THE Nigerian Fish Farmers Association (NFAN) has declared its support for the re-election of Dr Akinwumi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Chidike Uko, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday said their support was because of his numerous achievements.
He said that NFAN joined other commodity associations to support his re-election, because Adesina had been tested and trusted.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) over 52 commodity associations, under the auspices of Federation of Agricultural Commodities Association of Nigeria (FACAN), have endorsed the re-election of Adesina.
According to Uko, the AfDB was able to revolutionise agriculture in Nigeria with the agricultural transformation agenda, particularly e-wallet system.
Adesina, he noted, was able to attract youths, including graduates into agriculture, a move, which has led to a paradigm shift in the way youths viewed agriculture.
Uko said that having contested for the AfDB presidency and won in 2015, Adesina had shown that he is capable of carrying out his function for a second term.
He said: “Right now, there is an interference to see that his going back will be tough.
“He will go back, he will but it will be tough because of scrutiny.
Having been cleared by the ethics committee, we see no reason the matter should linger, because he is someone, who does his work in the open.
“He is a Nigerian, an international citizen and everybody who knows his worth, even the U.S., will know that he is a policy driver for everything he has to do.”
Explaining how Adesina had shown concern for the repositioning of the fish subsector, Uko said, “today in Nigeria we are having almost half of our fish demand imported.
“With the policy that he introduced on agricultural mechanisation, we are witnessing enhanced fish production and processing.
“Even with our inability to satisfy local demand for fish; we are still having fish glut and post-harvest losses.
“So, with the processing zone he created, we are sure that the fish harvested can be processed and saved so that the life shelf of fish can be nine months.
“Therefore, we will not suffer any post-harvest losses again.”
The Fish Farmers publicity secretary further said that if Adesina could be doing this at the African level, the continent’s economy would come out bigger, better and begin to contest with the Asian tigers.
“But the most important thing is that if you are playing in the international community you must lobby, you must work hard to position yourself.
“The interests that are coming to ask him not to move forward at this time are not out of point but we need to know, as Africans, what is good for us,’’ he added.