Nigerian Minister Voluntarily Resigns


… Named Professor At Duke University

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, (THEWILL) – The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammed Pate, Wednesday voluntarily resigned in order to resume at the Global Health Institute a US based Duke University.

Professor Pate, in his resignation letter said his new portfolio would avail him a unique platform to participate in a university-wide Africa initiative while also serving as Senior Adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He also offered to continue to serve part time as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication and the public-private coalition for Saving One Million Lives Initiative.

President Jonathan hailed Pate for his decision and accepted his resignation.

Briefing state house correspondents on the development, Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati said Pate’s appointment at the Global Health Institute means something good and positive for this government and Nigeria.

"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 is a plus for the administration and the country," Abati stated.

Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammed Pate