The 5th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference 2016 was organised by CSR-in-Action on 15 November, 2016, in Abuja, capital city of Nigeria, together with key private and public sector stakeholders, and was themed Revitalising the Nigerian economy beyond oil: Prospects for a thriving export-driven extractive sector. The theme was borne out of the desire to optimise the productivity of the extractive industries in order to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), induce capital retention and boost the National GDP.
During the landmark event, 5th in a series of successive engagements with diverse stakeholders, which took place at the NAF Conference Centre & Suites, Abuja, CSR-in-Action partnered with the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and had Ford Foundation as the keynote sponsor.
The conference was structured into three discussion/plenary sessions vis-à-vis (i) Implementing the National Roadmap for Nigeria’s Mineral Landscape Development, (ii) Discussion on Opportunities for Women and Youth in Artisanal Mining, and (iii) Restructuring the Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria; the Need for Immediate Policy Implementation.
The Executive Director, CSR-In-Action and convener of the SITEI Conference, Bekeme Masade, outlined the vision of the 2016 edition during her address. She said, “Given the challenges we currently face as a country, the grounds for multifaceted stakeholder engagement has never been more imperative. And it was on this premise that we reached out to all federal parastatals, MIREMCOs, host communities, businesses, civil societies and most importantly, our women and youth who are here today not only as participants, but potential advocates of sustainability in the extractive sector. Even more pleasing is the sight of women showing themselves worthy in a male-dominated field.”
In attendance were Dr Kayode Fayemi (Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development) represented by Prof. Okey Onyejekwe, Bekeme Masade (Founder/Convener, SITEI), Japheth Omojuwa O’Seun Odewale (Special Adviser Media to Minister of Mines and Steel Development), Prof. Olugbenga Okunlola (President, Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society), Prof. Ademola Omojola (Department of Geography, UNILAG), Nere Teriba (Managing Director, KianSmith Trade Co), Christine K (Director, Heinrich Boell), Alh. Sani Shehu (National President, MAN/CEO Mailalle), Waziri Adio (Executive Secretary, NEITI), Alan Tousignant (Chief of the Economic Section, U.S. Embassy), Prof. Yinka Omorogbe (Research Professor, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies), Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi, Dauda Garuba (Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative, University of Edinburgh), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya (Head, Communications, NEITI), Hon. J.F. Adeyemi (President, Women in Mining) represented by Hanatu Indo, Meka Olowola (Chairman, SITEI Planning Committee), captains of the oil and gas and solid minerals industries, private and public sector experts, civil societies and local and international environmental specialists, administrators, investors and the general public.
Ms Masade was joined by the special guests to launch the Sustainable Extractive and Energy Principles (SEEP); a guidance document which seeks to put critical plans, structures and principles in place for the seamless operation of mineral resource-mining and energy operations, including renewable energy.
Some of the key recommendations from discussions on the extractive industries at the conference were highlighted below:
Key recommendations from discussions on the mining industry
Key recommendations from discussions on the oil and gas industry