Africa: How Nigeria, Africa Can Tackle Poverty

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Press Release - Africa's present and former presidents were among hundreds of guests who attended the award ceremony where Mr Adesina delivered the Awolowo Foundation's annual lecture.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, received the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo Leadership Prize for"visionary, inspiring, and transformative leadership" in a ceremony in Lagos on March 7, 2024.

Among visiting Presidents were Azali Assoumani of the Union of the Comoros; Samia Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania and Sahle-Work Zewde of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Prime Minister of Togo Victoire Tomegah Dogbe represented her country's President Faure Gnassingbe. He highlighted how the African Development Bank Group is supporting a farm revolution at scale across the continent."We have invested over $8.5 billion in agriculture in the past seven years which has impacted 250 million people."

Calling on Nigeria to secure the health of all its population, Mr Adesina said,"This will require ensuring that no citizen travels more than a few kilometres to find a health care centre.

To enhance transparency and accountability of governments to the people, the African Development Bank is developing a public service delivery index, which will rate governments on the quality of service delivery for citizens.Africa's Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook, Saying it was time to pave the way for a new Nigeria, Mr Adesina said,"Instead of a Federal Government of Nigeria, we could think of the United States of Nigeria."

"He has a rare ability to turn vision into concrete transformational solutions that impact the lives of millions of people across Africa. Tanzania is one of many African states that have greatly benefited from his dynamic and astute leadership," she said. "Today, we gather to honour a man who has carved his path in one of the most challenging offices to lead -- Dr Akinwumi Adesina," he added.

Speaking on behalf of President Gnassingbe of Togo, the country's Prime Minister Victoire Dogbé pointed to the African Development Bank's support to help farmers increase their yield."With the support of the Bank, Togo has become an exporter of organic soybeans to Europe," the prime minister said and praised Mr Adesina for providing sound leadership that has transformed the Bank into a globally respected institution.


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