Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has joined Nigerians and the Global Community to congratulate Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, as he runs another five-year term as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Adesina was re-elected as AfDB president at the virtual meeting of the bank’s Board of Governors on Thursday. He ran unopposed.
In a statement by Gabriel Odu of Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM, Dabiri-Erewa described the re-election of Adesina as “the right thing to do given his plethora of achievements stressing that many Nigerians are mostly known for their integrity, dexterity, innovation and drive; making them most suitable candidates for international accolades and leadership roles, and not criminals as most people are quick to project the country as.”
“I hope that his coming back as the regional Chief of the Bank, will pave more grounds and strategies to develop Africa in various sectors,” she said.
Dr. Adesina became the 8th elected President of the AfDB on May 28, 2015, by the bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He assumed office at the bank’s headquarters in Abidjan on September 1, 2015.
The 60-year-old Adesina is a notable development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience. He is the first Nigerian to serve as President of the Bank Group, and first also to be re-elected.
He has to his portfolio, served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, which saw radical policy reforms in the fertilizer sector and implemented innovative agricultural investment programmes.
Dr. Adesina was previously Vice-President (Policy and Partnerships) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He was also Associate Director (Food Security) at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York (1998-2008) and its Regional Office Director and Representative for Southern Africa.
He holds a first-class honours Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1981. In 1988 he completed a PhD in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University in the US, where he won the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award for his research work.
The AfDB boss also won the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 1988, which opened his international career in global agricultural development. He was born on February 6, 1960, and speaks French and English, fluently.