By Gbenga Gbelee
As part President Muhammadu Buhari’s official visit to Morocco, the Federal
Government and the Kingdom of Morocco today (11 th June, 2018) in Rabat, Morocco,
signed three agreements to boost bilateral relations.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media
and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, the agreements included that of a regional gas
pipeline that would see Nigeria providing gas to countries in the West African sub-
region which extends to Morocco and Europe.
Mr. Sheu said the signing of the agreement which was done in the presence of both
President Buhari and the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, followed a meeting
between the two African leaders.
The presidential aide indicates that the meeting between the two leaders focused on
strengthening economic relations in gas resources development, global investments
and agricultural training and management.
The statement revealed that the feasibility study of the management on the pipeline
which was signed by the Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Farouq Garba and the Director General, National Office of
Hydrocarbon and Mines, Mrs. Amina Benkhadra, will be concluded by next month
and that the construction of the pipeline will be done in phases based on increasing
needs of the countries crossed and Europe for th period of 25 years.
While cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities, the
statement further indicated that the Nigeria Morocco Gas pipeline which is designed
to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of
energy resources in the country.
Mr. Garba Sheu said the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Nigeria
Sovereign Wealth Authority, Mr. Uche Orji and the Chief Executive officer of the
Office of Management of Phosphate in Morocco,Mr. Mostafa Terrab also signed a
memorandum of understanding for the development of a chemical plant in Nigeria to
produce ammonia and its derivatives while the minister of Agriculture and rural
development; Chief Audu Ogbeh and his Moroccan counterpart, Mr Aziz Akhannouch
also signed a cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical supervision
to enhance skills for better management of agricultural outfits in Nigeria.