Nigeria to use recovered $322 million stolen by ex-president for social projects

Nigerian finance minister Kemi Adeosun

Nigeria has received a sum of $322 million stolen by former president Sani Abacha after signing a memorandum of understanding with Switzerland last month.

The money which has been deposited in a special account in the central bank has been earmarked for the government’s social programme National Social Safety Nets Project, announced the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun.

The minister was speaking at a joint press briefing with the central bank governor following a meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

The National Social Safety Nets Project is designed to transfer wealth to poor and vulnerable households in the country through job creation, school feeding programme and other social intervention mechanisms launched by the government.

The project is supervised by the World Bank which has committed $500 million towards its implementation. The entire cost of the project is $1.8 billion.

The recovered money forms part of President Buhari’s campaign promise to reclaim all stolen funds and deposit them in the national treasury.

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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