The MacArthur Foundation says despite the Federal Government’s N100trn budgets from 1999 to 2022, the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria has increased from 10.5m to 18m.
“Where are those over N100 trillion gone to?”, the foundation’s Deputy Director, Nigeria Office, Dayo Olaide, asked this in Abuja yesterday at a policy dialogue on situating Constituency Projects in the 2023 Electioneering Campaigns, organised by OrderPaper, an online news platform, in partnership with Budgit and MacArthur Foundation.
He said: “Nigerians when they wake up every morning, they are asking themselves, what this budget means for me as a person.”
Country Director, Budgit, Gabriel Okiewu, said despite 469 federal lawmakers, 36 governors, House of Assembly members and local government chairmen and councilors, “it’s so disheartening that people’s needs are not being captured.
“We see that empowerment projects take more than 60% of the N100bn allocation for constituency projects every year,” he said. Okiewu, represented by Adewale Adejola, stressed the need to restore citizen’s confidence in government and democracy.