Group, Iwo Monarch Task New NEITI Boss On Sanity In Extractive Industry

he Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olawale Akanbi‎ has‎ congratulated the‎ Iwo-born Communication Consultant, ex editor at ThisDay Newspaper and Publisher of Metropole‎, Mr. Waziri Adio,‎ over his appointment as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was just a group of professionals from the area, under the aegis of The Vision Group, tasked Adio on service delivery saying this could only stand the new appointee out in the midst of other appointees of the President.

The Vision Group said the extractive industry is crucial to the survival of Nigeria’s economy saying the problems of the industry has been a major factor of the problems facing the economy.

‎In a statement, the Monarch who described Adio as a media guru, praised him for parading very sound and intimidating professional‎ requirement which he said “positioned him as qualified for the job.”‎

Oluwo , in his congratulatory message to Adio which was signed by the Palace Spokesman, Prince Dauda Abimbola, said the new appointee had excelled in his chosen field.

“He parades a record ‎which shows commitment to excellence and scholarship. He is obviously one of those who can inspire our youths to greater things. The President has taken the right decision.

“On behalf of my family and the good people of Iwo land, I congratulate our own Waziri Adio‎ for the new appointment”. The stated

In the same vein, a group of professionals from Iwo, The Vision Group, advised Adio to keep up with the tradition of excellence he is known for in his career as a journalist and communicator.

The Vision Group, in its congratulatory message signed by its conveners, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and Daud Okanlawon, said Nigeria’s extractive industry is the soul of the country’s economy, lamenting that the corruption that had bedeviled the industry over the years is mind blowing.

“This therefore shows that the appointment Adio has now is crucial to the survival of Nigeria and its economy. Corruption in that industry has brought to this level. NEITI, where Adio is to serve as Executive Secretary, the patriotic task of bringing sanity to that industry. We wish him well in this crucial national assignment.”

Waziri Adio Named Executive Secretary, As NEITI Gets New Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a new National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) also known as Governing Board for the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

According to a statement issued by the Director (Press) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi, the new Governing Board will be inaugurated in due course.

The composition of the new Governing Board include the Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development – Chairman, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance – Member, Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) – Member.

Others are President, Miners Association of Nigeria – Member, Representative of the Civil Society Organizations (to be elected by the organizations) – Member, President, Nigeria Mining and Geosciences Society – Member, President, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) – Member, Hannatu Musa Musawa (Journalist), Representative, North-West Geo-Political zone – Member.

Also in the board are – Mr. Lawan Gana Lantaiwa (Consultant), Representative, North-East Geo-Political Zone – Member, Mr. Bernard B. A. Ver (Accountant), Representative, North-Central Geo-Political Zone – Member, Mrs. Anne Adaeze Onyekwena (Representative, South-East Geo-Political Zone) – Member.

Others include – Mr. Emmanuel Chiejina (Lawyer), Representative, South-South Geo-Political Zone – Member, Mr. Gbenga Onayiga (Journalist), Representative, South-West Geo-Political Zone – Member, and Mr. Waziri Onibiyo Adio – Executive Secretary.

Another statement disclosed that President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Mr. Waziri Onibiyo Adio, as the Executive Secretary of NEITI.

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 in 1999.

He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts, US, 2009.

His appointment, the statement said, takes immediate effect.

The Nation