BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA: The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Mrs. Zainabe Ahmed, has said that the non-implementation of the finding and recommendations of NEITI Audit Reports remained a major challenge facing the agency.
Ahmed who said this in Abuja, said, the agency was in dire need of partnership to drive the implementation of its Audit Reports findings and implementation.
Emphasising that the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, have a role to play in solving problems in the extractive industries by pushing for the implementation of N EITI Audit Report findings and recommendations.
She said, “It our desire therefore that the civil society would take up the challenge of providing strong partnerships, cooperation and collaboration with NEITI towards full implementation of already developed comprehensive remediation plan.
Ahmed spoke further that, “as you may be aware, Nigeria joined the EITI in 2003, began implementation in 2004 and enacted a law to support the initiative in 2007 (the NEITI Act) Implementation of the EITI was designed to enthrone transparency, accountability and good governance IN Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining sectors.
“Although the Civil Society Steering Committee was not in place over the past one year, I wish to state that NEITI as an agency never allowed this gap to affect our relationship with the civil society. In all our operations, we had ensured that CSOs participated actively in NEITI activities.