Nigerian Ambassador: Morocco – Nigeria Gas Pipeline, A Very Successful Project
H.E. Muhammad Albashir Ibrahim Saleh Alhussainy reaffirmed the strength of Morocco-Nigeria relations and said, “There will be other projects, including the signing of a number of agreements in all fields”.
Today, June 15th, Chakib Benmoussa presented the report of the Special Development Model Committee before the diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco.
On this occasion, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Morocco, Muhammad Albashir Ibrahim Saleh Alhussainy, expressed his satisfaction with the project and said, “The Kingdom has entered the world of progress”, highlighting, in this regard, the efforts of His Majesty King Mohammed VI who made this possible.
On a different note, and regarding the announcement of a Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project, the Nigerian Ambassador said that the preparations are almost finished. “The project will be completed in less than a year”, he added.
Moreover, Alhussainy reaffirmed the strength of Morocco-Nigeria relations and said, “There will be other projects, including the signing of a number of agreements in all fields”.
It should be recalled that the Nigerian government had earlier expressed its willingness to build a gas pipeline linking Nigeria and Morocco, after completing plans to materialize this major project.
In an interview with “Nigerian News Direct”, Usuf Usman, Director General of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), announced that the achievement of this major project was embodied by the signing of an agreement between Morocco and Nigeria during a ceremony presided over by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Nigerian official added that this huge project will pass through the West African gas pipeline and will benefit several countries on the continent. He added that some of these countries have gas fields whose production will be pumped into the pipeline, while other non-gas-producing countries will benefit from it for development purposes. “If these countries can’t pay for gas, they will get electricity”, he said.
In a question about the timetable for the completion of this project, Usman explained that it is related to a new development vision that is necessary for Africa, and explained that the feasibility study has been completed, and the final financing decision is being approved. He added that Nigeria will launch in the same context the management plan for the decade of gas to enhance the viability of this major project.
It should be noted that this mega project, which was launched in Abuja in 2016 under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, will connect the gas resources of Nigeria, and those of several West African countries in addition to Morocco, and thus promote regional economic integration.