President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary as the new Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for a single term of five years in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the NEITI Act, 2007.
The Appointment, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, takes immediate effect from 19th February, 2021. This follows the expiration of the five year non-renewable tenure of out going Executive Secretary, Mr Waziri Adio today 18th February, 2020.
Until the appointment, Dr. Orji who began his career at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), was NEITI’s Director of Communications & Advocacy.
He also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he managed several donor-funded projects.
The new 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.