The Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Akpan, on Monday advocated special amnesty for owners of Nigeria’s stolen money, starched in the various banks all over the World in order to generate enough forex to drive the nation’s economy.
Akpan, who stated this in his office while addressing journalists, explained that the country currently have hundreds of billions of dollars starched in various banks abroad and the countries where they were kept, are using them to drive their own economy while Nigerians are suffering.
He said, “The time has come when we have to think outside the box and my own position is this, it is possible that the government can declare amnesty on stolen money. Let every Nigerian that has taken money out of this country be given amnesty to bring back the money and invest in the country.
“We have hundreds of billions of dollars starched outside the country in the international banks which are being used to drive their economy. Other countries are enjoying this money while we are suffering in Nigeria.
“When owners of the Nigeria’s stolen foreign currencies bring them back to the country as a result of the amnesty, a lot of foreign exchange can be generated to fund our local consumption and we can set target.”
He said those who had stolen the nation’s money and taken them abroad, would in the process, be encouraged to bring back, 70 percent of the money and invest in Nigeria’s economy. Source: Punch.
Opinion: What has Senator Bassey Akpan done to stop the wasteful spending of the current Senate, of which he is a member. Granting amnesty to treasury looters would encourage people to loot more.