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The story has it that the newly investiture president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has said that “Africa can no longer be content with managing poverty,” adding that we must “grow together and develop together.”
Speaking at his investiture in Abidjan, on Tuesday, Adesina noted that “while inequality is growing within our continent, women and young people do not feel economic growth in the continent.”
At the event, Arc. Sonny Echono, permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, expressed delight at the prospects for Nigeria as a result of the emergence of Dr. Adesina as AfDB president. According to the permanent secretary, “this presidency of AfDB offers Nigeria bountiful opportunity to harness our potential.” He noted that the bank’s focus on power, agriculture and rural development, is good for Nigeria, with the diversifying “away from oil that Nigeria’s president is pursuing to attain growth for our country.”
According to Arc. Echono, “the critical thing the bank will be bringing on board for us is expertise” and opportunity to “leverage international finances, banks guaranteeing loans and supporting them.” He added that given the fact that Dr Adesina “has headed agriculture ministry in Nigeria, it is going to be of tremendous benefit for us.” Mr. Echono advised that “we must begin to see development as something necessary that propels growth. We need to banish poverty so people will be in position to create wealth.”
Source: Nigerian Tribune Newpaper of 2/9/15 pg.7. The same story also appeared in Punch page 31 and Daily Independent page 1/6 and page 26.