The Apex body of the Urhobo people, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) in Delta State, has called on the Federal government to use the repatriated fund from United Kingdom to construct the Delta portion of the Benin-Effurun road, failed portions of the East West road and funding of the Federal University of Petroleum, Effurun.
The body, in a statement issued by its President-General, Olorogun Moses Taiga, faulted the federal government on the choice of projects chosen to expend the repatriated money, saying that the fund belongs to Delta and be expended on projects in the state.
Taiga explained many federal government owned asset and roads in the state were in bad situation and need the attention of the government.
“We are not saying the money must be returned to the Delta State government. We are saying the money should spent on projects within Delta State,” Taiga clarified.
Recall that the United Kingdom government is set to return to Nigerian government, over £4.2 million recovered from a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was convicted of corruption charges in the U.K. in 2012.
The money translates to about N2.4 billion at the official exchange rate.
Representatives of both the U.K. and Nigerian governments signed an agreement for the return of the money to Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
The signing of the agreement, which took place at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja, was done under the auspices of the U.K.-Nigeria Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which came into force in 2016.
The British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, signed the agreement on behalf of the U.K. government while the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, signed it on behalf of the Nigeria government.
Meanwhile, the federal government, through the Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami SAN, had said the money would be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road and Lagos-Ibadan Express Road.