Fiscal Decentralisation, Public Expenditure Management and Human Capital Development in Nigeria

Open access

Abstract

The paper focuses on fiscal decentralization, public expenditure management and human capital development in Nigeria. It presents a synergical relationship/nexus between fiscal decentralization, public expenditure management and human capital development and sees fiscal decentralization as an imperative necessity of empowering levels of government with financial resources to bring government closer to the people by the rendition of social services to people within their jurisdictions. The paper further argues that assigned fiscal responsibilities of governmental agencies must be backed up with prudent management of public expenditure (recurrent and capital) which should be aptly targeted at developing the human resources considered as the kingpin of true developmental efforts in any society. Nigeria, a social formation with an estimated population of 180 million persons and the largest economy in Africa has consistently failed in fostering the development of its human capital through budgetary allocations and implementation, fiscal decentralization and public expenditure management. To arrest the trend, the paper calls for a sustained commitment on the part of government in the development of the nation’s resources through sustained budgetary allocations in education, health, agriculture, infrastructural development, training and retraining of workers, power, science and technology and execution of people oriented public programmes/projects.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Abdallah Nuruddeen M. (June 3 2016). “FG States spend 8% of Budgets on Education” .Daily Trust www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/fg-states-spend-8-of-budgets-on-education/149521.html. Retrieved on 6/12/17

  • Abu Christian Ukeame (2015). Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) and Employment Generation in Nigeria (2012-2014). Master of Science thesis submitted to the Department of Political Science Faculty of Social Sciences University of Nigeria Nsukka December 2015.

  • Adelakun O. J. (2011). Human Capital Development and Economic Growth in Nigeria European Journal of Business and Management 3 (9): 29-38.

  • Agba M.S.( Jan. 2015). Electric Power Supply and Work Performance of Academic Staff in Nigerian Universities: A Synergy Analysis. Indian Journal of Commerce and Management Studies 4(1): 33-44.

  • Agba M.S. Achimugu H.Chukwurah D.C.J. Agboni J.U. (2012). Reward System in the Nigerian Political and Public Sector: The Call for a Paradigm Shift in the 21st Century. International Journal of Learning and Development2(5):77-85.

  • AgbaM.S. (April2006).The Monetization Policy of Federal Government of Nigeria and its Implication for Workers Productivity and Governance . Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy8(2).77-83

  • Agba M.S. & Ocheni S. I. (2017). An Empirical Study of the Effects of Work Environment (Electric Power Supply) on Job Performance of Academic Staff in Nigerian Public and Private Universities. Higher Education of Social Science (12(1): 11-20

  • Allen Richard and Tommasi Daniel (2001). Managing Public Expenditure: A Reference Book for Transition Countries SIGMA: OECD.

  • Armstrong Michael (2009). Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice 11th Edition London: Kogan Page.

  • Bontis N. Dragonetti N. C. Jacobsen K. And Roos G. (1999). The knowledge toolbox: A review of the tools available to measure and manage intangible resources”. European Management Journal 17 (4) pp. 391-402.

  • Campos J. Edgardo (2001). What is Public Expenditure Management (PEM)? The Governance Brief: A Quarterly publication of Asian Development Bank Issue I (pp. 1-4).

  • Cuming M. W. (1968). The Theory and Practice of Personnel Management New York: McGraw Hill Book Company.

  • Djurovic-Todorovic J. & Djordjevic Marina (2009). The Importance of Public Expenditure Management in Modern Budget System Facta Universitatis Series: Economics and Organization 6 (3): 281-294.

  • DLBC (2017). Daily Manna: A Daily Devotional Guide. Vol. 4 Lagos: Life Press Ltd.

  • Harbison F. H. (1962). Human Resources Development Planning in Modernising Economies. International Labour Review (pp. 453-458).

  • Human Capital Development Group (2017). Human Capital Development:Global Business perspective cultural sensitivity. Available at www.thhcdgroup.com.

  • Ihekweazu Chikwe (2013). “Analysis of Nigeria’s Budget for Health in 2014”. Nigeria Health Watch Retrieved from nigeriahealth watch.com/analysis-of-nigeria-budget-for-health-in-2014 on 5/12/17.

  • Khalaf Sulayman & Hammoud Hassan (1987). The Emergence of the Oil Welfare State: The Case of Kuwait. Dialectical Anthropology 12 (3): 343-357.

  • Odunsi Wale (2015). “2016 Budget: Breakdown of sums allocated to Presidency MDAs others”. Daily Post December 26 2015.

  • Okogu Bright (2014). “A Broad Analysis of the 2014 FGN Budget”. A presentation at the ICAN symposium on the 2014 Budget Tuesday 15 July 2014.

  • Okonjo-Iweala Ngozi (2013). “Overview of the 2013 Budget”. Premium Times March 8 2013.

  • Onah Fab O. (2015). Human Resource Management 4th Edition Nsukka: University of Nigeria Press Ltd.

  • Onah V. C. (2012). Politics of Youth Empowerment and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria. Education and Training 37 13-17.

  • Otan Anthony and Nwaosu Beta (2015). “Stakeholders seek 15% Budgetary Allocation for Health Sector” in Nigeria. The Guardian 28 May 2015.

  • Ukah O. C. (2009). Government Expenditure Management and Control within the framework of Ethiopian Economy African Research Review: An International Multidisciplinary Journal 3 (1): 206-213.

  • Umobon E. & Ekong U. (2015). Employment Generation for a small Economy: The Nigerian Case. International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies 2 (93-103).

  • Vanguard (2015). “2016 Budget: FG to spend 221.7bn on Health Sector”. Vanguard December 22 2015.

  • Work Robert (July 2002). Overview of Decentralization Worldwide: A Stepping Stone to Improved Governance and Human Development. Being a paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Decentralization with the theme Federalism: The future of Decentralising States 25-27 July 2002 Manila Philippines UNDP (pp. 1-20).

  • World Bank (1999). World Development Report 1999/2000. Entering the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University press.

Search
Journal information
Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 380 211 8
PDF Downloads 322 243 10