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Increase proportion of FG spending on healthcare from 5.5% to 10%, and bring it to 15% by 2020

  • When made: 2014

  • Where made: Party manifesto

Known as the Abuja declaration, African head of states met in April 2001 and pledged to dedicate at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector in order to meet millennium development goals.

Health budgeting data from the budget office of the federation shows Nigeria is yet to meet this target, 17 years later.

Under the APC government, the allocation to health was 4.1% in 2016. (Note: In 2015, the previous government allocated 4.24%.)

It was slightly higher in 2017 at 4.2% (N304 billion) of the total budget of N7.298 trillion. In the 2018 budget, the government spent N356 billion on health – 3.9% of the total budget of N9.12 trillion. (Note: This includes counterpart health funding).

In 2019, the government budgeted N315 billion on health, approximately 4.1% of the total budget. 

The health sector got N441 billion in the 2020 budget of N10.33 trillion. This means only about 4.27% of the year’s budget was allocated to the sector, not comparable to the promised 15% share.

With the 2020 budget being amended due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on oil prices, it’s unclear how the health sector’s share of the budget would be affected.

- Africa Check, Last updated May 2020

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