The federal government of Nigeria has backed the re election bid of Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as the President of Africa Development Bank AfDB. The decision to support him arose as his term in office draws to a close.
He has been seen in most quarters as having performed creditably and deserve another term to fulfil his set agenda for the continental development bank.
It was learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari has already nominated Dr Akinwunmi Adesina for re-election as the President of African Development Bank (AfDB).
Dr. Akinwunmi, said this at an event in Lagos while appreciating President Buhari for nominating him for re-election for a second term as president of the bank. According to Adesina, Nigeria has invested so much in me.
`With the strong support of President Jonathan and the then President elect, Buhari, we campaigned very hard for the position of the President of the African Development Bank.
The nation jubilated as I became the first-ever Nigerian to be elected President of the bank since its establishment in 1964. Once again, Nigeria gave me air in my lungs.
At the African Development Bank, we have worked very hard. In my four years as President, we have connected 16 million people to electricity, provided 70 million people with improved agricultural technologies to achieve food security.
“In all, 181 million people have directly benefitted from our investments. I am proud of all my staff and the Board of Directors whose hard work and relentless support have helped make this happen. The African Development Bank has continued to maintain its global AAA rating. Last year, the bank was rated the 4th most transparent institution globally. There is still much to do. We have gone some way climbing the steep mountainside of Africa’s development, yet there is still much way to go until we reach the mountaintop. Nigeria again is giving me air in my lungs, to keep on climbing. I wish to immensely thank and appreciate President Buhari for nominating me for e-election for a second term as President of the African Development Bank and for being such a wonderful champion and supporter of my re-election,’’ Adesina said.