NIGER DELTA BUDGET MONITORING GROUP
Transparency & Justice

  • Overview of Niger Delta

    OVERVIEW OF THE NIGER DELTA REGION The Niger Delta, the delta of the Niger River in Nigeria, is a very densely p...
  • Broadening Technical Partnership on Shadow Budget to Kebetkache Through F4DN's Stakeholders

    Broadening Technical Partnership on Shadow Budget to Kebetkache Through F4DN's Stakeholders
  • Training for Government MDAs on Resource Governance and Participatory Budget Process for Effective Service Delivery at Sub-National Level.

  • Training Officials of Local Government Areas on Gender Responsive Budgeting

    Training Officials of Local Government Areas on Gender Responsive Budgeting
  • Civil Society Election Observation

    Civil Society Election Observation
  • Catching them Young

    NDEBUMOG works to deepen public expenditure tracking capacity early in life of teenage students.
  • Partnership with EITI

    Partnership with EITI
  • Imbibing Anti-corruption Values on Young Graduates

    Imbibing Anti-corruption Values on Young Graduates
  • F4D I Stakeholders' Engagement on Needs Assessment and Shadow Budgeting

    F4D I Stakeholders' Engagement on Needs Assessment and Shadow Budgeting
  • Strategic Learning 4 Worldwide Influencing

    Strategic Learning 4 Worldwide Influencing
  • Working with the Young Generation

    NDEBUMOG carries the young generation along to develop their capacity in demanding fiscal discipline in public expenditure.
  • Training of Women on Livelihood Through Shadow Budget

    Training of Women on Livelihood Through Shadow Budget
  • Mobilizing Women for Communal Accountability

    Mobilizing Women for Communal Accountability
  • Facilitating Training for Democracy Monitors

    Facilitating Training for Democracy Monitors
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We cannot continue to deceive ourselves as a nation and expect to make meaningful progress. This century is driven by the digital economy and knowledge industry. These two indexes are mass based. Countries that invest their annual budgets massively on education and vocational training would naturally take advantage of this digital-based economy. For example, South Korea, which was ranked as an underdeveloped economy along with Nigeria in the 1960s, today is the 5th largest economy in the world. The reason is not far-fetched; it made a conscious effort to invest massively in education and vocational training. To match words with action, that country invests roughly 60 per cent of her annual budget in these two areas. This is a country that does not have any known substantial raw materials. It chose to invest in the human capacity of the citizenry. What do we have in Nigeria? Our dear country has proposed to invest only three per cent of its annual budget in education when about 60 million Nigerians cannot read and write. Let us imagine how these millions of Nigerians would transform Nigeria if they have access to qualitative education and vocational training. Looking at this scenario, would you say we are prepared for diversification?  We must begin to do things differently if we are serious about diversification.

•Prof. Tunde Fatunde (Senior Lecturer, Lagos State University, Ojo)

It doesn’t show from this budget that we are really serious about diversifying the economy away from oil. We have yet to see major investments in agriculture and agro-allied industries that will help us diversify. There is no major initiative in tourism, there is no major initiative in solid mineral development, and we have not seen investments in these items that will give us comfort that we are committed to diversification. All the assumptions are based on reliance on oil revenues.

From the point of view of diversification, I don’t see something that calls for cheer. The good news, however, is that the capital expenditure component has been increased to 30 per cent on the average which is some improvement from what it used to be. It used to be 18 per cent and 20 per cent when we are lucky, but now it has reached 30 per cent which is good and should give us some hope. But we are still far from where we should be. This is because in China, Bolivia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, the reverse is the case. Capital expenditure is 70 per cent while recurrent expenditure is 30 per cent. Only a fool spends his entire income on just feeding with nothing left to plan for tomorrow.

We need to work harder and think smarter on these issues. Even the much talked about Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, this budget doesn’t really make much reference to it. With the budget just coming now, we would have expected reflections on the ERGP. Finally, it is looking as if our National Assembly can take the budget and rewrite it to fit their whims and caprices; it is very wrong. Our constitution is defective in the sense that they can literally get unlimited powers to rewrite the budget. The only proviso is that whatever they bring is financeable and once it is financeable, they can overrule the President. In civilised democracies, this does not happen. In the classic division of power, it is the Executive which wears the shoes that knows where it pinches. The role of the Parliament is to look at it and raise issues where there make amendments. •Dr Obed Mailafia (Economist/ex-Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria)

The fact that what we are investing in infrastructure in 2017 is less than what we invested in 2016 shows that the budget is actually not expansion, not pro-investment and not pro-growth. Forget about the figures in naira, you have to calculate the figures in dollars because most of the goods we import in terms of infrastructure investments are calculated in dollars, not in naira. So, Nigeria has to come up with a comprehensive master plan on how to regulate infrastructure investments because it is only by developing our infrastructure that our businesses will be globally competitive, and that is the only way by which the nation can truly begin to grow and diversify away from this mono-economy which our dependence on oil revenues represents.

