The Chairman of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Professor Assisi Asobie, Professor Orazurike and Dr Otive Igbuzor are among eminent resource persons that will speak in the forthcoming capacity building programme for Civil Society Organizations slated for 21 to 24th June, 2011.
The workshop with the theme “Channeling Extractive Resources For National Development” will be held simultaneously in Ibadan and Minna in the South West and North Central geopolitical zones respectively.
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed noted that “the capacity building programme is a continuation of the zonal trainings designed for Civil Society Organizations involved in extractive revenues transparency in Nigeria’
Mrs. Ahmed affirmed that “the roles of civil society which includes advocacy, sensitization, whistle-blowing, monitoring and oversight are key and unique in EITI/NEITI process”. She however noted that “for civil society to play its expected roles in the implementation of EITI in Nigeria, members of civil society groups require adequate knowledge and understanding of the EITI’s principles, methods and processes, including the structure and operations of oil and gas, and solid minerals in Nigeria”
Reputable experts in the Extractive sector have been lined up to present researched papers on various aspects of the Extractive Industry and Civil Society’s engagement in revenue transparency.
The North Central centre, Minna will host Civil Societies from Niger, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa and Plateau States while the South West Centre, Ibadan will host Civil Societies from Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Lagos States.
About 70 participants drawn from Civil Societies in the zones will participate in the sensitization workshops which will be held at the prestigious Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Oyo State and Hydro Hotel, Minna, Niger State.
The training programme is part of efforts by NEITI to build strong partnership with Civil Societies in promoting informed advocacy for transparency and accountability in the management of oil, gas and solid minerals revenue in Nigeria.