Ex­ec­u­tive, Leg­isla­tive Fric­tion will Con­tinue Un­less... – Saraki

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, yes­ter­day spoke on the fric­tion be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and the leg­is­la­ture, say­ing only two things will end it. From the lin­ger­ing bud­get cri­sis to con­fir­ma­tion log­jam and oth­ers, Saraki, at a re­treat of the Se­nate Press Corps in Jos, Plateau State, said the fric­tion will con­tinue un­less the two things are done.

Saraki, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Kwara State, spoke at a time the pas­sage of the 2018 bud­get and the con­fir­ma­tion of some of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s nom­i­nees are fac­ing chal­lenges at the Na­tional Assem­bly.

The Se­nate Pres­i­dent said the fric­tion will con­tinue whether he is in charge of the Se­nate or some­body else is at the helm of af­fairs, ex­cept the two arms em­brace what he called, “en­gage­ment and col­lab­o­ra­tion”.

“Com­mit­tees (Se­nate/ House) should be en­gaged in bud­get process not un­til dur­ing bud­get de­fence. If we con­tinue with the lack of en­gage­ment, there is no how a bud­get will be passed in four months.

“Ex­ec­u­tive/ Leg­is­la­ture are part­ners in gov­ern­ment, they are not in com­pe­ti­tion. Un­til we change that ap­proach, there is no in­di­vid­ual that can ad­dress this. With di­a­logue and col­lab­o­ra­tion, we will be able to over­come this.

“But to pro­duce a doc­u­ment (bud­get) and think that tin­ker­ing with it is an af­front, it will only worsen the sit­u­a­tion, “he said.

Saraki cited the ex­am­ple whereby they got to know of the N4.6tr Eurobond loan through a let­ter and that they were not con­sulted in the prepara­tory stages.

“In­clu­sive­ness and en­gage­ment; these is­sues are fun­da­men­tal. It is not about one par­tic­u­lar per­son, it is the way we op­er­ate. If we do not change, we will con­tinue to have prob­lems. Can we change ? Yes we can,” he said.

For the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, the only way to strengthen the coun­try’s democ­racy is to em­power the leg­is­la­ture to func­tion in line with the con­sti­tu­tion.

“If we re­ally want to strengthen our democ­racy, we must strengthen the leg­is­la­ture at all lev­els. It is im­por­tant that the leg­is­la­ture and the ex­ec­u­tive are on the same side, “Saraki said, com­par­ing the leg­is­la­ture to the au­dit depart­ment of a bank.

On con­fir­ma­tion, he said from 2015 to date, the Se­nate has con­firmed 227 out of 240 nom­i­nees of Pres­i­dent Buhari, say­ing “I will not be wrong to say we have col­lab­o­rated. “

Also, while de­liv­er­ing a paper on “im­prov­ing Nige­ria’s bud­getary process through ex­ec­u­tiveleg­is­la­ture co­op­er­a­tion, Se­na­tor Olubunmi Ade­tunbi ad­vo­cated com­pre­hen­sive time- based bud­get cy­cle, col­lab­o­ra­tion and en­gage­ment be­tween the two arms.

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