Natural Resources: NILDS Partners NNRC on Toolkit for Extractive Industry.

  • Sunday August 2, 2020 11:36 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
Natural Resources: NILDS Partners NNRC on Toolkit for Extractive Industry.

As part of efforts aimed at improving legislators’ capacity to tackle extractive industry issues, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), in collaboration with the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) is set to unveil a toolkit on extractive industry.

The partnership between (NILDS) and (NNRC) is targeted at transparency and accountability in the management of oil, gas and mineral wealth of the country.

The purpose of this toolkit is three-fold; to improve the knowledge of the legislative committees, clerks and Legislators in general with oversight responsibilities for the governance of the extractive industry.

Also, to understand the range of partnerships and collaborations with local and international actors in the industry in focus to foster improved governance of the sector.

Lastly, to enable legislators, other actors in the executive and civil society organisations to mainstream the NRC approach and principles to complement the activities of other national and international initiatives for improved governance of the Extractive industries for the promotion of the public good.

It was gathered that the Toolkit would be a useful tool to the leadership of the National Assembly, relevant committees and other relevant legislative stakeholders to review laws and regulations, support their constituency representative duties and promote legislative oversight responsibilities, in line with constitutional responsibilities of legislators.

The Toolkit provides sufficient background information for understanding Nigeria’s natural resource industry, relates experience on the NNRC themes from other natural resource climes and interrogates international best practices for promoting natural resource governance in Nigeria.

It also provides templates for conducting independent analysis of laws, sectors and issues within the natural resource space.
Giving an insight on the Toolkit, the first section gives an overview of the natural resources in Nigeria including legislation and key challenges affecting the Oil and Gas as well as Solid Minerals sectors. This is followed by details on the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter and the Benchmarking Exercise Reports.

While section two describes the role of the National Assembly including its scope of powers in convergence with the NNRC. It provides a practical application of the NNRC, as a template, for use by specific oversight and investigative committees of both houses.

Section three also looks at capacity building for the legislators as well as opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

The final section is a step-by-step case study review for adopting the Toolkit in review and analysis of draft laws, existing laws and addressing natural resource issues.

It is expected that the use of this Toolkit will contribute to the development of overall governance in Nigeria’s natural resource sector for the benefit of current and future generations.

The President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan is expected to deliver the keynote address at the virtual validation of the Toolkit which will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, 5th August, 2020.

Participants include Legislators, Clerks of relevant Committees of the National Assembly, Ministers, Heads of democratic Institutions, Captains of extractive industries, Academia, CSOs, media organisations and members of the general public.