It requires that we sit down in this country, brainstorm and agree on how to solve this problem. You can borrow money, but you don’t just go and borrow without a comprehensive master plan on how you intend to invest it and get return on that investment. Which critical infrastructure do you intend to invest in to develop the economy? There are companies who have $1tn in foreign reserve, we must look critically at the things we must do to reverse the situation we are faced with today because our population is growing. •Mr. Odilim Enwegbara (Abuja-based development economist)

The 2017 budget was anchored on pulling the economy out of recession and stagflation as well as taking the path of self-sustainable growth. What is important is not the budgetary amount set aside for funding support to agriculture which is not enough for a N100tn economy that seeks to diversify away from import dependency, but rather policy articulations that seeks to support public private partnership as well as direct private investment in agriculture and agro allied industries.

We need to focus on policies that support backward and forward integration and seek to make agriculture a business rather than just for self sufficiency.

Recapitalising Bank of Agriculture as well as $1.3bn anticipated off-shore investment to support the proposed Development Bank of Nigeria are areas that need to be fast tracked in 2017 to ensure that single digit interest rate funding to agriculture and agro allied businesses become a reality, thereby supporting Gross Domestic Product growth rate, reducing foreign exchange pressure for imports as well as minimising the impact of imported food inflation in our economy.

The National Bureau of Statistics data have shown that contribution of agriculture to nominal GDP for example, has grown higher than it was. This is positive and assuring as there is now ownership.  This, however, needs to be complemented by walking the talk in ensuring the 2017 budget fiscal stimulus is implemented as much as possible.

Nigeria has huge economic potential outside oil sector which is largely untapped due to the so called Dutch Disease that has, for years, made us lazy and always relying on a mono commodity called oil as a source of income, notwithstanding the fact that oil constitutes only 10 per cent of our Gross Domestic product.

There is potential for growth in non-oil export in most states and virtually all the states have one form of economic competitive advantage or the other.

For example, virtually the whole of Zamfara State is sitting on gold and diamond largely untapped with little going to illegal miners. The current economic reality is a good opportunity for us to diversify. •Mr. Rislanudeen Mohammed (Lead Fellow, Institute of Fiscal Studies of Nigeria and Managing Director, Safmur Investments Limited)

The 2017 budget is a fiscal rhetoric; it is the same circle that Nigeria has been in for some years now. So, I don’t think it is a strategic roadmap for redemption from the quagmire that we have found ourselves as a country.

Even the agriculture the government is talking about, we are aware that farmers, these days, are being kidnapped. In the area of diversification, insecurity is a problem because we have people, who have interest in agriculture, but they cannot go to farm as a result of insecurity. I think that the people that are running government are totally disconnected from the reality on the ground.   •Dr Georgewill Anthony (Executive Director, Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group)

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  • USING THE BUDGET AS A TOOL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST INEQUALITY +

    By Dr. George-Hill Anthony- Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, NIGER DELTA BUDGET MONITORING GROUP Inequality can be defined as lack of equality among people, race or class of interest. Further, Read More
  • COMMUNIQUÉ COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A TWO - DAY TRAINING OF CIVIL SOCIETY STAKEHOLDERS ON BUDGET MONITORING AND BASIC ECONOMIC LITERACY AT UM-NEAK HOTELS LTD, PLOT 9, BLOCK A OKON UDOH STREET, BY VAL ATTAH CRESCENT, OSONGAMA ESTATE, UYO AKWA IBOM +

    PREAMBLES A two - day workshop on training of civil society stakeholders on budget monitoring and basic economic literacy, organised by NDEBUMOG in conjunction with OXFAM in Nigeria on Thursday Read More
  • COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS AT THE GRASSROOTS FOR FISCAL INFLUENCING AND RESPONSIVE GOVERNANCE, HELD AT UM-NEAK HOTELS LTD, PLOT 9, BLOCK A OKON UDOH STREET, BY VAL ATTAH CRESCENT, OSONGAMA ESTATE, UYO AKWA IBOM S +

    INTRODUCTION The Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group in collaboration with Oxfam in Nigeria organized a training workshop on Strategic Partnership for influencing through the Theory of Change (TOC) model Read More
  • Anti-corruption activists warn against ‘shadow boxing’ between Magu, AGF Malami +

    Some anti-corruption campaigners on Sunday warned against a feud between the acting chairman of the anti-graft EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The Read More
  • EXCLUSIVE: Some 2017 budget provisions violate the constitution, says Fashola +

    Babatunde Fashola, minster of power, works and housing, says there are aspects of the 2017 appropriation act that violate the constitution, suggesting that the judiciary may have to explain Read More
  • Nigerian govt to terminate six abandoned projects in Niger Delta +

