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Buhari Approves Ogbonnaya Orji’s Appointment As NEITI Executive Secretary

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

He will replace Waziri Adio who was appointed in February 2016.

Orji’s appointment was disclosed in a statement issued by Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, on Thursday.

He said the appointment is for a single term of five years in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Establishment) Act, 2007.

Bassey further stated that the appointment takes effect from Friday, February 19, 2021.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for a single term of five (5) years in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Establishment) Act, 2007,” the statement read.

“The Appointment takes effect from 19th February, 2021.”

It added that Buhari enjoined the new appointee to serve the nation with all sense of responsibility, honesty, diligence and promote good governance in the discharge of his duties.

Until the appointment, Orji was the Agency’s Director of Communications & Advocacy.

He began his career at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and also worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he managed several donor-funded projects.

The next NEITI Executive Secretary 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, accountability and governance of the country’s oil, gas and mining industries.

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