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OAGF to assist NEITI in tracking oil and gas revenue

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The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) has concluded arrangements to support the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in tracking oil and gas revenue that accrue to the Federal Government to ensure appropriate remittances, Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris disclosed.

Idris made the disclosure when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), led on a visit to him by the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji.

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While reacting to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)’s request for support to effect requisite reforms in the management of the country’s oil and gas revenues, Idris assured that the Federal Treasury, “will partner and give the necessary support to NEITI to achieve efficient monitoring of oil and gas revenue accruals to the government.”

He commended the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for the successes it has recorded so far, adding that the effort of the Agency to entrench probity, transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s oil and gas revenues is in line with the government’s financial management reforms initiatives.

A statement by Henshaw Ogubike, director Information, Press and Public Affairs OAGF, said, Idris also made a case for integration of NEITI as an institutional partner in the Federal Government’s strategic revenue growth initiative.

He reasoned that integrating the Agency into the Federal Government’s strategic revenue growth initiative will be a big leap forward in government’s vision of improving revenue collection, mobilization and identifying additional sources of revenue.

He noted that operating under obsolete laws has greatly hampered the activities of the Agency and called for periodic review of NEITI Act and other laws that regulate the operations of the oil and gas sector to reflect current realities.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, said, NEITI was established to track revenues accruing to the government from oil and gas transactions, especially remittances of such revenues to ensure accountability.

Dr. Orji commended the Accountant General of the Federation for the successes so far recorded in the government financial management reforms initiatives and solicited support for the Agency’s activities and challenges.