Mustapha (APC, Katsina North) has said that lack of regular communication between the executive and legislative arms of government was reason behind failure of President Muhammadu Buhari’s $30billion loan request.Buhari’s loan request and his Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) wererejected by the Senateon Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
Reacting, the vice chairman senate committee onpower urged President Buhari to adopt former President Shehu Shagari style in relating with theNational Assembly. “I can remember during Shagari administration, the leadership of the Executive and the National Assembly always met to iron out issues,” he told Daily Trust.“You can’t bring the issue of $30 billion loan without first of all discussing it internally with theleadership of the National Assembly and whoever that needs to be discussed with.“It is not an issue of just transmitting a letter, I think it is beyond that. This is one of the sensitivities that we need to look at to ensure that whenever, we are bringing letters to the National Assembly, there are no mistakes. You can see letters are being transmitted with mistakes”, he added.
Bukar who represents Buhari’s senatorial district added that “I think there is a problem with the liaison between the executive and the National Assembly.“All these rest on the shoulders of whoever is in charge of making sure we are provided with the correct information.“Last year we had issues with the budget which dragged for long and it was unnecessary. I hope it won’t happen again this year with these kinds of mistakes that are happening.“There are lots of good intentions on the part of the president but those who are working with himmust improve on their capabilities.