•Names Solid Minerals Minister as governing board chair
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Waziri Onibiyo Adio, as the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
According to a statement signed by Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, his appointment is with immediate effect.
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 2007 when he left to serve as Director of Communications, NEITI from May 2007 to June 2008.
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.
President Buhari has 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).
The Minister of Solid Minerals Development is the Chairman of the new Governing Board.