Nigeria is expected to begin the exportation of gas to Morocco and other countries along the sub-Saharan region according to governor Muhammed Abubakar.
Nigeria is expected to begin the exportation of gas to Morocco and other countries along the sub-Saharan region.
The nation reports that the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fertiliser Initiative, Muhammed Abubakar, disclosed this on Tuesday, March 14 when the president of Fertiliser Producer and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), Mr Thomas Etuh, paid him a courtesy visit during the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative tour in Dutse.
Abubakar who is also the governor of Jigawa explained that the plan will include signing an agreement with other nations who may need the natural resource along the Sub-Sahara region to the final destination country.
He said: “The Sahara gas pipeline is a project we are planning to transport gas from here down to Morocco, then passing through so many countries and opening up use of gas in those countries across sub-Sahara.”
He was asked if this would affect the initial agreement on the supply of phosphate from Morocco but responded that it was a different deal entirely.
“The supply of phosphate for fertiliser blending is a different agreement and the trans-Sahara pipeline is another project.”
The governor said it was unnecessary to push for any law even though he acknowledged that legislations for agriculture were good.
“It is always good if there is the need for legislation. But this is purely a business venture. I don’t believe it requires a legislation. We will do whatever agreement expected of us according to the Nigerian law and the government of Morocco will do theirs. The countries that our pipelines will pass across, we will also use our gas and agree with us according to their rule.
“I don’t believe there is any special legislation for us to sell our product,”
Etuh applauded the committee but lamented the fertiliser firms downgrading the quality of the locally-processed fertiliser for their own gain.
He said: “Today, farmers are getting fertiliser at N5,500. The war has not stopped. You will hear complaints that the quality of fertiliser is not good. They wanted it bad for their own interest. Meanwhile, farmers are not complaining,”