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Nigeria Signs 7 Bilateral Agreements with Morocco

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President Buhari in a handshake with King Mohammed VI

Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco have so far signed seven out of the eight listed bilateral agreements, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity has said.

Adesina stated this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the bilateral meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, the eighth agreement, Memorandum of Understanding Between Group Credit Agricole and NIRSAL, will be signed at a later date due to the absence of one of the signatories.

“Eight bilateral agreements and the agreements are as follows; one is the Agreement Between OCP and Dangote  Group to develop fertilizer business in Nigeria; two, Cooperation Agreement in Strengthening the local blending capabilities and Agriculture Eco-System Agreement, the third agreement is on the Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic and Official Service Passport.

Number four Bilateral Air Service Agreement Between Morocco and Nigeria; five Agreement on Marine Fisheries Cooperation; six Agreement in the field of Agriculture, seven Memorandum of understanding between growth credit Agricole and NIRSAL and eight Agreement Between Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy and its Nigerian counterpart

Those were the bilateral agreements signed. Actually, seven were signed because one of the signatories for one of the agreements was not around,’’ he said.

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Adesina stated that the Agreement on fertilizer was meant for food security, employment generation as well as address the problem of rural-urban migration in the country.

He disclosed that the presentations made by the representative of the OCP of Morocco and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, during the meeting, indicated that more than two million tonnes of customised fertilizer would be imported from Morocco in the next three years.

“More than two million tonnes of fertilizer are to be sent here in the next three years before the fertilizer plant to be built by Dangote in Lekki area goes into operation. And when that plant goes into operation there will be local capacity up to three million tonnes of fertilizer in a year – that will create a lot of jobs and efforts will be made to ensure that it is very safe because it is going to be customised,’’ he added.

Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, who participated in the signing of the fertilizer agreement, expressed the hope that fertilizer would be sold to farmers in Nigeria at cheaper rates.

He stated that 250,000 fresh employment opportunities would be created as a result of the new fertilizer agreement.

“Two agreements were signed. One was that of Aliko Dangote for Joint Venture with OCP Morocco on complete fertilizer development for Nigeria and Africa sub-region. The second agreement is with Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria, FEPAN and OCP of Morocco on quick intervention in supply prospects and development of fertilizer where the company is planning to blend about millions of tons of fertilizer this year to be sold to farmers at affordable price,’’ he added.

The visiting Moroccan King Mohammed VI is being hosted to a State Dinner by President Muhammadu at the Presidential Villa.

5 Comments

  1. Darius

    December 3, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Our dumbass president giving Morocco too much! Morroco stands to gain a lot than Nigeria.

    • EE

      December 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Like???

      I think you are wrong, but I’d be interested in knowing where your head’s at.

    • Darius

      December 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

      2 million tonnes of fertilizer will be imported from Morroco in the next 2 to 3 years. This will further deplete our measly foreign exchange. The President has banned the importation of rice because he believes Nigeria can attain self-sufficiency in rice production. Why can’t he ban the importation of fertilizer. We are far more capable to produce our own fertilizer than produce enough rice to feed the entire population. They also signed an agreement of cooperation in the field of agriculture. When did Morroco become a world leader in agriculture or fertilizer production? In these agreements signed, we will buy sth from Morroco, but Morroco won’t buy anything from us. How is it a good deal?

    • Tefanny

      December 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Morocco is the largest global producer and exporter of phosphates in the world and have 70% of reserve in the world of phosphate and morocco obtain from it phosphorus for use in agriculture. So Morocco is a World leader in agriculture and fertilizer that will help him for centuries. Don’t forget Morocco is a self sufficient country 100% for his food security and have an increase that he export to Europe. Morocco will sell fertilizer because he want gas. It’s a good deal for both countries. Nigeria will secure food and Morocco will secure energy for the next years.

  2. Hogan

    December 4, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I have a question to ask. Forgive my “perceive” ignorance. Was this agreement signed for Nigeria or for Dangote and a few privileged individuals? Reason being that I cannot see any benefits for the nation as a whole. ‘My thots’.

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