- Akinwunmi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank has declared his intention to seek re-election in 2020
- The AfDB president said President Buhari has already nominated him for re-election
- Adesina was elected AfDB president in 2015, shortly after leaving office as Nigeria’s minister of Agriculture
Akinwunmi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank (AfDB), says he has been nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari for second term in office.
Adesina disclosed this on Sunday, October 6, when he was conferred with the Emeka Anyaoku lifetime achievement award, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Hallmark of Labour Foundation presented the award to the AfDB president who was the minister of Agriculture during Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency.
Adesina's announcement came ahead of the continental bank’s next election which is coming up in 2020.
Speaking during the award ceremony, Adesina recalled his achievement while serving as Nigeria’s agriculture minister, saying the agriculture sector witnessed tremendous improvement under his watch.
Adesina also recalled how ex-President Jonathan and President Buhari supported his first election as AfDB president in 2015.
Other Nigerian leaders who contributed to his emergence as AfDB president are Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice-Presidents Atiku Abubakar and Namadi Sambo, and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Adesina was elected as the president of the African Development Bank on May 28, 2015, becoming the first Nigerian ever to occupy the seat since it was established in 1964.
The AfDB president had earlier announced his intention to seek re-election after the bank’s annual meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, adding that he had kick-started the process.
Listing his achievements so far as the AfDB president, Adesina said 16 million people have been provided access to electricity while no fewer than 70 million were provided with improved agricultural technologies.
He said the bank has also given nine million people access to finance from private sector companies and provided 55 million people with access to improved transport.
Adesina added that 31 million people also now access to water and sanitation through the bank’s effort.
In all, he noted that 181 million people have directly benefited from AfDB investments just as he mentioned that the bank has Global AAA rating and was rated the 4th most transparent institution globally in 2018.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the AfDB president, who is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, some inspiring photos showing him and his graduate school professors who assisted him with money and scholarship when he was facing difficulty.
In the photos, Adesina is seen exchanging hugs and smiles with the scholars he described as having hearts of gold.
The AfDB president attended, at the postgraduate level, Purdue University, a public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
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