RemTrack is a civic technology-for-development tool designed and deployed by OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative to unpack the complex web of remediation in NEITI audit reports into user-friendly information and datasets that enable stakeholders, especially civil society and the media to track progress and make evidence-based advocacy in furtherance of transparency and accountability in the extractive sector of Nigeria.
Remediation is the process of reconciling the identified gaps and shortfalls in NEITI audit reports so as to ensure transparency and accountability in payments and receipts as well as adherence to accurate procedures and best practices in the oil, gas and solid minerals industries. The idea is to fix the leakages and prevent reoccurrence in the future. NEITI audit reports clearly point out remediation issues via recommendations that impact on policies, and operational procedures that address corruption in the extractive sector if adequately implemented. The reports examine physical, financial, process audits of the oil and gas sector and reconcile the monies the extractives companies pay to the government with what government declares it receives. Besides submitting these reports officially to the National Assembly, the government set up an Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) to devise means of and implementing strategies for addressing the remedial issues. These remedial issues include metering and measurement of infrastructure, crude and product losses, payment issues, divested assets, governance and regulatory issues. Others are production sharing contracts (PSCs), expired memorandum of understandings (MoUs), as well as domestic crude allocation and refining capacity.
NEITI, Remediation and Legislative Oversight
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) is required to statutorily submit its audit reports to the National Assembly which is constitutionally empowered with oversight functions in a democracy. Therefore, the ultimate responsibility for remediation in this sense anchors with the federal legislature that has several standing committees and some ad-hoc panels charged with the mandate of providing oversight in the extractives sector. The RemTrack initiative is accordingly designed to aid the discharge of the dissemination function of NEITI; upscale advocacy efforts of civil society and other demand-side actors; and facilitate the performance of legislative oversight by the National Assembly
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) was established by an Act of the National Assembly in 2007. This was after Nigeria voluntarily signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) four years earlier in 2003. The mandate of NEITI is to "ensure due process, transparency, accountability and zero corruption in the determination, payments, and receipts of all government revenue accruing from the extractives sector, and in the application of the resources for national development." NEITI seeks to achieve its mandate via three key means, viz: Reporting, Dissemination, and Remediation. The organization undertakes regular audits of the Nigerian extractives sector in a bid to ensure transparency and accountability in the revenues and receipts accruable from the country's rich resource endowments in oil, gas and solid minerals. NEITI audit reports usually make profound revelations by identifying several processes and governance lapses in the sector while offering appropriate recommendations on how to fix identified challenges. Due to the sterling work of NEITI over time, Nigeria in 2019 emerged as one of seven countries across the world (the 2nd in the continent and 1st in Anglophone Africa) to attain the enviable EITI rating of SATISFACTORY PROGRESS after the global watchdog's validation. Read more about NEITI here: www.neiti.gov.ng
Civil Society Steering Committee
The Civil Society Steering Committee, CSSC, of the NEITI Board serves as the interface between the civil society constituency and other stakeholders within the NEITI implementation process. It is currently made up of 15 members as provided for in the NEITI Act 2007, representing community based organizations, professional groups, media, the labour movement, women and youth groups, community based organizations and persons with disabilities. It serves as the voice of civil society and citizens, mobilizes participation, disseminates information and promotes debates on issues within the extractive sector. It is led by a chairperson who is also the civil society representative on the NEITI Board and who participated in the co-creation of RemTrack as a tool for monitoring, tracking, evaluating and reporting progress on remediation from the recommendations for NEITI Audit reports
About OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative
OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) duly registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to embark on policy-related, especially legislative engagements that expand the frontiers for good governance and deepening of democratic practice. The core aspiration of OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is to expand the civic space 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 has an Advisory Board comprising of accomplished and distinguished individuals in the fields of Public Policy, Civic Advocacy, Media and Development, among others.