Earlier this year, the State Governments of Nigeria presented their 2019 budget proposal to the legislature. However, out of the 36 states in Nigeria, three states are still yet to present their budgets. The states are Cross River, Adamawa and Zamfara which are located in the South-South, North-East and North-West geo-political zones respectively.
Also, Lagos state from all the 33 states in the federation had the highest budget proposal which was earmarked at N852.3bn. This might be because Lagos consistently earns the highest revenue in terms of IGR(internally generated revenue) and is considered Nigeria’s economic capital. On the other hand, Nassarawa State presented the lowest budget across the nation which was earmarked at N86.64bn.
In addition, of all the six geo-political regions in Nigeria, the South West has the highest combined budget at N2.011trn. The combined budget of this region was accounted for by Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti state. However, this could still be overtaken by the South-South depending on Cross River state which is still yet to send its 2019 appropriation bill.
Still based on currently available report, the South South region presented the second highest budget proposal estimated at N1.967trn. This was followed by the North West with N1.053trn, North Central with N894.34bn and the South East with N870bn.
In comparison, the North-East region has the lowest combined budget at N676bn. However, these dynamics will be subject to whatever change the budget of Adamawa state will present when it is released.
Below, is the budget proposal presented by 33 Nigerian states.