The Ministry of Budget & National Planning has agreed to partner with leading social accountability initiative, Follow The Money, on Open Government Partnership in relation to constituency projects in Kaduna valued at N6bn in the 2020 and 2021 budgets.
The Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, who is also co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, while receiving Follow The Money activists in his office, stated that the Ministry was receptive to working with accountability partners to track the effectiveness of project implementation at State and local levels where OGP can further be enhanced within grassroots communities.
The Honourable Minister revealed that “The Eye Mark App”, a web and mobile-based application with geo-meta tags that is secured and easily accessible will be launched by the ministry to enable citizens update information about community projects in real-time, with the inclusion of photos to show the current status of the project.
Speaking on behalf of CODE, Kingsley Agu, Program Associate, who led the team revealed that CODE, in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation, was setting the pace to initiate reforms that will promote government’s transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation in government budgeting system.
“We seek to partner with the Ministry of Budget & National Planning to further enhance service delivery and infrastructural development for grassroots communities.
Particularly, through budget information-sharing and providing data on constituency projects. Through this, the Community Monitoring Teams can ensure projects are effectively completed.”
” Collaboration with the Ministry was a strategic move to collectively combat corruption, illicit financial flows and track to completion, development projects in rural areas so people can have access to potable drinking water, standard healthcare and even primary education.”
CODE urged the release of budget details to enable citizens track public projects effectively.
“We are committed to supporting government initiatives that provide the dividends of democracy to improve the lives of the people whom the government serves.”