NNPC, Morocco pledge to deliver gas pipeline pact

Kalu Kalu, Abuja

Nigeria, Moroccan gas pipeline pact coming to a reality

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC and the Kingdom of Morocco have pledged to deliver on the gas pipeline bilateral agreement reached between Nigeria and the Morocco in good record time.

This was announced by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC , Mallam Mele K. Kyari, when he received the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha Ou Ali Tagma in his office at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.

It would be recalled that in separate state visits, the Moroccan King,  Mohammed VI had signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Nigerian government.

The agreements include  a Pipeline Cooperation Agreement (PCA)  for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline; an MoU to develop a chemical plant in Nigeria for production of ammonia and its derivatives and thirdly, 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, Mr 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 stated.

The GMD told the Moroccan envoy that key amongst the crux of President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign relations was to widen cooperation amongst 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.

“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,” the GMD stated.

Earlier in his remarks, Ambassador Tagma congratulated the GMD on his recent appointment 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.

Suzan O