Nigeria, Morocco Move “WONDER OF AFRICA” Joint Gas Pipeline To Front Burner

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 18th, 2017

West African country, Nigeria and North African Country, Morocco have jointly initiated two major projects that were initially discussed during the Royal visit of the king of Morocco to Nigeria in Dec, 2016. Formal agreements were signed Nigeria and Morocco in Rabat strengthening the bilateral relationship between both countries.

The first bilateral agreement covered the Morocco–Nigeria Joint Venture for a West Africa to North Africa regional gas pipeline.

Tagged ‘The Wonder of Africa’ the pipeline project has historic significance as a result of it’s design by ‘Africans for Africans’ with an immediate impact on over three hundred million individuals in both west Africa and North Africa that will benefit from among others, improved access to electricity and the economic benefits of a competitive electricity regional market.

The scope of the memo of Understanding , that was signed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the workplace National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM), was to work out the modalities of a practicability study and a Front-End Engineering and style (FEED) study with reference to a gas pipeline from West African nation Nigeria, to North African nation, Morocco.

It additionally fixed equal partnership in governance, management and funding of the project. The timeline for each study is 2 years from the date of linguistic communication. Interested third party countries are allowed to affix on agreed notice.

The second bilateral agreement was on the Second section of the fertilizer Initiative.

In The first section Morocco made available a merchandise of phosphate to the West African nation within eight weeks of its linguistic communication.

This has led to the creation of 50,000 direct jobs and 150000 ancilliary jobs while farmers have much improved access to required fertilizer.

The second section is meant to increase native fertilizer production through the creation of a platform for basic chemical production and merchandising, securing Nigeria’s market’s fertilizer; leading to competitive costs and reinforcement of native distribution channels.

According to the secretary of state of Morocco, Nasser Bourita the agreements reflect the shared vision of the two leaders, President of African nation, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and King Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco for African nations to work together to develop the continent.

Morocco King Mohammed VI, hosted the signing in his palace in Rabat, Morocco while Nigeria had in attendance the Minister of Foreign Affairs ,Mr Godfrey Onyeama, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, his counterpart within the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Jigawa State and Chairman, Presidential Committee on fertilizer, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru.

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