The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated the governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
The board, meant to enhance the running of (NEITI), was inaugurated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha in Abuja. He congratulated the members and said that their appointment came as a result of individual merits and track records.
He said, “Your appointment and inauguration, which is taking place here today is another practical demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of our economic resources.
“And especially, given the mandate and objectives of Nigeria’s NEITI.”
The SGF asked them to make sure that the agency continued to preserve the virtues for the benefit of the present and for future generations of Nigeria.
“In order to achieve this, I must remind you that your assignment is non-partisan because NEITI itself is non-political and has maintained dignified neutrality all through almost two decades of existence.
“It is also necessary for me to stress that your appointment is a part-time one. You are therefore advised to conduct yourselves in accordance with this requirement,” he said.
In his response, Mr Olusegun Adekunle, a retired Permanent Secretary, Office of the SGF, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for considering them worthy of the appointment.
“Let me also congratulate my colleagues on the board for this wonderful opportunity to serve our nation in a different capacity. I must say that the confidence reposed in us is huge but our commitment to this assignment is also strong; we shall, therefore, work as a team with focus and with integrity,” he said.