Angry minister yells at Reps before storming out of meeting

Minister for Science and Technology, Ita Bassey-Ewa

The lawmakers said the minister is fond of disrespecting them.


A furious Minister for Science and Technology, Ita Bassey-Ewa, bawled at lawmakers pressing him for clarity with his presentation, Tuesday, at a stormy session that ended with the minister being ordered out.

The Representatives have long complained about the minister’s conduct during meetings with the House Science and Technology Committee.

Tuesday’s was a bit worse.

When asked to provide the percentage equivalent of his ministry’s budget performance for 2012, instead of a detailed analysis, Mr. Bassey-Ewa, a professor of Nuclear Physics, demurred after a brief attempt.

The committee’s chair, Abiodun Akinlade, accused the minister of being disrespectful to the committee, recalling his similar refusal to provide the percentage performance of his ministry when the committee visited on oversight months back.

Responding to the Chairman’s comment, the minister yelled, “We are prepared; we are prepared. You can see that I have been trying to compute the percentage.”

When cautioned that he was before a committee which is an extension of the House, the minister replied that he had been screamed at first by a lawmaker.

Lawmakers later asked the minister to leave for another session when he would possibly appear better composed.

Mr. Bassey-Ewa stormed out of the venue angrily leaving behind the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Rabi Jimeta, who offered profuse apologies and pledged to provide needed figures.


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  • HitBack

    professors like taking fights with politicians whom they label lazy earners, yet they are worse!

  • The man nor wan play ball.

    Professor, these piple na thief dem be. Make you nor vex too much.

    Na fake guys them be. Abi you wan help them pad-up 2013 budget? I know say somebody go beat up these gangsters one day.

    A won Ole!

  • If you have to fight why accept a political appointment as minister in the first place to be answerable to boys who were your students? If you are so proud as a Prof remain in your profession in the University and you will be respected but if you decide to join politics small boys will humiliate you so you either be humble or leave the scene but greed will not allow many to resign honourably but by the way what is in a figure that a whole Prof is fuming about??