Presidency Reveals Platform Where Nigerians Can Monitor Projects, Funds Allocated To Their Community
Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Sector Reform, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu disclosed that the federal government had set up a project monitoring platform called “Open Government Partnership”.
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Ibekaku-Nwagwu who told the Newsmen on Friday, March 2, on the sideline of the last day of the 2018 “Social Media Week” said that the platform was set up to give Nigerians the opportunity to participate in the governance of the country.
Speaking in Lagos, the Presidential Aide said that budget details by the states, local governments and communities were posted on the website so that citizens could monitor projects carried out in their areas.
“On this platform, citizens can lodge complaints on the website if they notice that projects allocated to their constituencies are not worked on,” Ibekaku-Nwagwu.
Ibekaku-Nwagwu explained that the federal government had also joined hands with civil society and community based organisations to reach out to citizens who did not have access to the Internet.
“Radio programmes in different languages have also been organised to educate Nigerians on the need to follow up on projects embarked on in their communities.
“We are also looking at the possibility of using mobile phones to send messages in local languages because we believe almost everyone has a phone, no matter how small,” said the presidential aide.
She said that since most youths had a vast knowledge of the Internet, so they could also help in spreading the new development and perhaps, by creating awareness on government policies and budget for those in the rural areas.
Ms Gift Omoidedia, Programme Director of Budeshi and a facilitator at the event, said that there was need to get the public involved in governance.
“This will help them to put things in better perspective, know how the budget under their constituency is being spent.
“In holding the government accountable, they need to speak, ask questions, get involved in the affairs that concerns them,” she said.
Mr Uadamen Ilevbaoje, Tracka Lead at BUDGIT, said that if communities did not get involved in governance, the projects concerning them would not be given proper and adequate attention.
He maintained that there should be need assessment in monitoring projects, so that citizens and representatives could come together to bridge the disconnect that currently exists between them.
Also, Mr Ayodeji Balogun, Country Manager, AFEX Commodities, urged government to enact policies that would help in eradicating problems for the citizens.
“Not only pushing out policies, it should be well enforced to yield the needed change,” he said.
At the closing session of the week-long event, the topic: “Improving Service Delivery in Rural Communities Through Technology,” was discusssed succinctly.