President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for a single term of five (5) years.
A statement by the Director Information in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey today, Thursday, February 18, 2021 said the appointment was in accordance with the provision of Section 12 (2) (a) and 6 (3) of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI (Establishment) Act, 2007.
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.
According to Willie Bassey, the appointment takes effect from Friday, February 19, 2021.
Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya began his career at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and also worked with United Nations Development Program (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.
“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,” the statement read.
Until the appointment, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya was the agency’s Director of Communications and Advocacy.