Incoming President of African Development Bank, AfDB and immediate past Minister of Agriculture‎, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, said his vision for Africa is to end poverty and create employment for thousands of the continent’s youths.
Adesina, who was at the Oke-Mosan Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on a courtesy call on Governor Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday described his emergence as a collective effort of all Nigerians.
According to him, critical issues of infrastructure, power, energy, job creation, revival of public sectors, amongst others would top his agenda as the leader of the bank.
Adesina said that he would lead the continent to greatness, adding that his experience as a minister would be brought to bear on the new job.
He revealed that the election which produced him, went to six rounds with other seven contestants, adding that Nigeria led in all the rounds with the ingenuity of all the leaders who stood by him from home.
He continued: ‎”So, you can see this was truly a Nigerian collective effort, and I want to thank everybody, I want to thank you my governor, for your kindness and generosity. I want to thank all that played a big role in this in all sides of our country, and I want to assure you that I as the President of the bank, by the grace of God, poverty would not be the comparative advantage of Africa and we would work very hard to develop programmes that would end poverty on this continent, that would lead people out of it and create opportunities for shared prosperity all across our continent.
“Obviously, I think critical issues of infrastructure would be important, energy for all would be important, electricity would be important, very critical to build private sector, to create wealth all across our continent, and to make sure we are able to create jobs for hundreds of millions of our people, ‎instead of people going across the Sahara Desert or the Mediterranean to go to Europe, we want to create job on this continent of Africa and we can do that.”
Adesina added the feat wouldn’t have been possible without his nomination by the former President Goodluck Jonathan and support by President Muhammadu Buhari, amongst other leaders in the country.

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