The minister of mines and steel, Kayode Fayemi, didn’t have a very good last week. Here are two issues that would have particularly worried him:
Court Rules in Favour of Governor Ayo Fayose on his Probe
A High Court in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday December 6 ruled against former Governor Kayode Fayemi.
In a case brought by Fayemi, the court ruled that the commission of inquiry established by Fayose to probe his predecessor was legal. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye decided that the governor’s action was in agreement with Section 2 (1) of the Commission of Inquiry Law Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti state.
Fayose had constituted a judicial panel led by a former acting chief judge of the state, Justice Silas Oyewole to probe Fayemi’s administration between October 2010 and October 2014 over alleged fraud and financial misappropriation.
The court ruled that the governor does not need to consult the state assembly before constituting a Judicial panel to investigate his predecessor. Big blow for Fayemi!
It is unknown at this time, if Mr. Fayemi will appeal the ruling.
BUA Cement Group Attack Ad
The BUA cement group on Monday December 4, sponsored an open letter to President Buhari on major Nigerian newspapers accusing the mines and steel minister of working hand-in-hand with the Dangote Group to undermine the companies operations around the BUA cement plant in Okpella, Edo State.
The widely circulated letter with the title “A cry for help: Wanton Abuse of Power By a Serving Minister Geared at Sabotaging Operations of BUA Cement,” alleged that the minister was trying to use the “instruments of state and other illegal tactics to forcefully wrest control of our mining areas related to Mining Leases ML 18912 and 18913.”
Fayemi however pushed back and made a statement through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Steel, who said the company was engaged in illegal mining of marble/limestone at a mine pit located on some Geographical Coordinates. The Ministry said that the mining cadastre office showed that the coordinates of the Mine pit and ROM stockpile area fell within the area of mining Lease No 2541ML belonging to Messrs Dangote Industries Limited.
The ministry also accused the management of BUA group of resisting the enforcement of the latest Stop Work Order issued on October 17, using a combination of armed militia, soldiers and policemen to obstruct the team from the ministry in effecting the order.