The Chairman of Nigeria Agriculture Business Group (NABG), and its Coordinator, Sani Dangote, Comrade Peter Esele and Emmanuel Ijewere, yesterday expressed confidence in the ability of the newly elected President of African Development Bank (AfDB), and former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina to pilot the continental bank to an enviable level.
A statement signed by the acting Secretary of NABG, Temitope Oluwo on behalf of the chairman and coordinator, described Adeshina as a big thinker and futuristic person imbued with the capacity to take AfDB to the next level.
The statement added: “It is a well-deserved appointment and we are all happy about it, he is a big thinker and also a futuristic person.
“In our own case, when the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) came up with the idea of setting up an umbrella body for Agribusiness in Nigeria, he quickly bought it, pursued it and today we have that body which makes Agribusiness future brighter in Nigeria.”
According to them, the former minister is the kind of person that can convert the AfDB into an institution that will take advantage of Africa’s Comparative advantages.
The NABG wishes to show its support for his vision to help build a new Africa with prosperous, sustainable and inclusive growth; one that is peaceful, secure and united, regionally integrated and globally competitive.
The statement further added: “His leadership in the agricultural transformation of Nigerian agriculture and his valuable achievements in the field of agricultural research for development in Africa are examples of his commitment to what he believes in and we are honoured to have had the pleasure of working with him over the last four years. (ThisDay
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