President Muhammadu Buhari has narrated how the National Assembly led by Senate President, Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives speaker, Yakubu Dogara frustrated budgetary processes and rapid development of the country in the past four years.
He told his classmates in the 1953 set of Katsina Middle School, Daura, led by Senator Abba Ali, that it is on record that the 2018 budget proposals submitted to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, was passed after seven months.
Buhari, who played host to his old school mates in his Daura, Katsina State country home, who came to congratulate him on his re-election for a second term, stressed that such delay in the passage of budgets hindered timely execution of projects across the country.
President Buhari said that he looks forward to a mutual and effective working relationship with the incoming National Assembly toward improving the budgetary process and restoring the country to the January-December fiscal cycle.
“With the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the presidential election and majority seats in the ninth Senate, I have the confidence that more work will be done to improve the efficiency of the budgetary process
He furthera ssured his classmates that the Executive arm of government, under his watch, will strive towards effective implementation of national budgets while promoting transparency and accountability.
He thanked his old school colleagues for the ‘reunion’, commending their interest and useful suggestions on advancing Nigeria’s prosperity and stability.
In his remarks, Senator Ali, congratulated the President on his re-election, saying that majority of Nigerians believed in his purposeful leadership and resoundingly renewed his mandate.
The Senator, who wished the President more success in his second-term, noted that the country will benefit more when the executive and legislative branches of government work in unison on national interests.