The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, told newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that this was one of the resolutions reached during the three-day visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria’s seat of power.
Onyema added that the project would also accelerate energy and electrification projects across the member countries involved.
According to him, “It is a great honour and privilege to read for you a communique which outlines the strategic visions that you both have for our two countries.
“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.”
Stressing that the pipeline project would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders, the Minister explained that this is meant to create a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.
He added that 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 with a view to attracting foreign capital and improve competitiveness of export.