Atiku urges FG to make presidency less attractive to Politicians

Ado-Ekiti – Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on
Monday appealed to the Federal Government to take
necessary steps to make governance at the centre less
attractive to politicians.
Atiku stated this in Ado-Ekiti when he inaugurated the Oba
Adeyemo Adejugbe General Hospital built by the outgoing
Ekiti State government to mark its fourth year in office.
He suggested that the federal government could reduce the
rush for power at the centre by devolving some of its powers
which he described as too enormous.
He advised the federal government to limit itself with issues
relating to defence and foreign affairs among a few other
responsibilities.
He said other sectors including health, education and
agriculture should be left for the state governments to
manage.
Atiku advised that more resources and funds should also be
ceded to the states to make them more functional.
“The Federal Government as it is constituted presently is too
powerful; some of the responsibilities being supervised by it
can be better handled by the states.
“For instance, what is the federal government’s business in
agriculture when it does not even own any piece of land of
its own.
“Why is the federal government still involved in health
matters when most of the health responsibilities are
undertaken by the states,’’ he said.
Atiku said if the federal government would be courageous to
hands-off some the powers currently under its control, it
would be less attractive to politicians.
The former Vice President commended the foresight of Gov.
Kayode Fayemi in building the hospital, saying it showed his
concern for the welfare of Ekiti people.
Earlier in an address of welcome, Fayemi said his
administration decided to build the hospital to fulfill his
electioneering campaign promises.
He said the need for a new Oba Adejugbe General Hospital
arose because the former General Hospital was converted to
the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH). (NAN)

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