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Buhari launches Eyemark App to monitor govt projects

by Haruna Gimba

By Asmau Ahmad

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says the government is edging forward in promoting sustainable development by creating a digital application, Eyemark, that enables citizens to monitor and evaluate capital projects in real time.

Eyemark is an application that provides unimpeded access to information on stakeholders including contract terms and contractors.

The president stated this on Wednesday when he inaugurated the digital application at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

He said the innovation would help to forestall the practice of abandoning projects as all stakeholders such as the communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), contractors, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and citizens would continually interact on one platform.

The president said Eyemark would provide a regular update on the status of capital projects across the country through bottom-up interactive processes.

He said that the application would also be fully involved at every stage including knowing the cost, structure, benefit, and framework for maintenance after completion.

“The Eyemark application tackles the two major constraints we have faced as a country in our monitoring and evaluation efforts. Eyemark introduces a digital approach to monitoring and evaluation in the Federal Government that gives MDAs the ability to harness geospatial and project implementation data on a continuous basis.

“Furthermore, the constraint of limited monitoring and evaluation personnel is addressed by utilising a bottom-up approach through crowdsourcing geotagged data from Nigerians in every part of the country.

“Not only does this address the pressing monitoring and evaluation issues but it also institutes accountability and transparency in the system, in line with my commitment to Nigerians and the Open Government Partnership.

“With the Eyemark application, Nigerians worldwide can access project information with the click of a button.”

According to him, the project data such as its status, timeline, executing contractors, and the amount appropriated and spent so far, amongst others, are now available in the public space.

“With the ability for citizens to give reviews and feedback in real-time on projects around them, we are closing the existing gaps and promoting participation in governance.”

He said due to its decentralised nature, the Eyemark application brings together all project stakeholders to the table, such as contractors and CSCs in addition to MDAs and citizens.

“This means that we must all play our roles in the success of project implementation through Eyemark. As such, the Eyemark application should be used by all Federal MDAs as the primary tool for project monitoring and evaluation,” he said.

President Buhari implored all MDAs to furnish the application with the relevant data and information for all current and future projects.

He said this had become imperative as the Eyemark application offered an opportunity to sensitise and advertise to the world the goals and magnitude of infrastructure projects being carried out by the government.

He, therefore, urged the MDAs to work closely with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning through the National Monitoring and Evaluation Department to continually build upon current efforts.

“On their part, the contractors should similarly utilise the platform as a means to keep citizens abreast of your good works, updating them regularly as projects progress or unforeseen circumstances arise.

“We are spotlighting our collaboration on infrastructure delivery, and your role in this cannot be understated.

“To my fellow Nigerians and CSOs that speak on behalf of those that cannot, you are the main stakeholders in every project we undertake.

“As I encourage you to review our projects, I also assure you that your constructive feedback will not be met with deaf ears but an M&E team eagerly ready to respond to you and take action.”

The president commended the Minister and Minister of State of Finance, Budget and National Planning, saying “their dedicated team and the brilliant minds that made this a reality.”

He charged MDAs and state governments to work together in extending the effort across all tiers of government to promote a more robust and contextual database of projects.

According to the president, the application is an excellent innovation that Nigeria can share with other nations of the world, saying “let us make the system work”.

The president said Eyemark would remain an official tool for Monitoring and Evaluating the federal government’s capital projects.

In his remarks, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said the Eyemark project was inspired by the monitoring and evaluation during the COVID-19 pandemic by the ministry and realized by talented young Nigerians.

He said the “homegrown and nationally coordinated’’ application had transited governments from the era of “earmarking’’ projects with little or no monitoring tools to “eye marking’’, where all stakeholders would be fully involved at every stage.

Mr Agba explained that “citizen empowerment begins with ownership, where people can freely take photographs of projects, upload them for review and also post comments, and the feedback loop will be sustained by all stakeholders.”

The minister thanked the president for his interest and endorsement of the project, which practically reflected his position on transparency and accountability, particularly with citizen participation.

Mr Agba said the digital application would be extended to states and development partners for free.

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