Friday, 18 August, 2017

UN Population Fund chief dies

Breaking: Former Health Minister and NACA Boss, Babatunde Osotimehin, is Dead Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Connie Andrews | 06 June, 2017, 05:23

Osotimehin, an illustrious academic was the first director general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) until 2009 and a former minister for Health, Nigeria until March 2010.

He also served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan from 1990 - 1994.

He further disclosed that he met the Ex-Minister of Health in an unresponsive state before the TV set was watching after he returned from church on Sunday.

"He understood that the world's 1.8 billion young people are truly its greatest hope for the future", the UN Population Agency said.

"The late Osotimehin, who also had a distinguished career as medical doctor and teacher before he served as a cabinet minister in Nigeria, and later at the United Nations, will be long remembered for his many significant developmental contributions at home and in the worldwide community, according to Acting President Osinbajo".

The United Nations Population Fund population agency has announced the sudden death of its executive director, Babatunde Osotimehin, who has led the agency since 2011.

"Osotimehin in prioritising health issues", she said. He had extensive knowledge of the global and national frameworks and processes that are critical to UNFPA's work.

Upon moving into his second term in 2015, Mr. Osotimehin introduced new reforms that increased the effectiveness and efficiency of UNFPA and outlined a more robust vision for improving the lives of women, adolescents and youth around the world.

PPD Executive Director Dr Joe Thomas said the world has lost "an internationally renowned giant of reproductive health and rights of women and girls".

"Dr. Babatunde was a constant partner and respected leader in the global effort to provide essential health care to women and adolescents around the world".

He was married, had five children and several grandchildren.

"Funeral Arrangements will be announced by the family".

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