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

Progress

Broken
  • 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%.)

In 2017, 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 2017, allocation to health stood at 4.17% (N304 billion) of the total budget N7.298 trillion.  In the 2018 budget, the government spent N356 billion on health – 3.9% of the total budget which was N9.12 trillion. (Note: This includes counterpart health funding).

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

With a year to go to 2020, the government would have to increase this by five times to meet its promise – so far it’s not reached 10%. – Africa Check, February 2019

Source: APC Manifesto 2014



Update: 2019 health budget estimate

With a year to go to 2020, health allocation is still shy of 10%.

In 2019, the government plans to spend N315 billion on health, approximately 4.1% of the total budget, having spent 3.9% in 2018.

Africa Check , 20 February, 2019