News / Africa

Analysts Says Nigerians Already Skeptical About 2010 Budget

University of Abuja professor Kabiru Mato says past federal budgets have failed to meet the expectation of Nigerians

Multimedia

Audio
  • University of Abuja Professor Kabiru Mato spoke with Butty

James Butty

A Nigerian political analyst said he hopes acting president Goodluck Jonathan’s 2010 budget would this time around address Nigeria’s poor infrastructure concerns.

Mr. Jonathan signed into law Thursday a $31 billion budget that calls for Nigeria's government to raise spending by about 50 percent from last year's level.

University of Abuja political science professor Kabiru Mato said federal budgets in the past couple of years have failed to meet the expectation of Nigerians.

“I think it’s really an aspiration of governments in Nigeria, but you see the tragedy of it all is that there seems to be already a high rate of skepticism among Nigerians because every year they vote such a large sum of money and say they are going to put infrastructure in place. But at the end of the day the money is exhausted and the infrastructure is not in place. And that is why electricity is still an issue, roads are still an issue, the issue of public transportation is virtually nonexistent in Nigeria,” he said.

Mato said both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government will have to strengthen their monitoring capabilities if the budget money for infrastructure development is to be used for the purposes intended.

“It means that if the acting president is serious about what he’s saying then he has to, of course, strengthen the supervisory mechanism of government to ensure that the budget is strictly implemented. I lay the blame fundamentally on the doorstep of the national assembly that has the constitutional powers to carry out oversight function over appropriated funds,” Mato said.

The 2010 budget assumes Nigeria will pump 2.35 million barrels of oil a day, with each barrel selling for an average price of $67.

Mato said it is possible the Nigerian government can reach that production goal because militant attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region have lessened recently as a result of government's offer of amnesty.

“Oil production in the Niger Delta in Nigeria in the last few months has been rather steady. The amnesty granted by President Umaru Yar’Adua is a fundamental factor there. It has addressed a lot of the issues and we’ve had very few incidences of disruption or blowing up of oil pipelines. And the way the oil market is going, it suggests that possibly you are still going to have some savings from the revenue that will accrue from oil,” he said.

Some Nigerians have been commenting on the new budget in the context of the country’s fight against corruption.

Mato said government officials responsible handling money intended for Nigeria’s infrastructure development will have to lead by example.

“What really needs to be done in Nigeria is to build a very strong regulatory framework to ensure that government funds are deployed to the right area and there is value for money. Secondly also the problem of corruption I think lies with the inability of those at the top of societal ladder to provide the exemplary leadership that is required. If transparency is observed at the highest level of governance, it is automatically going to transmit to every level of government,” Mato said.

You May Like

Pundits Split Over Long-Term US Role in Afghanistan

Security pact remains condition for American presence beyond 2014; deadline criticized More

US Eyes Islamic State Threat

Officials warn that IS could pose a threat to US homeland More

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Moscow says Russian troops crossed into Ukrainian territory by mistake More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocksi
X
George Putic
August 25, 2014 4:00 PM
How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.
Video

Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.
Video

Video Meeting in Minsk May Hinge on Putin Story

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine are expected to meet face-to-face Tuesday in Minsk, along with European leaders, for talks on the situation in Ukraine. Political analysts say the much welcomed dialogue could help bring an end to months of deadly clashes between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces in the country's southeast. But much depends on the actions of one man, Russian President Vladimir Putin. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Artists Shun Russia's Profanity Law

Russia in July enacted a law threatening fines for publicly displayed profanity in media, films, literature, music and theater. The restriction, the toughest since the Soviet era, aims to protect the Russian language and culture and has been welcomed by those who say cursing is getting out of control. But many artists reject the move as a patronizing and ineffective act of censorship in line with a string of conservative morality laws. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video British Fighters on Frontline of ISIS Information War

Security services are racing to identify the Islamic State militant who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria. The murderer spoke English on camera with a British accent. It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for the Islamic State, also called ISIL or ISIS, alongside thousands of other foreign jihadists. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from the center of the investigation in London.

AppleAndroid