Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, Senator Chukwuka Utazi has warned the executive arm of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to recognise the limits and boundaries of its power.
This he said will promote a healthy relationship between the legislature and the executive arm of government and enthrone good governance.
He spoke in an interview in Enugu on Friday.
Senator Utazi maintained that the legislature should not be expected to be a rubber stamp of the executive arm in the discharge of its constitutional roles, noting that it is not every proposition the executive tables before the legislators that they would agree with.
“In line with the constitution, we can either say yes or no. The executive must always listen and feel the pulse of the legislators to know where they are saying no, and the reason why they are saying no.
“The executive should look at their mandate. The legislature should look at their mandate and do it to the best of their own ability.
“A situation whereby some people who are hired by the executive malign other arms of government does not help.”
Senator Utazi described the setting up of the committee headed by the Vice President to investigate the current rift between the two arms as a welcome development.
He stated that the deferment of the screening of nominees for Resident Electoral Commissioners before the Senate was to enable members give due attention to the passage of the 2017 budget.
The lawmaker who is also chairman of the Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes stated that despite the separation of power, both arms of government should work harmoniously with each other for the common good of the people.