Journal of
Economics and International Finance

  • Abbreviation: J. Econ. Int. Finance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9812
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEIF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 282

Full Length Research Paper

Budgeting for development: Lessons from 2013 capital budget implementation in Nigeria

Richardson K. Edeme
  • Richardson K. Edeme
  • Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
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Nelson C. Nkalu
  • Nelson C. Nkalu
  • Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 14 February 2017
  •  Accepted: 13 March 2017
  •  Published: 30 April 2017


Adopting the descriptive approach, this study examined the performance of 2013 capital budget in Nigeria in line with attainment of the transformation agenda in the country. The findings suggest that the level of capital budget implementation is insufficient to foster the desired development. This poor performance is attributable to inadequacy in the budget implementation plans, non-release or late release of budgeted funds and lack of budget performance monitoring. The study recommends a paradigm shift in budgeting by developing a realistic and credible budget guided by relevant fiscal rules in tandem with the needs and financial capability of the country in order to take care of uncertainties in revenue. This entails creating a realistic projection of reliable income, a healthy mix of diverse revenue streams and consistency with the nation’s goals. In this regard, both the executive and the legislature should collaborate in making sure that funds are released on time, and the financing of the budget could be through long-term commercial bonds, export credit finance, private equity, infrastructure bonds and foreign aids.


Key words: Budget, capital budget, planning, transformation agenda.