Buhari Approves New Board For Neiti, Appoints Waziri Adio As Executive Secretary
SAN FRANCISCO, February 23, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Waziri Adio as Executive Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). His appointment takes immediate effect, a statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation announced Tuesday.
Until his appointment, Mr. Adio was a Communication Consultant and Publisher of Metrolope Magazine.
Between 1995 and 2003, he held various editorial positions in Thisday Newspaper and was Special Adviser, Research and Strategy, Office of the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria from August 2003 to October 2004. He was appointed Communication Specialist by United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) in 2004, a position he held until 2007when he left to serve as Director of Communications, NEITI from May 2007 to June 2008.
Mr. Adio graduated with a BSc. (Mass Communication) from the University of Lagos in 1992, and obtained MSc. (Journalism) Degree from Columbia University, New York, United States of America in 1999. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, 2009.
The President also approved the appointment of a new National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) otherwise known as Governing Board for the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
According to the statement, the composition of the new Governing Board is as follows:
(i)Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development-Chairman
(ii)Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance-Member
(iii)Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)-Member
(iv)President, Miners Association of Nigeria-Member
(v)Representative of the Civil Society Organizations
(to be elected by the organizations)-Member
(vi)President, Nigeria Mining and Geosciences Society-Member
(vii)President, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG)-Member
(viii)Hannatu Musa Musawa (Journalist), Representative, North-West Geo-Political zoneMember
(ix)Mr. Lawan Gana Lantaiwa (Consultant), Representative, North-East Geo-Political Zone-Member
(x)Mr. Bernard B. A. Ver (Accountant), Representative, North-Central Geo-Political Zone-Member
(xi)Mrs. Anne Adaeze Onyekwena (Representative, South-East Geo-Political Zone)-Member
(xii)Mr. Emmanuel Chiejina (Lawyer), Representative, South-South Geo-Political Zone-Member
(xiii)Mr. Gbenga Onayiga (Journalist), Representative, South-West Geo-Political Zone-Member
(xiv)Mr. Waziri Onibiyo Adio- Executive Secretary.
The new Governing Board will be inaugurated in due course, the statement added.