stars that, when news spread every value chain imaginable, from
agriculture to blood banks. We cannot say away from a theory based approach and
recently a major Nollywood star had
it enough that Nigeria has some of the paper certification to inculcating practical
been cast in a small role in a Hollywood
film, Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, most talented, hardworking and innovative skills that support apprenticeship and boosts
Nigerians went wild. It turned out to be young people in the world. This much was innovation and industry. This is the place of
fake news, but maybe we are on to attested to by Mark Zuckerberg when he
Vocational and Technical education which
something. Marvel Studios, if you are visited Nigeria some time ago. He said: “I
was highly impressed by the talent of the provides that the youth inculcate practical
listening, if you want an audience of
youths in the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba. I skills that will not only make them employable
millions in Africa for your upcoming film,
then there is a casting decision you need was blown away by their talent and the but will also help the continent in building an
to make.” level of energy.”  army of job providers.”
BENUE KILLINGS: SPEAK TO On Wednesday, the President of the Senate, Dr.
GOVERNOR, SENATE PRESIDENT Abubakar Bukola Saraki, directed the Senate Joint
Committee on Police Affairs and National Security to
DIRECTS COMMITTEE obtain the comments of the Benue State Governor on the
directive of the Senate to Inspector General of Police to
apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of the Benue
State New Year’s day killing.

Speaking during the receipt and consideration of the
Report of the Joint Committee, which was laid by Senator


Abu Ibrahim, the Senate President said:

Distinguished colleagues, it is my appeal to each and every one of
“As observed by the DSP, there is no doubt about it that
us, that our legislative duty to Nigeria and her people, must be
this report in
uppermost
Governor
is our
elections toof
incomplete
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Benue State.
overshadow
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allow of the2019
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legislative agenda and the larger work of governance. We have
will hear right now on the views of the Governor of Benue
begun a good thing with the economic core of our agenda; let us
State.
see it to its proper conclusion. It would be most insensitive to the
needs of the people of this country if we were to do otherwise.
“Senator Abu Ibrahim should go back and complete his
exercise with accepted contributions from everybody.”
HEALTHCARE: SUSTAINABILITY The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
I S K E Y, SAYS S E N AT E on Wednesday stated that the sustainability of the proposed
Federal Referral Hospital centers in the six geopolitical
PRESIDENT zones of the country must remain an important factor.

Speaking after the Second Reading of A Bill for an Act to
Provide for the Federal Referral Hospital in the Six Geo-
political Zones of the Country and for Other Matters
Connected Therewith, 2018 (SB. 589), the Senate President
said:


“If the Bill is saying that it is to provide funding for existing
Distinguished colleagues, it is my appeal to each and every one of
establishments, then truly, there is a question of if this is a
us, that our legislative duty to Nigeria and her people, must be
Bill that is required.
uppermost in our minds. We must not allow the upcoming 2019
elections to overshadow our work for the people that elected us -
“However,
or distract usmaybe what
from that whichweweshould be looking
are mandated to doatby isthethe
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Health Bill,and
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for This is my
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appeal: for
funding it is too early
federal for services.
referral 2019 politicking to override the
legislative agenda and the larger work of governance. We have
begun a good thing with the economic core of our agenda; let us
“Secondly, we must
see it to its proper see toIt itwould
conclusion. that bethere
most is some form
insensitive to the of
foreign-private
needs of the people sector participation
of this country if we in some
were to doofotherwise.
these referral
centers. Because the most impor tant thing is the
sustainability of these referral centers.”
SENATE PRESIDENT DIRECTS 9 The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on
Wednesday, directed 9 Ad-Hoc Committees of the Senate to
AD-HOC COMMITTEES TO wrap up their investigations and submit their Reports to the
Senate by the end of February.
SUBMIT REPORTS
The Committees are:

Ad-Hoc Committee on the NEITI 2013 Audit Report; Ad-Hoc
Committee, To Investigate the Alleged Misuse, Under-remittance
and other Fraudulent Activities in Revenue Collection by
Revenue Collection Agencies; Ad-Hoc Committee on Southern


