The head of international Secretariat of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), Mark Robison was in Nigeria from 25th - 27th November 2019 on a working visit.
The visit provided the EITI’s chief executive an opportunity to have first-hand information on the level of progress being made by Nigeria in implementing the global EITI standards, including the impacts of the global Initiative on the on-going reforms in country’s oil, gas and mining sectors.
The visit also enabled NEITI to strengthen engagements with its critical stakeholders - while in Nigeria, Mr. Robinson alongside NEITI officials had series of engagements with senior government officials such as the Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Mines & Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite.
Mr. Robinson also held consultative meetings with the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, and management of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Other meetings were with representatives of oil and gas companies under the platform of NEITI-Companies Forum; civil society actors, journalists as well as development partners working in the extractive sector in Nigeria.
The EITI International Secretariat, led by Mark Robinson is coordinating and overseeing the affairs of 52 member implementing countries of the global organization.