2018 Budget: Lagos, Ogun continue to maintain budget secrecy

by Chinedu Brown

Budget transparency has become  a myth in Nigeria, apart from Kaduna and few other states that have cultivated a tradition of open budget, most of the states in Nigeria are fanatically paranoid when it comes to open budget. Budget transparency is in two forms. The first is when the state only make known data about their spending or budget only when request are made from private organization or citizens for such document and the state willingly give out the document, in this situation, the state by itself has no intention to make the document public except when request is made for it. The second is when the state willingly make full details of her budget public. Kaduna state does this on her website.

Only three states are yet to pass their budgets, and they are Bauchi, Osun, Ebonyi. Other states have all passed their budget, yet only few of these states have their budget in the open. Most that have their budget in the open is by the first process. Yet there are three states that are highly notorious for budget secrecy. Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states. Lagos and Ogun particularly blackmail their citizens with projects at humongous cost which are usually not verifiable due to the unavailable of data. Lagos only releases a poorly summarised details of her budget and does not entertain any question from citizens regarding the issue. Osun and Oyo also have a very poor history of budget transparency. And even now, Oyo state budget for 2018 is not in the open.









1 Cross River 1.3trn Passed
2 Lagos 1.046 trn Passed
3 Akwa Ibom 646.65bn  Passed


4 Rivers 510bn Passed
5 Ogun 343.9bn Passed
6 Bayelsa 318bn Passed
7 Delta 308bn Passed
8 Oyo 271.57bn   Passed
9 Kano 246bn Passed
10 Sokoto 220.5bn  Passed
11 Kaduna 216.6bn   Passed
12 Katsina 213.6bn  Passed
13 Ebonyi N208bn Yet to be Passed
14 Kwara N190.99bn Passed
15 Benue 190.03bn   Passed
16 Ondo 181.4bn   Passed
17 Borno 181.3bn   Passed
18 Adamawa 177.9bn  Passed
19 Osun N176.4bn  Yet to be passed
20 Imo 175bn Passed
21 Anambra N170.9bn Passed
22 Bauchi N167.9bn  Yet to be passed
23 Kogi 151.7bn    Passed
24 Kebbi 151.2bn Passed
25 Edo 150.09bn   Passed
26 Plateau N145.5BN   Passed
27 Abia 141bn Passed
28 Jigawa 138.7bn  Passed
29 Niger N134.29bn Passed
30 Zamfara N133BN Passed
31 Nasarawa N125.4bn    Passed
32 Gombe N114bn Passed
33 Taraba N104.3BN Passed
34 Enugu 103.6bn Passed
35 Ekiti 98.6bn Passed
36 Yobe N92bn Passed


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