By Hadiza Musa Yusuf
The Coalition of Professional Health Volunteers Association of Nigeria (COPHVAN), has expressed deep concern over recent circulation of a purported fake ministerial list, which allegedly excluded esteemed public health expert Professor Ali Pate.
This is contained in a statement signed by the organization’s National Coordinator, Mr. Abdulhameed Musa Abdullahi and sent to Prime Time News on Wednesday.
The statement noted that “Prof. Ali Pate is widely recognized for his significant contributions to the healthcare sector, both domestically and internationally”.
“As a vocal advocate for health rights and equity, his potential exclusion from the ministerial list has raised eyebrows among healthcare professionals and concerned citizens”.
The association raised suspicions of the involvement of mischievous elements in the creation and dissemination of the fraudulent list, particularly after Prof. Pate declined an offer to serve as the CEO of the Gavi Alliance.
COPHVAN urged President Tinubu to investigate the matter and take appropriate action to address the concern, noting that inclusion of Prof. Ali Pate in the ministerial list is seen not only as recognition of his remarkable capabilities but also as a reflection of the President’s dedication to building a strong and inclusive healthcare sector.
The organization further called on President Tinubu to consider appointing Prof. Ali Pate as Minister of Health. COPHVAN opined that such “appointment, would help curtail ongoing disputes within the health sector across the nation”.
The Coalition of Professional Health Volunteers Association of Nigeria (COPHVAN), is a leading non-profit organization representing healthcare professionals from various disciplines. It works tirelessly to promote the well-being of Nigerians through volunteering, advocacy, and capacity-building initiatives.