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CSR-in-Action partners NEITI, Petroleum Ministry to address conflict in extractive sector

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From left, Meka Olowola, Managing Partner, Zenera Consulting; Layide Adesanya, Deputy Director, Programme, New Nigeria Foundation; Dr Ladi Bada, CEO, Shoreline Natural Resources Limited; Bekeme Masade, Executive Director, CSR-in-Action/ Convener, SITEI and Otunba Babatunde Alatise, Chairman, Solid Mineral Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at the 7th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Press Conference, in Lagos, recently.

FOREMOST sustainability consulting and advocacy outfit, CSR-in-Action Advocacy, in partnership with the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources (FMPR), Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), and other stakeholders, is set to hold the seventh Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference and Exhibition where issues leading to conflict in extractive industry will be addressed.

The conference will hold at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on May 21 and 222018.

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.”

SITEI was established in October 2012 in conjunction with the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos.

The annual Conference, hosted by CSR-in-Action, is a platform that gathers key stakeholders in the extractive industries, government, CSOs, business, community, academia and the the media in an enabling environment to promote the cross-fertilisation of ideas and global best practices for the benefit of the Nigerian extractive scene.

Dr Ibe Kachikwu had endorsed the meeting when in addressing strategic partnerships for achieving national economic goals related to the sector, he announced that “CSR-in-Action is [an] organisation which we are happy to partner”.

Co-Founder and Convener of SITEI, Bekeme Masade, Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action, stressed that this year’s event is geared towards Identifying tactics that would bring about long-lasting solution to conflict in Nigeria’s extractive sector to avert further downward spiral of the sector and Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.

Meka Olowola, Co-Convener and Chairman, SITEI Organising Committee, asserted that 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 will 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.

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