Is The High Cost Of Running A Federal Government Justified?


Prof Attahiru JegaIndependent National Electoral Commission announced on Monday that it plans to expend at least N93bn for the conduct of the 2015 elections.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who stated this at a statekeholders’ forum organised by the Senate Committee on INEC, in collaboration with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Abuja and the United Kingdom Department for International Development also hinted that the elections might be conducted either in January or February 2015 instead of April.

Jega said, “Our estimate is that the cost of election per voter, which is an international standard for viewing the cost of elections is coming down in Nigeria. We project that for the 2015 elections, this would come further down by almost $1 from $8.8 in 2011 to $7.9, representing almost a 10% drop”.

For the conduct of an election which many believe is a fait accompli, it is quite a huge sum which adds no immediate value to the lives of the citizens. Many experts have complained about the cost of running a federal system and have made calls that the country reverts back to regional or confederate system of governance.

Poser; Do you think this sum is justified?