Pate, Minister of State, Health, Resigns (UPDATED)


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 —
The Minister of State, Health, Dr.
Muhammed Pate, has voluntarily
resigned from President
Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet.
In his resignation letter, dated
July 22 and addressed to the
President, Pate said he was
leaving the cabinet to take up the
position of Professor in Duke
University’s Global Health
Institute USA .
In this capacity, according to him,
he will participate in a
university-wide Africa initiative
and will also serve as Senior
Adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation based in Washington
DC.
Mr. Pate, however, expressed his
wish to continue his work on
part-time basis, serving as the
Chairman of the Presidential Task
Force on Polio Eradication and
the public-private coalition for
Saving One Million Lives
Initiative.
“As we have discussed, I wish to
offer the continuation of my
service on part-time basis as
chairman of the Presidential Task
Force on Polio Eradication and
the public-private coalition for
Saving One Million Lives
Initiative, if you agree, in
fulfilment of my previous
commitments to see to
conclusion of these important
national priorities. This may
entail an honorary advisory role
reporting directly to you progress
at least on quarterly basis,” he
wrote in his resignation letter.
The Special Adviser to the
President on Media and Publicity,
Reuben Abati, told journalists at
the State House that President
Jonathan is highly elated that his
star-studded cabinet was
attracting required global
attention.
According to the Special Adviser,
the President saw his
appointment as a plus for the
administration and the country.
Mr. Abati said President Jonathan
commended Pate for the
integrity and competence he
brought on board while carrying
out his duties first as the Chief
Executive of the National Primary
Health Care Development
Agency; and later as a minister.
The spokesman recalled that
another cabinet member, the
Minister of Finance, Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala, was one of those
shortlisted for the position of the
World Bank’s President last year.
“The minister’s new commitment
is seen by the President and his
cabinet as a good news. It is a
further proof that this cabinet is
full of stars.
“The cabinet is full of very
distinguished men and women;
people with not only national but
also international recognition.
“The President congratulated the
minister and accepted his offer to
continue to serve on a part-time
basis as honourary adviser.
“It is a positive development that
we have people who are
recognised globally. Pate has
served this country for five
years, first as the Chief Executive
of NHPDH and later Minister of
State, Health. His work is
appreciated worldwide. His
appointment a plus for the
administration and the country,”
Mr. Abati said.

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