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
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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
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.