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Osinbajo Upbeat On Adesina’s Contribution At AfDB

Posted: Sep 5, 2015 at 12:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As the immediate past Minister Of Agriculture And Rural Development (FMARD), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, formally assumed the leadership of African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Tuesday, Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, expressed confidence in his ability to make a positive difference as the new president of the bank. 

Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the ceremony held in Abidjan, commended Adesina for the “zeal with which he pursued his assignment as the former minister of agriculture in Nigeria.”

Adesina, in his inaugural speech, expressed the resolve to steer the bank on the path of growing, listing the five priorities of the bank under to include a ten-year strategy, “to light up and power Africa, feed Africa, integrate Africa, industrialise Africa, and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.”

He acknowledged the roles of those who supported his candidacy and promised to build upon the successes of his predecessors, particularly the immediate past predecessor, Dr. Donald Kaberuka. Under his leadership, he said, “we will be more than a lending institution, providing a world class, knowledge building institution.” To succeed, he added, “we will build stronger partnership for impact. We will advance Africa’s priority. We will be a voice in support of Africa.”

Dr. Adesina specifically thanked Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, his fellow minister, “who campaigned tirelessly” for my election.

Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Mr. Sonny Echono, who was at the inauguration in Abidjan, said: “This presidency of AfDB offers Nigeria a bountiful opportunity to harness our potential.”

He said the bank’s focus on power, agriculture and rural development, is good for Nigeria, with the diversifying “away from oil that Nigeria’s president is pursuing to attain growth for our country.”