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Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

AfDB President Seeks Revival Of Africa’s Rural Economies

The new President-Elect of African Development Bank AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina says revival of Africa’s rural economies will speed up economic growth in the region

Stories: Anthony Awunor

The President-Elect of African Development Bank AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has expressed the need for stronger and more prosperous Africa through revival of Africa’s rural economies to lift many out of poverty.

Adesina made the assertion in a statement he delivered as the new President- Elect of AfDB which was made available to The UNION on Sunday.

He said “I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been entrusted with the great responsibility of leading the African Development Bank (AfDB”

“Together, we can build a stronger and more prosperous Africa, with smart infrastructure, energy for all, a strong private sector, new economic opportunities that will deliver quality jobs and hope for millions of youths and women, revival of Africa’s rural economies to lift many out of poverty, and regional integration for shared prosperity”, the AfDB president added.

The shareholders of the AfDB from African and non-African countries gave strong support, for which I am deeply grateful. Together, we will build a new Africa with inclusive and green growth.

He commended his colleagues who contested for the position, their countries, and supporters.

“I would like to give my special thanks to a few people in particular without whom this success would not have been possible: former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his nominating me, his confidence, and his steadfast, enthusiastic support; President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong endorsement and rallying support for us; and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for her vital role and tremendous effort in delivering this successful outcome. Dr. Okonjo- Iweala, as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, worked passionately for our campaign, and our success would have been impossible without her tireless work shepherding support among many of the esteemed Finance Ministers and Governors at the AfDB”, Adesina said.

“Our leaders rallied behind us in a historic display of unity of purpose and common commitment. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who worked determinedly to build support behind my candidacy among African leaders”.

“I would especially like to thank all the people of Africa for your prayers, your well-wishes, and your belief in me. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from all across the continent. I promise to work hard with all African governments to deliver more inclusive economic growth across our beautiful continent”, Adesina said..

He equally noted that he is hopeful and excited about the prospect of building on the great work of President Donald Kaberuka at the AfDB.

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