The Auditor-General of the Federation Mr. Samuel Ukura has called for closer partnership with NEITI in promoting revenue transparency in the nation’s Extractive Sector. The Auditor-General described the emergence of NEITI as timely, giving the fact that Nigeria’s Extractive Sector requires openness in managing its revenue flows to aid sustainable development. The Auditor General was speaking while receiving a delegation from the NEITI Secretariat led by the Executive Secretary Mrs. Zainab Ahmed.
He pledged the cooperation of the Auditor-General’s Office to the implementation of NEITI objectives as enshrined in the NEITI Act of 2007. Mr. Ukura described NEITI’s Mandate as complementary and called for information Sharing, collaboration and partnership of the two organizations. He underlined the importance of the two agencies in the area of environmental audit which he observed was critical for greater revenue flows in the Extractive Sector.
The Executive Secretary of NEITI Mrs. Zainab Ahmed explained that the visit was in line with the desire of the new Management of NEITI to seek collaboration and partnership with relevant Government Agencies in the discharge of its mandate. Mrs. Ahmed promised to work with the Auditor-General’s Office to overcome the challenges of institutional apathy to Audit Processes in the Extractive Sector, as well as improve metering Infrastructure in the Oil and Gas Industry. The Executive Secretary pledged the commitment of NEITI in enthroning transparency and accountability in revenue flows in the Extractive Sector and called for the support of all Government Agencies.