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query_builder September 5, 2019 17:50:45


Awka, Sept. 5, 2019 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has praised the African Development Bank (AfDB) president, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, for appointing Chinelo Anohu-Amazu Head/Senior Director, Africa Investment Forum.

The appointment took effect with effect from Sept. 1.

A statement issued in Awka, Anambra by Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba, the governor, a former top banker and accountant, said that Mrs Anohu-Amaizu was chosen for the new job purely on merit.

``Dr Adesina is excellence personified, discharging every assignment with aplomb,’’ Chief Obiano declared.

``He graduated from the university with distinction and made a fundamental difference on global scene before he was brought back to Nigeria in 2011 to serve as Minister of Agriculture, a job he carried out with utmost admiration.

``Therefore, no one was surprised when he became the first Nigerian to be named the AfDB president four years ago.

``The world has since taken note of his talent for innovation and ability to deliver superior performance, as evidenced by the fact that Dr Adesina was the toast of leaders of G-7 at their recent meeting in France.’’ 

Gov. Obiano also praised Mrs Anohu-Amaizu for what he called her impressive accomplishments, noting that she was an accomplished international corporate lawyer and member, London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Board.

Gov. Obiano described Mrs Anohu-Amaizu as yet another Anambra ``Amazon, who stands the state in good and enviable stead as the light of the nation’’.

Mrs Anohu-Amaizu's tenure as Director-General of the National Pension Commission of Nigeria for five years was widely praised for, among other things, raising the number of participants in the pension scheme from five to eight million.

``Her work at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) under the leadership of Malam El Rufai, who was to become the Kaduna State governor, has also earned commendation.

``She was active in the successful privatisation of such huge state-owned enterprises as Nicon Hilton in Abuja.

``Obiano believes that Anohu-Amazu will bring to bear on her new assignment a formidable track record in formulating investment strategies that will fetch extensive knowledge of institutional investment practice and experience in attracting new capital.’’

The AfDB would hold the 2019 Africa Investment Forum from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Anohu-Amazu in charge.

Last year's forum attracted $39 billion in investment interests for bankable deals in Africa.

According to him, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina is full of praise for Anohu-Amazu, observing her can-do attitude, leadership, hands-on experience in working with global pension funds and institutional investors, and extensive global networks among institutional investors, will significantly position and help the Africa Investment Forum to drive its global agenda to attract more investments to Africa. (MOI)