•Both countries sign 21 bilateral agreements
To foster economic integration in the continent, Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco yesterday agreed to facilitate a gas pipeline project that would connect Nigeria’s gas resources with those of other countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Geoffrey Onyema, disclosed this yesterday while presenting communiqué before the visiting Moroccan King Mohammed VI and President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
He said that the gas pipeline project will accelerate energy and electrification projects across the affected member countries.
He said: “It is a great honour and privilege to read for you a communique which outlines the strategic visions that you both have for our two countries.
“On the occasion of the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Nigeria, and following the discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari in Marrackech, on the sidelines of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22), and also in Abuja, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Federal Republic of Nigeria decided to study and take concrete steps toward the promotion of a regional gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of several West African countries and Morocco.”
The gas pipeline project, he said, would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders with a view to creating a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.
He also disclosed that Nigeria and Kingdom of Morocco agreed to develop integrated industrial clusters in the sub-region in sectors such as manufacturing, Agro-business and fertilizers to attract foreign capital and improve export competitiveness.
At the end of the 3-day official visit of King Mohammed VI to Nigeria, 21 Bilateral Agreements were signed between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Seven of the agreements were signed on Friday while the remaining 14 agreements were signed on yesterday. (The Naton)