- The United Nations office in Nigeria has named one of its hall after the late former minister of health Babatunde Osotimehin.
- The announcement was the agency on Friday, July 14
- The minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said Osotimehin was God's blessing to Nigerian and the world at large
The United Nations office in Nigeria has named one of its hall after the late former minister of health Babatunde Osotimehin.
The international agency made the announcement during a memorial service in honour of Osotimehin on Friday, July 14.
Speaking at the service, the minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said Osotimehin was God's blessing to Nigerian and the world at large.
The minister said: "Any nation on earth would have been so proud to have Babatunde Osotimehin."
Onyeama said the legacies of the late health icon will continue the remain in the hearts of many Nigerians and the global community.
Appreciating the United Nations for giving Nigeria the opportunity to serve the world through Osotimehin, Onyeama said words are not enough to appreciate the life lived by the late foromer minister.
"He was at the forefront of government's strides to eradicate polio in all the affected areas in Nigeria.
We have a duty while honoring him, to advocate for what he was passionate about," Onyeama said.
Osotimehin died in Harrison, New York on June 4, at age of 68.
Until his death, Osotimehin was the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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He was the provost of the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan from 1990 to 1994 before serving the director general of the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of Aids from March 2007 to December 2008.
He was also the minister of health between 2008 and 2010 when he united the 36 state in Nigerian to build a national health plan which was focused on primary health care.
You can watch NAIJ.com's video of the memorial service below: