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I’ll Use My Tenure As AfDB President To Eradicate Poverty In Africa –Adesina

Posted: Jun 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

THE President of African Development Bank (AfDB) and the immediate past Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina, on Monday June 1, 2015, said that he will use his tenure as the bank’s president to ensure that poverty is not a comparative advantage of Africa.



This he intends to do through infrastructural development, job creation, regional integration and development of agriculture at the rural level.

Adesina stated this during a courtesy call on the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at his Oke-Mosan Office, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

He added that his appointment as AfDB president would serve as a beacon of hope to Africa and Nigeria pointing out that his emergence would open a new vista in the developmental drives of the continent.

Adesina explained that eight contestants jostled for the position and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other top Nigerians for working assiduously to ensure he became the president of the bank.

According to him, candidates had to convince 74 ministers of finance drawn from countries around the world, stressing that he emerged winner after six rounds of tough elections, which Nigeria led through out.

While thanking the former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for playing a vital role during the election, Adesina commended former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, former Heads of State, Generals Yakubu Gowon and General Abdul-Salam Abubakar, and the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for leading his campaign for the position no Nigerian had occupied for the past 52 years.

He, however, maintained that his success is Nigeria’s collective efforts insisting that AfDB under his watch would design framework and policies that would tackle poverty in Africa.

Responding, Amosun lauded Adesina for clinching the position, which has eluded Nigeria for over 50 years.

Amosun said he was confident that Adesina’s experience and sterling performance as Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, would come to bear at his new post.

He, however, urged the AfDB president to further make Nigeria proud on the continent of Africa by using his position to espouse programmes capable of taking Africa to enviable height.