People of the NNRC

Mr Odein Ajumogobia SAN is a former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Energy in Nigeria. He is a highly respected figure in the oil industry and in the Nigerian government. He is the chair of the Nigerian Natural Resource Charter and acts on the sector group of the expert panel.

Prof Asisi Asobie is the former Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), former head of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, and a renowned campaigner for oil sector transparency in Nigeria (formerly for Transparency International Nigeria). He is the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter Co-chair and acts on the social development group of the expert panel.

Ms Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu has long years of consolidated career in the energy industry with related experience and training, both in Upstream and Downstream sectors of Oil and Gas ; with recent 13 years spent in diverse aspects of E&P operations, management, consultation services and Renewable energy matters; and before then held various staff positions in continual employment for about 21 years with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Ms Machunga’s primary expertise/skills includes major development engineering project management (controls functions) and Owner’s project oversight, petroleum economics and fiscal policies, strategic planning, development and budgetary control and oversight, cross-ministerial facilitation, human resources, presentations and workshops on topical issues and programme development.

Ms Machunga is currently the founder and Chief Executive of JALZ Energy Ltd and a Director of affiliate and associate companies, such as being co-sponsor and the pioneer Managing Director of, Associated Oil and Gas Services Limited (AOGLS) - one of the twenty 24 indigenous companies awarded Marginal Fields in 2003.

Her extensive consultation experience, permits her to serve a range of diverse stakeholders; international donors, government ministries (MDAs) and Oil & Gas multinationals and private companies that include; ExxonMobil, Shell, Conoco, NNPC, Nigeria-Sao Tome Joint Development Authority, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and donor agencies - DFID, Foster, HBS and Consultant to the Oil & Gas Policy Commission of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG).

She provides valuable input and direction in the development of national energy initiatives and this is reflected in her involvement/membership in over 12 public sector and government committees, notable amongst them are the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) committees of 2007 and 2009; Chairperson of the Committee for reform of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI, 2008-10); the Presidential Standing Committee on Resource Mobilisation for National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS, 2004).

Dr Ebi Omatsola is a renowned international petroleum explorationist and currently the Managing Director of Conoil. Before joining Conoil Producing Limited as a pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive in 1990, he was Head of Exploration at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. He has over 35 years of petroleum industry experience, including the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Shell Nigeria Petroleum Oman (Middle East) and the Shell International Headquarters. He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists (FNAPE). Dr Omatsola acts on the sector group of the expert panel.

Dr Jibrin Ibrahim is the director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a regional research, advocacy and training non-governmental organisation in West Africa. He was previously the Nigeria Country Director of Global Rights. Dr Ibrahim is also a political scientist and development expert with over thirty years of active engagement with the civil society. He acts on the social development group of the expert panel.

Dr Otive Igbuzor is the founder of the Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) and the immediate past international head of campaigns at ActionAid International and Country Director for ActionAid Nigeria. He is a frontline activist for transparency, accountability and good governance in Nigeria, and convener of the Natural Resources Governance Group. He acts on the social development group of the expert panel.

Mr Bode Agusto is a qualified accountant and finance expert with an excellent track record in the finance sector. He was previously the Director General of the Budget Office and Special Advisor to the President on Budget Affairs. Before joining the Presidency, he founded and directed Bode Agusto and Co. Limited which is a financial consulting company approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria to rate the performance of banks in the Nigeria. He acts as the lead for the Public Financial Management group on the expert panel.

Mr Tunji Lardner holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos, and over the last twenty-five years gathered wide international experience including serving as an Adjunct Professor, Centre for New Media at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1996-8) and as a Research Fellow, Freedom Forum Media Studies Centre (1992-3) also at Columbia University. Mr. Lardner was also a Reuters Scholar/Knight Fellow with the Department of Communications at Stanford University (1988-9). Mr. Lardner is an Internet savvy and globally recognized media and communications expert as well as a sought after public policy analyst with a deep and broad understanding of the uses and impact of new information technologies and communications paradigms in the process of good governance in transiting democracies. He is the Executive Director of WANGONeT a technology-based non-profit organization he founded in 2000. He currently sits on the board of Orun Energy, a promising business start-up focusing on providing alternative power for the Telecommunications sector in the developing world. He acts as the lead of the social development group on the expert panel.

Prof Ademola Ariyo is currently the Director, Centre for Public-Private Cooperation, Ibadan, Nigeria. He served as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in old Oyo State between 1986 and 1990 and was also the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria, in 1993. He was also a member of the Budget Monitoring Committee of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.

Prof Adeola Adenikinju holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan and is currently a Professor of Economics in the same University. He is also a Research Professor at the Centre for Econometrics and Allied Research. He is a renowned energy economist with expertise in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and has written extensively on energy issues. He is also the acting director of the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan. He acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.

Prof Akpan Ekpo was appointed Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) from June 1st, 2009. Before this appointment he was the Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo between 2000 and 2005. Professor Ekpo was the chairman of AkwaIbom Investment and Industrial Promotion Council, Uyo. He was also chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance 1994-1998. Professor Ekpo was a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2005 to 2009 and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee within the same period. He was also previously the president of the Nigerian Economic Society. Prof Ekpo acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.

Dr. Ukoha Ukiwo is a senior lecturer at the Department of Political and Adminsitrative Studies, University of Port Harcourt. He earned his doctorate in International Development from University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He has held visiting research fellowships at Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley and Centre for Peace and Development, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr Ukiwo was previously the Research, Training and Publications officer at the Centre for Advanced Social Science (CASS), Port Harcourt and correspondent (Editorial Operations) of Sunray Newspapers. He currently leads on the Research, Knowledge and Learning component of the DFID funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP). Dr Ukiwo has published widely on democracy governance, conflict and security in Nigeria.

Mr Ademola-Adeyemi-Bero is the Managing Director, BG Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited. He is a seasoned professional and has had over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry and has spent the last 15 years in senior executive positions with global oil and gas companies in number of countries around the world. He acts on the sector group of the expert panel.

Civil Society Organisations

Civil society organisations, represented by the National Assembly, academia, community based organisations, faith-based organisations, etc., will provide evidence to the Expert Panel to develop the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC), which will be used to support government and extractive companies to effect change. The NNRC will at the same time provide information to civil society which will be further used in its continuing role to influence government and extractive companies.

A number of organisations have participated in forums in the NNRC:

  • Centre for International Volunteers for Youth Development
  • Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre
  • Commonwealth of Niger Delta Youth
  • Creative Energy
  • Democratic Action Group
  • Environmental Rights Action
  • Federated Niger Delta Non Violent Volunteers
  • Fisheries Society of Nigeria
  • Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre
  • ImpactHouse International
  • Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Lagos State Civil Society Partnership
  • Media Initiative on Transparency in Extractive Industries
  • Miners Association of Nigeria
  • Next Generation Youth Initiative International
  • Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group
  • Publish What You Pay
  • Revenue Watch Institute Abuja
  • Trade Union Congress