Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:53 pm
The former Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr Fedrik Reinfeldt has been elected as the new Chair of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
This is contained in a statement by NEITI’s Acting Director of Communication, Obiageli Onuorah in Abuja on Wednesday.
It stated that Reinfeldt was elected at the 31st International Board meeting held in Kiev, Ukraine.
It said that his election would be ratified in February at the 7th global conference slated for Lima, capital of Peru.
It added that the election of the former Swedish Prime Minister followed the successful completion of tenure of Clare Short, a former member of the British House of Commons .
It said that the out-going Chair, Clare Short, would visit Nigeria on a farewell trip to consult with President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to strengthen EITI implementation in Nigeria by NEITI.
It said that the visit would also provide the global Chair the opportunity to share views with the President and convey EITI support on the on-going war against corruption in Nigeria.
“The visit is also an opportunity to share with the President, global experiences on how the EITI framework can be used as a tool to fight corruption and reduce poverty in resource rich countries like Nigeria.
The statement said that the Acting Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, described the outgoing Chair as an asset to the EITI and close friend of NEITI.
According to the statement, Orji says the EITI chair has used her position to advance the NEITI activities in Nigeria.