Nigeria is set to host the head of the international secretariat of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) based in Oslo, Norway, Mark Robinson, who is expected to arrive Nigeria on Monday on a working visit.
A statement signed by the director, Communications and Advocacy of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, said Mark is visiting Nigeria to access the level and impacts of EITI implementation in the country.
According to the statement, the visit is also designed to review progress so far made by Nigeria in the implementation of EITI standards as part of the overall on-going reforms agenda in Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining sector.
It read in part, “While in Abuja, the EITI chief executive is scheduled to visit the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Mines & Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite.
“Mark Robinson and his team will hold consultative meetings with the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari. He will also meet with the Executive Secretary, the Board, management and staff of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the domestic branch the global organisation.
“The EITI chief will also hold interactive session with the civil society/media and later address a press conference in Abuja before proceeding to Lagos in continuation of his visit.
“While in Lagos, he will meet with the management of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), as well as oil and gas companies under the platform of NEITI-Companies Forum.
“The EITI International Secretariat, led by Mark Robinson is coordinating and overseeing the affairs of 53 member implementing countries of the global organisation.
“Mr. Mark was appointed as the Executive Director of EITI in November 2018. He had previously worked as global director for the Governance Centre at the World Resources Institute (WRI).
“He has held several senior positions at the Department for International Development, the Institute of Development Studies, the Ford Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute, where he helped countries to formulate reforms in areas such as anti-corruption, transparency and natural resources governance. He has also held numerous board and advisory roles, and currently serves as Board Chair of the Open Government Partnership Secretariat.
“Mr. Mark was educated at Sussex University where he earned his PhD and MA in Comparative Politics. He also holds a BA honours degree in Social & Political Science from University of Cambridge.”