The international Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), Clare Short, would next week meet with President Goodluck Jonathan to chart a progressive course for better transparency in the oil and mining industry.
During the visit, Short will also hold consultations with high-ranking government officials, the legislature, development partners, the media and civil society as well as key players in the Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining sectors.
A statement signed by the Director, Communications, Nigeria Extractive Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, said that Short’s visit to Nigeria slated for October 13th to 15th, would dialogue with President Jonathan on the implementation of EITI in Nigeria and the wider implications on oil, gas and mining sector reforms.
She is expected to hold similar consultations with the Minister of Finance and Co ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
He added that the EITI chair would also address a meeting of the board and management of NEITI and observe a scheduled meeting of federal government Inter – Ministerial task team on implementation of the findings and recommendations of the NEITI audit reports.
Short is expected to arrive Nigeria with a senior team from the EITI international Secretariat based in Oslo, Norway.
A State Dinner in honour of the visiting EITI international chair and her delegation is being organised by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim to round off the visit.
Information from The Guardian was used in this report.