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NEITI Set To Go Beyond Prescribed Global Standard In Gender, Environmental Impact Reporting

L-R: Representative of the NNPC, Mr Chris Akamairo, NEITI Board Chairman, Mr Olusegun Adekunle, NEITI ES, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, during the gender and environmental impact reporting in extractive sector framework validation workshop in Abuja on Tuesday

By Juliet Ukanwosu

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has expressed the determination to go beyond the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) prescribed global Standard on gender and environmental impact reporting, as it develops a reporting framework.

This position was made known on Tuesday in Abuja at the validation workshop on the development of frameworks for reporting gender and environmental impacts in the extractive industry by Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, Chairman of the NEITI National Stakeholders’ Working Group, also known as the NEITI Board.

Speaking at the forum which was organized for stakeholders to review and make valuable inputs towards finalising the reporting frameworks for gender and environmental impacts, Adekunle said Nigeria would however, go beyond the globally prescribed Standard to ensure we develop a framework that can address peculiar gender and environmental challenges facing the country.

“I want to say that these frameworks are being developed to reflect the EITI Standard. However, we should go beyond what the global Standard currently prescribes, to address the peculiar gender and environmental issues that we may be dealing with within our nation’s extractive industry.”

He emphasized that “We need to generate and disclose data that will enable citizens engage in the debate about their rights and demand improvement of their conditions, we need data that would help government to design policies to improve the conditions of our target communities and the environment, we need data that would help us to know if we are making progress with our current policy tools and methods, we must also find out if we need new strategies and instruments to achieve gender inclusion and environmental sustainability.”

While reiterating that the global Standard should be our minimum requirement, he told stakeholders that in carrying out their various roles in reporting gender and environmental impacts, they should always be guided by the need to answer questions such as why are we reporting and what should be the impact and benefits of our reporting.

 

NEITI Board Chairman, Mr Adekunle and Dr Orji during the validation workshop

“The answer to both questions should provide a guide as to what information is required and how to report it. In all, the global standard should be our minimum requirement, but not the only one,” Adekunle stressed.

The drive by NEITI to go beyond the EITI prescribed requirement in gender and environmental impact reporting is such that Nigeria is known for within the extractive community.  In 2017 the EITI Board commended Nigeria’s expanded disclosure and recognized Nigeria as the first country to disclose volumes collected, sold and proceeds generated from the national oil company’s share of in-kind revenues in 2015. The disclosures, according to the EITI, went beyond its requirements by detailing the terms of sales and buyers of Nigeria’s oil production.

Nigeria is also the first country to go beyond the EITI requirement to publish the Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement report. The country is also recognised as the first to back EITI implementation with a law of parliament.

Giving a background of the project, Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, explained that the consideration was the need to mainstream gender and environmental impact reporting within existing government systems and institutions equipped with the mandate and capacity to do so.

He clarified that while NEITI is mandated to implement EITI in Nigeria, the agency does not generate industry data, as this is the responsibility of covered entities and relevant institutions while NEITI subsequently collects the data to publish in the annual audit reports.

“With the implementation of data mainstreaming and systematic disclosure, the relevant institutions will begin to take on both responsibilities to generate and publish data in real time. This will add significant value to transparency and accountability by further increasing the timeliness and relevance of data,” Orji said.

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