Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says citizens of the country can now monitor and report project implementation in their communities to the government.
He said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the launch of two tracking platforms to enable citizens to monitor the implementation of government projects.
The platforms include the presidential delivery tracker (PDT) and the central delivery coordinating unit (CDCU) website.
The SGF said the PDT is a “citizen-centred” mobile app designed to enable citizens to assess project implementation and results in delivery.
According to him, the platforms, introduced in 2019, aimed toward the achievement of the nine priority goals of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
He disclosed that the CDCU platform has been designed as a downloadable mobile app for tracking, reviewing and periodically reporting the activities of MDAs, performances of ministers and permanent secretaries, among others, in the delivery of the ministerial mandates assigned to them by Nigerians.
“The PDT/CDCU App is a co-creation platform that aims to connect citizens to governance in Nigeria by increasing citizens’ access to the federal government’s presidential priority policies, programmes, and projects,” said Boss Mustapha.
“The goal of the PDT/CDCU is to promote transparency and expand access to reporting on presidential priority policies, programmes and projects.
“This is by incorporating citizens as the third layer of reporting to offer vital information that will facilitate effective service delivery. Over the last two years, the PDT/CDCU has successfully driven the federal government’s delivery initiative to incorporate a systematic feedback mechanism from the citizens into the design and operationalisation of its Performance management system.
“This is in recognition of the critical roles of the citizens in promoting inclusive and citizen-centred governance.”
He added that the public website was developed to get updates and feedback from citizens regarding public projects.
“The CDCU intends to empower citizens to make their voices heard, build a citizens engagement programme that works and participation that increases benefits if discussed with the people,” the SGF said.
Speaking, Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning, said the website is a citizens-based mobile tracking app.
“The website would allow citizens to send on-the-spot feedback on project implementation aimed at promoting public accountability,” she said.
The CDCU platforms appear to be a validation of the work and advocacy of civil society organisations that have been leading citizens’ project-tracking initiatives across the country.
CODE’s FollowTheMoney, BudgIT’s Tracka, and PROMAD’s FollowTheProjects amongst others had been helping the country to deepen social accountability and transparency for improved project and service delivery.
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