Buhari Appoints Dr Ogbonnaya Orji as Executive Secretary of NEITI

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, February 18, approved the appointment of Dr. Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for a single term of five years.

The Director of Information in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, February 18.

It read, “The appointment is in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Establishment) Act, 2007. The appointment takes effect from February 19, 2021. Until the appointment, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji was the agency’s Director of Communications and Advocacy. He began his career at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and also worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where Orji managed several donor-funded projects. He holds an MSc degree and Ph.D. in Political Economy and International Development from the University of Abuja.”

The statement added, “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. Mr. President enjoins the new appointee to serve the nation with all sense of responsibility, honesty, diligence and promote good governance in the discharge of his duties.”


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