NIDCOM CEO, Dabiri-Erewa Congratulates Adesina On His Re-Election As AfDB President

Akinwumi Adesina

Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon Abike 

Dabiri-Erewa has joined Nigerians and the Global Community to congratulate Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, as he runs another five-year term as the 9th President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

In a statement by Gabriel Odu of Media, Public Relations and Protocol 

Unit of NIDCOM, the  NIDCOM Boss describes the re-election of Akinwunmi 

Adesina President  of the Continental Institution as the right thing to 

do given his plethora of  achievements stressing that many Nigerians are 

mostly known for their integrity, dexterity, innovation and drive; 

making them most suitable candidates for international accolades and 

leadership roles, and not criminals as most people are quick to project 

the country.

She said ” I hoped that his coming back as the regional Chief of the Bank, will pave more grounds and strategies to develop Africa in various sectors.”

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina became the 8th elected President of the 

AfDB on May 28, 2015 by the Bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual 

Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He assumed office at the Bank’s 

headquarters in Abidjan on September 1, 2015.

The 60-year-old Adesina is a notable development economist and 

agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience. He is the first Nigerian to serve as President of the Bank Group, and first also to be re-elected

He has to his portfolio, served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, which saw radical policy reforms in 

the fertilizer sector and implemented innovative agricultural investment 

programs

Dr. Adesina was previously Vice-President (Policy and Partnerships) of 

the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He was also 

Associate Director (Food Security) at the Rockefeller Foundation in New 

York (1998-2008) and its Regional Office Director and Representative for 

Southern Africa.

The AfDB Head was Principal Economist and Social Science Research 

Coordinator for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture 

(IITA), Principal Economist and Coordinator of the West Africa Rice 

Economics Task Force at the West Africa Rice Development Association 

(WARDA) and an Assistant Principal Economist at the International Crop 

Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). In addition, he 

was the President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists 

from 2008-2010.

Adesina is a multi-recipient of international awards in leadership and 

work in agriculture. In 2010, Former United Nations Secretary General 

Ban Ki-moon appointed him as one of 17 global leaders to lead the 

Millennium Development Goals, along with Bill Gates, the Spanish Prime 

Minister and the President of Rwanda. He was named “Person of the Year” 

by Forbes Africa magazine in 2013.

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina holds a first-class honours Bachelor’s 

degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ife, Nigeria in 

1981. In 1988 he completed a PhD in Agricultural Economics at Purdue 

University in the US, where he won the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award for 

his research work. He also won the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation 

Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 1988, which opened his 

international career in global agricultural development. He was born on 

February 6, 1960, and speaks French and English, fluently.

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