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Thursday, June 11, 2015

MEET THE NEW SENATE PRESIDENT- ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI



Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki representing Kwara central senatorial district of Kwara state has emerged the president of the Senate, against all odds. Saraki was nominated for the position of senate president by senator from Zamfara west senatorial district. He was thereafter declared elected senate president unopposed as no other senator was nominated on June 9, 2015. Saraki’s unopposed emergence came as a surprise to all observers considering that senator Ahmed Lawan from Bauchi had been the favorite of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to emerge senate president. Lawan was not even nominated on the floor of the house.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s political career began when he was appointed Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Budget in 2000.While holding this position; he initiated the Fiscal Responsibility Bill and served on the Economic Policy Coordination Committee, where he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of several key economic policies for Nigeria.


In 2003, he ran for the office of the Executive Governor of Kwara State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won. He was sworn into office in May 2003. He ran again for re-election in 2007 and won his second term. As governor of Kwara, he led reforms in agriculture, health, education, finance and environment policy. One of his major achievements was inviting displaced white farmers from Zimbabwe to Kwara State and offering them an opportunity to farm. This led to the establishment of Shonga Farms programme, which is now being replicated across Nigeria. His charisma among his fellow governors got him appointed as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki was born on 19 December 1962 to the family of Olusola Saraki, a one-time 
Senate Leader (1979 – 1983) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He attended King's College, Lagos, from 1973 to 1978, and Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, London from 1979 to 1981 for his High School Certificate. He then studied at the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London from 1982 to 1987, when he obtained his M.B.B.S (London). He worked as a Medical Officer at Rush Green Hospital, Essex, from 1988 to 1989. He was a Director of Societe Generale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990 to 2000.

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