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Nigeria, Morocco team up to build world’s longest offshore gas pipeline

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Nigeria’s Presidency has revealed that the government is teaming up with the Kingdom of Morocco to build the world’s longest offshore pipeline.

The pipeline would also be the second-longest in the world and intended to carry gas from Nigeria to Morocco, running across 11 West African countries.

The Nigerian government made the disclosure on Sunday after President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a 2-day Official Visit to Morocco. was received by a large crowd from the airport in Morocco to the Rabat Royal Palace.

The 2 countries signed agreements on  the gas pipeline, a basic chemicals platform, and agriculture cooperation

Buhari assured King Mohammed VI of Nigeria’s full commitment to the actualization of all the agreements signed.

Abuja believes that “the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) will further encourage utilization of gas in the sub-region for domestic needs (cooking, etc) and discourage desertification.”

NMGP is designed to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria, and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.

Nigeria holds 187 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven gas reserves as of 2017, ranking 9th in the world and accounting for about 3% of the world’s total natural gas reserves of 6,923 Tcf. Nigeria has proven reserves equivalent to 306.3 times its annual consumption.

A separate 677-kilometer gas pipeline runs through West Africa operated by the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, which links natural gas from fields in Nigeria to markets in Benin, Togo, and Ghana.

Some observers have suggested that it could have been better if Nigeria chose to upgrade the existing gas pipeline rather than get into a new one with Morocco.

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COVID-19: Friendship renewed as Algeria opens land border with Tunisia

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Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced that it will reopen the land border between the two countries in mid-July.

The border, which starts in the north at the Mediterranean coast, proceeding overland in a broadly southwards directions via a series of overland lines was closed in 2020 during the peak of Covid-19.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune made the announcement at Algiers airport alongside his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied who was preparing to leave the country after attending the festivities marking the 60th anniversary of Algeria’s independence.

“We have taken a joint decision to reopen the land borders from July 15.”

Until the pandemic, more than three million Algerians travelled to Tunisia each year, according to local media.

Generally speaking, relations between Algeria and Tunisia have so far been homogenous. Although Algeria postponed the opening of it borders with Tunisia in May.

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The Gambia benefits from World Bank’s $68m grant to revive tourism industry

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The Gambia and the World Bank have sealed a $68m grant deal which will go to support the West African country’s tourism industry, hitherto the biggest contributor to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the global tourism sector, causing a near economic meltdown.

World Bank’s Managing Director of Operations, Axel Van Trotsenburg, who announced the signing of the deal at a ceremony in Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Tuesday, said the grant is meant to support the diversification and climate resilience of the country’s tourism after the pandemic and economic crisis.

Trotsenburg added that promoting the diversification and climate resilience of tourism will help protect the Atlantic coastline of The Gambia from the effects of climate change.

About 20 per cent of The Gambian economy depends on earnings from its tourism as it is the largest foreign exchange earner for the government but the advent of the pandemic had caused the country’s economic growth to contract by 0.2 percent in 2020, according to the World Bank.

This was as a result of the global restrictions on travelling between 2020 and 2021, which prevented tourists and visitors going to the country, leading to the tourism industry taking a huge hit.

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