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CSR-in-Action partners NEITI, FMPR , FMMSD for strategic conflict resolution in Nigeria’s extractive sector, as it hosts SITEI 2018

CSR-in-Action partners NEITI, FMPR , FMMSD for strategic conflict resolution in Nigeria’s extractive sector, as it hosts SITEI 2018

UGO AMADI

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, wishes to announce the 7th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference and Exhibition slated to hold at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre Abuja on 21 and 22 May, 2018.

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’.

Day Two will focus on mining and will focus on panel sessions on topics, including the ‘Cost of conflict with local communities’ and ‘Creating the institutional framework for conflicts and security management’. Both days will feature a ministerial tour of the exhibition area.

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

The Conference will attract active participation from several officials in key government and private sectors including Dr. Maikanti Baru, GMD, NNPC; Ms Olajumoke Cecilia Ajayi, MD Asharami Energy Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB); Waziri Adio Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency International (NEITI); Dr. Muazu Abdulkadir, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel; Nere Teriba Managing Director, Kian Smith; Babatunde Alatishe, Chairman Mining and Solid Minerals Group; Barrister Rose Oby, Vice President Mines, Abuja Chamber of Commerce; Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Group Head, Sustainability, Dangote Industries Limited; Oge Modie, Chief of Staff, Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Charles Achodo, Technical Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. Over 500 senior executives from the industries will also be in attendance.

CSR-in-Action Advocacy, a subsidiary of the CSR-in-Action Group, is the first United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) NWP private sector member in Nigeria and is a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – with special consultative status

CSR-in-Action publishes the Corporate Sustainable Investor Report with the 3C-Index – the only sustainability bespoke analysis of business’ sustainability practices – drawing on international standards such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles and other guiding principles in Nigeria such as the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles. Furthermore, CSR-in-Action is the convener of Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference – an annual

conference that offers a platform to discuss and provide suggestions to better implement government policies in the mining and oil industries, which is attended by leaders in the industries, academia, civil society, community and business. Our third most prolific approach to driving ethics, is through our project The Good Citizen, which aims at driving value system reorientation amongst individuals in the citizenry through solid partnerships.

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