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Orji appointed chair of EITI global network on contract transparency

It’s another milestone for Nigeria following the appointment of the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Dr. Orji Ogbaonnaya Orji, as chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) global network on contracts transparency.

Orji’s appointment was announced by the country manager of EITI for Anglophone countries, Dr Mike Uzoigwe, at the closing ceremony of a week-long knowledge sharing sessions and retreat for management and staff of NEITI in Abuja.

The EITI global network on contract transparency is tasked with the specific responsibility of developing a global framework, standard and tools of engagement on contract disclosures in the extractive industries to guide the member countries of EITI.

“The appointment of Nigeria to chair the EITI global network on contract transparency is in recognition of the extensive work that NEITI has to enshrine  contract disclosure as part of its rules of engagement with covered entities in Nigeria. I am happy to inform you that Nigeria has accepted the role,” Orji stated.

He continued: “NEITI remains committed and is in a hurry to deepen the implementation of EITI in Nigeria, improve revenue flows from the extractive sector into government coffers and improve overall governance of the sector to attract investments, create jobs and reduce poverty in the country.”

The global network is made of 20 EITI implementing countries including Nigeria.

The member countries include Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, Armenia, Cameroun, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi and Guinea.

Others are Guyana, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Senegal, Sao Tome e’ Principe, Togo, Zambia and Tanzania.


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