NEITI REJECTS CISLAC ASSESSMENT REPORT

The Secretariat of NEITI has rejected an assessment of its performance published by a Civil Society Organization - Civil Society Legislative Advocacy (CISLAC).

While speaking in Abuja-Nigeria, the Director Communications Orji Ogbonnaya Orji who represented the NEITI Secretariat at the presentation of the book: Domestication of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Nigeria, described the publication as lacking in facts and full of inaccuracies and misinformation. He appreciated the right of CISLAC in expressing its openness on NEITI activities as a Civil Society Organisation. Mr Orji noted that NEITI is concerned that the publication was unable to present the fact clearly and correctly.

He further stated that the Secretariat believes the book represents very narrow views and opinions of CISLAC on its assessment of the performance of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). This could be attributed to lack of information. However, he commended CISLAC for this painstaking exercise in spite of the obvious constraints. He noted that the NEITI Secretariat is studying the report and shall make a full response on all the issues raised because of obvious inaccuracies, misinformation and distortion of facts in the publication.

He also used the forum to present the activities of NEITI and the achievements so far.

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