Australia has pledged to work closely with NEITI to strengthen its efforts in enthroning transparency, accountability and good governance in the Nigeria extractive sector.
The Australian High Commissioner explained that his visit to NEITI was to show solidarity to the Agency on what he called the extraordinary job that NEITI is doing in drawing national and international attention to the connection or the link between efficient extractive revenue governance and poverty reduction and development in the country. The Australian envoy commended NEITI for its independent views, courage and professionalism.
The High Commissioner explained that the Australian mining sector is developed, vast, ready and willing to share experiences with Nigeria through NEITI operations with a view to building partnership and collaboration among investors in the two countries.
He pledged the readiness of his Mission in Nigeria to work with NEITI in the areas of human capacity development, civil society relations, logistics and dissemination of NEITI Audits reports and other identified areas of mutual interest.
The Chairman of NEITI, Ledum Mittee used the forum to assure the Australian High Commissioner that the Board as a Multi- Stakeholder Group was committed to providing strategic policy direction that will help NEITI focus more on recording measurable impacts through enforcement of the NEITI Act 2007 with regards to ensuring prudency and discipline in the extractive industry revenues by both companies and relevant government agencies.
He explained that poverty reduction through NEITI activities has become the major target of NEITI in its strategic plan. This Ledum Mitee explained can be achieved with sustained implementation of EITI principles in the oil, gas and mining industries.
The visit by the High Commissioner provided wide forum for the Executive Secretary to acquaint the Mission with NEITI activities and its relevance to national development.