President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, has said that he is looking forward to a mutual and effective working relationship with the 9th National Assembly, towards improving the budgetary process and restoring the country, to the January – December fiscal cycle.

Receiving his old schoolmates, who came to congratulate him on his re-election for a second term, the President recounted how the delay in the passage of budgets hindered timely execution of projects across the country.

With the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential election, and majority of the seats in the 9th Senate won by the APC, President Buhari expressed confidence that more work will be done to improve the efficiency of the budgetary process.

The President told his classmates in the 1953 set of Katsina Middle School, Daura, led by Senator Abba Ali, that it is on record that the 2018 budget proposals submitted to the National Assembly, on November 7, 2017, was passed after seven months.

Notwithstanding the challenges, President Buhari assured his classmates that the Executive arm of government, under his watch, will strive towards effective implementation of national budgets, while promoting transparency and accountability.

He thanked his old school colleagues for the ‘reunion’, commending their interest and useful suggestions on advancing Nigeria’s prosperity and stability.

In his remarks, Senator Ali, while congratulating the President on his re-election, said that majority of Nigerians believe in his purposeful leadership, and resoundingly renewed his mandate.

The Senator, who wished the President more success in his second term, noted that the country will benefit more when the Executive and Legislative branches of government, work in unison on national interests.