Health Minister Resigns

AliPresident Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, today, accepted the voluntary resignation of Dr. Ali Pate as minister of state for health.

Dr Reuben Abat, special adviser to president on media and publicity, who disclosed this to State House correspondents, said the resignation takes immediate effect.

In a letter of resignation dated July 22, made available to newsmen, Pate stated that he was leaving the cabinet to take up the position of Professor in Duke University’s Global Health Institute, USA.

He said in his new capacity, he would participate in a university-wide Africa initiative and would also serve as senior adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation based in Washington DC.

Pate, however, offered to continue to serve the Jonathan’s administration as honorary advisor on the polio eradication initiative and save one million lives of women and children initiative which he was in charge of.

“I wish to offer the continuation of my service on part time basis as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication and Public Private Coalition on saving one million live initiatives.

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