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President Buhari Appoints Ogbonnaya Orji As NEITI Executive Secretary

Ogbonna Orji

Ogbonnaya Orji

Dr. Ogbonnaya Orji  has been appointed by President Buhari as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

This was contained in a statement released by Willie Bassey, the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Thursday, February 18.

The statement said that Orji’s appointment was 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, Orji’s appointment is for a single term of five years.

The appointment takes effect from 19 February, 2021.” the statement in part reads.

Orji takes over from Waziri Adio, whose tenure expires today. Until his 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.

Orji holds an M.Sc 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 and is responsible for enthroning transparency, accountability and governance of the country’s oil, gas and mining industries.

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