The NEITI NSWG has approved a 5 years strategic plan for the organization. The strategic plan sets policy direction for the NEITI from 2017 to 2021. The revised strategic plan provides basis for development of NEITI Annual work plans. In approving the strategic plan, the NEITI Board expects EITI implementation in Nigeria to focus on 4 strategic objectives. These include:
- Strategic Objective 1: Deepen openness in the extractive sector through timely audits and other impactful studies.
- Strategic Objective 2: Shape extractive sector and overall governance reforms through policy engagements, thought leadership and inter-agency coordination.
- Strategic Objective 3: Strengthen demand for accountability in the use of extractive revenues through strategic communication with critical stakeholders and empowerment of accountability actors.
- Strategic Objective 4: Increase operational capacity, legitimacy & support through effective financial, administrative and human resource management and adequate funding.
The strategic plan intends to address the gaps that have existed in the implementation of the first strategic plan (2012-2016) which focused on translating the NEITI mandate and operations into results that lead to visible impacts. The new strategic plan also put emphasis on strategic policy development, monitoring and evaluation.
The NSWG retreat which held in Kaduna was presided over by the Chair, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Other issues discussed at the meeting were strategies to enable NEITI make it reports regular, easily accessible and more user friendly. The Board meeting was followed by a week-long retreat for members of staff also in Kaduna.
The objective of the retreat was primarily to expose staff to the new strategic plan and build their capacity for effective implementation.
Declaring the retreat open, the Executive Secretary Waziri Adio, urged members of staff to be prepared to put the strategic plan to test through active participation at all levels of implementation.
Resource persons explored the opportunity to take staff on tutorials in various areas of the strategic plan, EITI standard, public service rules, performance management, personal finance, amongst others.
The retreat also provided the opportunity for closer bonding between management and staff. During the session, interaction amongst members of staff on all issues of operations and administration were both vertical and horizontal. The retreat also witnessed sports and health education. The retreat ended with a gala night for staff hosted by the Executive Secretary.