Global EITI Chief Arrives Nigeria To Scrutinise Standards’ Implementation

The Head of International Secretariat of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) based in Oslo, Norway, Mark Robinson, will today arrive in Nigeria on a working visit.

Robinson is visiting Nigeria to access the level and impacts of EITI implementation in the country.

The visit is also designed to review progress so far made by Nigeria in the implementation of EITI standards as part of the overall on-going reforms agenda in Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining sector.

While in Abuja, the EITI chief executive is scheduled to visit the Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Mines & Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite.

Mark Robinson and his team will also hold consultative meetings with the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, as well as He the Executive Secretary, the Board, management and staff of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the domestic branch the global organization.

The EITI chief will also hold interactive session with civil society organisations and the media and later address a press conference in Abuja before proceeding to Lagos in continuation of his visit.

While in Lagos, he will meet with the management of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), as well as oil and gas companies under the platform of NEITI-Companies Forum.

The EITI International Secretariat, led by Mark Robinson is coordinating and overseeing the affairs of 53 member implementing countries of the global organization.

Mr. Mark was appointed as the Executive Director of EITI in November 2018. He had previously worked as global director for the Governance Center at the World Resources Institute (WRI).

He has held several senior positions at the Department for International Development, the Institute of Development Studies, the Ford Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute, where he helped countries to formulate reforms in areas such as anti-corruption, transparency and natural resources governance.

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