Jonathan, Tambuwal Square up over Separation of Powers

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday disagreed sharply with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, over whose duty it is to prepare the budget. Jonathan warned that implementing total separation of powers would hurt development and good governance. Jonathan was of the view that the National Assembly was delving into the duties of the Executive on budgeting and that it was wrong for them to tear the provisions to shreds each time it was submitted to them and was thereby taking over the duty of planning the economy.

But Tambuwal insisted that they had a duty to ensure that the rights of the people they represent were protected. Tambuwal complained that the Executive was frustrating their work by refusing to assent to bills they passed forcing them to reintroduce such bills de novo after the end of a legislative session which was cumbersome. –


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