Buhari appoints Waziri Adio Executive Secretary of NEITI

Waziri Adio
Waziri Adio

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted the new governing board of Nigeria Extractive Transparency Initiative (NEITI), with the publisher of Metropole Magazine, Waziri Adio, as the board’s executive secretary.

A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawan, said Mr. Adio was appointed alongside 23 others to serve as the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSCG), otherwise known as the Governing Board of NEITI.

Between 1995 and 2003, Mr. Adio held various editorial positions in Thisday Newspaper and was at one time Special Adviser, Research and Strategy in the office of the Senate President from August 2003 to October 2004.

In 2004, he was appointed Communication Specialist by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a position he held until 2007 when he left to serve as the director of communications of NEITI from May 2007 to June 2008.

​Mr. Adio is a 1992 Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lagos. He 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 in 2009.

​The statement said Mr. Adio’s appointment was with immediate effect.

The Governing Board of NEITI

​(i)​  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 zone​​​​ – ​Member

​(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

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