15 April 2021 By Florence Adewale
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI has called for more collaboration with the media to generate more revenue for national development.
The Executive Secretary, NEITI Dr. Orji Ogbonaya made the appeal at a two day capacity building for Journalists in Abuja.
Dr.Ogbonaya who said the collaboration became necessary as it plays a vital role in ensuring the citizens know their rights and hold government accoountable based on resources generated in the country.
Dr. Ogbonaya said his office would not hesitate to ensure the needed data were made available to the media as and when due as this would go a long way to ensure transparency and development.
In their separate presentations the Head, Communication and Advocacy of NEITI Mrs. Obiageli Onuorah and The Technical Assistant to the Executive Secretary, NEITI Mr. Dauda Garuba explained that the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative provides room for experience sharing and modeling of good practices to strengthen national priorities.
“A multi stakeholder coalition of companies government investors and civil society aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in the payments made by extractive industry should stimulate public debates to improve governance, leading to sustainable development and eradication of poverty.”
Also, the chairperson Civil Society Steering Committee, Mrs. Faith Nwadishi who explained that there was need to ensure proper account of revenue generated by Extractive companies said this would go a long way to ensure Nigerians benefits more from tax coming in which transforms to revenue for developmental projects.
“We share a belief that the prudent use of natural resources wealth should be an important engine for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, but if not managed properly, can create negative economic and social impacts.”
Mrs Nwadishi appealed to the media to be at the vanguard of holding government and other stakeholders accountable for their actions