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Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has been elected as the President of the Africa Development Bank for a second term.

The Nigerian was re-elected by the Board of Governors of the Bank at the ongoing AfDB’s virtual annual meeting in Abidjan on Thursday.

Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media confirmed the auspicious news while congratulating the Nigerian on her Twitter page.

 

Onochie who appeared elated wrote, “Our very own Akinwumi Akin Adesina has been reaffirmed as the President of the African Development Bank.

“Thank you to our supportive President @MBuhari who mobilized support for our own Akinwunmi and why not! Adesina has been proven to be above boards.”

Herald.ng earlier reported that an Independent Review Panel exonerated Dr. Akinwumi , of any ethical wrongdoings.

The panel was set up by AfDB Bureau of Governors, following a complaint by the United States.

It was discovered that the allegations against Adesina were properly considered and dismissed by the committee.

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Meanwhile, Herald.ng earlier reported that four doctorate and 200 master’s degree holders have applied for the Federal Government’s Special Public Works programme in Ogun State.

The Ogun State Chairman of Special Public Works, Senator Gbenga Obadara, made the disclosure.

The Federal Government had months ago introduced the 774,000 jobs for unskilled youths as part of efforts to mitigate the effect of COVID-19-induced hardship.

Under the programme, 1,000 youths are to be employed from each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.

The enrollees will get N20,000 stipend for three months after which they will be disengaged.

The minimum wage in Nigeria is N30,000.

Obadara revealed that nearly 20,000 applicants have so far indicated an interest in the programme out of which four were PhD holders and 200 Master’s degree holders.

However, he lamented the inadequacy of the 20,000 slots allotted to Ogun State.

“Poverty is ravaging. Unemployment is extremely on the high rise. People with master’s degrees and even PhD degrees are applying for 20,000 jobs. That is the problem. It cannot cover everybody. We cannot blame the Federal Government,” The Punch quoted him to have said.

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