As part of efforts aimed at improving public understanding of extractive sector issues and the applicability of the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC)’s Precepts/Principles in engaging with stakeholders and government agencies and NASS to resolve governance issues, the NNRC partnered with Extractives 360 in launching of its dedicated News website in Abuja in March. The site, Extractives360.com, is a web based publication which provides factual, reliable and real time reports of issues in the extractive industry to equip citizens and the international community with relevant information, to enable them hold government accountable.

The partnership between the NNRC and Extractive360.com is aimed at supporting the NNRC to reinforce its media and online presence for sustained engagement on the precepts of the NNRC. The event brought together an array of participants drawn from professionals in the media, experts in the extractive industry, civil society and the organised private sector. Extractive360 was ushered into the extractive industry by the NNRC, the Mining Cadastral and the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI). It also presented an opportunity to introduce and inaugurate the Advisory Board members of Extractive360.com, as well as to give a brief tour of the website.

In her presentation on the future of Nigeria’s oil economy, Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli, NNRC’s Program Coordinator used the opportunity to point out that one of the cardinal strategies of achieving the goals of the NNRC is to support civil society organizations and media organizations in continuously pushing out information and advocacy, by equipping the public with necessary information to demand for the much needed improvements in governance of Nigeria’s extractive industry.

As part of this partnership, Extractive360.com will provide NNRC with the opportunity to have a media reach in terms of news/media reports mentions from the launch, amplify the institutional support of the NNRC, provide a platform for the NNRC to treat each of the NNRC’s twelve precepts for a dedicated period as well as in each edition of the planned extractive360.com quarterly journal.

In her welcome address, Ms. Juliet Alohan, Editor of Extractive 360.com told the audience that they went up in November 2017, and have been running uninterruptedly. However, Extractive360.com thought it necessary to convene a stakeholder’s forum to formally introduce and present the website for wider coverage, use and participation of industry actors. She explained that Extractive360.com is a web-based publication, a specialised news site which provides factual, reliable and up-to-date reports on issues within Nigeria’s extractive industries as well as related development across the global extractive industries and markets.

The objective of the platform is to further deepen the implementation of the transparency and accountability principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and related frameworks being championed by other global extractive industry performers such as the Natural Resource Charter, in Nigeria; and also to shape conversations that could transform the way Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining sectors are managed.

She also informed participants that the site has over the last one year recorded about One Hundred and Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety-Three (107,293) unique visitors, with hundreds of feedbacks. The Extractive360.com assures that the right thing is being done and is pushing the frontiers of credible reporting further.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the portal, the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio said the vision of extractive360.com which is to help achieve a sustainable society through prudent management of Nigeria’s extractive resources is at the heart of what NEITI represents and stands for. Adio who was represented by the Director, Legal NEITI, Peter Ogbobine, expressed confidence that the news portal will meet stakeholders’ expectations by being a creditable platform and tool that will assist is setting the agenda and shape the conversation on the natural resource governance issues and extractive industries reforms.

On his part, the Director General, Mining Cadastre Office, Engr. Simon Nkom said the launch of the portal could not have come at a better time than now. The DG who was represented by the Senior Technical Adviser, Mining Cadastre Office, Engr. Mustapha Yusuf said the portal will help propagate the potentials of the solid mineral sector to the global community.