November 28, 2022

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ECOWAS, Nigeria, Morocco signal M0U for fuel pipeline undertaking


A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Thursday 15 September in Rabat, Morocco between Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS), the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco. 

The three sides have been respectively represented by Mr Sediko Douka, ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Power and Digitalisation, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Chief Govt Officer of Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm Restricted (NNPC) and Mrs Amina Benkhadra, Director Normal of Workplace Nationwide des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM).

In line with a broadcast joint communique, the Memorandum of Understanding attests to the dedication of ECOWAS and all of the nations crossed by the fuel pipeline, to contribute to the feasibility and technical research, the mobilisation of sources and execution of this key undertaking.

 This undertaking, as soon as accomplished, will provide fuel to all of the nations of West Africa and can open a brand new channel of export to Europe. It’s a strategic undertaking that may contribute in the direction of bettering the dwelling requirements of the inhabitants, integrating the economies within the area, reducing the extent of desertification because of a sustainable and dependable fuel provide and a discount in or outright finish to fuel flaring, amongst others.

Sixteen nations that embrace fourteen ECOWAS Member States, are concerned on this undertaking. The undertaking may also help different nations to export their surplus pure fuel: Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Mauritania.

The strategic Nigeria-Morocco fuel pipeline undertaking will traverse the West African coast from Nigeria to Morocco, by way of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania. In the long run, it will likely be related to the Maghreb-Europe fuel pipeline and to the European fuel community. It is going to additionally assist cater to the land-locked nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

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Commissioner Sediko Douka, talking on behalf of the ECOWAS Fee President, H.E Dr Omar Alieu Touray, said that the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) upheld the view that the Nigeria-Morocco pipeline undertaking was certainly viable and would subsequently spare no effort for its success:  We, as a regional financial group, are satisfied that it’s certainly a viable undertaking, one which holds nice promise, and we are going to spare no effort for its success.

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Power and Digitalisation additional reaffirmed, on behalf of the ECOWAS Fee President, whole help for this regional undertaking which might positively impression the lives of greater than 400 million individuals.