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Buhari solicits Nnamani, Masari’s help over 2016 budget.



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President Muhammadu Buhari may have begun moves to resolve the 2016 budget impasse, as he met, on Monday, behind closed doors with a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bello Masari.

Nnamani, who spoke with journalists after the meeting with President Buhari, said he suggested to the President to find a good way out of the Budget impasse.

The former Senate president also disclosed that he believed what he suggested is being studied by the President.

Nnamani 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. Both of them will have to cooperate and collaborate for a proper budget to be passed and once it is passed, it becomes law.

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“So as it stands today the situation is such that the National Assembly has to do what is called introspection, that 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, it is not left to the National Assembly alone, there has to be collaboration.

“I think he stands to reason, what I suggested is being studied. I think it is appropriate.”

It would be recalled that after the budget was passed and transmitted to the President for assent, he refused signing it claiming there were irregularities in the final document sent to him by the National Assembly.

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