WHAT IS REMEDIATION?
Remediation is the process of reconciling the identified gaps and shortfalls in the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit reports so as to ensure transparency and accountability in payments and receipts as well as adherence to accurate procedures and best practices in the oil, gas and solid minerals industries.
NEITI audit reports make recommendations that address identified gaps and which have impact on policies, and operational procedures that address corruption in the extractive sector if adequately implemented. The reports examine physical, financial, process audits of the oil and gas sector and reconcile the monies the extractives companies pay to the government with what government declares it receives.
WHO HAS A DUTY TO MONITOR AND EVALUATE (THE) REMEDIATION EFFORTS?
NEITI is primarily charged with the responsibility of coordination of remediation backed by the cooperation/support of the National Assembly, the media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). There is also an Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) to devise means of and implementing strategies for addressing remedial issues.
WHAT IS REMTRACK?
RemTrack is a civic tech platform that enables and empowers stakeholders and the general citizenry to effectively track progress in the implementation of audit reports of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). It is a technology-for-development tool that unpacks the complex web of remediation in the extractives sector into user-friendly information and datasets that enable stakeholders, especially civil society and the media to make evidence-based advocacy in furtherance of transparency and accountability in Nigeria. RemTrack is a global innovation, being the first of its kind in all EITI member countries.
WHAT ARE THE REMTRACK PLATFORMS?
RemTrack is essentially a mobile application built for smart phones and other mobile devices to provide information that stimulates and enables tracking of progress made on remediation issues contained in NEITI audit reports. It also has a web-based component for users who find PCs and Desktops more convenient or available for use.
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF REMTRACK?
RemTrack is an innovation that offers the following unique benefits at your fingertips:
- a concise overview of the oil and gas sector for information and education of citizens
- a one-stop shop of simplified data on all issues related to remediation in the oil and gas sector
- provides platforms (app and web-based) for tracking remedial issues and for evaluating the progress recorded in the implementation of the EITI in Nigeria in between annual audit circles
- strengthens multi-stakeholder collaboration, information sharing and confidence-building for effective results on remedial issues
- an organic interface between and amongst sector players and stakeholders and has a citizen engagement loop for the public to engage on accountability and transparency issues in oil and gas
- stimulates and scales up evidence-based advocacy to trigger needed action on remediation
- empowers the National Assembly with needed and relatable data to perform oversight functions
- aids media reportage and engagement of the fourth estate of the realm on remediation issues by - anchoring on development-based indices
- enriches informed citizen engagement in the oil and gas sector
- it is both an accountability tool for the oil and gas sector
WHO DEVELOPED THE REMTRACK APP?
RemTrack is designed and deployed by OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative in collaboration with the Civil Society Steering Committee (CSSC) of NEITI.
IS IT AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE TO DOWNLOAD AND USE?
Yes it can be downloaded for free from the app stores:
- For android devices (Download from Google Playstore)
- For iOS (Download from Apple iOS store)
- Visit the web (www.remtrack.ng)
- Follow on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @RemTrackNG)
WHAT IS NEITI?
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) was established by an Act of the National Assembly in 2007. This was after Nigeria voluntarily signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) four years earlier in 2003. Its mandate is to ensure due process, transparency, accountability and zero corruption in the determination, payments, and receipts of all government revenue accruing from the extractives sector, and in the application of the resources for national development. NEITI seeks to achieve mandate via three key means, viz: Reporting, Dissemination, and Remediation. The organization undertakes regular audits of the Nigerian extractives sector in a bid to ensure transparency and accountability in the revenues and receipts accruable from the country's rich resource endowments in oil, gas and solid minerals.