by Linda Ikeji
Akinwumi Adesina has been sworn in for a second term in office as the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The swearing-in ceremony took place today September 1 at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, in an event that was broadcast virtually.
Adesina who was the Minister of Agriculture during the Goodluck Jonathan-administration was re-elected into office as president of the bank on August 27, 2020. He was first elected as President of the bank in May 2015; being the first Nigerian to occupy the position.
Adesina is the first president to be elected by 100 percent of votes by regional and non-regional members of the bank.
The oath of office was administered by Kenneth Ofori-Attah, Ghana’s finance minister and chair of the AfDB board of governors.
An elated Adesina expressed gratitude to the shareholders for the support given to him thus far and pledged to do more within his capacity as President of the bank. He also took out time to expressly thank his wife, Grace, their two children and two grandchildren
“I am deeply grateful for the collective trust, strong confidence and support of our shareholders for electing me for a second term as President. It is yet another call for selfless service to Africa and the African Development Bank, to which I will passionately devote myself”.
“The future beckons us for a more developed Africa and a much stronger and resilient African Development Bank Group. We will build on the strong foundations of success in the past five years, while further strengthening the institution, for greater effectiveness and impacts” he said