Nigeria and Morocco have signed an agricultural cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical support for the enhancement of skills and better agricultural management in Nigeria. The agreement will also focus on the education cooperation and strengthening the existing agreements on fertilizer industry in Nigeria.
This agreement was part of the three agreement signed by the two countries during a 2-day official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Morocco at the invitation of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI. A gas pipeline agreement and an agreement on basic chemical platform formed the other agreements signed by the two countries to harness Nigeria’s gas resources and support Morocco’s diammonium phosphate industry.
Nigeria’s fertilizer industry has been revolutionized following the signing of collaboration between Nigeria and Morocco in 2016 to revive abandoned fertilizer blending plants. Following the signing of the agreement, 14 fertiliser plants have been revitalised so far under the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative with a capacity of 2.3 million metric tonnes.
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Authority, Mr. Uche Orji and the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Management of Phosphate in Morocco, Mr. Mostafa Terrab, signed a memorandum of dnderstanding for the development of a chemical plant in Nigeria for producing ammonia and its derivatives.
The gas pipeline which will be 5,660km long will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and also promote diversification of the energy resources in the country which invariably creates more job opportunities.