In April 2001, heads of governments for member states of the African Union gathered in Abuja, Nigeria, and pledged to devote at least 15% of their annual budgetary allocation to the health sector. This was further reinforced in 2003 with the Maputo declaration.

Nearly 20 years down the line, while countries like Rwanda, Botswana, and Zambia have been able to meet this target, Nigeria has had its allocation to health care consistently below the continental average of 9.8% since the 2001 agreement; it has been less than 5% of budgetary allocation in the past five years……more