outgoing Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, was on Thursday elected the eight President of the African Development Bank at the continental financial institution’s 50th Annual General Meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Adesina expressed his joy at the election, saying: “Today, I have been given a great responsibility”. His candidature, nominated by out-gone President Goodluck Jonathan, was backed by President Muhammadu Buhari who recently asked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to lead a delegation to South African President, Jacob Zuma, to canvass support for the Nigerian candidate. As Minister, Adesina was one of the leading lights of the Jonathan administration, receiving rave reviews for revolutionizing the nation’s agriculture sector. Adesina will take office on September 1.
Source: Daily Times