The Eyemark Apps which was meant to guide and create awareness to the citizens on the projects done by the Federal government is not populated well enough by the MDAs.
The outgoing Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, made this known during an Award presentation of Certificate of Commendation by Coalition of Transparency Observer Group (CTOG) in Abuja.
Prince Agba said that, “There are two issues that I currently see one from the citizens side not using the apps and the other from the MDA’s not populating it’.
He further stated that, “we have tried our best from this angle to getting those information and updating it. But it will be a lot easier for MDAs that have a project to be putting that information out. It will be a lot easier too for the contractor because we have “contractor model” where the contractor himself can go in and begin to put pictures of what they are doing, if indeed they are doing something there and something good”.
The Minister also appealed through the Coalition of Transparency Observer Group (CTOG) on how well more Nigerians can be aware of the Eyemark so that they use it. He said that those that are aware are not using it, instead they prefer to make their observation base on social media comments rather than going for the fact. which would have been more easier for them to monitor and evaluate about 30 to 40 thousand projects that is in Federal Government Budget annually.
Earlier in his remark, the team leader of Coalition of Transparency Observer Group (CTOG), Dr. Olugbenga Balogun applauded the outgoing Minister for the Eyemark that provides unimpeded access to information on stakeholders, contract tenure, contractors for enabling citizens and the CSOS to monitor and evaluate capital projects across Ministries and Agencies with a veritable transparency tool that will outlive the administration.