The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji has commended the rebuilding and upgrade of the broadcast infrastructure on-going at the headquarters of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Abuja. Dr. Orji described the expansion and digitization of the news and programme facilities and establishment of several multi-purpose digital studios at the corporation as positive revolutions in broadcasting that should be emulated by other publicly owned media organisations in the country.

The Executive Secretary made the commendation during a courtesy visit he and his senior management team paid to the Director General of the FRCN, Dr. Mansur Liman in his office.

According to Dr. Orji “The upgrade of facilities at the corporation will not only boost the quality of the signals and programmes, but will make the FRCN competitive and boost its revenue drive as people will put their money where their hearts are”

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The role of the media in extractive industry reforms took the center stage at a special training organized by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for editors and correspondents on natural resource governance.

In his speech at the event which took place in Nasarawa, the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji called on the media to strive to understand the issues bedeviling Nigeria’s extractive industries in order to make insightful and investigative reports that will drive reforms in the sector.

According to Dr. Orji “The media must understand the issues, the context surrounding Nigeria’s extractive industries, its peculiarities and global best practices so as to effectively and efficiently carry out the roles of informing, educating and enlightening the public on Nigeria’s extractive sector reforms”.

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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are to set up a standing committee on the resolution of the remedial issues arising from the NEITI Audit reports and recommendations.

The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari agreed on the committee today in Abuja during a courtesy visit by NEITI to the NNPC towers.

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A coordinating committee on beneficial ownership implementation in Nigeria is to be set up by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji stated this while addressing a forum of government agencies, companies, civil society and the media on beneficial ownership implementation in the extractive industry in Nigeria.

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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) said it is now set to link its industry reports to visible impacts by ensuring that the strong linkage between the report and the on-going reforms in the industry results in visible impacts through poverty reduction and availability of revenues to support national development.

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The International Secretariat of the global Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) has congratulated Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji on his appointment as the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A message from the Executive Director and Head of the International Secretariat based in Oslo, Norway - Mr Mark Robinson welcomed the appointment with excitement and pledged closer EITI working relationship with Nigeria under Dr. Orji’s leadership of NEITI.

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The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) disbursed a total of N2.054 trillion to the three tiers of government and other statutory recipients in the third quarter of 2020, despite COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant socio-economic consequences.

A breakdown shows that the Federal Government received N812.22 billion; state governments received N676.5 billion while local government areas got N429.16 billion. This was the first time that total disbursement has exceeded N2 trillion for a quarter in 2020.

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