Nigeria Oil and Gas: OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI) Urges LawMakers to Increase Its Oversight Function Within the Sector

A legislative interface platform, OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI) has urged the National Assembly to increase its oversight function in the governance of Nigeria’s Extractives, particularly the oil and gas sector.

Oke Epia, who is the executive of OAI, in a statement yesterday said that lawmakers can attain this by looking into the audit reports by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Mr Oke also stated that past reports by NEITI submitted to the National Assembly has not been given adequate attention.

 “The reports contain germane recommendations which when implemented can fix issues of corruption and other yawning gaps that have denied Nigerians the benefit of her huge petroleum resources for decades,” he said.

“The 2016 NEITI oil and gas audit put the total financial flows including crude oil sales, taxes, royalties and other income into the federation, other tiers of government and sub-national entities at $17.055 billion.”

Some of his report recommendation emphasized on the non-implementation of the report.

“The remediation of financial, physical and process gaps identified in NEITI audits have continued to be a major drag in the governance of the oil and gas sector and this is one core responsibility the current National Assembly must take up with all alacrity and consistency to restore transparency and accountability,” he said.

The executive Director further stated that OrderPaper Advovacy Initiative is ready to launch a technology tool, ”RemTrack” specially designed to make easy, what is contained in the NEITI audit reports and encourage citizen understanding of oil and gas remediation, participation in the extractive sector.

“RemTrack, which has been developed in collaboration with the Civil Society Steering Committee (CSSC) of NEITI, will not only encourage informed citizen participation but also advance the performance of legislative oversight over the sector,” Mr Epia stated.

OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is the non-profit arm of OrderPaper Nigeria. It is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) duly registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to embark on policy-related engagements and interventions, especially in the legislative space that expand the frontiers for good governance and deepen democratic practice(s). 

The core aspiration of OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is to expand the practice of good governance and amplify the voices and participation of hitherto under-served and under-represented interests in the political process in a manner that makes for inclusiveness. OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is a member of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Nigeria