Approximately 50 000 jobs have been created in the country following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the supply of phosphate between the Nigerian and the Moroccan government.
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, noted that the MoU between the two countries was for the supply of phosphate to rejuvenate agriculture by making fertilizer available and affordable.
He said: “The Moroccans have already supplied a cargo of phosphate which has been delivered to various blending plants across the country. Already, eleven blending plants have come into production because of the supply. I am happy to inform you that this development has translated to the creation of about 50 000 jobs and led to the production of about 1.3 million t of fertilizer in the country.”
According to Baru, this partnership is expected to boost the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The National Coordinator, NEPAD-Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, stated: “As NEPAD, we are mandated to identify and work with strategic partners to facilitate, monitor and promote the implementation of developmental projects across the continent.”