Nigerian Transparency official nominated to global board

Faith Nwadishi

The body operates in 45 resource-rich nations.

A member of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG), Faith Nwadishi, has been nominated to join as a full member of the International Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Ms. Nwadishi’s nomination is expected to be ratified at the 6th Global Conference of the EITI scheduled to hold in Sydney, Australia later this month.

The EITI International Board, chaired by a former member of the British House of Commons, Clair Short, is the highest policy making organ of the global EITI operating in about 45 resource-rich countries, including Nigeria.

Ms. Nwadishi is the National Coordinator, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Nigeria, an international organization, reputed globally for championing the campaign for extractive industries to disclose publicly what they pay to governments in form of royalties, levies and taxes, as well as for governments to declare what they receive.

She would be representing the Civil Society in the 20-member International Board, whose members are drawn from member-countries across the world.

The concept of public disclosure, which Ms. Nwadishi and her organization are associated with, is based on the extractive industries transparency principles that availability of information and data to the citizens on extractive industries payment and receipts is fundamental to ensuring that resources from oil, gas and mining industries aid national development and reduce poverty through transparent and prudent management processes.

An engineer by profession, Ms. Nwadishi is expected to bring her diverse experience in EITI processes as a member of NEITI Board to bear on her new assignment in supporting the current vision of the EITI globally.

The EITI is more than ever before committed to transiting its activities from the focus on transparency through accountability to recording visible impacts in poverty reduction and development in EITI member countries.

Chairman of NEITI Board, Ledum Mitee and the Executive Secretary, Zainab Ahmed, while congratulating Ms Nwadishi on her appointment on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of NEITI expressed the hope that her appointment would further strengthen NEITI’s growing relationship with the Civil Society in the execution of its mandate at both national and international arena.

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