More trou­bles for Enang, Buhari’s Se­nate aide

He said all the crises in­volv­ing the Se­nate and the ex­ec­u­tive have to do with the ap­pointees of the Pres­i­dent and not the pres­i­dent as a per­son

Weekly Trust - - Analysis - My Enang big­gest chal­lenges –

func­tionar­ies to­wards in­vi­ta­tion on 2018 bud­get.

Spokesper­son of the Se­nate, Aliyu Sabi Ab­dul­lahi (APC, Niger) told news­men on Wed­nes­day that the Se­nate was dis­turbed by a new trend where heads or chief ex­ec­u­tives of crit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions who should play a crit­i­cal role in the bud­get process choose to ig­nore the in­vi­ta­tion by the Se­nate to ap­pear be­fore it for de­lib­er­a­tion

“Specif­i­cally yes­ter­day (Tues­day) when we had a de­lib­er­a­tion, the Min­is­ter of State for Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning was around. But based on the dis­cus­sion we were sup­posed to have; to look at the rev­enue pro­jec­tions which are the ba­sis for the MTEF, I want to re­port here that the GMD of NNPC re­fused to show up. Gov­er­nor of the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria re­fused to show up. The Comp­trol­ler Gen­eral of Cus­toms re­fused to show up. The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics re­fused to show up. And the Di­rec­tor of DPR re­fused to show up,” he said.

A source at the Na­tional Assem­bly said though Enang has wit­nessed many crises un­der his watch he has ma­neu­vered well ex­cept for the miss­ing bud­get is­sue.

“He has done cred­itably well when com­pared to his im­me­di­ate pre­de­ces­sors, Ajadi and Emodi in terms of cri­sis man­age­ment. Look at the way he sur­vived the miss­ing bud­get scan­dal. We all know he re­ceived the heat on be­half of his boss, that is very good of him,” the source said.

But another source said pre­de­ces­sors of Enang re­sisted sec­tion­al­ism, eth­nic­ity, syco­phancy, me­di­ocrity and mis­chief, la­ment­ing that the re­v­erse is now the case.

Ac­cord­ingly, the source said the at­ti­tudes of Enang were among the fac­tors re­spon­si­ble for the sus­pi­cion and bad blood be­tween the Se­nate and ex­ec­u­tive. The source al­leged that Enang had on many oc­ca­sions mis­guided ap­pointees dur­ing in­ves­tiga­tive hear­ings, thus set­ting both arms against each other.

“What do you make of a sit­u­a­tion where an aide to the Pres­i­dent dis­plays I know it all men­tal­ity. This hap­pened dur­ing the ap­pear­ance of the IGP be­fore the Se­nate over Misau’s al­le­ga­tions against him. Rather than calm­ing nerves, he said they would use multi door op­tions to set­tle the mat­ter. What does he mean?

“A sim­i­lar lack of re­spect for the in­sti­tu­tion was dis­played on Novem­ber 7 when the pres­i­dent pre­sented the bud­get to the joint ses­sion of the Na­tional Assem­bly. The two aides of the pres­i­dent abused pro­to­col and tra­di­tion by hi­jack­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Clerk to the Na­tional Assem­bly (CNA). Pro­to­col wise, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the CNA to as­sist the pres­i­dent in lay­ing the bud­get doc­u­ment, but the aides took this over. What an eye ser­vice! “the source said.

The source called on the pres­i­dent to call Enang and his House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives coun­ter­part, Ab­dul­rah­man Kawu Su­maila, to or­der to re­store re­spect, or­der and re­spon­si­bil­ity, adding “af­ter all it is the CNA that signs and trans­mits not just the bud­get but all bills to the pres­i­dent for as­sent.”

In an in­ter­view, Enang said the case of miss­ing bud­get and Magu’s con­tro­versy were his big­gest chal­lenges.

He said all the crises in­volv­ing the Se­nate and the ex­ec­u­tive have to do with the ap­pointees of the Pres­i­dent and not the pres­i­dent as a per­son.

“I’m sure you can no­tice that which­ever hard word that comes from the sen­a­tors on the floor, is ei­ther against a min­is­ter, a Di­rec­tor Gen­eral or an of­fi­cer of gov­ern­ment and not Mr. Pres­i­dent as a per­son. This has been no­ticed by all Nige­ri­ans and me. It shows that very rarely does the Se­nate have very se­ri­ous is­sue against Mr. Pres­i­dent per­son­ally,” he said.

The pres­i­den­tial aide said he has main­tained the prin­ci­ple that he brought into the sys­tem, which is di­a­logue, lobby and show of un­der­stand­ing with the Se­nate, with­out confrontation.

“The great­est of my chal­lenge was the ques­tion of the miss­ing bud­get, the Magu ques­tion, then the ques­tion re­lat­ing to con­fir­ma­tion of ap­point­ments be­cause the leg­is­la­ture has placed em­bargo on it. In all th­ese, I thank God be­cause we adopted ex­treme diplo­macy when knowl­edge failed, we re­sorted to AK-47, by ask­ing God to in­ter­vene,” he said.

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