Nigeria: National Assembly Keeps 2018 Budget Details to Itself

After increasing their spending from N125 to N139.5 billion, the National Assembly in Nigeria has kept to itself the details of its 2018 budget.

On May 16, when the National Assembly passed the country’s budget, its own budget was returned to a single line item without details.

Last year, following pressure from various stakeholders, the leadership of the National Assembly released its budget details, a development that gave the public the opportunity to scrutinize the allocations.

In the budget that has been transmitted to President Muhammad Buhari for assent, the lawmakers allocated N139.5bn to the legislature as a line item under statutory transfers.

Three weeks after the 2018 budget was passed, the National Assembly was yet to reveal the details, unlike what obtained last year when the details were released same day the national budget was passed.

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