President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and King Mohammed VI of Morocco supervised the signing of three bilateral cooperation agreements in Rabat, Morocco capital city. The cooperation agreements focused on strengthening economic relations on gas resource development, global investments, and agricultural training and management.
One of the agreements is linked to the strategic project of gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and Morocco. The regional gas pipeline will see Nigeria supplying gas to countries in West Africa sub-region, Morocco and Europe.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu:
“The feasibility study of the agreement on the pipeline, which was signed by the Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Farouq Garba, and Mrs. Amina Benkhadra, director-general of the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines, will be concluded by July 2018.
The construction of the pipeline will be phased and based on increasing needs of the countries crossed and Europe for the period of 25 years.
The Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline, designed to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country, while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.
The NMGP will further encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking, and discourage desertification.”
According to Garba Shehu, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr. Uche Orji; and the Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Management of Phosphate in Morocco, Mr. Mostafa Terrab, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a chemical plant in Nigeria for producing ammonia and its derivatives.
On the third agreement, the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and his Moroccan counterpart, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, signed a cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical supervision to enhance skills on better management of agricultural outfits in Nigeria.