International Press Center makes case for NEITI

The International Press Center, Lagos (IPC) has opened communication with affiliate media organizations in Africa on ways to develop appropriate media strategy to deepen EITI implementation in the region.

The Director of the Center, Mr. Lanre Arogundade disclosed this in Lagos while conducting the NEITI Director of Communications, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji round facilities at the Center. He explained that the time for the media to buy into the EITI process with specific programs to deepen public awareness has come. He affirmed the strategic importance of natural resource governance to poverty reduction in Africa. He said, “It is in this light that we at the IPC believe that there is need to work closely with NEITI in view of the relevance, of NEITI mandate to natural development, creation of jobs, peace and security in our country.”

Mr Lanre Arogundade explained that prudent management of Nigeria’s revenue in the Oil & Gas and Mining sectors are critical success factors for national development, job creation and poverty reduction. He pledged the readiness of IPC to support NEITI to broaden its relationship with the media, the civil society and multi-stakeholders.

Responding, Dr Orji Obgonnaya Orji, expressed satisfaction with the emerging relationship between NEITI and the IPC in the dissemination of the NEITI Audit Reports, capacity building for media and the civil society. He expressed delight over the invitation extended to the Executive Secretary, Waziri Adio to attend the special Media Tweet Roundtable. The event was on Transparency in the Extractive Sector, titled “The missing links in media reports.”

Dr Orji who represented the NEITI Executive Secretary as special guest at the tweet conference urged the media to give greater attention to reporting the extractive sector in view of its relevance to the country’s economy and poverty reduction. He gave the assurance that NEITI will continue to work with reputable institutions like IPC to strengthen the capacity of the media to report the sector effectively.

Over 30 journalists drawn from both  traditional and  social media organizations attended the conference which focused on NEITI’s recently released 2013 Audit Reports of the oil and gas and solid minerals sectors. He conveyed the best wishes and support of the Executive Secretary for IPC’s laudable programs.