Civil Society Organizations in the South South and North West geopolitical zones are expected to converge in Sokoto and Calabar respectively, from the 1st to 3rd of November for brainstorming sessions on the implementation of NEITI principles and objectives.

The Sokoto training will be attended by Civil Society Organizations from six states in the North West namely; Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina,Jigawa and Zamfara States. The Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamako Magatakarda is expected to declare the conference open at the prestigious Dankani Hotel, Sokoto.

Meanwhile the Calabar centre will host Civil Society Organizations from Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom, Delta and Cross River States in the South South zone. Governor Liyel Imoke, the Executive Governor of Cross River State has been invited as Guest of Honour at the event holding at Grand Mirage Hotel in Calabar, Cross River State.

Over thirty reputable Civil Society Organizations are expected to participate in the training in each of the zones.

Already 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 Chairman of NEITI, Prof. Assisi Asobie is among eminent resource persons expected to speak at the event. Others include prominent scholars and professionals in Nigeria’s oil and solid mineral sectors as well as heads of international donor agencies.

The training programme planned to cover all the six zones are part of efforts by NEITI to build strong partnership between rural and urban based Civil Society Organizations in promoting informed advocacy for transparency and accountability in the management of oil, gas and solid minerals revenue in Nigeria. A database of reputable CSOs working in thematic areas relevant to NEITI would be developed after the training.

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