The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), launched the national monitoring and evaluation platform, EYEMARK, on ​​Wednesday.

Buhari launched the project’s monitoring website (www.eyemark.ng) with its accompanying mobile app shortly before the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council in the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President noted that the federal government could no longer rely on its handful of Monitoring and Evaluation teams to oversee the myriad of infrastructure projects spread across the country.

He said that since his regime has invested in infrastructure projects more than any other before, it is appropriate to create proper avenues for close monitoring by citizens.

He said that this will close the existing gaps and promote citizen participation in governance.

Buhari also blamed the wave of corruption on the poor implementation of infrastructure projects across the country.

With EYEMARK, the president said: “The status of the projects, the total amount allocated and dispensed so far are now available in the public space.”

He urged the ministries, departments and agencies to cooperate with the coordinating ministry, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to take advantage of the information required to be captured on the platform.

In his earlier speech, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning Clem Agba said that EYEMARK would empower citizens and civil society organizations to monitor capital projects in real time to promote accountability.

Agba noted that the platform takes advantage of a large network of citizens who can monitor projects in their localities.

However, he cautioned that trusting the public carries the risk of misinformation.

Therefore, EYEMARK has been equipped with space technology to track images and determine their origin.

“If a user is on Kaduna, we can determine the authenticity of the reviews. And we can tell if the image was uploaded from the location the user claimed it was sent from,” she explained.

Agba also revealed that the website and accompanying app were developed by Nigerians with an average age of 24, with input from stakeholders and industry experts.

Before the meeting, the council observed a minute’s silence for a deceased member, Demola Seriki, a former Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources under the administration of Umaru Yar’Adua.

Before his death on December 15, Seriki, 63, was Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain.

Attending were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Federation Government Secretary, Boss Mustapha; the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan.

Also physically attending the meeting are the Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare; Science and Technology, Olorunimbe Mamora; and Police Affairs, Maigari Dingiyadi.

Others are the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba; Environment Sharon Ikeazor and Oil Resources, Timipre Sylva.

The Ministers of Education, Adamu Adamu; Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; Defense, Bashir Magashi; Mining and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; and his state counterpart, Senator Gbemisola Saraki; Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management, Social Development, Sadiya Farouq; External Relations, Geoffrey Onyeama; and Industry, Trade and Investment (State), Maryam Katagum.