A Senate screening session took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when ministerial nominee Balarabe Abbas Lawal from Kaduna State collapsed.
After speaking for several minutes, Lawal suddenly fell to the floor, prompting lawmakers to rush to his aid. Medical personnel were called in to revive him.
Lawal was the second nominee to be screened that day, following a motion put forward by Senate Leader Opeyemi Bamidele to extend the session beyond 2 pm.
Other nominees being screened were Dr Jamila Bio Ibrahim from Kwara State and Mr Ayodele Olawande from Ondo State.
The nominee affirmed that he has served in government for a considerable period and intends to utilize his experience in the cabinet of President Bola Tinubu.
He mentioned that he has held the position of secretary to the government on three occasions since 2015, making him potentially the longest-serving secretary in Nigeria.
He emphasized his involvement in administration, policy-making, and efforts to effect change at both the federal and state levels. The nominee expressed gratitude to the audience for their attention and thanked the Senate President for giving him the opportunity to address the assembly.
“I am privileged to stand before this esteemed chamber, a house exuding grandeur, integrity, and the principles of democracy. Addressing this revered assembly is the pinnacle of my career, a moment that fills me with immense pride and honor. Today, I am exceptionally joyous as I find myself in this hallowed chamber, expressing my thoughts and sharing parts of my life.
In conclusion, I would like to emphasize the significance of the environment, an impending concern that I am about to delve into. It is crucial to acknowledge the multitude of challenges we have faced in relation to our environment.”