Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has commended the African Development Bank (AfDB) president, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, for appointing Chinelo Anohu-Amazu the head and senior director of the Africa Investment Forum with effect from September 1, 2019.
Obiano, in a statement issued in Awka, the Anambra State capital, by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, said that choosing Mrs Anohu-Amazu on merit, has proven Adesina as excellence personified.
He described Mrs Anohu-Amazu as “yet another Anambra Amazon who stands the state in good and enviable stead as the light of the nation,” adding that her tenure as director general of the National Pension Commission of Nigeria for five years was widely praised.
“Among other things, she raised the number of participants in the pension scheme from five to eight million. Her work at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) under the leadership of Malam el – Rufai, who was to become the Kaduna State governor, has also earned commendation.
“She was active in the successful privatization of such huge state-owned enterprises as Nicon Hilton in Abuja. Obiano believes that Anohu-Amazu will bring to bear on her new assignment a formidable track record in formulating investment strategies that will fetch extensive knowledge of institutional investment practice and experience in attracting new capital,” he stated.
The AfDB will hold the 2019 Africa Investment Forum between November 11 and 13 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Anohu-Amazu in charge.
Last year’s forum attracted $39 billion in investment interests for bankable deals in Africa.
Dr Akinwunmi Adesina had during the appointment, described Anohu-Amazu as a woman who “Her can-do attitude, leadership, hands-on experience in working with global pension funds and institutional investors, and extensive global networks among institutional investors, will significantly position and help the Africa Investment Forum to drive its global agenda to attract more investments to Africa.
“I am delighted that Chinelo Anohu is joining us as the Head and Senior Director of the Africa Investment Forum. Her can-do-attitude, leadership, hands-on experience in working with global pension funds and institutional investors, and extensive global networks among institutional investors, will significantly position and help the Africa Investment Forum to drive its global agenda to attract more investments to Africa.”