Kaduna Crisis and Other Parts of the Country; Ad-Hoc
Committee on the State of Humanitarian Relief Efforts in the
Distinguished
North East; colleagues, it is my appeal
Ad-Hoc Committee onto the
each National
and every one of
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us, that ourScheme;
Insurance legislativeAd-Hoc
duty to Nigeria and her
Committee on people, must be
the Attempted
uppermost in our minds. We must not allow the upcoming 2019
Assassination of Senator Dino Melaye; Ad-Hoc Committee on
elections to overshadow our work for the people that elected us -
the issue of Accommodation, Logistics, Feeding, Onshore and
or distract us from that which we are mandated to do by the
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are
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complete this country if we were
assignments this to do otherwise.
month of February
because these committees will not continue to stand by March,”
the President of the Senate said.
SENATE PRESIDENT IN MEETING WITH
FINNISH AMBASSADOR & NOKIA MD
On Wednesday, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,

Challenging the Finnish Ambassador to work towards establishing more
Finnish-owned businesses in Nigeria, the Senate President said:

“As you said, you have Nokia and Vaisala already operating in Nigeria,
let me challenge you that before the end of your tenure, there should be
received the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, and another Finnish company in Nigeria.”
the Managing Director of Nokia, Richard Edet.
The Senate President also spoke about Nokia’s Innovation Hub, which is
The Senate President commended the relationship between Nigeria and Finland, aimed at creating entrepreneurs and supporting developers: “Let me
and emphasized the need to create sustainable development in Nigeria by commend Nokia for the Innovation Hub idea. We will support it. This is
creating better trade relationships. because our focus in the Senate and the National Assembly have been on
the Economy and the Ease of Doing Business.
“I want to particularly commend your focus and vision — which I also strongly
support — that sustainable development can largely be driven by creating
“Anything that will support the Youth of Nigeria being able to get and
opportunity through better trade relationships. I think this is key,” the Senate
create jobs, we will support it,” the Senate President said.
President said.
SENATE PRESIDENT CONFERRED WITH
‘DISTINGUISHED FELLOW’ AWARD
On Wednesday, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,

“Here at the 8th Senate, we have focused largely on the economy
because we have noticed that many of the issues in the country today,
like insecurity and poverty, stem from the same root cause — the
economy.

received the President of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Alhaji Ahmed Rufai “We want to improve the Ease of Doing Business by providing laws that
Mohammed, and other members of the institute at the 8th Senate. will promote access to credit. We have been working closely with the
business community on this,” the Senate President said.
The IoD President stated that said one of the purposes of the visit was to
Saraki also spoke on the need for a strong parliament, urging the IoD to
formally present the Senate President with the "Distinguished Fellow Award”
work with the National Assembly to build a strong legislature.
of the Institute.
“When our parliament is strong, then our democracy is strong. Then, you
At the meeting, the Senate President discussed the work of the 8th Senate, will see true accountability and true transparency. We must build
while also seeking the cooperation of the IoD in passing business-friendly institutions around practices and not individuals,” he said.
pieces of legislation.
DANA AIRCRAFT DOOR: “SAFETY
OF PASSENGERS A PRIORITY”
SAYS SENATE PRESIDENT
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that it is
unacceptable for airline operators in the country to neglect the safety of
their passengers and conditions of their aircraft.

In a tweet on his personal @BukolaSaraki handle, Saraki stated that the
Senate would look into the issue — calling it, unacceptable.

He said:

“Thank the Almighty for your safe landing.

“The safety of passengers and conditions of aircrafts must be the primary
concern of all airlines that are operating in Nigeria.

“An airline door falling off is unacceptable. We will take this up at the
Senate. It must not happen again.”

Saraki was responding to a post by a Twitter user, Ola Brown(Orekunrin),
@NaijaFlyingDr, which has since gone viral, that alleges that she flew Dana
Air, and the aircraft door was unstable throughout the flight.

“Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched
down it fell off. Scary stuff,” the Twitter user said.

Read more here: https://twitter.com/bukolasaraki/status/
961286081181253632
SENATE HOLDS
SUMMIT ON
NATIONAL SECURITY
#SECURITYSUMMIT
On Thursday, the Senate convened a two-day National Security
Summit which is aimed at providing an all-inclusive platform for
finding long-term solutions to the acute and long-term security
challenges in the country.

On January 17, 2018, while debating the  Interim Report of the
Ad-hoc Committee tasked with reviewing Nigeria’s security
infrastructure, led by Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan,
the Senate resolved to convene a summit to interface with
security agencies and other critical stakeholders.

The Summit was declared open by Vice-President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, while Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
delivered remarks on the objective of the summit.

