Australia To Partner With NEITI On Extractive Resource Management

MiteeAustralia has pledged to work closely with to strengthen its efforts in enthroning transparency, accountability and good governance in the Nigeria extractive sector.

 The Australian High Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Richardson the pledge in Abuja while exchanging views with the Management during a courtesy visit to Secretariat.

The Australian High Commissioner explained visit to was to solidarity to the Agency on what he called the extraordinary job 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 . The Australian envoy commended NEITI for its independent views, courage and professionalism.

The High Commissioner explained the Australian mining sector is developed, vast, ready and willing to share experiences with Nigeria through NEITI with a view to building partnership and collaboration among investors in the two countries.

He pledged the readiness of Mission in Nigeria to work with NEITI in the areas of human 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 the Board as a Multi- Stakeholder Group was committed to providing policy direction will help NEITI focus more on recording measurable impacts through enforcement of the NEITI Act 2007 with regards to ensuring prudency and 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 plan. This Ledum Mitee explained can be achieved with sustained implementation of EITI principles in the oil, 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.

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