Following a drop in the price of crude oil and a fall in the projected economic revenue, the federal government of Nigeria decided to reduce the annual budget for various sectors in the country. In the revised budget, while the National Assembly comp...
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Following a drop in the price of crude oil and a fall in the projected economic revenue, the federal government of Nigeria decided to reduce the annual budget for various sectors in the country.
In the revised budget, while the National Assembly complex renovation budget was reduced from N37bn to N27bn about 25.1 percent reduction, the basic health care provision fund was reduced from 44.4bn to 25.5bn (42.5 percent reduction). The universal basic educational fund was also reduced from 111.7bn to 51.1bn (54.2 percent reduction).
It is disheartening that in a country like Nigeria with a high poverty rate where millions of people cannot afford basic health care and education the government does not see these sectors as a priority.
While other agencies of the government including the National Assembly budget were reduced by 10 percent, the sectors which should be our priority were reduced by over 40 percent. With the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, a reduction in the budget allocated to the basic health and education funds does not show prioritization of the citizen’s real needs by the government.
The COVID-19 pandemic ought to have taught us a big lesson but rather than learning the government seems to be acting otherwise, because the huge reduction in the budget for the basic health sector shows that the government learned nothing from the COVID-19 pandemic experience.
We are all aware of the poor state of our health care system in the country, and while citizens were waiting for a positive change in the health care system, we saw the budget for renovating the National assembly being higher than the budget for the basic health care and education fund in a country where millions cannot afford it.