LAGOS: NIGERIA’S Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinumwi Adesina, has been confirmed among the candidates in line for election as the new President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
He is among eight candidates vying for the top position. According to a statement, The Steering Committee of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank met on February 11 at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and agreed to the list of candidates for the election of the next President.
The frontrunners, in alphabetical order, are Adesina, Sufian Ahmed (Ethiopia), Jaloul Ayed (Tunisia), Kordje Bedoumra (Chad), Crisitina Duarte (Cape Verde), Samura Kamara (Sierra Leone), Thomas Sakala (Zimbabwe) and Birama Boubacar Sidibe (Mali).
The AfDB Board of Governors will meet in May to replace Rwandan Donald Kaberuka at the end of his second, five-year term. Nigerian Adesina was until his appointment as Minister in 2010, Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY