Communiqué Issued At Two Day Multi Stakeholders Group Workshop On Improving Accountability And EITI Process Application In Nigeria Held On The 27th and 28th of July 2017 At L.A Kings Hotel Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Prelude

In an effort to have effective synergy among multi-stakeholders working in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process in Nigeria, the Publish What You Pay-Nigeria (PWYP), with support from Ford Foundation organized a two-day workshop on Multi-stakeholders Improving Accountability Engagement and Deepening EITI Application in Nigeria.

Participants were selected from the NEITI Civil Society Steering Committee members, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), media, academia, professional bodies, International Development Partners (IDPs) and PWYP members across Nigeria. Also, Faith Nwadishi, the EITI International Board member participated in the workshop.

Aims and objectives of the workshop:

The workshop is aimed at improving accountability in the EITI process in Nigeria. And also, to deepen the knowledge and skills of civil society organizations working for extractive sector transparency such as sub-national transfer, open data, beneficial ownership and open contracting.

Areas of priority:

Participants at the workshop identified five priority areas that CSOs will work on in the EITI process in Nigeria for the next three years. They are:

  • Environmental degradation, and mainstreaming human rights into environmental impact assessment
  • Beneficial ownership and sub-national transfer and utilization
  • Contract transparency
  • Output and measurement :artisanal mining and metering in the oil & gas sector
  • Capacity strengthening on Community Development Agreement (CDA)
  • Laws and Policies regulating the extractive sector
  • Gender and extractive

The following observations, resolutions and recommendations were arrived at.

Observations:

  • There is a huge capacity gap among CSOs working in the extractive sector. The capacity gap reflects mainly on research, documentation and negotiation skills, and these gaps limits evidence-based advocacy and interventions in the sector.
  • Stakeholders in the oil and gas industries must work together to put in place mechanisms to determine exact quantity of crude oil lifted for proper accountability.
  • Pioneer status fashioned to stimulate investment and business in the extractive sector is grossly abused by some companies.

 

Resolutions:

  • Civil society organizations and actors need to improve their skills in the area of research, negotiation and documentation for evidence-based interventions.
  • CSOs and citizens demand for transparency and accountability for extractive resources utilization need to be strengthened.
  • Citizen’s awareness and mobilization to engage stakeholders through coordinated advocacies for policy reform, open accountable and transparent system should be strengthened.

 

Recommendations:

  • Multi stakeholders in the NEITI and extractive industries engagement should collaborate for capacity strengthening.
  • Discontinuance of pioneer status.
  • Citizens must demand accountability in the extractive sector value chain.
  • There should be a review of existing laws and policies in the extractive sector to allow for the establishment of natural resource management agency.
  • Stakeholders working in the extractive sector need capacity improvement for effective advocacy.
  • Poor fiscal responsibility (weak tax administration), revenue remittance and utilization should be addressed for effective transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.
  • The Nigerian state should implement holistically Beneficial Ownership
  • CSOs must be accountable to their constituents

 

Sign

Muhammad Baba Kucici

Initiatives For Social Development And Good Governance 

 

Ayoka Anthony O.

Programme Director, Habitatcare and Protection Initiative

 

Obiageli Ukeoma

Gender and Development Action (GADA

 

Nasiru Lawal Maimagani

Centre for Social Advocacy (CSA)

 

Aisha Abdullahi

Peace Advancement And Sustainable Development Initiative

 

Comrade Lumumba I. Okugbawa

Secretary General Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria

 

Muttaka Usman

Association of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

 

Obas Esiedesa

Media Initiative for Transparency in the Extractive Industries (MITEI)

 

Maife Lincoln

Students And Youth Forum on EITI