The emergence of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank, AfDB, and Ms. Arunma Oteh as Treasurer/ Vice President of the World Bank shows that the PDP administration had a good economic team.
Adesina was Jonathan’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, while Ms. Oteh, was the Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission.
Similarly the Obasanjo and Atiku administration assembled what is arguably the best Economic Team ever in Nigeria. It was made up of young, world class professionals, who came home to work. Some of those professionals like Ngozi Okonjo, Oby Ezekwesili, Sanusi Lamido and Charles Soludo are now political leaders, governors and world leaders in their own right.
Former vice president Atiku has a proven record of bringing young, unknown professionals into service. Many of the professionals and ministers he brought in were in their 30s and early 40s. Some of those young leaders have become governors in their states.
“I went to the World Bank and met a bright lady, convinced her to come back home, and she became a star in our government.” Atiku Stated