President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday challenged outgoing Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi to ensure he reclaims Ekiti State for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Buhari gave the charge during a valedictory session in honour of Fayemi during the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President, however, said he felt reluctant allowing Fayemi step down as Minister due to his good works in the government.
Buhari said, “I very reluctantly allowed Fayemi to go to his state because of his constructive contributions. As I sat here, I watched every minister that spoke and about his contributions, this revealed not only his intellect but when he is given the necessary time to contribute to important memorandum, he made contributions which show commitment to the progression of this government and the country.
“By chance, he was given the portfolio of solid minerals and steel development and you know that sector was virtually abandoned. During the colonial days, they took what they wanted from us – tin, columbite and the rest were the priorities until they struck oil somewhere, priority of investment shifted offshore.
“When he went in, he began to deal with both Nigerians and foreigners that are exploiting the lack of commitment of those who are responsible for that sector. Before he went there, if you recall the number of children and women that suffered from the effect of mining in Zamfara State and other parts of the country.
“He only briefed me occasionally but he was packing them out of the country, with the cooperation of some his colleagues he will come here and let me know.
“I hope you will get the Ekiti back for the party.”