Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producing country and ranks 8th globally. It produces a quarter of all African crude oil and in 2006, oil and natural gas made up 37% of the GDP and over 95% of exports. Its other natural resources include tin, columbite, iron ore, coal, limestone, lead and zinc. Although gas production is less economically significant than oil production, Nigeria’s reserves are among the top ten in the world. Nigeria has considerable mineral deposits, but the solid mineral sector in Nigeria is currently underdeveloped. Nigeria became a member of OPEC in 1971.
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19 December 2011 – On 19th November our coalition PWYP Nigeria held its Annual General Meeting. Top of the agenda were elections for the coalition’s governance structure. Ms. Faith Nwadishi was unanimously re-elected as national coordinator for the next three years. A new board was also elected at the meeting and a detailed Action Plan devised for 2012.
17 – 22 July 2011 Civil society representatives from Nigeria visited Ghana to meet with various stakeholders involved in promoting transparency in the extractive sector. The purpose of the trip was to exchange experiences with and learn from the stakeholders in order to enhance the effectiveness of the Nigerian campaign. Among other objectives, the Nigerian delegation wished to discuss with their Ghanaian counterparts the best ways of engaging with actors from the government and private sector as well as talking to media on the main challenges in reporting on the extractive sector.
The delegation met with a number of Ghanaian actors, including representatives from civil society, the media, government officials, human rights lawyers and officials from EITI Ghana. The mission observed that both countries have much to learn from one another as each is undergoing an extractive experience the other has been going through. Ghana has recently begun producing petrol while Nigeria is seeking to increase exploitation of its solid minerals. The trip resulted in a number of recommendations, including for instance the suggestion that civil society organisations create platforms and structures in sub-regions so as to facilitate closer collaboration and a deeper network.
This trip was the fourth in a capacity building series organised by CISLAC, with the support of Oxfam Novib. Previous trips were made to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. For more information on the trip, read the communiqué issued by CISLAC.