Buhari’s ministers pay tributes to late Babatunde Osotimehin

Tributes have continued to roll in for Nigeria’s former minister of health, late Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin with the latest coming from members of the federal executive council, the UN and other dignitaries.

In a true life of service in honour of the late UNFPA Executive Director organised by the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, eulogies were showered by the federal and state ministers of health, mines and steel development and UN country representatives in Nigeria.

In same vein, the UN organised a farewell session in honour of the departed icon…

*UN bids Osotimehin farewell, calls for renewed advocacy on HIV/AIDS

The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kalllon, has called for a renewed commitment to champion advocacy for persons living with

in the country.

Kallon made the call at the Memorial Service organised by the UN system in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja to honor late Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin.

Osotimehin, who until his death was the Executive Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA), died on June 4 in Harrison, New York, at the age of 68.

“Let us also use this occasion to draw attention to Osotimehin’s service to his beloved country, Nigeria.

“As Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and later as the Minister of Health, he made sure that Nigerians were constantly sensitised.

“He made sure that Nigerians were constantly sensitised about the level of the prevalence in the country and increased access to anti-retro-viral drugs for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

“He also championed advocacy and action to prevent mother-to- child transmission among pregnant women.

“Let us renew this advocacy as HIV/AIDS is still a major challenge in Nigeria today,’’ the resident coordinator said.

Kalllon said that though the UN family would remember him for his legacies, “ we also celebrate the virtues, values, valour of our departed senior colleague.

“Let us celebrate Babatunde by committing ourselves to doing those things he dedicated his whole life for.’’

The resident coordinator, however, announced that the conference room in the UN building would be named after him to immortalise his name.

The UN Coordinator, Kalllon, Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh, Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria and Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, laid wreaths in honour of the late icon.

The high point of the event was laying, which was done on behalf of the UN system in Nigeria, Diplomatic Corps and the Federal Government of Nigeria respectively.

Other dignitaries who paid tribute to Osotimehin were Ministers of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, Ministers of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed and Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, among others.

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