President Buhari Deepens Relationship With Morocco, Signs Oil and Gas Agricultural Agreements

The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on the 11th of June, 2018 entered into a 25-year agreement with North African country Morocco to export gas from Nigeria to other West African countries including Morocco and Europe.

The deal according to the Nigerian government will improve utilization of gas and reduce gas flaring in the country. They also signed agreements on global investments and agricultural training and management.

According the the statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mr. Garba Shehu, "The Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP), designed to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country, while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities."

However, public affairs analysts and commentators are of the opinion that Nigeria should develop her gas industry to serve her immediate energy needs. Others are of the opinion that the King of Morocco, His Majesty King Mohammed VI is only interested in the deal as a means to garner support to rejoin the AU.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune

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