There was anxiety on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, when Kaduna State ministerial nominee, Abbas Balarabe, collapsed during his screening by the lawmakers.
He had just finished his presentation to the lawmakers, introducing himself but collapsed while one of the Kaduna senators was praising him.
Amid the confusion, Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, ordered his aides to “give him water and sugar”. He also asked that they should “call Dr. Wale”.
Akpabio thereafter immediately called for a closed-door session, and directed that cameramen and journalists should excuse the lawmakers.
Balarabe, a former Secretary to the Kaduna State government, was nominated as a replacement for former Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
Balarabe’s name was read out at Senate plenary on Tuesday alongside Dr Jamila Ibrahaim and Ayodele Olawande as Minister of Youths and Minister of State for Youth, respectively, who were also nominated by the President.