Buhari Appoints Orji Executive Secretary NEITI

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Dr. Orji Ogbonanya Orji

Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

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

He succeeded Waziri Adio, whose non- renewable five-year single term as executive secretary, ended yesterday.

The Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Willie Bassey, in a statement issued yesterday stated that the appointment is for a single term of five years in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Establishment) Act, 2007.

Orji’s appointment takes effect from today, Friday, February, 19, 2021.

Until the appointment, Orji was the agency’s Director of Communications and 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.

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, accountability and governance of the country’s oil, gas and mining industries.

The statement said 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.