In a shocking turn of events at the Senate on Wednesday, ministerial nominee Balarabe Abbas Lawal collapsed during his screening, causing a commotion within the Chamber.
Lawal, hailing from Kaduna State, had been addressing the Senate for several minutes before suddenly falling to the floor. Lawmakers swiftly rushed to his aid, and medical personnel were called in to resuscitate him.
Lawal is one of three new ministerial nominees currently undergoing screening by the Senate. The other nominees include Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim from Kwara State and Mr. Ayodele Olawande from Ondo State.
Following the incident, the Senate went into a closed-door session, focusing on efforts to revive Lawal who remains in the chamber.
Lawal, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity, had earlier highlighted his extensive government experience and his intention to bring this expertise to President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
The nominee emphasized his previous appointments as Secretary to the Government, spanning a period of three terms from 2015 to the present. He mentioned his active involvement in policy-making and his dedication to effecting positive change at both the federal and state levels.
He concluded his presentation by acknowledging the esteemed nature of the Senate Chamber, describing it as a house of splendor, integrity, and democracy. Lawal expressed his deep sense of honor and happiness to stand before such a revered institution.
As the Senate continues its deliberations, the focus remains on reviving Lawal and ensuring the smooth progress of the screening process.
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