Nigeria: Legislative Oversight and Accountability in Natural Resource Management and other Areas

March 20, 2013 • 7:30 – 9:00 pm EDT

Hon Abike Dabiri
Chair of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs

Hon. Uche Ekwenife
Chair of the House Committee on Environment

Senator Victor Lar
Chair of the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Anti-Corruption

Hon. Rafeequat Arinola Onabamiro
Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women in Parliament

Hon. Arabo Yakubu Simon
Member, House Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management

Moderated by

Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh
Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, NDI

National Democratic Institute
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There is increasing international focus on the role of legislatures in promoting government accountability. Nigeria is the world’s 8th larger exporter of petroleum which makes up nearly 40% of its GDP and 80% of government revenue. Despite this natural resource wealth, Nigeria faces significant political and developmental challenges, including infrastructure development, anti-corruption, and service delivery. Speakers will discuss efforts to instill greater transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s resources and the role of the Nigerian National Assembly in this process.

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