In response to the dramatic incident during the screening process, Senate President Godswill Akpabio has shared an update regarding the health condition of Balarabe Abbas Lawal, a ministerial nominee who collapsed during the proceedings.
The unsettling event occurred when Abbas Lawal was presenting his profile and responding to questions posed by the lawmakers, explaining why they should confirm his nomination. Suddenly, he slumped, prompting an immediate response from the Senate. Medical personnel were swiftly summoned to the chamber to attend to the distressed nominee.
After a brief medical intervention, Balarabe Abbas Lawal was successfully resuscitated and subsequently removed from the Senate Chamber via an ambulance.
Providing insights into the incident, Senate President Akpabio revealed that Abbas Lawal acknowledged feeling exhausted, having endured a period of excessive work in the days leading up to the screening. Despite his physical fatigue, the nominee insisted on proceeding with the screening, assuring everyone that he was well enough to continue.
This occurrence added a unique dimension to the ministerial screening process, which continued with the confirmation of three additional nominees from President Bola Tinubu. The confirmed nominees include Balarabe Abbas Lawal (Kaduna State), Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim (Kwara State), and Ayodele Olawande (Ondo State).
Their successful confirmation followed a session presided over by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, taking place a day after President Tinubu formally submitted their names to the Senate for approval.
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