May 21, 2024
NEITI, ICPC sign pact to fight corruption in petroleum, mining sectors
NEITI asks FIRS to recover $20bn from firms
– By Godswill Odiong

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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have signed a pact to fight corruption in the oil and gas, and solid minerals sectors of Nigeria’s economy.

In a statement obtained by The Daily, https://thedaily-ng.com, NEITI’s Head, Communications and Advocacy, Mrs. Obiageli Onuorah stated that under the arrangement, the ICPC is to establish a special extractive industry desk while NEITI will provide information, including relevant and data.

According to Mrs. Onuorah, these were part of the resolutions reached at a meeting of the two parties led by the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, and the Chairman of the ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye.

Specifically, Dr. Orji disclosed that the arrangement became necessary to strengthen NEITI’s capacity to hold accountable, covered entities that fail to address issues or respond positively and timely to remedial issues contained in NEITI reports.

However, Chairman of the ICPC Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said: “I pledge the support of the Commission under this joint cooperation arrangement. We will offer our support in the areas of investigation and prosecution which we consider, important steps towards checking corruption in the oil, gas, and mining sector.”

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