Leading civil society organizations working in the extractive sector have welcomed the compliant status attained by Nigeria at the recently concluded EITI conference in Paris from March 2-3, 2011.

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, congratulated NEITI for a job well done, but cautioned that compliant status is not an end in itself. Auwal Rafsanjani emphasized the need for continuous deepening of EITI implementation in Nigeria through strict implementation of NEITI Act, implementation of remediation gaps observed from previous NEITI audit reports and increased civil society engagement in EITI process.

The Country Coordinator, Open Society Initiative West Africa (OSIWA) Mr. Dayo Olaide equally congratulated NEITI and various stakeholders who have championed the validation crusade and called for sustained efforts to meet public expectation on NEITI’s new status.

In a similar vein, Mr. Dauda Garuba of Revenue Watch Institute, while congratulating NEITI observed that there is much to do in the post-validation phase of NEITI and called on CSOs to continue deepening EITI implementation in Nigeria through strong collaboration, monitoring and oversight.

In her commendation of NEITI and the efforts of all stakeholders towards achieving compliant status for Nigeria, the National Coordinator, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Ms Faith Nwadishi, also called on oil companies operating in Nigeria to be more committed to EITI process through cooperation with NEITI to improve on the quality of its audit reports. Ms Nwadishi commended NEITI’s exhibition and outing at the just concluded EITI global conference in Paris.

On his part, Chairman of Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Extractive Industries Forestry and Fisheries in Nigeria (CATEIFFN) Mr. George - Hill Anthony commended the new team in NEITI and the NSWG for meeting all the EITI conditions at record time. George - Hill Anthony said now is the time for NEITI to make its impact felt by an average Nigerian, through its work in the extractive sector.

The Country Director of the World Bank, Mr. Onno Ruhl welcomed NEITI’s compliant status with a pledge to support NEITI with necessary resources to implement its post-validation programmes.

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