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Ministerial nominee list: Edun, El-Rufai, Pate, others face screening committee

Senate introduces Bill to create new state, Tiga from Kano

The Senate Committee screening of ministerial nominees will continue today (Tuesday). Top of the list of those billed to be screened today is Wale Edun, a finance guru; Nasir El-Rufia, an ex-governor and minister; Muhammad Pate, an health expert who turned down a global appointment as CEO, among others.

Who is Wale Edun?

Wale Edun is a Nigerian economist and businessman. He has held various prominent positions in both the private and public sectors in Nigeria, serving as the Honourable Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State for two unprecedented terms (1999-2007) during Tinubu’s tenure.

As the founder of Denham Management Limited and Chairman of Livewell Initiative, a health sector Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Wale Edun actively contributes to the welfare of society.

He is also a Trustee of Sisters Unite for Children, an NGO dedicated to assisting children in need.

Edun completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at the University of London and earned a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Sussex, England. Although specific details about his early life and education are not publicly available, his expertise and accomplishments speak for themselves.

Who is Nasir El-Rufai:

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai is a Nigerian politician and public servant. He has held several significant positions in both the public and private sectors in Nigeria since he was 23 years old.

Nasir el-Rufai was born on February 16, 1960, in Daudawa, Faskari Local Government Area, Katsina State, Nigeria. He is a graduate of Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, USA.

El-Rufai served as the Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria, for eight years (May 29, 2015 – May 29, 2023).

Before becoming governor, he served as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in Nigeria from 1999 to 2003, where he played a key role in implementing the privatisation policy of the government.

In addition, he served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from 2003 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. His tenure as FCT Minister was marked by various reforms and development projects in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.

Read also: Nyesom Wike cleared for ministerial role by Senate

Who is Muhammad Pate?

Muhammad Pate is a Nigerian health expert, who stepped down as the incoming CEO of Gavi, a public–private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

He has held various key positions, including Global Director of Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice at the World Bank, Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents, and Professor of Public Health Leadership at Harvard Chan School.

Previously, Pate served as the Minister of State for Health in Nigeria under former President Goodluck Jonathan and later worked at Duke University’s Global Health Institute in the US.

Pate’s expertise spans healthcare systems and disease control, particularly in regions like Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific. He played a significant role in addressing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria through programs at the World Economic Forum and the World Bank Group.

With a medical background, including internal medicine and infectious diseases, Pate also holds a Master’s in health system management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MBA with a health sector management certificate from Duke University.