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, the contextual squabbles about inequality could be broadened beyond a people or a race to bureaucratic doctrinarianism, systemic subjugation, social-class contestation and economic dominance that is promoted by any state (power) directly or indirectly.
To drive the logic of this piece between class inequality and fiscal inequality is the fact that many in our society have not realized the political armament in the budget, which can be conjugated to neutralize present day class-upheavals, ethnic agitations, political dominance, gender injustices and psychological capture of a section of folks into perpetual subjugation as an (ill) reward for electoral loyalty from the plusses of dislocated budgetary crumbs, a model useful for agents of state’s capture against the victims of fiscal inequality within the contestation of Nigeria or Africa’s fiscal conundrum. It may be interesting to understudy how Brazil, Venezuela, China, Philippines and Malawi lifted millions of their citizens out of poverty within the context of fiscal architecture of governance, either; through the sensibleness of socialist, communist or populist rationality of governance that bridges the class gap or on fiscal personification of state power and resources (Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez era), which may have lifted many (Venezuelans) out of poverty but unsustainably with a relapsed, just as many of Nigeria’s National Assembly members personalizes constituency projects, being a trend across the three tiers of government in Nigeria, where political and bureaucratic actors allocate capital projects on the quirks and impulses of political flimsiness to promote a circle of fiscal rascalization and injustices that raises social tensions…
Nigerians must, therefore, bring to the front burner and tackle same within allowable democratic space, these factors; which promotes suffocative inequality within the populace. Some of the factors are:
- Personalization of fiscal blueprints
- Blend-padding of capital envelopes with smoky completed narratives
- Radicalization of oppressive mentality against women through line mis- prioritization
- Bullying of the executive with inappropriate democratic sentiments to give way for systemic promotion of fiscal injustices
- Arm-twisting every arm of government, including the judiciary to let the NASS people go…
- Restriction of inflow-outflow account to the confines of Accountant-General and Auditor-General’s cubicles in Abuja
- Violation of the Public Procurement Act through non-constitution of National Council on Public Procurement
Dr. George-Hill Anthony
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
NIGER DELTA BUDGET MONITORING GROUP