Participatory Budgeting in Nigeria's Local Government Budget Process: A Call for Reform


    Participatory budgeting is touted as one of the possible avenues for community participation in their affairs. Community participation in the local government budget processes enables the public opportunity to shape resource allocation and public service delivery at the Local Government level. Despite this participatory budgeting has not yet been entrenched within the local budget structure, with the details of participatory budgeting (PB) implementation in local government still mostly unknown. Using the framework by Krenjova and Raudla (2013), this study explores the imperative for citizen participation in budgetary processes and how it will facilitate effective budgetary governance in Nigeria. This is a qualitative study that relied on secondary data, such as textbooks, journals, official documents. The findings revealed that participatory budgeting at the Local Government level has remained only a theoretical concept. Poor adoption of PB at the local level has meant that the community’s inputs in determining their priorities are ignored. Hence, the study recommends the need to accommodate the various stakeholders at all the process of PB, as this has the potential to enhance legitimacy and trust as factors necessary to successful project delivery.

    Keywords: Participatory budgeting, Budget Process, Participation, Community participation and Local Government

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    author/Ibrahim Saleh Maitala

    journal/FUJPAM Vol. 3, No. 1