The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Waziri Adio has been invited to the 40th EITI International Board Meeting holding in Berlin, Germany from the 28th to 29th of June 2018.
The Executive Secretary is expected to brief the EITI Board on status of EITI implementation in Nigeria, including the impacts and how NEITI reports have helped to shape the on-going reforms in the oil, gas and mining sector.
The reform in the oil and gas industry largely influenced by NEITI reports is driven by the 7-Big-Wins launched by the NNPC. In the Solid minerals sector, the Solid Minerals Development Road Map has also been launched and implementation commenced. A close look at the contents of the two policy reform documents shows that remedial issues in NEITI reports (1999 till date) have shaped the direction and contents of the two major reform initiatives on-going in Nigeria’s extractive industry.
The invitation is seen in NEITI as a timely recognition of Nigeria’s high ranking profile as an important implementing country, where reports not only shape public debates but have triggered increasing public demands for reforms.
While in Germany for the Board Meeting, the NEITI Executive Secretary will also consult widely with other national coordinators of implementing countries on issues of peer learning, information sharing and capacity building.
The visit will also provide Adio with the opportunity to explore areas of cooperation with members of the EITI global community expected in Berlin
Over the weekend, I joined my children to watch the
much talked about ‘Black Panther’. It was a good film, and I was happy they
took me to see it. However, I came out of the movie theatre a little upset. When the first scenes came up, and I saw “Sambisa Forest”
I was unhappy that the only reference the film makers could have for Nigeria
was a negative one, but I was later encouraged by the thought of Africans
solving African problems. That is a good thing, the kinds of things we used to
do. For young people who may not remember, Nigerian civil servants and indeed
most able citizens used to contribute money every month to support the struggle
against Apartheid in South Africa. Nigeria was the single stabilizing force
across West Africa. Helping to restore peace in Liberia and Sierra Leone are
examples of the gigantic status we once had.
The maiden edition of the 'my phone photography exhibition' held on the 23rd of March. The Shehu Musa Yar'adua Centre located in central area, Abuja, played host to this event. It was an atmosphere filled with calmness but you could also hear the joy and excitement in the voices of the over 100 people who came through the exhibition doors. The idea of the exhibition was born by one of the exhibitors (Omofuoma Agharite). Haven taken numerous pictures with her phone, she wanted to share those pictures with others and at the same time support a charity organisation. It was then that the idea was born and given to Ivy Events to nurture. After months of planning and execution, a group of exhibitors came together to showcase some of the amazing pictures that they had photographed with only their phones.