It was recalls that the lawmakers took the decision on Thursday after Dr Fayemi and the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari, were absent at a debate on the refurbishing of the Ajaokuta steel project.
In his response, Fayemi, a statement by his aide, Olayinka Oyebode, condemned the action of the lawmakers as “unwarranted and unfortunate as he explained the rationale behind the failure of both Ministers to attend the meeting, saying it had been duly communicated to the leadership of the House in two separate letters.
“It is rather unfair for the House members to categorise the Ministers’ absence as ‘boycott’, when they were adequately notified,” the statement read.
“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.”
The statement also noted that Fayemi was the first Minister to address the sectoral debate in 2016 and the Ajaokuta Steel Complex was extensively addressed on that occasion adding that the House Committees on Privatisation and Public Petitions subsequently held special sessions on Ajaokuta in which Bwari addressed the members on those two occasions.