FG, OCP Group Sealed Agreement To Boost Fertiliser Production in Nigeria
The Federal Government and the OCP Group of Morocco have sealed agreements to boost fertiliser production Nigeria.
The agreement was signed at the University Mohamed VI Polytechnic in Morocco by OCP Africa and the Nigerian delegation chaired by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, which is a follow business visit for the industrial project which was officially launched in June 2018 following the success of the first phase of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative supported by OCP.
The agreements confirmed OCP Group’s commitment and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority’s (NSIA) unwavering support of agricultural development initiatives in Nigeria.
The project was first announced during the official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Morocco which is aimed at developing a versatile industrial platform in Nigeria by utilizing Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750,000 tons of ammonia and one million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025.
A Shareholders’ Agreement was also signed between OCP Africa and the NSIA for the creation of the Joint Venture Company. This agreement would oversee the development of a versatile industrial platform that will produce ammonia and fertilizers in Nigeria.
A Memorandum of Understanding between OCP Africa, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and NSIA was sealed.
The visit also provided the Nigerian delegation another opportunity to seal a Framework Agreement between OCP Africa, Mobil Producing Nigeria, the NNPC, the Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria and the NSIA on gas supply for the industrial platform.
This is in addition to a Memorandum of Understanding that was sealed between OCP Africa, Akwa Ibom State Government and the NSIA on land acquisition, administrative facilitation and common agricultural development projects in Akwa Ibom State.
These agreements seek to provide Nigerian farmers quality fertilizers adapted to the needs of their soil at competitive prices and produced locally.
Moreover, these pacts also aim at strengthening the solid partnership between OCP Group and the different institutions in the gas industry in Nigeria as they are also expected to materialize the technical aspects of the industrial platform.
This industrial platform would also be leveraging Nigerian and Moroccan natural resources, namely the Nigerian gas and the Moroccan phosphate.
Under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, OCP Group first partnered with the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria supported by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority.
This collaboration stretched across the entire agricultural value chain, from the introduction of customized fertilizers adapted to local soils and crops to improving the availability of fertilizers in the local market at competitive prices.
The partnership also included farmer support initiatives, supply chain development projects along with the strengthening of a close distribution system.
These joint efforts have led to the renovation of 13 blending units and packaging for fertilizers and installation by private operators of more than 14 new factories.
In line with this, three Blending units are currently under construction by OCP group in Kaduna, Ogun and Sokoto states due to start this year, with a total production capacity of 500,000 tons of fertilizers per year, they will serve as centres of excellence to promote exceptional agricultural practices and control technical aspects of fertilizer quality.
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