President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as the New Executive Secretary, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for a single term of five (5) years.
This follows the expiration of the tenure of Waziro Adio as the Executive Secretary of the Organisation.
The appointment, which takes immediate effect from Friday, February 19, 2021, is in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Establishment) Act, 2007.
As contained in a statement made available by Mr. Willie Bassey, Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Federation (OSGF), President Muhammadu Buhari urged the New Appointee to serve the nation with all sense of responsibility, honesty, diligence and promote good governance in the discharge of his duties.
Before his new appointment, Dr Orji served as the Director of Communications and Advocacy for NEITI. He began his professional career with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and also worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he managed several donor-funded projects.
He holds MSc degree and PhD in Political Economy and International Development from the University of Abuja.
NEITI was established in 2004 as the key Anti-Corruption Agency at the Presidency responsible for enthroning transparency and accountability in the country’s oil, gas and mining industry.