The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has warned board members of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) against partisanship.
He gave the warning yesterday during the inauguration of the national stakeholders working group (the board) of NEITI in Abuja.
According to him, the present administration is passionate about the EITI process because it serves two key agendas of this administration.
Mustapha noted that the extractive industry is very strategic to Nigeria’s economy and hence central to the administration’s economic agenda.
He said transparency and accountability in the management of our national resources is equally central to the anticorruption agenda of Nigeria and is therefore irrevocably committed to the implementation of EITI in the oil, gas, and mining industries.
The SGF said, “As members of this board, you must ensure that NEITI continues to preserve these virtues for the benefit of all of us present here today and for future generations.
“In order to achieve this, I must remind you that your assignment is non-partisan because NEITT itself is non-political and has maintained dignified neutrality all through almost two decades of existence.
“It is also necessary for me to stress that your appointment is a part-time one. You are therefore advised to conduct yourselves in accordance with this requirement.
“Your mandate as the Board of this organisation is to ensure effective EITI implementation in Nigeria by providing policy and strategic direction, guidance, monitoring and oversight to the EITI process in Nigeria.
“Let me remind you that unlike most government agencies, NEITI is not just a local agency of the government, but part of an international organisation. Hence it must be seen to comply with the principles of the international EITI,” he said.