By Etuka Sunday
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) yesterday decried the non-speedy implementation of the recommendations contained in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)’s Audit report therefore sought for media partnership in pushing for its implementation. In a training workshop organised for journalists on communicating NEITI reports and remediation issues, the civil society said the synergy was necessary to put pressure on government to implement the various recommendations submitted by the NEITI audit reports.
Speaking through its Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), CISLAC said the focus of government should be equally directed to the mine and steel sector as recommended by NEITI in its reports.
Auwal said the civil society would beam its search light more on the activities of agencies of government that are covered by NEITI and also enquire from the National Assembly while the NEITI recommendations were not fully implemented as promised by the federal government.
Meanwhile, in a presentation on behalf of the Director of Communications, NEITI, Orji Ogbonnaya Orji titled: “the Media as a Tool for Communicating and Tracking Remediation Issues from NEITI Reports,” the NEITI’s Team Leader Outreach, Mrs. Obiageli Onuorah called for better media dissemination of NEITI reports.
She also called for the review of the 2000 memorandum of Understanding among the three agencies of government; DPR, FIRS and NNPC.
She appealed for more awareness creation on NEITI mandate and processes through reports, analysis and also for the media to set agenda on the issue for public discourse.