The Auditor-General of the Federation Mr. Samuel Ukura has called for closer partnership with NEITI in promoting revenue transparency in the nation’s Extractive Sector. The Auditor-General described the emergence of NEITI as timely, giving the fact that Nigeria’s Extractive Sector requires openness in managing its revenue flows to aid sustainable development. The Auditor General was speaking while receiving a delegation from the NEITI Secretariat led by the Executive Secretary Mrs. Zainab Ahmed.

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The World Bank has welcomed the re-organization of NEITI Secretariat, and the appointment of a new Executive Secretary Mrs Zainab Ahmed. The World Bank Country Director in Nigeria Mr. Onno Ruhl said during a visit to NEITI Secretariat, that the appointment of the Executive Secretary and the strengthening of the Secretariat were fundamental steps required by NEITI to live up to the expectations of stakeholders in the Extractive sector.

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The World Bank has endorsed NEITI’s 2011 work plan. The endorsement was a major outcome of the visit by the Bank’s project supervision team from Washington DC to the NEITI Secretariat recently. The Team led by Mr. Anwar B. Ravat, the Programme Manager on EITI at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, promised to provide necessary assistance and support to NEITI to enable it execute and implement the work plan, especially in the area of Communications, Technical Services and NEITI Audit Process.

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A major stakeholder in NEITI /EITI process Publish What You Pay (PWYP) has pledged to work closely with NEITI to overcome all the challenges of validation. The National Coordinator of the Civil Society Organization Faith Nwadishi while on a visit to NEITI Secretariat, urged the new Executive Secretary Mrs. Zainab Ahmed to work closely with Publish What You Pay and other Civil Society Organisations in the areas of advocacy to ensure compliance by covered entities and MDAs with requirements of the 2006-2008 Audit.

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The Board of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at its on-going Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has given Nigeria Six Months with effect from October 2010 to meet certain conditions before it could become a Compliant Country. The decisions of the Board were based on the Report of the EITI Validation Committee in which Nigeria and five other countries are candidates. The other countries are Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.

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The principles and framework for a Board Charter for members of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) were among the deliberations at the NEITI Training Workshop held at M-Plaza Hotel, Accra, Ghana from 4th to 9th of October. The NSWG agreed that the theme of the Board Charter be centrally focused on "Corporate Governance and Best Practice" for NEITI and the Extractive Sector.

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