    The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has concluded arrangements to terminate about six abandoned projects spread across the region with a view to enhance the development of the region. Read More
  • Does 2017 budget show FG’s commitment to diversification of economy? +

    We cannot continue to deceive ourselves as a nation and expect to make meaningful progress. This century is driven by the digital economy and knowledge industry. These two indexes Read More
  • COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE OF A TWO-DAY TRAINING FOR GOVERNMENT MDAS ON RESOURCE MOBILIZATION, RESPONSIVE FISCAL GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY BUDGET PROCESS FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT THE SUB-NATIONAL LEVEL +

    COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE OF A TWO-DAY TRAINING FOR GOVERNMENT MDAS ON RESOURCE MOBILIZATION, RESPONSIVE FISCAL GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY BUDGET PROCESS FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT THE SUB-NATIONAL LEVEL Read More
  • A PREPARED SPEECH THAT THE HON. MINISTER OF TRANSPORT (RT (HON) ROTIMI AMAECHI) NEVER HEARD… +

    PROTOCOLS: Thanks for granting us audience. We are here to share public interest information with you, Honourable Minister, as it relates to factors, which may determine your failure or Read More
  • Goodwill Message by Oxfam in Nigeria at the Training for Community Women and Men on Livelihood Needs Assessment, Budgeting, Taxation and Influencing, Holding at Gold Value Hotel, Upper Chime Avenue, Enugu, March 14-15, 2017 +

    Goodwill Message by Oxfam in Nigeria at the Training for Community Women and Men on Livelihood Needs Assessment, Budgeting, Taxation and Influencing, Holding at Gold Value Hotel, Upper Chime Read More
  • Oxfam’s Strategic Partnership Project-Financing for Development in Nigeria +

    Oxfam’s Strategic Partnership Project-Financing for Development in Nigeria Overview of Training for Community Women and Men on Needs Assessment, Livelihood, Budgeting, and Influencing for Enugu State This training seeks Read More
  • Civil Society Groups Demand Greater Senate Transparency, Accountability, Support In Anti-Corruption War +

    His Excellency President of the Senate National Assembly Complex Three Arms Zone Abuja Nigerians Demand Immediate Action on Transparency, Accountability and Your Support for the Fight Against Corruption The Read More
  • Open up NASS budget to public scrutiny, CSOs tell Saraki +

    OPEN UP NASS BUDGET TO PUBLIC SCRUTINY, CSOs TELL SARAKI A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) under the auspices of Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has asked Read More
  • COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A TWO-DAY TRAINING FOR GOVERNMENT MDAS ON RESOURCE MOBILIZATION, RESPONSIVE FISCAL GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY BUDGET PROCESS FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT THE SUB-NATIONAL LEVEL +

    PREAMBLE: A two-day training workshop on Fiscal Processes and Inclusive Budget for Selected CSOs in Rivers, Delta, Enugu and Lagos State, was organized by Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group Read More
  • COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A TWO-DAY TRAINING FOR GOVERNMENT MDAS ON RESOURCE MOBILIZATION, RESPONSIVE FISCAL GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY BUDGET PROCESS FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT THE SUB-NATIONAL LEVEL +

    ORGANISED BY NIGER DELTA BUDGET MONITORING GROUP (NDEBUMOG) AT NIKE LAKE RESORT ENUGU, ENUGU STATE FROM NOVEMBER 28 TO DECEMBER 01, 2016 Preamble: The two-day training for Government MDAs Read More
  • States urged to collaborate to tackle drop in revenue +

    State governments have been advised to consider the idea of collaborating especially at the regional levels to tackle the current sharp reduction in revenue occasioned by the drop in Read More
  • THE NIGER DELTA BUDGET MONITORING GROUP, UNVEILS NEW PUBLICATION, NAMED; THE BUDGET TRUTH! +

    ABOUT THE BOOK The Niger Delta area in Nigeria was, for centuries, before the 1950s, a zone of peace and an environment of easy, leisurely life, as well as Read More
  • Public procurement : Experts reject Buhari’s request for sweeping powers +

    • Call For Council Inauguration • Say No To Upward Review Of Contract Mobilisation Fee The need to insulate politicians in government from the award of juicy contracts to themselves, cronies Read More
  • 2016 FEDERAL APPROPRIATION FOR MINISTRY OF NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS AND MATTERS ARISING +

    2016 FEDERAL APPROPRIATION FOR MINISTRY OF NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS AND MATTERS ARISING Following the signing into law of the Federal Government’s Appropriation Act 2016 by President Mohammadu Buhari, we Read More
  • Group Urges Dogara to Resign As Speaker Of House Of Representatives. +

    Following the recent revelations of his involvement in the padding of the 2016 budget, the Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group (NDEBUMOG) has called on the speaker of the House Read More
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