BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION IN IMO STATE (2011-2015): A DEMONSTRATION OF POLITICAL FALLACIES, EXECUTIVE FAMILOTOCRACY AND POLITICAL DEMOTOCRACY

  • Ifeanyichukwu, Eugene Obiefule PhD
Keywords: Budgeting, Demotocracy, Familotocracy, Nigeria

Abstract

This work on budget implementation in Imo state as a demonstration of political fallacies, executive familotocracy and political demotocracy was meant to expose the shortcomings of the political class especially the perversive and totalitarian character of the political executive in policy formulation, execution and monitoring from 2011 to 2015. Employing the qualitative (document/phenomenological studies) and quantitative (descriptive survey) methods, it was found that the democratically elected political executive in Imo state negated the democratic values and shifted towards political deception, executive familotocracy and political demotocracy in the entire process of budget implementation from 2011 to 2015. This shift towards political fallacy, executive familotocracy and political demotocracy by the government were re-inforced by the highly classified/secret nature of some government documents/data and the civil service “oath of secrecy” that compels civil servants not to disclose government secrets. It is therefore recommended that, the “oath of secrecy” should be deleted from the civil service rules and the populace given reasonable access to government data/documents because the public service is a commonwealth rooted
in a social contract that was determined and subject to popular will and accountability. Moreover, a lasting and sustainable solution will be the religious application of a proactive, punitive and results-oriented budgeting theory known as “Implemental Theory of Budgeting.”

Published
2021-04-05
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