A sustainability advocacy outfit, CSR-in-Action Advocacy, has rallied the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources (FMPR), and Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) for resolution of conflicts rocking the extractive industry.
Other core stakeholders rallied for the same purpose are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).
Chief Executive of the group, Bekeme Masade, who announced this during an event to herald the 7th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference and Exhibition, maintained that this year’s event is geared towards Identifying tactics that would bring about long-lasting solution to conflict in Nigeria’s extractive sector.
This, Masade, who doubles as Co-Founder and Convener of SITEI, stressed is to avert further downward spiral of the sector and Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
Corroborating her view, Co-Convener and Chairman, SITEI Organising Committee, Meka Olowola, added that the discourse on management of conflict and security in Nigeria’s extractive sector cannot be overstressed as the sector is vital and instrumental to Nigeria’s overall development.
SITEI 2018, he said, would be declared open by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, on the first day and by Dr Kayode Fayemi, Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, on the final day, as is customary.
“The Conference will attract active participation from several officials in key government and private sectors including Dr. Maikanti Baru, GMD, NNPC; Ms Olajumoke Cecilia Ajayi, MD Asharami Energy Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB); Waziri Adio Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency International (NEITI); Dr. Muazu Abdulkadir, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel; Nere Teriba Managing Director, Kian Smith;
“Others are Babatunde Alatishe, Chairman Mining and Solid Minerals Group; Barrister Rose Oby, Vice President Mines, Abuja Chamber of Commerce; Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Group Head, Sustainability, Dangote Industries Limited; Oge Modie, Chief of Staff, Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Charles Achodo, Technical Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. Over 500 senior executives from the industries will also be in attendance,” Olowola said.
He continued; “Discussions at SITEI 2018 themed ‘Managing Conflict and Security in the Extractive Industries’ will revolve around creating awareness about the causes, impact and management of conflict in Nigeria’s extractive sector so as to maximise the potential inherent in the sector. Discussions are also meant to inspire the government to develop and implement strong legal and regulatory frameworks for conflict and security management in the oil and gas and mining sector.
“The two-day event is structured to focus on various aspects of the extractive industries. Day One will focus on the Oil and Gas sector. Amongst several activities, there will be an open dialogue with Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Honourable Minister for Petroleum Resources, and panel sessions on re-assessing the 12-point agenda to end militancy in the Niger Delta, and panel discussions including one on ‘Pathways for natural resource management and conflict prevention – people, environment and infrastructure’.
“Day Two will focus on mining and will focus on panel sessions on topics, including the ‘Cost of conflict with local communities’ and ‘Creating the institutional framework for conflicts and security management’. Both days will feature a ministerial tour of the exhibition area.”
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