In a bid towards resolving the 2016 Budget imbroglio between the executive and the legislature, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bello Masari, now Governor of Kastina State on Monday met President Muhammadu Buhari to suggest the way out of the face-off.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, Senator Nnamani said that what he suggested to President Buhari stands to reason and a good way out of the Budget impasse.
He said, “Budget is an area where we practise 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.
“Remember, it is an area of co-management, it is not left to the Executive alone and it is not left to the National Assembly alone. There has to be collaboration”, he added.
Is he now a member of APC ?: “I will not join a party in secret. When it is time I am joining any party, I will make it public. Today I am bipartisan”, he retorted.
Governor Masari, on his part said that himself will never sign whatever he is not sure of.
“You know I am now am executive and I signed budget for Kastina state and before I did that I made sure I knew what I am signing for. So take it as I said.” He stated
On what should be the focus of this administration, he said that the way to go is to go back to the basics, which are Agriculture and natural resources.
He said: “I said it before and I am saying it again, there was a time Kastina was entirely dependent on its natural resources, those resources are still there and I believe that we are sensitizing the general public and the world to know that there are lots of opportunities in Kastina and in Kastina with proper investment we believe we can make it,we believe we can survive on the natural resources and Agriculture and other resources that abound in Nigeria.
“So that is why we have tagged this “Economic and Development Summit” but also we are refocusing to encourage our own local investors, those who have N100,000 to invest can make more money than leaving the money in the bank.
“Essentially our focus will be on Agriculture and agriculture of selected crops and we are focusing on the natural ginger,
“We are focusing on the area of irrigated agriculture in the area of rice,cotton and other crops, we also have gold and diamond in Kastina but what we can lay our hands now is in the area of agriculture”, he said.