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FW: Why did the Nigerian budget take so long to pass?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.


After a six-month delay, on May 16, 2018, Nigeria’s Senate finally passed the 2018 budget. The budget was approved after the Appropriation Committees of the Senate and the House moved for its consideration.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari still has to assent to the 2018 budget before it becomes law.

Why was the budget delayed?

The delay with the budget started with its defence presentation to the lawmakers on December 19th, 2017 by MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies). The Senators discovered that many MDAs did not have appropriate documents and others had duplicated items in a bid to inflate allocation for their institutions.

The Senate also claimed that a number of MDAs did not come to defend their budgets when summoned. Others sent their junior staff who were unable to defend the items in the budget.

During a debate on the general principles of the budget, the lawmakers also seemed to have many reservations about the appropriation bill and critiqued the estimates:

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