Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole At The Just Concluded UNFPA Annual Lecture In Honour Of Late Professor Babatunde Osotimehin

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole at the just concluded UNFPA Annual Lecture, sponsored by YouthHub Africa, today, July 2, 2018, in honour of Professor Babatunde Osotimehin gave a speech. He also delivered a lecture on “Implication of the population of 190 million people in Nigeria health and development”

Prof was very itemized about some problems facing the girl child in the country and how the government has helped in solving these problems. Some of these problems are thus: sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy at a very tender age, illiteracy etc. 

He also addressed other issues on health and development especially with women and girls under the age of 25. He noted that because of their vulnerability and ignorance, they have been victims of abuses which the government is trying to face-out by educating these young girls in terms of making sure they are educated and have a basic knowledge about themselves.

Prof was really particular about some of the projects on ground and how it has been helpful in eradicating illiteracy in women/girls, giving them basic knowledge and how they can stay healthy and develop themselves in becoming a better woman.

The late Professor Babatunde Osotimehin was an internationally acclaimed global leader in public health, women's empowerment and young people's development, who initially served as Minister of Health in his native Nigeria before eventually becoming the Executive Director of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) on January 1, 2011 holding the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, a position in which he led the organization until his death on June 4, 2017.

A universally acclaimed Physician of repute, Dr. Osotimehin was among others, a Professor of Clinical Pathology, Provost of the College of Medicine, Member of the UK's Royal College of Physicians, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies, as well as a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Osotimehin held positions as Nigeria's Minister of Health and DIrector-General of the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS.

As Executive Director of UNFPA, he spearheaded efforts by the international community to advance the milestones established by governments at the International Conference on Population and Development, and notably introduced new reforms that enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of UNFPA, with a more robust vision for improving the lives of women, adolescents and youth around the world. 

His leadership and advocacy with governments and other key stakeholders had a sharp focus on youth health and participation, marshalling global efforts towards eliminating gender-based violence and harmful practices as well as improving maternal health. 

Dr. Osotimehin passionately advocated for investment in the girl child as a pathway to sustainable development and worked assiduously with governments, academics and development partners to translate this to action. In recognition of his work, he was indeed given the title of "Honorary Woman".