Published On: Tue, Jun 6th, 2017

Ex-Health Minister, UNFPA Boss Babatunde Osotimehin Is Dead

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Nigeria’s former Health Minister, and the Executive Director of UN Population Fund UNFPA Prof Babatunde Osotimehin is
dead.

The death was announced in the early hour on Monday, June 5, 2017, and the cause is yet to be publicized.

Until his death on June, 5, 2017, Prof. Osotimehin was the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, a
post he assumed on January 1, 2011, sequel to his appointment on November 19, 2010 for a four term.

He was reappointed on August 21, 2014 for another four year term that would have ended in 2018.

Osotimehin was born February 6, 1949, in Ogun State.

Before his UN job, Osotimehin had served as the nation’s health minister between December 17, 2008 and March 17, 2010
when then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet

While he was at the UNFPA,Osotimehin, was interested in issues relating to youth and gender within the context of
reproductive health and rights.

His focus were the young people, as he believed that youth participation in the society was very important.

He once famously said, ‘’we need to ensure that young people of both genders have equal participation, not only in
reproductive rights and health, but also within society and in the economy’’.

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