The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday urged the Federal Governmentto transfer some of the powers under its control which will serve as a way of making governance at the centre less attractive to politicians.
Atiku stated this in Ado-Ekiti while inaugurating the Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe General Hospital built by the outgoing Ekiti State government to mark its fourth year in office.
Atiku who said the rush for power at the centre which he described as too enormous could be reduced by the FG by transfering some of it also advised the FG to limit itself with issues relating to defence and foreign affairs among a few other responsibilities.
According to Atiku: “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.
He suggested that the sectors which include health, education and agriculture should be left for the state governments to manage while stating that provision of funds and resources should be made available to the states in order to be functional.
Atiku, however, commended the efforts of Governor Kayode Fayemi in building the hospital, saying it showed his concern for the welfare of Ekiti people.
Meanwhile Fayemi stated his government kept to its promise as the decision of his government to build a new Oba Adejugbe General Hospital was as a result of the former General Hospital being converted to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).
Atiku Abubakar became Vice-President of Nigeria on 29 May 1999. Just recently he declared his intention to run for presidency in the 2015 Elections under the platform of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).
On September 24, 2014, Wednesday, the former vice president in a speech stated his reasons for running.
Atiku is married to Titi (Albert) Abubakar and they have four children: Fatima, Adamu, Halima and Aminu.