Adesina’s AfDB’s Presidency endorsed
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos , Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Group haile dthe election of former Nigeria Agriculture Minister, Akinwumi Adesina, as President of the bank and his subsequent assumption of office.
Adesina formally assumed office as the eighth elected President of the organisation during a ceremony held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Tuesday.
Chair of the AfDB Board of Governors, Alexander Chikwanda, welcomed him to his new role.He called the occasion “a historic changing of the guard for the African Development Bank, the pride of Africa.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, spoke on the need to consider other paradigms for Africa development, and to focus ongood governance, climate change and the empowerment of women.Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, reminded theaudience that the African continent currently faces multiple challengesincluding security, market volatility, and youth unemployment.
He said he was convinced that President Adesina would be able to tackle thesechallenges, given his experience and proven leadership.Among those who attended the ceremony were Cape Verde’s former PresidentPedro Pires, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, formerNigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as well as a largedelegation of governors, legislators and businesspeople from Nigeria.
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