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Governor Willie Obiano has called for urgent attention and re-examination of existing laws guiding the exploitation of mineral resources, and land use act in the Country.

The Governor made the call during the South East Zonal Outreach and Town Hall Meeting organised by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in Awka.
According to the Governor, represented by the Chief of Staff, Professor Joe Asike, a review of such laws is important to promote investments in the extractive industry, thereby diversify the Nation's economy base.
Professor Asike who added that it is imperative if the federal government policy on ease of doing business will succeed, stressed that the State is witnessing massive development due to Governor Obiano's transparency in running the affairs of the State, and pledged his administration's support and disposition of partnership with NEITI and others federal government agencies for effective implementation of NEITI in Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Solid Minerals Science and Technology, Prince Chinedu Emeka pointed out that the State is blessed with vast quantities of Natural resources, stating that successive governments as well as the present administration is making efforts to facilitate development in the Oil and gas sector of the State, adding that talks have reached advanced stage for the development of a sixty five million dollar glass sand processing plant in the State.
The State government has created the efficiency unit through the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Partners, to scrutinize fund requests by MDAs in order to minimize budget spending.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Barrister Emeka Ohuoha, who stressed that it's all geared towards enthronement of transparency and accountability in governance of the State.
Earlier, the Minister Of Mines Steel and Development who is also the Chairman of the NEITI Board, Dr Kayode Fayemi, represented by Professor Gbenga Okuola, said that Anambra has grown to be a model in the oil and gas sector in the Zone, urging NEITI to improve on sub-National engagement to enjoy it's attendant benefits, saying that the establishment is working to ensure that mistakes made in the peak era of exploration of mineral resources are not repeated while exploring solid minerals.
The Executive Secretary of the NEITI board, Mr Waziri Akio and Princess Ann Onyekwena representing the South East in the Board, who lamented what they call resource curse in the Country, otherwise known as over dependence on oil, said that it has only translated to visible poverty, corruption, conflicts and unemployment in the Country over the years, stressing the need for government and citizens alike to transparently play their parts, which is what NEITI stand for.
They called for governments across States to give opportunity for NEITI to make presentations on how to champion economic emancipation in the Country. 
In a comment, one of the participants and member representing Njikoka One Constituency, in the State House of Assembly, Honorable Timothy Ifedioranma commended NEITI for the program, saying that even the State government have been championing accountability in its spending process since inception, and pledged continued support by State legislature.
NEITI has the primary strategic goal of active and effective facilitation of the reversal of the effects of resource curse in Nigeria, as Nigeria has been suffering economic crisis, despite managers handling the resources.
The Town Hall meeting was attended by government functionaries, CSOs, ASATU, oil producers including the NNPC, Miners Association of Nigeria, among other policy making stakeholders drawn from the five South East States.

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