President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku.
The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation presented the award to Adesina at a ceremony held in Lagos on October 6, according to a statement by Fatimah Abubakar Alkali, communication specialist of the bank.
The statement said the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation is a non-profit that recognizes Africans who have achieved success through hard work, honesty, integrity and justice in every field of human endeavour. Previous beneficiaries of the award include Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.
While thanking the foundation for the recognition, Adesina said the African Development Bank had helped 181 million people directly through its investments in the past four years.
The bank has connected 16 million people to electricity and provided 70 million people with improved agricultural technologies to achieve food security.
The African Development Bank also gave 9 million people access to finance from private sector companies, provided 55 million people access to improved transport, and 31 million people with water and sanitation.
Adesina congratulated his fellow awardees and urged them to be relentless in their efforts to build humanity.
“Recognition is never the expectation or endgame when you are passionate about your work. But when one’s modest contributions and efforts are found worthy of honour, it is both a surprise and a delight,” he noted.