The Delta State Govt has written a letter to President Buhari, itemising projects which the state will do with the repatriated money from the UK Government.
Recall that, the conditions attached to the repatriation of the fund was tied to some projects in MOU with the British Government, which according to the law is that, proceeds from crime belongs to the government.
This is why the FG is laying claims to the repatriated loot to fulfil their part of the deed, recognizing that, the UK government agreed to repatriate the money out of their benevolence, as they were the people that prosecuted James Ibori, with the violation of the constituted law of the UK and not Nigerian Law.
Following the explained law, the Delta State Government has therefore, listed projects which the State is in dare need to execute to justify having access to the fund.
The projects includes:
The dualisation of Ughelli-Asaba and the Warri/Uwvie Storm Drain among other nfrastructural projects listed for completion by Delta State governor with the £4.2 million loot
This according to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, to President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to return the cash to the state for the completion of these projects.
The Governor who dropped the hint on Wednesday while featuring on a Channels Television programme Politics Today said.
“On our part, I have spoken with the attorney-general of the federation. My attorney-general went to have a meeting with him. We are working, and we are likely to come on the same page. We have written a formal letter of protest to Mr. President.
“Ours is to convince the federal government to know that the money ought to return to Delta.”
The United Kingdom Government agreed to return the cash seized from those it identified as friends to the former governor and members of his family.
He added: “The letter did not say more than Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said on television. The letter simply explained to the Presidency why the money should come to Delta. It said we have got infrastructure projects which are ongoing and we are saying that federal government should please support us.”
“We need more money for our projects. For instance, the Federal government paid us part of the money for the Ughelli-Asaba dualisation project which ex-governor Uduaghan started and we put all the money back into the project. This particular money will help us push it through.”
Source: Delta Decides