Buhari okays Orji as NEITI executive secretary

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

The single tenure is in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Establishment) Act, 2007.

A statement emanating from the office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Thursday informed that the appointment takes effect from February 19, 2021.

It said until the appointment, Orji Ogbonnaya 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 Orji 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 President 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.

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