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The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday inaugurated the governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) to enhance the smooth running of its administration.

 

Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who performed the inauguration in Abuja, congratulated the members, saying their appointment as NEITI board members was based on individual merits and track records.

 

“Your appointment and inauguration, which is taking place here today is another practical demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of our economic resources.

 

 “And especially, given the mandate and objectives of the Nigeria’s NEITI, ” Mustapha said.

 

Mustapha said that the present administration was passionate about the NEITI process because it served two key agenda of the administration.

 

He said that the extractive industry was very strategic to Nigeria’s economy, hence central to the administration’s economic agenda.

 

According to Mustapha, the transparency and accountability in the management of nation’s resources is equally central to the anti-corruption agenda of Nigeria.

 

He said it was therefore, irrevocably committed to the implementation of NEITI in the oil, gas, and mining industries.

 

The SGF, therefore, tasked NEITI board members to ensure that the agency continued to preserve the virtues for the benefit of the present and for future generations of Nigeria.

 

 “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, ” he said.

 

Responding, Mr Olusegun Adekunle, a retired Permanent Secretary, office of the SGF, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for considering them worthy for the appointment.

 

Adekunle assured that the board would not disappoint the president in the course of carrying out its assigned duties.

 

The retired permanent secretary said his appointment alongside other board members was another opportunity to serve Nigeria in another capacity.

 

“Let me also congratulate my colleagues on the board for this wonderful opportunity to serve our nation in a different capacity.

 

“I must say that the confidence reposed in us is huge but our commitment to this assignment is also strong; we shall therefore, work as a team with focus and with integrity, ” Adekunle said.

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Government

The Federal Government of Nigeria represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are to inaugurate Generation Unlimited  (GenU), an intervention effort for young Nigerians on July 26.

 

According to a statement, it is aimed at urgently supporting expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 year to 24 years on an unprecedented scale.

 

The collaboration is a global multi-sector partnership that was initially launched in September 2018, in collaboration with over 200 partners.

 

It has reached, to date, more than 100 million young people globally through innovations and programmes in more than 40 countries across six continents.

 

The introduction of GenU Nigeria is a national event which will draw participants like Govs. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Abdullahi  Ganduje, Kano State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo as well as Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator.

 

GenU Nigeria has a wide range of development partners including the African Development Bank, GIZ, ILO, UNDP, USAID and Private Sector Organisations.

 

Some of the private sector organisations are: Airtel, Jobberman, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Microsoft, University of Cambridge, Boston Consulting Group and UBA Foundation.

 

In Nigeria, the target is to reach two million young people aged 10 years to 24 years by 2023 and 20 million by 2030 with education, skills training, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

 

GenU Nigeria will be implemented in 12 states distributed across the six geo-political zones in the country.

 

Northwest – Kano State and Kaduna State; South West — Lagos State and Ogun; North East –Borno and Bauchi States; South East — Ebonyi and Enugu States; North Central — Niger and Benue; South-South — Rivers and Cross River.

 

GenU Nigeria’s pilot implementation will be in Lagos and Kano States and will be directly implemented at the tate government levels, through the governors’ offices in the states.

 

Other African countries currently participating in the GenU partnership include Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and  Niger Republic.

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