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Buhari Confirms Dr. Mina Ogbanga As CSO Rep On NEITI Board

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the nomination of Dr. Mina Ogbanga as a member of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Her confirmation was made official with the presentation of a letter of appointment to her in Abuja, by the Secretary of General Services on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.

Dr. Ogbanga will represent the Civil Society constituency on the Board of NEITI, also known as the NSWG.

The letter of confirmation reads in part: “I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved your appointment as member of the National Stakeholders Working Group of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative for an initial 4 years with effect from 17th January 2023.”

The development follows a keenly contested election to select a representative, held on March 8th, 2023, by civil society organizations where she emerged as the winner.

Reacting to the development, Dr. Ogbanga said: “Indeed this remains a collective feat to steer the CSO space on the Board of NEITI and address the clear needs of this constituency and beyond. As a newly elected representative of CSOs on the NSWG, the task ahead to enhance the extractive space for societal transformation is key.

“It is therefore with unreserved humility that I accept my confirmation as the CSO Representative on the NEITI Board. I look forward to working with all cadre of Civil Society to ensure an inclusive leadership where no one is left behind. I call for support from all stakeholders to join hands as we strive to achieve success on this journey,” Dr Ogbanga added.

While appreciating all who contributed to making the journey possible thus far through their votes and participatory activities, she noted that the role of CSOs and development partners in nation-building cannot be overemphasized. “This is a task for all. We need to forge ahead and ensure that we make society and the extractive sector better than we found it” she added.

“Let’s make these initial 4 years the best for Nigerian’s home and in the diaspora.”

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