Kaduna State Government released the proposed budgets of all its 23 Local Government Areas on Monday, the first time any state will do so for that overlooked tier of government.
The proposed budget for the 23 Local Government Areas sum up to N39.5 billion, with recurrent expenditure taking the dominant share at 69.2%. Kaduna State Local Governments are operating a balanced Budget approach and are expected to spend 59% of their revenue on personnel costs, mainly on primary Health and Education.
The budget for the LGAs ranges from N1.2 billion to N2.3 billion. The highest budget was for Igabi Local Government for which N2.25 billion was proposed.
Capital expenditures for these Local Government Areas are mostly focused on the Construction/Provision of roads, Contribution to Primary Healthcare, Construction/Provision of Schools amongst a host of other projects.
“Kaduna State is leading in transparency for states in Nigeria and releasing this data takes it a notch higher. The onus lies on BudgIT and other civil society organisations to track the implementation of items in the budget and also incentivise citizen feedback,” said Oluseun Onigbinde, Lead Partner, BudgIT.
BudgIT, a civic organisation and the Kaduna State Government are implementing the OpenKaduna programme, an initiative to set the standard in public finance disclosures at the sub-national level and also drive citizen engagement. Kaduna State is the only state that has published in detail; its proposed budget, approved budget, audited statements and LGA budgets, giving citizens and stakeholders opportunities to demand accountability.
The local government budgets are available on openkaduna.com.ng.