From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
Yobe State governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has described the emergence of two eminent sons of the state in key positions in Nigerian political growth as worthy of note not only to the state but the country in general.
The governor stated this yesterday during a reception organized by the state governor to honour and celebrate the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, and the Minister of State for Works and Housing, , Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu,.
“While this is a celebration of these two gentlemen for what they are doing to make our country better and make all of us proud, it is also a celebration of our democracy itself,” Buni said.
He clarified by pointing out that, relative to many other democracies around the world, the democracy here in Nigeria is young and consolidating only since the last two decades, because of the determination and hard work of politicians and leaders like Senator Ahmed Lawan, Nigerian democracy, and many of its institutions have continued to make remarkable progress.
“Over the last four years, between 2015 and 2019 for example, the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of the government was anything but excellent. We all know that”, Governor Buni explained further.
He stated however that, that uneasy relationship between the presidency and the senate was what propelled many in the National Assembly and across party line to seek for a different and new approach after the 2019 general elections.
This, according to him, was what produced the forces and consensus that led to the emergence of a new national assembly leadership, under the distinguished Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, that believes in the significance of a cordial working relationship with the executive as the quickest and surest means of achieving national development.
Today, thanks to Ahmed Lawan’s robust leadership and the support of his 108 senate colleagues, Buni said, that vital trust between the legislative and executive branches of the government has been restored.
Other achievements of the senate president is the restoration of the January-December budget circle as provided for in the 1999 amended constitution, thus giving the government the opportunity to more ably deliver on its mandate.
Within six months of becoming the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan has also recorded a slew of other accomplishments, justifying once more the need for a cordial, amicable working relationship between the legislature and the executive.
These include, but are not limited to, the speedy passage of the 2020 finance and appropriation bills, and the passage of the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Fiscal Strategy Policy Paper.
“Some of you here may recall that when President Muhammadu Buhari sent the list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate, the Senate President got his senator colleagues to cut short their recess in order to screen the nominees. It is a testament to his leadership that all the ministerial nominees were considered and passed in record time by the Senate”, Buni added.
“We also celebrate the Senate President today because he is from Yobe State. It is an honour that the number three citizen of the country is from our state. We are grateful to all the senators and to Nigerians for making this possible. We are also grateful to the people of Yobe Zone C. It is their support and their votes that made this possible; and this made Yobe State an integral part of the nation’s leadership” the governor concluded.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a sword of honour, a symbol that as warriors from Yobe State, the celebrant will continue to fight towards improving the lives of the people of this country.