The Africa Network for environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) had a fruitful engagement meeting with the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Commission (EDSOGPADEC) on Friday 19th January 2018 at the commission’s secretariat in Benin. A total number of eighteen persons were in attendance comprising four ANEEJ staff and fourteen EDSOGPADEC staff including Lucky Wasa, Permanent secretary and Osagie Asabor, Director of public Affairs.
Mr. Leo Atapku, Deputy Executive Director of ANEEJ commended the Leadership of the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC) for its cooperation towards the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project supported by USAID through Chemonics when the outcome of the CRC was presented to the commission in 2016.
He told the commission that ANEEJ focus on the second phase of the project is on the use of technology to measure the transparency level of the NDIs through the Niger-Delta Institution Transparency and Accountability index with 49 indicators which was launched December 15, 2017 on the Dyntra platform.
The Advocacy memo addresses how all the NDIs in focus will be assessed against the 49 indicators on the Niger Delta Transparency Index and will be ranked at the first and second evaluations. Mr Leo Atakpu also informed them that the assessment will be an annual event even beyond the life of the project.
Sandra Eguagie, Program Officer made a presentation on the Niger-Delta Transparency Index online and took the commission through the Dyntra platform on how they can assess the platform and start the self evaluation before the schedule training in February 2018.
Sandra Eguagie, ANEEJ program officer (left) explaining the login process of the Niger-Delta transparency index on the Dyntra platform. http://www.dyntra.org/en/
The permanent Secretary’s Response
Mr. Wasa Lucky, EDSOGPADEC permanent Secretary commended ANEEJ for their partnership with the commission and stated some of the projects they are currently executing across the three oil producing local government areas of the state – Orhionmwon, Ikpoba Okha and Ovia North East.
Mr. Wasa said that the commission is currently focusing on road projects in the state and that work is ongoing in Abudu, Benin-Abraka road and Erediauwa. According to the Permanent secretary all the projects go through due process.
The commission also requested ANEEJ to increase the number of staff to be trained on how to evaluate the Niger-Delta Transparency Index on the Dyntra platform to two or three staff to be selected from the department of planning, Media and Engineering. He called on ANEEJ to go beyond training of staff of NDIs to providing them with necessary tools to discharge their duties after the training.
One of EDSOGAPDEC staff Mrs. Amen Obasuyi was designated by the Permanent Secretary to work with ANEEJ on the platform before the commencement of the training.