Publish What You Pay Nigeria Gets New Leadership

Publish What You Pay Nigeria Gets New Leadership

Publish What You Pay Nigeria Gets New Leadership

Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Nigeria, a national coalition of over 150 Civil Society groups across Nigeria’s six geo- political zones, that campaigns for citizens benefit from their natural resources, transparent and accountability in the extractive sector held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Rockview Hotels, Owerri on the 21st and 22nd November 2016.

At the AGM, a new national leadership of the coalition was elected and inaugurated. Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, Executive Director, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights emerged as the new National Coordinator, while other steering committee members preceded the national convention.  The new zonal coordinators are: Northwest Coordinator – Haruna Hadeja, South-South Coordinator – Patrick Chiekwe, Northeast Coordinator – Dr. Mrs. Danladi Erisa, Southwest Coordinator – Peter Egbule, North Central Coordinator – Taiwo Otitolaye. While the southeast Cordinator position was yet to be filled as at the time of this report. The position is being occupied by Mr. Ononamadu who was elected as the National Coordinator, replacing Miss. Faith Nwadishi, the former National Coordination and who is currently Anglophone West Africa representative at the global EITI.

At the inauguration ceremony, attended by –Stephanie –of PWYP UK, Miss Faith Nwadishi, the outgoing National Coordinator, urged the new leadership and the CSOs working in the extractive sector to be steadfast in their duties and have a strong voice for extractive sector justice.At the event, over seventy participants from sixty member organizations, media, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (NEITI), development partners and Representatives of Publish What You Pay International were present.

Activities of the PWYP in all the geo-political zones and the National Secretariat were reviewed at the event.

Also, the importance of prioritizing governance framework and strategic plan to reposition Nigeria’s PWYP Campaign to be mainstreamed with current government’s anti-corruption and transparency crusade was a dominant discourse at the event.

Participants at the event agreed that there is the need to intensify efforts at connecting citizens’ voices to demand transparency in the extractive sector, especially now that there is a plan by the government to diversify its economic base with solid minerals and agriculture taking the lead.

PWYP global vision 2020 was unveiled at the event, while a new engagement approach which includes seeking the extractive players and government to improve on its transparency projects was adopted.

The new National Coordinator and other Steering Committee members elected and inaugurated have resumed duty, while the old leadership was dissolved. Mr. Ononamadu, on behalf of the new national leadership of PWYP pledged to bring the coalition members together as well as generate required support and membership across the country.