OrderPaperToday – The Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has expressed enthusiasm over the appointment of Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the GMD of NNPC by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement released in Paris, France, venue of the global conference of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio hailed the choice of Kyari as a well-deserved appointment, hinting at more openness and reforms in the NNPC.

Adio revealed that as a member of the global EITI working group on commodity trading transparency, Kyari’s appointment has placed him in a strong position to push for more openness by working closely with NEITI and the global EITI to implement remedial issues contained in NEITI’s reports.

According to the Executive Secretary, the implementation of the findings of NEITI’s reports will not only improve the effectiveness of NNPC but also optimize the benefits of the oil and gas industry to the country and its citizens.

“Mr Kyari is a well-known transparency champion and one who enthusiastically shares the principles which underline the work of NEITI and the global EITI on good governance of the oil and gas industry,” Adio stated.

He added that: “Just yesterday, Mr. Kyari participated at a session on “the business case for state-owned enterprise and commodity trading transparency’ at the EITI global conference in Paris, France.

“His commitments to the values of EITI are not in doubt. On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of NEITI, I congratulate Mr. Kyari on this well-deserved appointment.

“We look forward to close collaboration between our two organisations in the interest of our country and we do hope that transparency and accountability will be taking notches higher and indeed mainstreamed in the operations of NNPC under his watch.”

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