Okonjo-Iweala, Balogun laud Adesina’s win

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Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Nigeria’s Chargé d’Affaires to the U.S. Hakeem Balogun and a former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, have lauded the emergence of Dr Akinwumi Adesina as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.

Balogun and Okonjo-Iweala in the U.S. said that Adesina’s selection for the prestigious prize was a great honour for Nigeria.

Adesina, who is the current President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), was Minister of Agriculture under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

He was named the winner of the 250,000-dollar World Food Prize, regarded as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for Agriculture, at a ceremony on Monday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C.

Balogun described Adesina’s emergence as a great honour to our country.

“It is a manifestation of government’s efforts, past and present, at eradicating poverty and…

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