ECOWAS okays Adesina’s re-election bid as AfDB president
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed Dr. Akinwumi Adesina for a second term in office as president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The decision was announced in a communiqué signed by the commission’s president, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, at the end of the 56th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in Abuja.
The sub-regional body said the development was consequent upon Adesina’s sterling performance during his first term as head of the continental bank.
The Nigerian is the eighth elected chief executive of the organisation. He was elected on May 28, 2015 by the bank’s Board of Governors at its annual meetings in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, where the same electoral process would play out in 2020.Adesina is a development economist and the first Nigerian to serve as president of the lending institution.