Gov Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta state governor list some of his state project that the £4.2 million loot of James Ibori should be use for.
The list includes dualisation of Ughelli-Asaba and the Warri/Uwvie Storm Drain.
According to the Governor, he had appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to return the recovered loot to the state for the completion of these projects.
He spoke about it on Wednesday while featuring on a Channels Television programme Politics Today.
He 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 UK Government had earlier agreed to return the cash seized from those it identified as family members and friends of the former governor James Ibori.
Okowa insisted that the recovered money should be spent on projects in the Delta state if it cannot be sent to Delta for disbursement.
The Delta state commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu while explaining the content of the governors letter to the president, said that it contained an appeal to Mr President on the need to complete ongoing Warri/Uwvie Storm Drain projects and an assurance that the money will be ploughed into completion of the Ughelli-Asaba dualisation project.
Aniagwu said; “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.”
“Also, the letter highlighted the need to deploy part of the money into the Warri/ Uwvie Storm Water Drain project. That money will in no small measure help in its completion.”