Stories By Olu Balogun:
Presidency has pledged its readiness to work closely with the National Assembly for the overall achievements of the present administration. The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who made the pledge during a courtesy visit to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki in his office at the National Complex in Abuja, said the Executive was not in competition with the Legislature.
According to him, both arms of government must necessarily cooperate if the present government is to achieve its desired results and redeem lost opportunities.
He said that the visit was meant to thank the President of the Senate for personally gracing his sweating-in ceremony as SGF and also to “convey the gratitude of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the entirety of the government on the able leadership that you have given the National Assembly as a whole”. Mustapha stressed: “The role of the National Assembly is quite distinct. You (National Assembly) legislate for the good governance of the Federation; you provide oversight and you also ensure that funds that are appropriated are used judiciously for the purposes they are meant and for the benefit of the people of Nigeria.
“So your responsibility is so enormous in this enterprise. I will say this and I will say it quite frankly sir, we are not in competition with the National Assembly. We are not rivals with the National Assembly. “We are joint partners in this enterprise. If the National Assembly does not cooperate with the Presidency, I am not very sure we will be able to achieve the desired result that we want to see given the mandate that we have freely received from the people of Nigeria”.
Responding, Saraki and congratulated him on his appointment and described the visit as symbolic and a new phase in the executive and legislative cooperation as well as a good omen for the nation’s democracy and the government.He said: “Let me on behalf of my colleagues welcome you to the Senate and let me thank you for your visit. I think your visit is very symbolic. It is truly a new phase of cooperation between the Executive and the Legislature and a good omen for our democracy and for our government. “Your visit truly shows your intention of ensuring that you use your period as SGF to ensure that we truly work together to make Nigeria great. You are very right and I think people like us are not surprised because we know your antecedents.
“You know that in the presidential system that we are running in this democracy, it is not possible for us to be able to achieve all our goals if the Executive and Legislature do not have – not just an okay relationship – a fantastic and very close relationship”.