Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the voluntary resignation of Dr Ali Pate as Minister of State for Health.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, who disclosed this to State House correspondents said the resignation takes immediate effect.
In a letter of resignation dated July 22, made available to the media, Pate stated that he was leaving the cabinet to take up the position of Professor at Duke University's Global Health Institute, USA.
Pate, however, offered to continue to serve the Jonathan’s administration as honorary advisor on the polio eradication initiative and Save One Million Lives of Women and Children initiative which he was in charge of.
The President congratulated the minister and accepted his offer to continue to serve on a part-time basis as honourary adviser.
"It is a positive development that we have people who are recognised globally,’’ he said.
Pate, from Bauchi State, had resigned his appointment from the World Bank Office in 2008, to come back home to join the public service after 15 years in the Diaspora.
He served first, as the Chief Executive of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and as cabinet minister in the past two years with the portfolio as Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Health.