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Nigeria’s Open Budget Info Index Up By 24%, Says Report

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 at 1:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Marcus Oweh,


Nigeria’s open budget index, which indicates freer access of the citizenry to budget information has risen from 16 per cent in 2012 to 24 per cent as at September 2015.

This according to the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget (IBPOB), however, indicated that budget accountability around the world still remain deficient despite this positive development.

Overall, the Open Budget Survey 2015 finds that 98 of 102 countries surveyed lack adequate systems for ensuring that public funds are used efficiently and effectively.

The 98 countries fall short on at least one of the pillars of accountability, transparency, public participation, and strength of oversight; 32 of these fall short on all three. The widespread lack of strong budget accountability systems poses a threat to the implementation of critical international agreements, such as the United Nations’

Nigeria came out 24th out of a total of 102 countries assessed around the world on this scale.

According to Engr. Ralph Ndigwe of Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CRDDC), Enugu, which conducted the research for Nigeria, said the federal government has failed to make progress in the following ways: not making the Mid-year review and audit report available to the public; publishing an Executive’s Budget Proposal that only contains minimal budget information.

The report stressed that citizens now have improved access to the information they need to participate in decision making and hold the government to account.

OBI uses internationally recognized criteria to give each country a transparency score on a 100-point scale and the results indicated that Nigeria shored up slightly in the last three years.

The survey report, the fifth of its kind, is the world’s only independent, comparative survey of budget transparency, citizen participation, and independent oversight institutions in the budgeting process. Combined, these components are the main pillars of accountable budget systems.

The survey however, said the government of Nigeria has been inconsistent on which documents are made publicly available in a given year.

Since 2012, the government has increased the availability of budget information by publishing the Citizens Budget and improving the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s budget proposal, the enacted budget and year-end Report.