Goodluck Jonathan congratulates Akin­wumi Adesina over 2017 World Food Prize

by on June 29, 2017
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has con­gratulated his former minister of agricul­ture and President of the African Bank, Dr Akin­wumi Adesina over his emergence as the 2017 World Food Prize lau­reate, describing him as a man of exceptional work ethic.
The former President defined Dr Adeshina as the man who trans­formed agriculture in Nigeria by introduc­ing several innovations that changed the face of farming, boosted the capacity of farmers and expanded the nation’s ability to feed herself.
The media adviser to the ex-President, Ike­chukwu Eze in a state­ment in Abuja said Dr Jonathan stated this in a letter of goodwill to Adesina which the for­mer President person­ally signed.
Jonathan also noted that during Adesina’s years as agriculture minister, Staple food prices remained stable, even in the face of seri­ous challenges like the devastating floods of 2012 and the “difficul­ties occasioned then by global economic reces­sion.”
The letter reads: “I wish to most sincerely congratulate you for your emergence as the World Food Prize Lau­reate for the year 2017.
“I am not surprised that such a highly prized honour has been conferred on you, given your outstanding and exemplary perfor­mance as my former Minister of Agricul­ture.
“I must state that I have met many men in my years on earth, but few have the intel­lect and the exceptional work ethic you possess.
“During your years as Nigeria’s agriculture minister and driver of my administration’s Agricultural Transfor­mation Agenda (ATA), you introduced several innovations like the e-wallet fertilizer and seed
distribution system which cut out the mid­dle-man eliminated corruption and ex­panded Nigeria’s ability to feed herself.
“You oversaw a pro­gramme that reduced our food import bill by almost 50%, and work­ing with others in my administration, you helped Nigeria become one of only a handful of nations in the world to reasonably reduce hunger levels between 2011-2015, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.
“Under your guid­ance, Nigeria came out of the devastating floods of 2012 without a famine. I am always delighted by the fact that within that period, and throughout the pe­riod of our administra­tion, Staple food prices remained stable, even with the difficulty oc­casioned then by global economic recession.
“I believe that these accomplishments and other laudable achieve­ments you recorded in your continuing ser­vice to humanity, set you apart as the most deserving candidate for this award.
“I am proud of you, Akin. Please accept my congratulations on be­half of my family, and all those who served with me during my ad­ministration.”

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