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Buhari’s Dissolution Of Fed Boards Threatens Nigeria’s EITI Membership

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

With Nigeria due for compliant country re-validation process in January next, the recent dissolution of all federal boards including that of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has left the country’s fate hanging in the balance.

The global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) does not allow government interventions in its process.

The EITI process is an anchored on a tripod made up of governments, industry operators and civil society organisations.

But with the dissolution of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) which serves as NEITI board, practically all EITI process has now been halted.

The five-year single term tenure of the board expires next month.

However trouble is brewing among the CSOs rank in NEITI as a section has accused their representative on the board, Faith Nwadishi of trying to get Nigeria thrown out of EITI following her letter to the world body.

Nwadishi in her letter to EITI Chair, Claire Short, stated that government dissolution of the board would affect the integrity of NEITI.

She wrote: “Yesterday the president dissolved all boards in the country which means the NEITI message is affected by this action, the Nigeria EITI is technically suspended”.

“The immediate past president did same but when the implications were presented to him, he reversed the decision.”