December 1, 2022

The king’s ambassador to Nigeria, Moha Ou Ali Tagma, said that Nigeria is a “very important strategic partner” for Morocco.

“Morocco is making the largest foreign investment in Nigeria,” Tagma added in an interview with the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust. must be who have all the qualifications to be Africa’s powerhouse.

The Moroccan diplomat explained that the two countries are very close in terms of history, geography and culture, and their relationship dates back several centuries, since the kingdoms of Borno, Sokoto and Kano had very deep relations with Morocco, especially with the cities of Marrakech. and Fez. On this basis, today, thanks to similar political and social decisions and the needs of the economic and social development of the two countries, they have established an exemplary mutually beneficial partnership.

When asked about the gas pipeline between Nigeria and Morocco, Moha or Ali Tagma pointed out that King Mohammed VI confirmed in his recent speech on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the Green March that this is a project for peace, African economic integration, common development, and also for the present , And future generations, resource: “Given the continental dimension of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline, we also see it as a structuring project linking Africa and Europe.”

The same diplomat referred to the king’s words: “Given the importance we attach to partnership with the countries of the western continent, we consider the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline more than a bilateral project between two brotherly countries”, adding: “We want this strategic project for the benefit of all West African region with a population of over 440 million.

The King also confirmed that the project provides opportunities and guarantees in the field of energy security, economic, industrial and social development for fifteen countries of the Economic Community of West African States, in addition to Mauritania and Morocco, noting that the memorandum of understanding recently signed in Rabat with the Economic Community of West African States and in Nouakchott with Mauritania and Senegal, it represents a key element in the completion of the project.

The Moroccan monarch emphasized that this signature reflects the willingness of the countries concerned to contribute to the implementation of this strategic project and their political will for its success, appreciating the support of regional and international financial institutions that have expressed their desire to actively contribute to its implementation.

The King also confirmed: “Morocco is committed to continuing close cooperation with our brothers in Nigeria and with all partners with full transparency and responsibility in order to implement it as soon as possible.”

Regarding bilateral cooperation, Moha O Ali Tagma noted that during the King’s visit to Nigeria in December 2016 and President Buhari’s visit to Morocco in June 2018, the two countries signed several agreements aimed at strengthening their relations and cooperation, especially in the economic field. . field.

The same ambassador said that in addition to the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline agreement, the two countries have also entered into an important fertilizer agreement that supports President Buhari’s policy of developing agriculture in Nigeria for a more diversified economy and food security for the Nigerian people.

The Representative explained that the agreement included the supply of fertilizers to Nigeria, as well as the establishment of three fertilizer plants in Kaduna, Ogun and Sokoto, as well as the establishment of a large fertilizer complex in the state of Akwa Ibom, and indicated that this agreement, which was being implemented with the Moroccan by the Phosphate Sheriff’s Office, makes Nigeria the platform of choice for Moroccan foreign investment and the only country in Africa where OCP has built such infrastructure.
The Moroccan diplomat referred to other agreements related to the exchange of experience in various fields, including an agreement signed on the occasion of the royal visit to Nigeria in December 2016 with the Mohammed VI Sustainable Development Foundation, under which a vocational training center was built. in Maiduguri, Borno State, in close collaboration with the government, a local NGO and a Nigerian NGO.

Regarding youth capacity building in Nigeria, the Moroccan Ambassador said that hundreds of Nigerian students continue their studies in Morocco at various universities in the country and in various sectors under the cooperation agreement between the two countries, according to which Morocco provides 100 scholarships to Nigerian students every year; This is in addition to those who choose private institutions in the Kingdom to continue their studies.

Moha or Ali Tagma added that Morocco has become a favorite destination for many Nigerians, not only for business and study, but also as a tourist and spiritual hub.

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