The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives NEITI has called for stronger collaboration with the media towards ensuring transparency on emergent issues to fast track more tax for national development.
The Executive Secretary, NEITI Dr. Orji Ogbonaya made appeal at a two day capacity building for Journalist in Abuja.
Dr. Ogbonaya who said the collaboration became necessary as media play vital role in holding government accountable to ensure citizens know their rights from the resources generated in the country.
“NEITI deems it of utmost importance to build the capacity as media professionals to understand the EITI/NEITI process to enable them report the sector and drive reforms that are crucial for the survival of the Nigerian extractive sector.”
Dr. Ogbonaya said his office would not hesistate to ensure the needed data were available to the media as at when due as this would go along way to ensure transparency and development.
In their separate presentation the Head Communication and Advocacy of NEITI Mrs Obiageli Onuorah and the Technical Assistance to the Executive Secretary NEITI, Mr. Dauda Garuba explained that Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives provides room for experience sharing and modeling of good practices and disclosure to strengthened national priorities.
Also, the chairperson Civil Society Steering Committee Mrs. Faith Nwadishi who explained that there was need to ensure proper account of revenue generated by Extractive companies said this would go a long to ensure Nigeria benefits more on tax coming in which transform to revenue for developmental projects.
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Mrs Nwadishi appealed to the media to be at the vanguard of holding government and other stakeholders accountable for their actions