Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed worry over what he described as the “continued attacks on me and my Minister of State, Hon. Bawa Bwari, by the House Representatives and its leadership.”
He said the disparaging remarks by the House members, especially the Majority Leader, who went ahead to address another conference in Lagos on the matter some days ago “are unbecoming.”
The minister expressed this feeling at a press briefing in his office on Thursday.
“It is unbecoming of the House of Representatives to go outside of its Hallowed Chamber to attack our ministry on grounds that are unfounded and has no basis.
“I would not allow my name to be rubbished on grounds that are unfounded, unwarranted and that cannot be defended on any basis.”
“Since the House of Representatives has now said they have no confidence in me and my colleague as ministers, I do not believe it should expect me to even honour any invitation by them again,” he said.
He however called for a stop to the legislative and executive clash, saying that “its not at the interest of the public. Enough of this attack”
“If Nigeria is our interest and how to ensure that all of these processes that have been incorrectly handled (by previous governments) are now being handled in the best interest of our citizens; we do not need these beat-backs between the executive and legislative branches of government. It is not helpful to us and it is not fair to the Nigerian citizens,” he said.
He added that more than twice, the ministry had honoured the National Assembly on matters concerning the Ajaokuta Steel Company, but couldn’t make it to the sectoral debate on the floor of the House of Representatives scheduled for last week, as he was busy attending to other equally serious issues at the time.
According to the copies of letters made available to Blueprint, the inability of the ministers to attend that Debate was duly communicated to the leadership of the House.