|Senator for Bayelsa Central|
29 May 2007
|Preceded by||David Brigidi|
15 October 1955 |
Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Emmanuel Paulker (born 15 October 1955) was elected Senator for the Bayelsa Central constituency of Bayelsa State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
Emmanuel attended Bishop Dimeari Grammar School where he earned his WASC in 1973. He obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Port Harcourt in 1983. The teacher by profession, he was appointed Bayelsa State Commissioner of Lands and Housing (1999-2001). After taking his seat in the Senate in June 2007, he was appointed to committees on Industry, Finance and Downstream Petroleum.
In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay said that he had not sponsor any bills in the year, but was actively involved in the debate of the general principles of a number of bills. He made useful contributions through his Committee on Downstream Petroleum, especially on the issues of fuel subsidy removal and the entire deregulation agenda. He sponsored motions to scrap FERMA and create a Federal Highway Authority instead, and to stop universities from conducting post-JAMB examinations. Paulker was among a group of ten Senators who got into trouble in May 2009 over a trip to Ghana where they were said to have been lavishly entertained by oil company executives.
In February 2010 three gunmen abducted his mother, Florentina Paulker, from her home in the Opolo area of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. After the 73-year old woman had spent eight days in captivity, she was released after a bloody shoot out with her kidnappers, one of whom died.
- "Sen. Paul Emmanuel". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-06-14.[dead link]
- "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
- Abdul-Rahman Abubakar (14 May 2009). "Oil Majors Bribed Senators in Ghana". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
- Olamilekan Lartey (February 26, 2010). "Gunmen abduct senator‘s mother". Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
- Samuel Oyadongha (4 March 2010). "One Killed as Police Rescue Kidnapped Senator's Mother". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
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