The Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Kingdom of Morocco have pledged to deliver on the gas pipeline bilateral agreement between Nigeria and the North African nation in record time.
The NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, disclosed this while receiving the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, Moha Ou Ali Tagma, at the NNPC towers in Abuja on Tuesday.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI had in December 2016 visited Nigeria in June 2018; President Muhammadu Buhari reciprocated the gesture and both leaders signed a number of agreements during the state visits.
The agreements include a Pipeline Cooperation Agreement for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline; an MoU to develop a chemical plant in Nigeria for production of ammonia and its derivatives; and an agricultural cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical supervision.
The PCA will particularly facilitate the establishment of a gas pipeline to supply feedstock gas from Nigeria to Morocco across the West African sub-region and all the way to Europe.
Speaking on the development, Kyari told the visiting ambassador that the NNPC was fully aligned with the terms of the MoU and was committed to delivering them on time for the benefit of their respective citizens.
“We are completely aligned with the MoU signed by our two governments. We will take it forward and ensure that those terms that are particularly related to oil and gas industry are delivered in record time,” Kyari stated.
On his part, Tagma described Morocco and Nigeria as two important African countries that could achieve a lot while working together towards developing their respective economies and creating jobs for their citizens.