By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Industry, Trade and Investment Minister of State, Ambassador Maryam Yalwaji Katagum on Monday slumped in Bauchi while performing an official engagement.
Ambassador Maryam Katagum was in Bauchi to launch an empowerment program at one of the shopping plazas when she suddenly slumped.
She fell while trying to deliver her speech at the ceremony and was immediately evacuated by officials to the Trauma Center of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) for immediate medical attention.
It was learnt that the Minister had been in Bauchi since Saturday where she featured in a live programme on Globe FM Radio on Sunday and had other personal engagements which must have exhausted her before the official program on Monday.
Eyewitness account of the incident revealed that since her arrival to the venue of the ceremony, the minister had looked withdrawn touching her head occasionally as the programme was going on with the Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Sen Baba Tela in attendance.
Another eyewitness at the occasion revealed that the minister slumped as she stood up to deliver her address and launch the programme, saying “She just held her head and went down flat but quick intervention of aides and other officials at the venue acted promptly and rushed her to the hospital”.
Ambassador Maryam Yalwaji Katagum, was at the time of filing this report at the trauma center of the ATBUTH where she is receiving medical attention with the Bauchi Deputy Governor, Sen Baba Tela monitoring the situation.
Officials of her ministry and those of the state government were seen seated monitoring the situation when our correspondent visited the trauma central of the teaching hospital.
A top government official however, said that as soon as the situation is stabilized, the minister will be flown to Abuja for further medical attention.