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LEITI wants CSOs track information on extractive sector

Jos Garneo Cephas
LITIT-Deputy Head of Secretariat, Myers W. Saye
LITIT-Deputy Head of Secretariat, Myers W. Saye

(elbcradio.com/Dec. 12, 2015)-The Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has deemed it necessary for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) full involvement to track feedback for information sharing to enhance transparency in the extractive sector of Liberia.

Deputy Head of Secretariat of LETI, Myers W. Saye said:‘’LEITI’s  small group of working force is overwhelmed so it time member of CSOs get involve in tracking and provide needed information for transparency sick.’’

Mr. Saye noted that considering the number of NGOs in the country, they all cannot serve on the Multi-Stakeholders Group (MSG)a Governing Board of the LEITI at once in tracking relevant information and disseminating scene to the public.

Rights and Rice Foundation is one of four CSOs been represented on   the MSG.

On December 10, 2015, Rights and Rice Foundation(RRF) held a  two day feedback  tracking capacity building  workshop for  CSOs  and community-based Organizations  in Monrovia , while similar training took place in four counties including Central and South Eastern Liberia  for the same purpose.

The LEITI Head of Secretariat pointed out with the sitting of CSOs representatives on MSG will help LEITI to track the activities beyond the 15 counties and discriminate information and through reports.

The training sponsored by LEITI and the African Development Bank (ADB) had the theme: ‘’towards a robust civil society involvement in promoting transparency and accountability within the LEITI framework,’’

According to Saye : ‘’The move is necessary because  CSOs have had  their own niche and professional knowhow in the mining, logging and other extractive  sector as  they out to play a major role’’.

The Deputy Head of Secretariat of LETI, said one of Extractive Industries Transparency International (EITI) requirements that its national chapter track and present its reports on time. He said a two year operational plan (2016-20170) that will guide LEITI is also ready to be launched.

The Executive Director of RRF, James Yarsiah called on the CSOs working groups to consider the provision of small grant to them by LEITI as a golden opportunity that will enhance their performance. 

Mr. Yarsiah praised LEITI for attracting a small working grant being secured for CSOs working in the sector to facilitate the tracking progress and the challenges thereof. He did not disclose the amount involve.

He   spoke of the lack of capacity of national NGOs doing follow-ups and reporting their findings within the operational areas from the counties. 

The RRF Executive Director said: ‘One of his greatest wishes before RRF was named on the MSG Board has been finding solutions to implement tracking reports from the field’.  He then called on the CSOs working groups to consider the provision of the small grant as a golden opportunity that will enhance their performance. 

Liberia subscribed to EITI in 2007 and became Africa’s first and the world’s first complying nation in 2009. Liberia’s (EITI) has since produced five reports and is about to provide the sixth reconciliation reports on concessions agreements, payment and benefits, social responsibilities fulfilment by companies and government.

The  tracking and  feedback of information  and activities from  extractive  companies’ operations intern of  benefits,  failure and successes; is a transparency process  put in place  by LEITI  to track  the mining, logging  and other  minerals extraction , dividend and development  arising thereof   from effected local communities.   

The program seeks to strengthen the capacity of about 80 representatives of CSOs, community based organizations and network members from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Lofa and Montserrado Counties.

 


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