The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday vowed that the Senate and certainly the Legislature would not concede its powers to the executive.
The assertion by means of the senate president got here at the back of a point-of-Order raised via the Deputy leader of the Senate, Sen. Bala Na’Allah at plenary.
Quoting Order 43 of Senate standing Rule, Na’Allah stated that there were media reports credited to performing President Yemi Osinbajo to the impact that the national meeting did no longer possess any strength to adjust the budget.
The deputy leader of the senate similarly raised subject that such announcement became attributed to the performing president, announcing that he become knowledge enough in law.
”we’ve operated the charter from 1999 so far and i’ve had the privilege to work with the performing President at the same time as i used to be practicing in Lagos as a attorney.
”We did loads of factors together. So, he is somebody that I know a lot.
“i can instead trust that what turned into purported to had been stated couldn’t had been stated with the aid of him and even if he spoke on the problem, he changed into misquoted.
”For the avoidance of doubt, this same charter we operated from 1999 so far has section 80, and the title of segment eighty is `power and control over Public funds’,’’ he said.
He examine out the provisions of sections 2, three and 4 of the charter to support the argument, including the charter recognised that Nigeria operated a federal shape.
Na’Allah said that the charter additionally regarded that Nigeria became multi-lingual, multi-ethnic and multi-spiritual and that that became the reason problems of domination were raised within the constitution-making procedure.
He explained that it was the fear of domination that made framers of the constitution to provide for illustration on the premise of population and land mass and on the premise of equality of states.
”this is what gave birth to a bi-cameral legislature – the Senate and the house of Representatives. The residence affords illustration based on population and land mass while the Senate is based totally on equality of states.
”So, I know that the appearing President who is a Professor of law is adequately educated in law to understand that the country wide assembly has powers to tinker with the finances.
”i’m no longer creating a case for him and that i do not want to accept as true with that he said what has been alleged that he said.
”I also need to soothe the fears of my colleagues that what turned into supposed to were said does not constitute the spirit of the framers of our constitution,” Na’Allah said.
Responding to this, Saraki said that there was no ambiguity inside the charter on the duty of the country wide meeting.
He counseled the deputy leader of the senate for raising the point, and said that he also positive that the performing president have to had been misquoted on the problem.
“This count has been cleared and settled by using the constitution. So, I don’t think there are any issues here which are vague.
”i will want to agree with too that the acting President have to had been wrongly quoted,” he stated.
Saraki stated that the management of the country wide meeting has had consultations with the govt.
in step with him, those consultations did no longer in any manner suggest that we can give up legislative powers as contained inside the constitution.
”I want to reassure our contributors in this because it’s miles very important. based on what we have heard, you may be worried that one way or another, the management has given up a number of these powers.
”That is not the case. I consider that as responsible statesmen, there are times we seek advice from and do our nice to paintings with the government and help them.
”but, as we bend backwards, I don’t assume that it must be misrepresented that powers given to us within the constitution do not exist.
”That isn’t the case, and this Senate will preserve to guard the charter and make sure that anything we do is consistent with the legal guidelines of the land,” Saraki said.
He announced the adjournment of plenary until July 4.