African Improvement Financial institution Group President Dr Akinwumi Adesina has been honoured by the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NIDCOM) with the distinguished Nationwide Diaspora Benefit Award in recognition of his selfless service and contributions as a Nigerian Diaspora World Icon.
Different recipients within the World Icon class are United Nations Deputy Secretary Common Amina J. Mohammed, and Director Common of the World Commerce Group Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
NIDCOM is an company below Nigeria’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs chargeable for partaking with the Nigerian diaspora group. The award ceremony came about on Wednesday 26 July 2023 on the State Home Banquet Corridor of the Presidential Villa in Abuja throughout Nationwide Diaspora Day 2023 organised below the theme “Consolidating Diaspora Engagement for Nationwide Improvement”.
Visitors included Financial institution Group Chief Economist and Vice President for Financial Governance and Information Administration Professor Kevin Chika Urama, in addition to Dr Adesina’s Adviser on Stakeholder Engagement, Ms Lola Visser-Mabogunje. Additionally current on the award ceremony in Abuja have been executives and members of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) from internationally, senior authorities, officers, captains of trade and members of the diplomatic group.
Chairperson and Chief Govt Officer of NIDCOM Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa stated the conferment of a Nationwide Diaspora Benefit Award on Dr Adesina was “in recognition of his selfless service and contributions as a Nigerian Diaspora World Icon. Dr Dabiri-Erewa stated NIDCOM appreciated Dr Adesina’s “unflinching love and contributions to nationwide improvement”.
“This award is based upon the significance of recognising and celebrating Nigerians within the diaspora who’ve excelled of their numerous fields of endeavour and contributing to the event of Nigeria,” Dr Dabiri-Erewa stated. “These distinctive Nigerians have, over time, contributed to creating Nigeria a greater place in their very own capacities. It’s thus vital that the Federal Authorities of Nigeria, by way of the Fee, recognises their exceptional feats,” she stated.
Receiving the award on behalf of the President, the Director Common of the African Improvement Financial institution Group’s Nigeria Nation Division, Lamin Barrow, expressed gratitude to NIDCOM for the nice recognition of President Adesina’s excellent achievements and contributions to Nigeria and the continent’s improvement efforts. “The award will encourage him additional to proceed his unrelenting efforts for Nigeria and Africa’s transformation,” Mr Barrow stated.
Dr Adesina thanked NIDCOM in a written assertion. “I’m happy to just accept the award with humility. I’m deeply touched by this acknowledgement of my modest contributions to finance and economics and my recognition as a task mannequin to different Nigerians within the diaspora,” Dr Adesina said.
Usually described as “Africa’s Optimist-in-Chief”, Dr Adesina is extensively lauded for his visionary management and fervour for Africa’s transformation. His daring reforms as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture turned the sector round in 4 years, benefiting 15 million farmers by way of an digital pockets system. As President of the African Improvement Financial institution Group, Dr Adesina achieved the highest-ever capital improve and led swift responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. He has obtained quite a few accolades, together with the World Meals Prize and African of the Yr.
Greater than 20 different Nigerians within the diaspora, together with Emeritus Professor Augustine Esogbue, Professor Mobolaji Aluko and Professor Rotimi Jayesimi, obtained awards in numerous classes on Wednesday, together with schooling, politics, info and communications expertise, management improvement, medication and healthcare, vehicle, philanthropy and sports activities.