Adesina Sworn-in For 2nd Term As AfDB President

Adesina Sworn-in For 2nd Term As AfDB President

By Emmanuel Cornelius | News Reporter on September 1, 2020
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Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group
Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group

Akinwumi Adesina has been sworn as African Development Bank, AfDB President, to serve another five-year term.

The ceremony held virtually on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

It would be recalled that Adesina, fwho served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development under former President Goodluck Jonathan, was re-elected on August 27 after getting a hundred percent vote of all regional and non-regional members of the Bank in an election that held electronically.

He is the first Nigerian to be elected and re-elected to serve as the AfDB President.

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Adesina’s first term in office focused on new agenda for the Bank Group, based on five development priorities known as the High fives: Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

Adesina was first elected as President of the Bank on May 28, 2015.

Before his appointment as Minister in 2010, Adesina served as Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, AGRA.

In September 2016, Adesina was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.

In 2017, he was awarded 2017 World Food Prize.

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