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NEITI Says Is Nigeria due for EITI validation 2023

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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has commenced national sensitisation to deepen stakeholders’ engagement for validation of Nigeria’s compliance to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) standard.

Executive Secretary, NEITI, Dr. Ogbonanya Orji, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at its Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and media engagement on EITI validation said it would be conducted using 2019 EITI standard.

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Naijablitznews.com reports that EITI sets global standard for contract transparency in the extractive industries to make natural resources benefit all and strengthen governance.

Nigeria is due for the global validation in Jan. 2023.

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EITI validation, which is conducted every three years is a quality assurance mechanism to ascertain level of compliance and progress in implementing its standards among member countries, including Nigeria.

Orji recalled that on Feb. 27, 2019, EITI board proclaimed that Nigeria made “satisfactory progress” over its implementation of its standard after undergoing rigorous validation at the time under the 2016 EITI standard.

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Orji said it implied that Nigeria was due for another round of validation in Feb. 2022, but due to scheduling issues, the global body shifted the date to Jan. 2023.

According to him, NEITI is only a platform to guide Nigeria’s assessment and had since swung into action to prepare Nigeria for this global governance exercise in the oil, gas and mining sectors.

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He said NEITI had developed a plan of action to prepare other stakeholders including its staff and board for the exercise based on what Nigeria had accomplished as EITI member country during the period under review.

“The NEITI management team had undergone training on the new validation model and constituted two separate committees -the Validation Committee and Shadow Validation Committee.

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“The validation Committee is made up of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) with the Secretariat currently providing technical support.

“Nigeria through NEITI is therefore ready to show case outstanding accomplishments which the EITI implementation has made possible in Nigeria’s extractive sector reform,” he said.

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He listed some of the milestones achieved by EITI/NEITI in Nigeria to include up to date regular reporting, as well as available political will.

They also include government support and strong partnership with the legislature on the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) implementation.

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He listed others as the unbundling of NNPC and its becoming EITI supporting company, publishing of Annual Financial Reports as well as strong CSOs partnership based on MoU.

Others, according to him are promotion and preservation of civic space, NEITI- Companies’ Forum, increasing demand, easy access and availability of verified information and data in the public domain.

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In his remarks, Mr Peter Egbule, Member, NSWG and Communications and Civil Society Steering Committee said though validation process had started internally, the team from EITI Secretariat would be Nigeria in November 2022 to asses Nigeria’s readiness.

He emphasised the need for Nigeria to improve on its engagement for interaction with the international body.

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Dr Dieter Bassi, Director, Technical, NEITI also highlighted some requirements under the EITI 2019 standard.

Bassi said the standard required oversight by NSWG, disclosures of information related to exploration, production and export, legal framework, fiscal regime and comprehensive disclosures of companies revenues.

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“I Admire Your Eloquence, Calmness,” Emir Of Kano To Obi

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The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has declared that he admired the eloquence, calmness, humility of the standard bearer of the Labour Party, (LP) Mr Gregory Peter Obi.

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The Monarch stated these when the presidential candidate paid him a courtesy visit in his palace on Friday.

Said he “Iadmire your eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God.”

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A statement by the spokesman of the Thirdforce Dr Yunusa iTanko added that Obi visited the revered monarch as he arrived Kano to sympathize with the Kano Flood Victims as well as Beirut Road Collapsed Building.

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party the statement further stressed used the occasion of the visit to brief the Emir of his desire to serve Nigeria as the next president come 2023.

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The former Anambra State Governor, who said he had been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he was experienced enough to lead Nigeria.

“Though l am in the state for sympathy visit, l deem it appropriate to make the Palace my first point of call to pay you Royal Homeage and to formally infor.m of my intention to run for president in the forthcoming election.”

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Mr Peter Obi furthet explained that he was also in the Palace to sympathize with him as a Royal Father for the twinntragedy that befell the state penultimate weeks.

The Emir who nited that the country was blessed with abundant resources but wondered why there were suffering, poverty and crimes, said he believed Obi was eminently qualified for the position as he did it as Anambra State Governor wished wished Peter Obi well in the pursuit of his ambition.

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Peter Obi was in company of Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party Engineer Bashir Ishaq Bashir, his running mate Dr. Datti Yusuf Baba Ahmed , Dr Yunusa Tanko and State Chairman of Labour Party Mall Raji in his entourage.

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2023: Obi Visits Emir of Kano, restated his Desire to Lead Nigeria+photos

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party Mr. Peter Gregory Obi on Friday visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero where he reiterated his desire to serve Nigeria.

Obi visited the revered monarch as he arrives Kano to sympathize with the Kano Flood Victims as well as Beirut Road Collapsed Building.

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The former Anambra State Governor, who said he has been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he is experienced to lead Nigeria.


While he told the Emir he is in the state for sympathy visit, Obi said he deemed it appropriate to make the Palace his first point of call.

The visit to the palace, Peter Obi explained, is to pay Royal Homage to the revered Emir and also to formally inform him of his intention to run for president in the coming election and also to sympathize with him as a Royal Father for the twinntragedy that befalled the state penultimate weeks.

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On his part, the Emir of Kano expressed his happiness for the visit and said he admires Peter Obi’s eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God. He also thanked him for having respect for culture.


The Emir who said the country is blessed with resources but wondered why there’s suffering and poverty and crime, said he believed Obi is eminently qualified for the position as he did it as Anambra State Governor where he wished Peter Obi well in the pursuit of his ambition.

Peter Obi was in company of Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party Engr. Bashir Ishaq Bashir, his running mate Dr. Datti Yusuf Baba Ahmed , Dr Yunusa Tanko and State Chairman of Labour Mall Raji in his entourage.

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2023: Newly wed couple join Obidients in Abuja one million man march+video

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Newly wedded couple on Saturday join the Obidients one million man march in Abuja trending video emerges online.

Naijablitznews.com reports no one seems to be left out as depicted in this video showing the newly married couple marching for LP presidential candidate Peter Obi.

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