Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Muhammed Pate, resigned on Wednesday from his position.
His resignation letter, dated July 22, was sent to the President Goodluck Jonathan and is effective as of today.
In the letter, Mr. Pate explained that he was resigning to take up a position as a professor at Duke University’s Global Health Institute in the United States.
In this new position, he will serve as a Senior Adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation based in Washington D.C. and participate in a university-wide Africa initiative.
Pate, who also served as chairman of the presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication and head of the Saving One Million Lives initiative, has stated his desire to continue in both positions, despite leaving his ministerial post.
His proposal was accepted by the president.
Speaking on the resignation, President Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, commended Mr. Pate’s service so far and called it a “positive development that we have people who are recognized globally.”
“His appointment is a plus for the administration and the country,” Abati said.