The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Mr. Waziri Adio has said that the country’s implementation of remedial issues contained in the agency’s various reports on the activities of its oil, gas, and solid minerals sectors was still weak, ThisDay reports.
The agency has therefore called for collaboration with civil society organisations working in the country’s extractive industries to change this narrative, stating that it was its responsibility to provide information and data on the sector’s operations. NEITI noted that it is the responsibility of the civil society groups to use the same information and data to hold government and companies accountable for their actions.
Adio stated that despite existing records indicating that Nigeria earned a total of $592.34 billion from the oil and gas sector from 1999 to 2014; and about N143.5 billion earned from the solid minerals sector of the country between 2007 and 2014, the country has yet to improve the living conditions of her citizenry. He identified the slow pace of implementing NEITI’s industry audit findings and recommendations as one of the weakest links in EITI implementation in Nigeria.