President Muhammadu Buhari and the King of Morocco, His Majesty Mohammed VI, held a bilateral meeting on the arrival of Mr. Buhari in Rabat during a two-day official visit.
The two countries have signed agreements on a gas pipeline, a basic chemical platform and agricultural cooperation
The Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco signed on Monday 3 agreements in Rabat, Morocco, which include a regional gas pipeline that will allow Nigeria to supply gas to the countries of the West African sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.
The signing of the agreements, witnessed by President Buhari and the King of Morocco, HM King Mohammed VI, followed a meeting between the two leaders who focused on strengthening economic relations in gas resources, global investments and agricultural training.
The feasibility study of the gas pipeline agreement, signed by the Group’s Managing Director, Mr. Farouq Said Garba, and Mrs. Amina Benkhadra, General Manager of the National Office for Hydrocarbons and Mines, will be completed in 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 (NMGP), 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 Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) will further encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for domestic needs (cooking, etc) and discourage desertification.
The MD/CEO Nisa Nigeria, Mr. Uche Orji and the CEO of the Office of the Management of Phosphate in Morocco, Mr. Mostafa Terrab signed a Memorandom of Understanding (MOU) for the development of a chemical plant in Nigeria for producing ammonia and its derivatives.
The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and his Moroccan counterpart, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, signed a cooperation agreement on vocational training & technical supervision, which will enhance skills on better management of agricultural outfits in Nigeria.
President Buhari, who was received by a large crowd from the airport to the Rabat Royal Palace, assured King Mohammed VI of Nigeria’s full commitment to the actualisation of all the agreements signed.