Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger on Thursday urged the Federal Government to devolve more powers to states and local governments to ensure efficiency in governance.
Aliyu made the call when the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment, Rep. Uche Ekwunife, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Minna.
“The Federal Government does not need to be afraid of giving more powers to the states and local governments.
“It would only make work easier and more efficient because we at the state know better the problems of our people.
“In this age, the Federal Government is not supposed to be involved in the running of secondary and, even to an extent, tertiary education.
“The Federal Government should only concern itself with the rules and regulations that will guide such education as well as the quality of such education,” Aliyu said.
He also called for prompt release of ecological funds to the states to empower them to deal with ecological problems.
Earlier, Ekwunife had called for a better collaboration between the state and the Federal Ministry of Environment for the actualisation of environmental projects being undertaken by the state.
She also promised that the committee would ensure prompt remittance of the quarterly National Ecological Fund to the state to enable it to effectively tackle ecological problems.