Nigerian Government to deploy app that allows citizens monitor projects

 

The Nigerian Government has concluded plans to deploy an app that will enable citizens monitor and evaluate ongoing government projects across the country.

The application, which had been developed by government, would be installed at the sites of over 300 ongoing projects across the federation.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, during a visit to the Federal Neurons-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin, Edo State, on Tuesday.

Agba’s visit was part of an ongoing effort to assess the utilisation of the N49bn intervention fund released by government to 52 federal health institutions in the country.

The minister said that the recent innovation was embarked on to ensure integrity and transparency in the handling of infrastructural projects in the country.

He said, “As the Co-chairman of Open Government Partnership, the use of the technology will enable the citizens to monitor and evaluate the over 300 projects currently undertaken by the Federal Government across the country.

“This will aid transparency, as the three cardinal focus of our ministry is planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation.”

While inspecting the equipment purchased by the psychiatric hospital, the minister explained that the Coronavirus pandemic exposed the level of decay in the country’s health facilities, adding that this prompted government to approve the fund to better reposition the health system across the country.

Agba also mentioned that three of the benefiting health institutions in Edo State received an average of N950m for the procurement of equipment.

The innovative monitoring application is touted to help improve the level of transparency concerning most government projects at different levels.

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