The 2018 proposed federal government appropriation bill has been transmitted by the president to the National assembly for approval. The budget which is titled a ‘’budget of Consolidation’’, is the 3rd budget of the present administration. Government hopes will it will assist them to consolidate on all the developmental programmes and infrastructural development gains they set out to achieve since 2015.
The budget is one of the most important instruments of governance because it provides guidance on how the government intends to spend public funds to meet the needs of citizens. Unfortunately, it has been observed over time that government budgets and policy thrust detailing priorities are increasingly not funded optimally resulting in unrealised targets and goals.
Once again, the 2018 appropriation bill presents an opportunity to assess the extent to which government prioritised development programmes for Nigerian youths; if these programmes are adequately funded and aligned with the needs of young persons and make policy recommendations to address identified gaps