Nigeria accords the same regard for Cleaning as it does Research and Development. This is true for the Ministry of Defence who allocated ₦32.9m for Cleaning and Fumigation; earmarking ₦35.6m for Research & Development. This, however, pales in comparison to the importance the ministry placed on partying. Coming in at almost three times the sum, “owambe funds” stood at ₦80m.
₦1.2 billion Since 2010, the budget for education in Oyo state has never been over 18% of the total budget. In a twist, Governor Makinde increased allocation to 22%, confirming his resolve to revamp education in the state; further allocating ₦1.2 billion to the Oyo Library Board. However, the derelict state of the Oyo state central library, questions if Governor Seyi’s library budget is all talk.
Aso Villa budgeted over ₦25bn for maintaining its electricity and plumbing since 2016. And now it has budgeted ₦4.85bn for the coming year, at a time of economic uncertainty; all the while preaching the gospel of solar and new electricity tariffs. Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to ravage other sectors of the economy. These spendings are reminiscent of the unending accountability conversation observed with government parastatals.