The Nigerian government has reached an agreement with the Republic of Niger for the transportation of imported petroleum products.
The Ministry of Petroleum Resources explained this in a statement, saying:
The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Republic of Niger have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for petroleum products transportation and storage.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou came into an agreement after talks had been on-going between both countries for over four months through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Niger Republic’s National Oil Company.
Niger Republic’s Soraz Refinery in Zinder; some 260km from the Nigerian border, has an installed refining capacity of 20,000 barrels per day.
Niger’s total domestic requirement is about 5,000bpd, thus leaving a huge surplus of about 15,000 bpd, mostly for export.
A Statement by the GGM/SA Media to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Garba Deen Muhammad, explained that the MoU was signed by the GMD NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, and the Director-General of SONIDEP, Alio Toune.
The MoU was signed under the supervision of the Ministers of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, and Foumakoye Gado of Niger, respectively with the Secretary-General of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO), Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim in attendance.
Sylva, speaking shortly after the MoU signing, expressed delight over the development, describing it as another huge step in developing trade relations between both countries.
Also commenting on the development, Dr. Omar Ibrahim, the Secretary-General of African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO), said he could not be happier with what he witnessed in terms of co-operation and collaboration between the two APPO member countries in the area of hydrocarbons.
I want to commend the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Niger and their leadership for this milestone.
Kyari said the two countries have had long engagements in the last four to five months with a view to restoring the importation of petroleum products (excess production) from Niger into Nigeria.