The controversial 2016 budget, ex-lawmakers meet Buhari.

The former National Assembly leaders, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting, advised both the Legislature and the Executive to work together to ensure peaceful resolution of grey areas in the budget. Specifically, Nnamani said the issue of budget was an area where the principle of co-management should exist between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.

According to him, the two arms co-manage the economy through the budget, stressing that they had to cooperate and collaborate for a proper budget to be passed. Nnamani, on Monday frowned at the delay in the passage of the 2016 Budget by the National Assembly and executive arm of government.
He also said the two arms of government must find a quick solution to the budget impasse. According to him, time is running out and something must be done urgently to ensure the passage of the budget as quickly as possible. He said: “Budget is an area where we practice what we call co-management between the National Assembly and the executive branch of government. “Both of them co-manage the economy through the budget. “It is a peculiar area, both of them will have to cooperate and collaborate for a proper budget to be passed and once it is passed, it becomes law.
“So, as it stands today, the situation is such that the National Assembly has to do what is called introspection. “How did we get to where we are now? The year is running out and we are still talking about 2016 budget. Where is the fault from?
“Wherever it is coming from, both the executive branch and the legislature must find a quick solution to it. “It does nobody good to drag it any longer.” Masari, who is currently Katsina State governor, while speaking on development in his state said the main focus of this administration, was to go back to the basics in the area of agriculture and natural resources.
He noted there was a time Katsina was entirely dependent on its natural resources stressing that those resources were still existent. “I believe that we are sensitising the general public and the world to know that there are lots of opportunities in Katsina and with proper investment, we believe we can make it, we believe we can survive on agriculture and other resources that abound in Nigeria, he said.

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