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specialty journal of politics and law
Volume 2, 2017, Issue 3
Addressing Budget Delays in Nigeria
Eme Okechukwu Innocent, Okeke Martins Ifeanyi
Pages: 1-11


Since 1999 when democratic norms became the principle of state policy, delayed passage of Nigeria’s annual national budget has become unduly too frequent. The timely passage of the 2013 budget seemed to have broken the jinx of lateness. The objective of this paper is to examine the impacts of the delays and their implications for Nigeria’s budgetary process. This is because after months of delays, debates, shocking discoveries of alleged ‘padding’ and correction of omissions, the National Assembly has passed and the Presidency signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill totaling N6.06 trillion. The amount is, however, N17 billion less than the N6.07 trn proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the National Assembly. In order to achieve the objective of the study, the paper generated data mainly from existing literature on budgets from books, journals, internet sources and draft budgets and other newspapers and magazines. The technique of Content Analysis was used to draw insights from the literature on areas that are considered very significant to the research. Drawing from these descriptive sources, this paper showed that given that a budget is both political and economic document that drive national politics and competitiveness. The paper concludes by suggesting the importance of transparency and accountability, as well as a legal framework that monitors, denounces, sanctions and punishes abuse in the preparation, use of public funds, would be crucial if success is to be attained in Nigeria’s budgetary process.

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