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President Tinubu appoints Mukhtar as coordinator of healthcare initiative

President Tinubu appoints Mukhtar as coordinator of healthca

President Bola Tinubu on Monday approved the appointment of Dr Abdu Mukhtar as the National Coordinator of the Presidential ‘Unlocking Healthcare Value-Chain’ Initiative, domiciled under the Federal Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.

According to a statement by Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, this strategic approval seeks to unlock billions of dollars of new investment into the nation’s healthcare delivery system.

TNgelale stated that the development will be achieved through a time-bound and cross-ministerial collaboration to restructure the ecosystem of Health Product manufacturing, Health Logistics services, Health Technology services, Health Retail services (e-Commerce), Health Provider facilitation, and Health Payor reform (Third Party Administrators & Insurers) in order to achieve the following.

"Measurable increase in the domestic manufacturing of generic pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biologics, and devices.

"Reduction of outbound medical tourism by enhancing service quality in Nigeria while catalyzing alternative health ecosystems in-country.

"Measurable increase in the quantity of quality jobs across the value chain through enhanced FDI and local capital mobilization."

Ngelale said Mukhtar comes to the task as the immediate past Director of Industry & Trade Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB). Prior to joining the AfDB, Dr. Mukhtar served as the Group Chief Strategy Officer of the Dangote Group of Industries.

"The newly appointed Coordinator played a key role in the conglomerate’s expansion of its cement production footprint into fourteen African countries, in addition to important joint ventures in the power, oil & gas, and agriculture sectors.

“This followed a four-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of the FCTA’s Abuja Investment Company Limited from 2007 to 2011."

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