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CISLAC: Buhari Appoints Kolawole Banwo As Civil Society Representative On NEITI Board

By ORIH CHIBUIKE, The Nigerian Voice, Abuja
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The Board of Trustees of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has disclosed the approval by President Muhammed Buhari of the appointment of Mr. Kolawole Banwo as civil society representative on the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

The appointment of Mr. Banwo, who is a Senior Programme Officer (Extractives), with CISLAC was made in line with provisions of the NEITI Act 2007. It took effect from 19th February 2016 and will run for four years.

According to the statement signed by it legal Director Adeshina Oke on behalf CISLAC Board of Trustees, said it has been and remains in the vanguard of civil society engagement with extractive sector work in Nigeria, including having to serve on the very first Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay (PWYP-Nigeria) constituted in 2004.

As the main overseer of CISLAC’s extractive work, Mr. Banwo, who has led the organization’s campaign and advocacy for strengthening the implementation of the EITI process at sub-national and national levels in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region, has the requisite knowledge and network of support and collaboration with civil society to deliver on his assignment.

The CISLAC Board of Trustees thanked the President for finding Mr. Banwo worthy of this appointment. It assured the president that Banwo will give his level best in representing civil society on the NSWG of NEITI.

The Board further promised to provide him with all the support that he will require to deliver on this very important national assignment, the statement said.