Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire is a Nigerian medical doctor and politician. He was appointed as the Minister Health in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in November 2019.
Osagie Emmanuel Biography
Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire was born on November 4, 1946 in Warri, in Oredo local government of Edo state. His ethnic group is Bini.
He is a Nigerian medical doctor and politician. He was appointed as the Minister Health in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in November 2019. Following the submission of the ministerial nominees to the Senate by the Presidency in July 2019 and subsequent screening, He was appointed as the Minister of Health in August 2019.
He attended St. Joseph’s primary school, Benin city for his primary school education. For his secondary education, he attended Government College Ibadan in Oyo State for his West African School Certificate where he excelled at his Higher School Certificate examination. He was a brilliant student and sat for the West African School Certificate examination, obtaining excellent results. Ehanire was admitted to study Physics, Chemistry and Zoology in Higher School, earning the Certificate and the extra-mural Advanced Certificate with distinction in all subjects.
Based on his results, Ehanire was admitted to both University of Ibadan (UI) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) to study Medicine but opted instead, to accept a foreign scholarship to study Medicine at Germany’s elite Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich.
Later, he went on to study Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany, qualifying as a Surgeon. He went on to the Teaching Hospital of the University of Duisburg and Essen and to the BG Accident Hospital in Duisburg, Germany for his post graduate education. In 1976, he attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthetics. He got his Board Certification in both General Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the Medical Board of North Rhine Westphalia in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1984, he became a Fellow of West African College of Surgeons.
Ehanire worked in Germany as a Resident Anesthesiologist, Resident Vascular Surgeon and Resident General Surgeon in Thoracic Surgery at various hospitals. He also served as Clinical Instructor, Fracture Internal Fixation Course at BG Accident Hospital in Duisburg, Germany. On his return to Nigeria in 1982, he worked at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital as Senior Registrar in the Department of Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery), a position he held until 1984, before he was certified a consultant. Between 1985 and 1990, he joined the Shell Petroleum Development Company Hospital as a Divisional Consultant Surgeon. Ehanire resigned from SPDC to open a private surgery and was also Consultant to several Oil and Gas service companies in Warri, including Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Westminster Dredging and Schlumberger. He also served at various times on the Medical Review Board of Edo State Hospital Management Board and remains as a Trustee of TY Danjuma Foundation.
Ehanire was appointed as a delegate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) to the political merger conference that gave birth to the All Progressive Congress (APC), the name which he coined. As the Edo State Coordinator for the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), he was a key player in ensuring the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2015 presidential election. In October 2015, he made the list of ministerial nominees to serve the Buhari led administration. After being screened and cleared by the National Assembly, he was appointed as the Minister of State for Health in November 2015.
Following the beginning of a new administration in May 2019 and the submission of the ministerial nominees to the Senate by the Presidency in July 2019 and subsequent screening, Ehanire was appointed the Minister of Health in August 2019.
• He was Senior Registrar, Clinical Instructor, University of Benin Teaching Hospital,
• Member of the old Bendel and Edo States Hospital Management Board
• Consultant Surgeon, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria
• Clinical Course instructor, Fracture Internal Fixation course, BG Accident Hospital, Duisburg, Germany.
• He became a Fellow of West African College of Surgeons in 1984
• co-authored the orthopaedic book “The severely injured limb” edited By John Ackroyd.
After 16 years of studies, residency and medical practice in Germany, he returned to Benin city to get married to Dr. Eleanor R. Neal-Ehanire and started his famiy.
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