All is now set for the 6th Sustainability in the Extractive Industry (SITEI) conference scheduled to hold in Abuja from the 19th-20 July 2017.
The conference jointly organized by CSR-in-Action and the NEITI is to stimulate debates, evolve strategies, and contribute to government’s plans of building local capacity for the Extractive Industries in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of CSR-in-Action, Mrs Bekeme Masade said the focus of the conference will be on the 7 Big Wins of the NNPC and the 20- point agenda to end militancy in the Niger Delta of the Oil & Gas sector as identified by the government.
Mrs Masade pointed out that the 2017 SITEI conference will provide platform for discussions on how the private sector can take lead in driving and actualizing government’s plans for the extractive sector in Nigeria.
‘‘We need to build local capacity in our extractive sector to ensure that local entrepreneur and investors seamlessly harness the opportunities and potentials inherent in the sector,’’ Masade added.
The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio expressed optimism that the theme of the conference “Building Local for Global” aptly identifies the need for the extractive sector in Nigeria to add value to the local economy, influence the development of ancillary industries, and become competitive.
According to Mr Adio, “NEITI is pleased to partner with CSR-in-Action in organizing the SITEI Conference for the third year running. This is because the objectives and goals are consistent with the overall mandate of NEITI in ensuring that natural resources aid sustainable development.”
The 2017 SITEI Conference will bring together government, private sector, civil society and the media to exchange ideas and best practices towards the development of local content in the sector.
Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is billed to declare the conference open while the Minister of Mines and Steel Development Dr Kayode Fayemi, is expected deliver the keynote address.
Other speakers expected at the conference include the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Mr. Waziri Adio and the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru. There will be side events at the conference which includes an exhibition and workshop for local and international entrepreneurs in the extractive sector.