As one of the outcomes of the three-day visit of Moroccan King President Mohammed VI to Nigeria, both countries have agreed to jointly promote a gas pipeline that will connect the two countries and some other African countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Geoffrey Onyema, announced this to reporters on Saturday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stating that the project would accelerate energy and electrification projects across the affected member countries.
Reading a communique which outlined both parties’ “strategic visions”, Onyeama disclosed that “On the occasion of the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Nigeria, and following the discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari in Marrackeck, 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 minister said the pipeline project would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders.
This, he explained, is meant to create a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.
He said Nigeria and Kingdom of Morocco also 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.