The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has called on its stakeholders to leverage on technology and innovations in the industry in order to support efforts geared at implementing remedial issues contained in its reports.
Executive Secretary of NEITI, Mr. Waziri Adio made the call recently in Abuja at a stakeholder’s consultation on RemTrack – a mobile application developed to track progress made in addressing remedial issues in the NEITI reports. The Remtrack App was developed by a non-governmental organization-OrderPaper.
”I urge our stakeholders, government agencies, companies, civil society and media to take advantage of this unique technological innovation to address remedial issues in the NEITI reports”, Adio said.
Mr. Adio, who was represented at the event by the Director of Communications and Advocacy, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, noted that remediation remains a major gap in the NEITI process that requires collective action to address.
He described RemTrack as a powerful citizen’s accountability tool that will put government and companies on their toes on the implementation of NEITI audits recommendations.
According to Mr Adio, Remtrack is an information flow platform, feedback mechanism conceived by the civil society as an independent intervention in the NEITI process.
In his opening remarks, chairman of the civil society steering committee and member of NEITI Board, Mr. Kolawole Banwo said the consultation was aimed at introducing participants to RemTrack, discuss its contents, features and functionality, and secure buy-in of stakeholders.
Mr. Banwo explained that when fully deployed, RemTrack will update stakeholders on the status of NEITI’s remedial issues in real time, and serve as a tool for civil society, media and citizens to engage agencies and companies on remedial issues.
In his contribution, Dr. Michael Uzoigwe of FOSTER congratulated NEITI and civil society on Remtrack. He also noted that remediation remains a huge gap in the NEITI process but expressed optimism in the potential of RemTrack to help close the gap if fully explored.