The head of the global secretariat of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), Mr. Mark Robinson, has expressed excitement over the introduction of RemTrack to foster citizen engagement in the tracking and evaluation of remedial issues in the annual oil and gas audit of the Nigeria Extractive Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
Speaking during a consultative meeting with civil society organisations and the media in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Robinson said the RemTrack mobile application has a potential of advancing a priority focus of the EITI on systematic disclosure and mainstreaming of big data into the implementation of global standards in extractive transparency and accountability.
He said the global body is interested in open data systems which are defined by accuracy, accessibility and credibility as these enable uptake possibilities by state actors and companies, which he stressed, help to validate the triumvirate template of the EITI comprising sovereigns, civil society and the private sector entities.
“The EITI is excited to hear about initiatives that actively encourage public disclosure,” he said in reference to an introductory remark by the chairman of the Civil Society Steering Committee of NEITI, Mr. Kola Banwo who spoke about RemTrack and how civil society is contributing to the implementation of the transparency and accountability in the extractive sector of Nigeria.
In his remark, the director of Communications and Advocacy of NEITI, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, described RemTrack as a massive in-road in extractive transparency and accountability in Nigeria, noting that the agency is heavy on data optimisation and automation.