…Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan is confident that Adesina will not disappoint Africa
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has been sworn-in as the newly re-elected eighth President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for another five-year second tenure.
The occasion which was broadcast virtually was graced by Heads of States and State Governors, including Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and up to 200 external stakeholders who joined both physically and virtually.
The oath of office was administered by Chairperson of the AfDB board of Governors and Ghana’s Finance Minister, Kenneth Ofori-Attah.
Dr. Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, was re-elected on August 27 to serve a second five-year term, after a unanimous vote of all Governors, regional and non-regional members of the Bank.
The election which was declared by the former Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Bank, Mrs. Niale Kaba, Minister of National Planning of Côte d’Ivoire, took place on the last day of the 2020 55th Annual Meetings.
The AfDB President defined his re-election as remarkable, becoming the first President of the institution be re-elected by 100 per cent votes of all its investors and the first Nigerian to occupy the office.
During his first 5-year term in office, the bank concentrated on five key advancement priorities termed the High 5s: Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.
The AfDB, Africa’s foremost development finance institution, comprising of 54 regional and 27 non-regional member countries, was able to impact the lives of 335 million Africans.
Meanwhile, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has also joined other African leaders to congratulate the President of the (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina on his re-election.
The former President, who joined the event virtually, said he is assertive the Adesina will not fail Africa and the shareholders in the bank.
While expressing gratitude to members of the board and shareholders for re-electing him for another five-year tenure, the ex-President elicited that he knew what Adesina was made of when he served as Minister of Agriculture during his administration.
“Let me first congratulate Adesina for making history, for the number of achievements he made within the first five years.
“Let me also thank all the shareholders for supporting him. I believe that in his second tenure, he will even do better.
“Dr Adesina worked with me as my Minister for Agriculture and I know what he is made up of. I believe he will not disappoint the shareholders,” he said.
The bank, Africa’s premier development finance institution, comprising of 54 regional and 27 non-regional member countries, was able to impact the lives of 335 million Africans.