By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
The Nigerian States Budget Transparency Index 2022 has reported that Kogi, Kano, Adamawa and Jigawa states have been scored high for transparency and accountability in the budget and procurement process in 2022.
A new report entitled, “Nigerian States Budget Transparency Index 2022” published yesterday in Abuja, showed that the four states alongside Edo, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom and Ondo were the eight adjudged to have be significantly transparent and provided an adequate amount of budget information to the public, as they scored more than 60 per cent.
The 2022 SNBTS report, published by a non-governmental organisation, Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), with support from UKAID, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), revealed a decline in the average degree of public availability of budget documents in the 36 states of the federation compared to previous years, the average score fell from 49 per cent in 2020 fell to 47 per cent in 2022.
On the other hand, Lagos, Rivers and 10 other states of the federation were scored low, ranking below 40 per cent.
Plateau, Bayelsa, Imo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Sokoto, Delta, Benue, and Niger states also scored less than 40 per cent.