The wife of a former governor of Kwara state, Toyin Saraki has commended President Bola Tinubu over the appointment of Muhammad Pate as the new health minister.
In a post via her X platform formally known as Twitter on Thursday, Mrs Saraki described Mr Pate as an exceptional and dedicated individual in the field of public health.
President Bola Tinubu had assigned portfolios to Mr Pate as minister for Health alongside 44 other minister designates.
In reaction to the announcement, Mrs Saraki said she is confident Mr Pate would perform in his new role in reforming the nation’s healthcare sector following his track record in his former political roles as the administrator of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and Minister of State for Health.
“I am truly delighted to congratulate Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate CON on his exceptional appointment as the Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare in Nigeria!
“Dr. Pate’s inspiring journey has encompassed his remarkable contributions to global health and multilateral organisations, including the @WorldBank, @WHO, The Big Win Philanthropy, and the @GatesFoundation, to his tireless efforts in advancing healthcare accessibility and quality right here in Nigeria in his former roles as Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and Minister of State for Health.
“This new role is a testament to his unwavering dedication, profound knowledge and visionary leadership in the field of public health. With a track record of bridging gaps and evidence-driven actions and advocacy for equitable healthcare through the Saving One Million Lives SOML Initiative, Dr Pate is poised to bring about revolutionary changes in Nigeria’s healthcare system.
Mrs Saraki also expressed confidence that, under Dr Pate’s leadership, Nigeria’s health and social welfare sectors will once again see remarkable advancements, improved access to healthcare services, and a renewed focus on the well-being of every individual, thereby shaping a brighter healthcare landscape for future generations.