MINISTER of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi and Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Honourable Abubakar Bawa Bwari, on Thursday, described “Vote of No Confidence” reportedly passed on them by members of House of Representative to categorise their absence as “boycott”, as most unwarranted and unfortunate after the House was adequately notified.
In a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to Dr Fayemi, Olayinka Oyebode, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, the duo was always willing to engage the Honourable House and its leadership at all times.
According to the statement: “while the offices of the two ministers have been inundated with countless media enquiries regarding their absence shortly after the pronouncement, it is important to state unequivocally that the inability of the two ministers to attend the debate was duly communicated to the leadership of the House in two separate letters.
“One then wonders why the House members took such a draconian stance against the two ministers who have very cordial relationships with the National Assembly.
“It is rather unfair for the House members to categorise the ministers absence as “boycott”, when they were adequately notified.
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“Tolerance and moderation are essential ingredients in public service engagement. In this particular case, they appear to be in short supply and the ministry believes that there is more than meets the eye on this matter.
“After all, the ministers are always willing to engage the honourable House and its leadership at all times. It is on record that Minister Fayemi was the first Minister to address the sectoral debate in 2016 and the Ajaokuta Steel Complex was extensively addressed on that occasion.
“Subsequently, the House Committees on Privatisation and Public Petitions held special sessions on Ajaokuta and the Minister of State, Honourable Bawa Bwari addressed the members on those two occasions.
“Given this past record, today’s action is most unwarranted and unfortunate.” The statement explained.
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