By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The embattled head of the African Bank of Development (AfDB), Nigeria’s Akinwumi Adesina, has been cleared of all 16 whistle-blower corruption allegations by an independent panel of experts, headed by former Irish president Mary Robinson.
A panel of three experts, headed by Robinson together with Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s integrity vice president Leonard McCarthy, cleared Adesina of all charges allegedly leveled against him by whistleblowers earlier this year accused him of poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment and favouritism.
Adesina, who became the first Nigerian to head the AfDB in 2015, is the sole candidate for the bank’s August Presidential Elections. The former Finance Minister had always maintained his innocence of the allegations.
The AfDB is a significant contributor to development projects in Africa through the provision of funds for projects in agriculture, health, energy, education, transport and other significant areas.