Budget Transparency Survey 2012 Reports & More
This report presents the findings of the first Nigeria Sub-national Budget Transparency Survey investigating transparent and participatory budget and procurement processes at state level. It compares performance between states, and findings constitute a baseline against which future changes in political will and systems for transparency and participation at State level can be measured. The survey was
conducted between April and November 2011 by them Nigeria Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre in partnership with local civil society organisations in 15 States: Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Rivers, Yobe and Zamfara.
The survey was conducted using a multiplechoice questionnaire, based on the internationally recognised Open Budget Survey, assessing three aspects of financial governance: public access to key budget documents; public involvement in budget processes; and public access to procurement information. Responses to questions were scored to form three indices: the State Budget Transparency Index; the State Participation Index; and the State Procurement Transparency Index.
VIEW RESULTS BY STATES
The State Budget Transparency Index 2012
The overall picture is that public access to budget documents across the 15 States included in this study is very limited. 8 States are beginning to make efforts to expand public access to budget information, but, with scores ranging from 1 to 24 out of a possible 100, even in these States public access to information is limited. 7 States scored 0 out of a possible 100 points – meaning that the public has no access to budget information of any kind in these States. Following the lead of the federal government, several State Houses of Assembly have approved or have started discussing Freedom of Information bills. Ekiti and Lagos States both enacted their own Freedom of
Information Law in 2011 – and these States are the highest performing on the Nigeria Sub-national Budget Transparency Index.