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My 4-Year Tenure Has Connected 16 Million People To Electricity, Others – AfDB Boss

Akinwumi Adesina

The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina has recounted the outstanding achievements his four-year presidency has made, even as he eyes second term with President Muhammadu Buhari nominating him.

Adesina, who spoke at an event in Lagos yesterday, October 6, said his four-year tenure had seen to the connection of 16 million people to electricity and provision of improved agricultural technologies to 70 million people for the purpose of achieving food security.

Dr. Adesina, who appreciated President Buhari for nominating him for re-election for a second term as president of the bank, said: “at the African Development Bank, we have worked very hard.

“In my four years as President, we have connected 16 million people to electricity, provided 70 million people with improved agricultural technologies to achieve food security.

“We have also given nine million people access to finance from private sector companies, provided 55 million people with access to improved transport, and 31 million people with access to water and sanitation.

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“In all, 181 million people have directly benefitted from our investments.

“I am proud of all my staff and the Board of Directors whose hard work and relentless support have helped make this happen.

“The African Development Bank has continued to maintain its global AAA rating. Last year, the bank was rated the 4th most transparent institution globally.

“There is still much to do. We have gone some way climbing the steep mountainside of Africa’s development, yet there is still much way to go until we reach the mountaintop.

“Nigeria again is giving me air in my lungs, to keep on climbing.

“I wish to immensely thank and appreciate President Buhari for nominating me for re-election for a second term as President of the African Development Bank and for being such a wonderful champion and supporter of my re-election.”

Source: NAN.