$1bn: Senators angry over non consultation, says Saraki

OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said Senators are angry at the approval of the $1billion to be used to fight against boko harama and fund security infrastructure for the country without due consultation from them.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday gave the go ahead for the funds to be released without authorization from the National Assembly.

Reacting to this, Sen Ben Murray-Bruce condemned the action as he urged the executive to respect the institution of separation of powers.

Speaking on this at a retreat on ‘strengthening executive -legislature relations’ in Jos, Plateau state, on Saturday, Saraki said it was wrong for the executive to take the step.

He said, “Just few days ago, there was the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipment. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers.

“Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken. These are the issues we are talking about.

“I needed to be here to speak on these issues. It is not just about today. Posterity will be here to judge us that what I am saying is true. If we do not change the way we behave, we will remain like this for many years to come.”

He therefore canvassed for more synergy between the legislature and the executive.

He said: “There is no the security architecture of this country that can work without a strong synergy between the executive and the legislature.

“When you see certain agencies, who by their actions and utterances frustrate the relationship between the two arms, you begin to wonder.

“What do we need to do? Do the police need more funding or more powers? Do they need new legislations to strengthen them. These are the issues where the executive and the legislature must work together.”

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesman,Garba Shehu informed that a draft bill will be sent to the national assembly for consideration and approval.

Garba said, “The process has begun, it’s not concluded, therefore, everyone will be involved. Mr President will not breach the constitution of this country. Approval at that level is granted, there is nothing controversial.”


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