Eko Hot Blog reports that Senate President Godswill Akpabio has provided an update regarding the health status of Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the ministerial nominee who suffered a collapse during his screening on Wednesday.
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Balarabe, the second nominee to undergo screening following Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, experienced this incident approximately 15 minutes into the Senate plenary screening session.
After Balarabe had finished reading his profile before the senators, the Kaduna lawmaker, while endorsing Balarabe’s ministerial nomination, said all the three senators from the state have no objection to his nomination.
Senator Katung had not finished his remarks when the nominee collapsed, promptingl Akpabio to shout, “Give him water, give him water and sugar.”
Akpabio ordered journalists and cameras out of the Senate chamber while the live streaming of the screening was also halted.
Speaking before calling the last nominee, Ayodele Olawande, Akpabio said Balarabe admitted that he was exhausted having over worked for some days before the screening.
“The nominee, Mr Balarabe Abbas Lawal said he was quit exhausted, and that he rushed to Abuja for his ministerial screening,” the Senate President said.
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Akpabio said the nominee insisted on going ahead with the screening, saying he was fine, but the Senate president called the last nominee, Olawande for screening.
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