House of Representatives has passed a vote of no confidence on the two Ministers manning the Ministry of mines and steel development, Kayode Fayemi and Abubakar Bawa Bwari respectively.
The lawmakers were angry that the two Ministers did not show up before them at plenary on Thursday as part of sectoral debate on how to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Company despite an invitation personally signed by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Speaker Dogara had at the opening of the session told his colleagues that the Ministers stated that they would not attend the session due to other serious engagements.
Responding, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila said he considered the Ministers’ attitude as contempt of the House.
“You personally signed the letter to them, unfortunately none of the ministers could sign their reply. Rather, they asked the PS to respond to you two weeks after,” he said.
“The invitation that hasn’t been honoured is a serious contempt. This presentation gives ample opportunity for fair hearing. There are allegations. I believe we should take this matter seriously.
“Whatever we should do here today should be moved to a powerful investigative hearing. Steel is probably more than the oil. Whatever we have in this chamber has a touch of steel in it. One of them was part of us here.
“I will personally take it as an assault to the common sense of this country for the two Ministers to ignore, ‘pupu’ and scorn an invitation of this chamber.”
Irked by their absence, they insisted that it was a clear case of contempt of the parliament for Fayemi and Bwari to say that they would not attend the session due to other engagements when their Ministry is at the centre stage of the Ajaokuta Company.
The lawmakers said the two Ministers would not be granted any form of audience henceforth by the House due to their behaviour and constituted a panel to investigate why the company has been comatose and the role of the two Ministers in the allegations of under hand dealings on plans to concession the steel plant.