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Orji Task NEITI Civil Society Committee On Service To Nation

NEITI ES, Dr Orji, (4th from right) with members of the CCSSC during the committee's inauguration in Abuja on Thursday

By Juliet Ukanwosu

Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, has urged members of the newly inaugurated Communication and Civil Society Steering Committee (CCSSC) to consider their role as an opportunity to contribute to the development of Nigeria.

Orji who stated this during the inauguration of the CCSSC in Abuja on Thursday, said they have a responsibility to contribute to the transformation of the oil, gas and mining sectors to generate the much needed revenues which government needs to meet the social and infrastructural needs of citizens.

Members of the CCSSC were nominated by their various constituencies in September this year during a NEITI roundtable with the civil society. The committee members are drawn from oil and gas industry unions, gender, media, Publish What You Pay (PWYP), Youths, professional Associations, Academia and People Living with Disabilities (PLwD).

According to Orji, the Committee is a creation of the NEITI Board and enjoys concurrent tenure with the Board which lasts till June 2025. The Committee also serves as an advisory to the Board on communication and civil society matters.

The Committee has Mr. Peter Egbule, who is ask a member of the NEITI Board, as Chairman, while members include Mr. Bassey Udo who represents the media, Mrs. Vivian Idepefo, representing Women in Extractives, Mr Tijah Bolton-Akpan, representing professional associations, Mr. Festus Osifo, representing industry unions and Madam Ene Ede representing gender, among others.

Orji emphasized that the civil society and media remains the most dependable allies to NEITI in the discharge of its statutory mandates.

“As members of this CCSSC you are now a major stakeholder in the NEITI process, representing the larger society. You are expected to play critical roles in EITI implementation in Nigeria, including the task of ensuring prudent management of extractive resources,” Orji told the Committee.

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