Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinumwi Adesina, has been confirmed among the candidates in line for election as the new President of the African Development Bank (AFDB).
Adesina giant strides in Nigeria’s agricultural sector are well documented. So much so that he was honoured by one of President Goodluck Jonathan staunch political rival, Rabiu Kwankaso, Executive Governor of Kano State recently.
Ogun-State born Adesina is among eight candidates vying for the AFDB top job, among which includes Sufian Ahmed of Ethiopia, Jaloul Ayed of Tunisia, Kordje Bedoumra of Chad, Crisitina Duarte of Cape Verde, Samura Kamara of Sierra Leone, Thomas Sakala of Zimbabwe and Mali’s Birama Boubacar Sidibe.
According to News 24 Nigeria, the Steering Committee of the Board of Governors of the AFDB met on February 11 at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and agreed to the list of candidates for the election of the next President.
The AFDB Board of Governors will meet in May 2015 to replace Rwandan’s Donald Kaberuka who has been at the helm of affairs of the bank for almost a decade.
Adesina was until his appointment as Minister in 2010, Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
He is widely regarded as one of the shinning lights of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration because of the impacts his policies has made in the agricultural sector.