Civil Society Organizations have called on state governments that are benefiting from the 13% derivation to channel the fund strictly for the development of host communities where extractions of oil, gas and mining take place.
The call was made recently in Yola, Adamawa state during a two-day capacity building workshop for civil society organizations on the implementation of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit recommendations.
The participants drawn across the six states in the North Eastern zone, came to this consensus in view of the devastating effects of mining activities on the social, economic, health, environment and livelihood of people in the host communities.
Mr. Kolawole Banwo, representative of the civil society on the NEITI Board in aligning with the civil society position, said: “13% derivation should be used strictly to address the development concerns of host communities in Nigeria”.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Mr. Banwo stressed the need for constant civil society and media engagements on the recommendations of NEITI audit reports, noting that civil society and media advocacy remain critical to the success of NEITI and EITI implementation in Nigeria.
Commending the British Council/European Union and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre for collaborating with NEITI to organize the workshop, NEITI Executive Secretary, Mr. Waziri Adio assured participants that the agency is always ready to work with like-minds to push the boundary of transparency in Nigeria’s extractive sector.
The Executive Secretary represented at the event by NEITI’s Director Technical, Dr. Dieter Bassi noted that remediation remains the weakest link in the NEITI process and tasked CSOs to redouble efforts in their campaign and advocacy for implementation of recommendations contained in the NEITI reports.
Mr. Uche Emmanuel, Program Manager, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) informed participants that British Council and European Union are passionate about governance reforms and stamping out corruption in Nigeria.
“RoLAC will continue to provide platform for support to reformist agency like NEITI as well as strengthen non-state actors to demand accountability and responsible governance”, Emmanuel stated.
Participants at the workshop drew up a comprehensive advocacy plan on selected remedial issues, and committed to improve engagements on implementation of the NEITI audit recommendations.