The House of Representatives during plenary session on Thursday, March, 1, 2018 suspended certain rules of the chamber to allow for the admittance of the Ministers of Mines and Steel development, Kayode Fayemi and Bawa Bwari alongside the Sole Administrator of the Ajaokuta Steel Company, for purposes of sectorial debate on exploring the opportunities in the mines and steel sector as well as revamping the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State, but they failed to show up.
Failure of the Ministers to honour the lawmakers’ invitation and lack communication stating reasons for their absence resulted into a motion moved by the Majority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the chamber unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on Nigeria’s mines and steel minister, Kayode Fayemi; his state counterpart, Bawa Bwari; and the sole administrator of the Ajaokuta steel company.
While putting forward his motion, the leader stated that absenteeism is a clear demonstration of contempt against the House. He averred that the sectoral debate being undertaken by the legislature is in the best interest of the country, adding that it will serve as an opportunity for the officials of the ministry to clear the air and all accusations of corruption and sabotage in the sector.
Several other members contributed to the motion, including the Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa who condemned the action of the minister, saying it “shouldn’t come when the country is looking for means to tackle poverty and diversify the economy.” Also, the Minority whip, Umar Barde, urged the House to apply necessary legislative powers to call the ministers to order.