CSR-in-Action, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other stakeholders, is pleased to announce the 5th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) conference. SITEI is scheduled to hold on November 15, 2016, in Abuja for the second time in five years, and will focus on government’s commitment to the sustainable development of the oil and gas and other sectors of the Nigerian economy with strong potential for prosperity and economic growth and development; with particular emphasis on the mineral sector.

The theme for SITEI 2016 is Revitalising the Nigerian Economy Beyond Oil: Prospects for a Thriving, Export-Driven Extractive Sector. In recognition of their significant roles in the diversification of the Nigerian economy, Dr John Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Mrs Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, are scheduled to shed more light on their ministries’ plans for progressive and responsible growth and development of the nation at the conference; including the roadmap for the Ajaokuta Steel Company. SITEI 2016 is, therefore, poised to be even more significant this year with the inclusion of a diverse group of stakeholders seeking to optimise the productivity of the extractive industries to attract FDI, induce capital retention and boost the national GDP through close collaboration between federal parastatals, MIREMCOs, host communities, businesses and civil society organisations.

Speaking to the relevance of SITEI in the current economic landscape, CSR-in-Action Founder and convener of SITEI, Bekeme Masade said, “Knowing that we are officially in a recession makes the need for collaborative efforts to turn things around drastically even more glaring. It is only through an inclusive approach to innovation like SITEI provides, that we can begin to embark on cohesive efforts that will birth lasting solutions, boost productivity, increase wealth, create more jobs, and contribute to the overall wellbeing of the society.”

Working with other notable partners and sponsors like Ford Foundation, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Lafarge Africa, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Heinrich Boell Foundation, SITEI 2016 will bring together critical stakeholders from government, private sector, civil society, media and academia to engage in a series of solution-driven discussions, building on outcomes from the Stakeholders’ meeting conducted at the Honourable Minister’s Conference Room, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (FMMSD) earlier in September.

Further emphasising the impact of the SITEI conference at the Stakeholders’ meeting, Dr. Ogbonnaya Orji, conveyed NEITI’s ongoing support of CSR-in-Action’s efforts for sustainability in the sector. He said, “We are happy to support the SITEI conference because of its perfect alignment with the ministry’s efforts at revitalising the sector. I congratulate the event organiser, CSR-in-Action, for its consistency and depth in mirroring the challenges of the sector and advocating best practices in line with globally accepted Integrity and sustainability metrics.”

A conference which began in 2012 in partnership with the Deputy High Commission of Canada, CSR-in-Action continues to build on its reputation for integrity, transparency, accountability and professionalism, attracting key persons from within Nigeria and beyond. Some of the expected speakers at the event this year include: Dr Kayode Fayemi (Honourable  Minister for Solid Minerals Development), Amina Mohammed (Honourable Minister for Environment), Ibe Kachikwu (Chairman of the Board, NNPC), Waziri Adio (Executive Secretary, NEITI), Alan Tousignant (Chief of the Economic Section, U.S. Embassy), Uwem Ite (External Advisor, SPDC), Tonye Cole (Group Executive Director, Sahara Group), Michel Puchercos (CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc), Prof. Stephen Vertigans (Head, School of Social Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK), Prof. Ademola Omolola (HOD, Department of Geography, UNILAG), Egghead Odewale (Special Adviser Media to Minister of Solid Minerals), Okey Onyejekwe (Senior Special Adviser to Minister of Solid Minerals), to name a few.