Akpan Etukudo Asare
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said that he will not only restructure Nigeria if elected as president next year but would cut down excesses and run a lean and simple federal structures.
He said his envisaged restructuring of the country would enable him achieve his plans of making the federal government impacting.
Atiku made this statement at the Cross River government house when he called on Governor Ben Ayade to consult him on his presidential ambition.
Atiku assured that, “if you give me your support you can expect more than what you have given me,” adding, “I can assure you that because of your impact in my life you will continue to receive my priority in the sense that you will always have federal support to ensure that you continue to achieve whatever you want to achieve in this state.”
Commending the governor on his many projects, Atiku described the governor’s decision to build a superhighway and a deep seaport as remarkable, assuring of the Federal Government’s support in ensuring the state achieves its dreams.
“I am not living here but we get news of all these because if you goggle Cross River and Ben Ayade, you will see all these. This is technology and it is digital. Your achievement like the rice seedling centre, which is undergoing a test run now, and is a major development in the agricultural sector and will employ a large number of unemployed youths. You are indeed a talk and do governor.”
Responding, Ayade maintained that the state is rich in both mineral and hydrocarbons but lamented a situation where the mineral resources cannot be explored without the approval of the federal government.
He therefore, expressed happiness that restructuring is part Atiku’s agenda, stating that “we will like to see a federal government that will respond to our yearnings and create that platform that will allow us exploit our wealth and create a new hope for our people.”