Tuesday, May 05, 2020

N121.2 trillion: What FG plans to do with Abacha loot - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed the receipt of some $311 million United States Dollars, about N121,252,680,000 on Monday, May 4, 2020, reports ITREALMS.

Confirming this, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said that on Monday, May 4, 2020, some $311 million US Dollars “stolen from the citizens of Nigeria during the Abacha regime - were safely returned to our country from the United States.”

These funds, he said, have already been allocated, and will be used in full, for vital and decades-overdue infrastructure development: The second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressways - creating tens of thousands of Nigerian construction jobs and local skills, which can then be useful in future projects.

“Part of the funds will also be invested in the Mambilla Power Project which, when completed, will provide electricity to some three million homes - over ten million citizens - in our country,” he said in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS.

As said by him, the receipt of these stolen monies and the hundreds of millions more that have already been returned from the United Kingdom and Switzerland are “an opportunity for the development of our nation, made far harder for those decades the country was robbed of these funds.”

He pointed out that indeed, previous monies returned last year from Switzerland worth some $320 million US dollars are already being used for the government’s free school feeding scheme, a stipend for millions of disadvantaged citizens, and grain grants for those in severe food hardship.


Without these funds, he said, the fight against Covid-19 would be even tougher. The latest return is a testament to the growing and deepening relationship between the government of Nigeria and the government of the United States.


FG, he said, receive lots of cooperation both from the UK Government, the US Executive branch and US Congress, without which Shehu emphasized “we would not have achieved the return of these funds at all.

For years many countries deemed successive Nigerian administrations as too corrupt, too venal and too likely to squander and re-steal the stolen monies so they did not return the funds.

“Today, US, UK and other jurisdictions have found the partnership with the nation of Nigeria they can finally trust. The Buhari Administration is committed to - and is enacting - total and zero tolerance to corruption in politics and public administration,” he said.

Insisting that the days when government was seen and used by the political class as their personal ATM to empty are over.

“The time of better governance and clean hands in the affairs of state is here to stay,” he said.
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