Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With Morocco

Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With MoroccoAn agreement to construct a regional gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco has been signed by the two countries.

This was the high point of a two-day working visit of King Muhammad (VI) of Morocco to Nigeria.

For two days President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting King of Morocco engaged in bilateral talks that centered on how to cement relations between Nigeria and Morocco.

With businessmen from Nigeria on one end and those from Morocco on the other, the discussions culminated to the signing of several agreements aimed at galvanizing development between them.

Government’s effort towards diversifying the economy away from oil led to the signing of the agreement on fertilizer production.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meetings, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the agreement on fertilizer as one that would boost agricultural production in the country.

For the gas pipeline agreement, the ministers of foreign affairs of the two countries, said that the agreement is aimed at accelerating electricity development in the region.

They also spoke on the multiple industrial opportunities for the two countries as part of the strategic vision of the two leaders.

Agreements were also signed on promotion and protection of investments, agriculture, banking, science and technology, and sustainable development.

Foreign observers have said that Nigeria and Morocco have a lot to benefit from the collaboration following the King’s visit.

King Mohammad arrived Nigeria on Thursday night and was received by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He arrived the Presidential Villa at about 1.30 pm Friday, and was received by the President and some top government officials.

Morroccan King Holds Talks With Buhari In Abuja

morroccan-kingNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is holding talks with visiting king, Mohammed (VI) of Morocco, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The king who arrived the country on Thursday night, was received by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He arrived the Presidential Villa at about 1.30 pm Friday, and was received by the President and some top government officials.

King Mohammed who is on a working visit to Nigeria, was earlier treated to a grand reception by the presidential guard at the forecourt of the presidential villa.

He was honoured with a 21-gun salute by men of the Brigade of Guards.

The king later inspected a guard of honour mounted by the soldiers, after which he joined the president for Jumat service at the Abuja National Mosque.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, told reporters that the visit is to cement the relationship between the two countries, following their meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco in November.

Political watchers however say that besides the economic aspect of the visit, Morocco seeks to prompt Nigeria to reconsider its stance on the Western Sahara.

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They also say the king’s visit will give a fresh impetus in the effort to regain Morocco’s seat in the African Union, following their withdrawal from it in 1984.

King Mohammed and President Buhari, have both reached an agreement to allow pipelines run from Nigeria up to Morocco for gas export to Europe.

Meanwhile, they are expected to hold further bilateral discussions later on.

Also later today, a dinner would be held at the Presidential Banquet Hall, to honour the King.