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Ministerial nominee Balarabe Abbas collapses during screening

One of the three new ministerial nominees, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, collapsed on Wednesday while being screened on the floor of the Senate.

During the interrogation, Lawal, who was obviously exhausted, abruptly passed out after which concerned senators raced to his aid and immediately dialed for help.

As soon as the incident occurred, Senate President Godswill Akpabio was heard requesting water and sugar to revive the ministerial nominee.

“Water, water! Can you give him sugar and water? Can someone bring water and sugar? Please call Dr Wale!” Akpabio exclaimed.

Akpabio further directed that the cameramen leave the chamber as the senators tried to save the life of the ministerial nominee.

He was taken to the hospital at the time this report was filed, and his condition remains unknown.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had on Tuesday, in a letter written to Akpabio, sought confirmation of three additional ministerial nominees.

According to a statement, the three ministerial nominees whose names were submitted to the Senate are Dr. Jamila Bio, Abbas and Olawale Olawande.

Tinubu also sought the speedy approval and confirmation of the nominees in the letter read at the plenary of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly by Akpabio.

President Tinubu constituted his cabinet on August 21, 2023 after swearing in 45 Ministers at the State House, Abuja.

A total of 48 nominees were screened by the Senate. Upon conclusion of the screening exercise, the Senate voted and confirmed 45, leaving out three nominees.


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