AfDB President calls for integrity in leadership

Akinwumi in suit

Akinwumi A. Adesina stresses need to tackle corruption and grow the next generation into transformative leaders.

Akinwumi A. Adesina has warned that without building a greater level of integrity and accountability throughout leadership, Africa will not fulfil its potential. 

The African Development Bank (AfDB) president explained: “The absence of integrity is the equivalent of building castles in the sand. Without the foundational integrity, there can be no national or continental transformation.”

Adesina was speaking to the Sundoulos Advanced Leadership Training Institute, where he said that Covid-19, debt across Africa and even the situation in Afghanistan demonstrate the need to bolster accountable leadership in Africa.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic, the challenges of debt and insecurity in Africa, and globally, with the situation in Afghanistan…effective and accountable leadership is more crucial today than ever before.”

The AfDB’s Vice President, Kevin Kariuki will be speaking at the upcoming Global Infrastructure Conference, where leadership is likely to be a big subject as the world emerges from the pandemic and looks to focus on the sustainability challenge.

IG will be reporting live on what he and other global leaders have to say about achieving a sustainable future after Covid-19.