Find the highlights of the Senate President’s speech on the next
few pages…
“The coming
together of the
Executive and
Legislative arms
of government for
this National
Security Summit,
is a pointer to the
seriousness of the
situation.”

-Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
President of the Senate
“The sharp increase
in murderous
violence, over and
above the relatively
manageable level
of insecurity that
has plagued our
country for some
time, has jolted us
out of any last
vestiges of
complacency or
denial. ”

-Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
President of the Senate
“To the Executive, I
say this: you cannot
do it alone. We
need all hands on
deck. No one
p e r s o n ,
organisation or arm
of government can
single-handedly
tackle the hydra-
headed monster of
insecurity in
Nigeria.”

-Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
President of the Senate
“Permit me to observe that those who
are in this room have the capacity to
bring about a change in this situation, to
end the violence and bring succour. We
have the capacity. But, do we have the
political will? I daresay political will is
what is required; and it is my hope that
we shall marshal it as a legitimate
instrument against this problem. Indeed,
there is no reason why that should not be
the case. This is not a Summit to trade
blames – in no way is this a blame
game. Neither is it convened so that any
person or entity can take credit. We just
want solutions. Solutions only. That is all
Nigerians require of us.”

-Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate
SENATE PRESIDENT URGES STATE AND NATIONAL
ASSEMBLY CLERKS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
On Friday, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, urged Clerks

"I strongly believe that the strength of democracy lies in the legislature, If we
all agree with that, it then means that to strengthen our democracy as a
country, we must strengthen the legislature. 

to the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly, to live above board in "I have no doubt at all that we must strengthen your capacity. We must invest
order to strengthen the legislature and restore confidence in the institution.  in you. We must invest in the administration. More importantly, the truth is it is
a job that you must be fearless.
The Senate President gave this charge while declaring open the 9th Meeting of
Clerks to National and State Houses of Assembly in Abuja, also reiterated that "If we want to win the trust of Nigerians, we ourselves need to do the right
the strength of the nation's democracy lies in the legislature.  thing. I believe that if we are going to be the custodian of our democracy, we
must set standards for ourselves that we can be proud of.  What you can
He stated that for the legislature to live up to its mandate, its administrators and expect from the Honorable Speaker and myself, is that we will do whatever we
staff must be fearless, accountable and transparent. He pledged that the can to provide you that independence. I believe that we need to provide you
leadership of the 8th National Assembly will continue to ensure that adequate more funding for training to ensure that you improve your capacity and by so
funding is made available to train and build the capacity of staff. doing we will strengthen the legislative arm of government,” the Senate
President said.
MAHMOON BABA-AHMED
THE SENATE PRESIDENT MOURNS VETERAN JOURNALIST
Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the death of
veteran broadcaster, Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed, as not only a loss to the
journalism profession but to the entire nation.

The Senate President, described the late Mahmoon, who is an elder brother
to his Chief of Staff, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, as fearless and courageous,
and stated that the late ace broadcaster, writer and media manager had
contributed immensely to the growth of journalism profession not only in the
North but the entire nation.  

He recalled how he risked his life to report live the Maitatsine crises in the
80's from the battle front.

"As a journalist and writer, he exhibited courage in reporting and presenting
issues, no matter whose ox is gored. With his death, the journalism profession
has surely lost one of its shining and exemplary stars," Saraki said.

He commiserated with the family of the deceased, particularly his Chief of
Staff, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Zaria emirate,  people and  government of
Kaduna state, while praying God to grant the soul of the deceased Aljannah
Firdaus. 
MALLAM YUSUF BURATAI
THE SENATE PRESIDENT COMMISERATES WITH CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF OVER LOSS OF HIS FATHER
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condoled with
the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai over the death of
his father, Mallam Yusuf Buratai.

Saraki described the late Buratai as a true Nigerian who contributed
immensely to the development of his country during his lifetime and left
behind a legacy of selfless service, discipline and hardwork.

"Pa Buratai did not only serve the country as a  military personnel -
having been a non-commissioned officer in the West African Frontier
Force - he left behind capable children like the Chief of Army Staff, who
are today carrying on the torch of national service," Saraki stated.

He commiserated with the Chief of Army Staff, the entire Buratai's
family, the military high command and the Government and people of
Borno State over the irreparable loss.

He prayed Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the deceased Aljannah
Firdaus, while calling on the late Buratai's children and loved ones to
take solace in the exemplary lifestyle of their late father.
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