King Mohammed VI and his guest, President Muhammadu Buhari, co-chaired a signing ceremony of three cooperation agreements at the Royal Palace of Rabat on Sunday.
As expected, the historic gas pipeline project convening the two countries was at the heart of the signing ceremony.
The pipeline will be 5,660 km long, and the construction will be phased to meet the growing needs of the countries as well as those of Europe for 25 years.
During the ceremony, Farouk Garba Said, General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Amina Benkhadra, General Director of the Moroccan Office for Hydrocarbons and Mining spoke about the Morocco-Nigeria joint declaration on the next phase of the Regional Gas pipeline connecting gas resources from Nigeria to West African countries and Morocco.
The officials said the project was conceived during King Mohammed VI’s visit to Nigeria in December 2016. The agreement was signed in Rabat on May 15, 2017, committing both parties to jointly fund a feasibility study on the project.
The Nigerian and Moroccan parties “have worked effectively and constructively to ensure that the feasibility study for the pipeline, which is the first phase of this strategic project, is carried out by the contractor in a professional manner and in accordance with best practices,” said the officials.
Said and Belkhadra also highlighted the benefits of the project for the collaboration between the two countries, Mauritania, and the ECOWAS countries to promote trade.
The ceremony was also chaired by the King’s son, Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, and the King’s brother, Prince Moulay Rachid.
After the introduction of the project, Benkhadra and Said signed the joint declaration on the next phase of the project.
The second agreement, signed by CEO of OCP Mostapha Terrab and CEO of the Nigerian Investment Authority, covers a Memorandum of Understanding between the OCP Group and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority for the development of an industrial platform in Nigeria to produce ammonia and related products.
The third document is a convention on the agricultural vocational training and technical supervision between the ministries of agriculture of both countries. Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch and Nigeria President of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh signed the agreement.
Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani attended the ceremony along with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Education Said Amzazi, and the King’s advisors.