King Mohammed VI confers honour on Nigerian envoy to Morocco

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By Fortune Abang

Abuja – King Mohammed VI of Morocco has conferred Mr Baba Garba, Nigerian Ambassador to Kingdom of Morocco, with one of highest honours of the North African country.

According to a statement issued by Nigerian envoy to Morocco Sunday in Abuja, Mohammed decorated Garba with honour of “Wissam Al Alaoui” of Order of Commander.

The statement said Garba decorated at the Royal in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, in recognition of the envoy’s efforts towards strengthening bilateral relations between Nigeria and Morocco.

It highlighted Garba’s tenure as head of the Nigerian mission in that country to have contributed to increased cooperation between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco.

“The highest points of such increased cooperation were the remarkable visit of King Mohammed VI to Nigeria in 2016 and Muhammadu ’s reciprocal trip to the Kingdom in 2018.

’s visit to the North African country nearly two years ago the first of such to be paid by sitting Nigerian leader since relations were established with Morocco in 1969.

“During ’s visit to Morocco in 2018, the two countries signed three agreements to facilitate economic cooperation between the two countries.

“The agreements include deals regional gas pipeline, chemical plant and agricultural training.”

It explained that the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project, designed to be 5,660kms, long would reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country.

It added that the agreement would also reduce poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.

It said that the of the pipeline in phases and also in line with the need of the countries crossed and Europe for the period of 25 years.

It quoted Mr , the Senior Special Assistant Media to the Nigerian leader, in a statement issued after the signing ceremony in Rabat to commend the project.

“The NMGP will encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking and discourage ,” Shehu said.

The statement said that Garba had promoted Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives and concretised relations between both countries since his presentation of Letters of Credence to the King.

Also, the ceremony was witnessed by Mr Nasser Bourita, Morocco Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation; the Chambellan of the King, Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui, and diplomats.

Mohammed, is King of Morocco is a member of the Alaouite dynasty and ascended the throne on July 23, 1999, after the death of his father, King Hassan II, in 2019.