By Timothy Choji, Katsina
President Muhammadu Buhari says he is looking forward to a mutual and effective working relationship with the 9th National Assembly to improve the budgetary process and restore the country to the January-December fiscal cycle.
Receiving his old school mates on Monday in Daura, Katsina State, who came to congratulate him on his re-election for a second term, the President recounted how the delay in the passage of budgets hindered timely execution of projects across Nigeria.
With the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential election and majority seats in the 9th Senate, President Buhari expressed confidence that more work would be done to improve the efficiency of the budgetary process.
The President told his classmates in the 1953 set of Katsina Middle School, Daura, led by Senator Abba Ali, that it was on record that the 2018 budget proposals submitted to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, was passed after seven months.
Notwithstanding the challenges, President Buhari assured his classmates that the Executive arm of government under his watch, would 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.
Senator Ali, while congratulating the President on his re-election said majority of Nigerians believed in his purposeful leadership and which he said fetched him a renewed mandate from the people.
The Senator who wished the President more success in his second-term, noted that the country would benefit more when the executive and legislative branches of government work in unison for national interests.