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Title: Democracy, social protection and cost of governance in Nigeria
Keywords: Budgetary Expenditure, Social Protection, Capital Expenditure, Recurrent Expenditure.
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS)
Citation: • Agu, O. C. and, Okoli T.T.(2013) Democracy, social protection and cost of governance in Nigeria. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS
Series/Report no.: Volume 16, Issue 4;Volume 16, Issue 4
Abstract: The paper aims at assessing the cost of governance and social protection in Nigeria. The methodology adopted by the paper involves the use of quantitative data for 9 years, from 2002 to 2010, which was generated from the annual report and accounts of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The data generated for the study was analyzed using graphs and simple percentage analysis. The finding of the paper shows that Cost of governance in Nigeria has greatly increased due to unnecessary increase in the number of government agencies, high number of Commissioners, Special Advisers, Special Assistants and Personal Assistants, jumbo pay of political office holders, payroll fraud as a result of ghost workers, high number of official vehicles irrespective of the monetization policy of the government, incessant foreign trips, existence of security vote and extra-budgetary expenditure. It was identified that only 7.5% of the sum was put to poverty alleviation (Social protection). Thus, questioning the cost minimization strategies and revenue assurance mechanisms in the States. Similarly, the trend of Extra-Budgetary Expenditure put to question the implementation of budgets at the States. The paper concludes that the task of reducing cost of governance does not rest on the executive, legislature and judiciary alone. It is a task demanding the collective effort of all stakeholders. Finally, the paper recommends that there is the need to reduce recurrent expenditure to sustainable level through reducing waste, inefficiency, corruption and duplication in government, as well as, make capital spending more effective and ensure even redistribution of wealth..
URI: http://repository.fuoye.edu.ng/handle/123456789/950
ISSN: e-ISSN: 2279-0837, p-ISSN: 2279-0845
Appears in Collections:Economics and Development Journal Publications

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