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Increase the proportion of federal government spending on healthcare from 5.5% to 10%, and bring it to 15% by 2020.

In April 2001, African heads of state pledged at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector in order to meet the UN’s millennium development goals. This is known as the Abuja declaration. 

But data from the budget office of the federation shows Nigeria is yet to meet this target, two decades on.

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

In 2017, allocation was 4.17%, falling to 3.9% in 2018. In 2019, the government budgeted N315 billion for health, approximately 4.1% of the budget.

In 2020 health funding was 4.27% of the budget, which was later amended due to shortfalls in revenue. In 2021, 4.05% of the N549.83 billion budget went to healthcare.

In 2022, when the data is most recent, healthcare funding was N649.09 billion, or 3.79% of the N17.13 trillion budget. 

The closest the Buhari government has therefore come to the lower 5.5.% mark of its promise was in 2020, when health funding was 4.27% of the budget. 

– Africa Check, updated May 2022. First tracked in 2018, and reviewed in 2020.

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