The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari, who received the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Moha Ou Ali Tagma, at the NNPC Towers on Tuesday in Abuja noted that the project was in line with a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed between the two countries.
A statement by the NNPC recalled that during separate state visits, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI had in December 2016 visited Nigeria, while in June 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari reciprocated the gesture, which saw both leaders signing a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).
It added that the agreements included a Pipeline Cooperation Agreement (PCA) for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline; developing a chemical plant in Nigeria for production of ammonia and its derivatives and thirdly, an agricultural cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical supervision.
According to the statement, 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 project, Kyari told the visiting Ambassador that the NNPC was fully aligned with the terms of the MoU and 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 said.
He told the Moroccan envoy that key among the crux of President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign relations, was to widen cooperation among African states and expand the economic corridors of the continent.
“This is very important towards job creation, economic prosperity and ultimately, the achievement of overall peace and stability across the entire African continent,” Kyari said.
Kyari assured that the countries would continue to work together to further harness the huge gas resources abundant in Nigeria.
“Unknown to many people, Nigeria is more of a gas province than oil. We have billions of untapped gas resources. I am optimistic that our bilateral cooperation around the gas pipeline with Morocco will boost the economies of all countries across the West African states and up to Morocco,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the ambassador congratulated Kyari on his recent appointment as the Group Managing Director of the NNPC and wished him success during his tenure.
He described Morocco and Nigeria as “two important African countries” that can achieve a lot while working together towards developing their respective economies and creating jobs for their citizens.