President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, disclosed that the Federal Government is considering the possibility of using modern technology to transform gas into liquid form for easy export, especially to the West- African sub-region.
This is even as he said Nigeria is making efforts to ensure that the West African Gas Pipeline project becomes more efficient to stabilise energy sectors across the West African sub-region.
Speaking at a joint news briefing with the visiting President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, Buhari said the government was doing everything possible to stabilise the gas pipelines to enhance electricity supply in Benin and other West African sub-region.
“The economy part of (our discussion) it is mainly energy, making sure that the West African Gas pipeline is made much more efficient. This government is making all the efforts it can to stabilise the situation because the resources are there.
“The world knows that Nigeria has plenty of gas, what we need to do is to stabilise the environment so that this gas can be regularly pumped to the sub-region through the infrastructure already in place.
“Also the Nigerian energy mixed is not doing too badly as gas can now be converted into liquid form. The technology is now available, and can be transferred to Benin Republic to power their power stations. The sad and long standing problem is the question of using Benin as a transit camp to bring a lot of goods into Nigeria,’’ he said.
President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon, in his remarks, lamented that the economic downturn in Nigeria was gradually affecting his country and other nations in the West African Sub region.
Describing Nigeria as the engine room of West Africa, Talon challenged the country to begin to explore its non-oil potentials to boost the country’s revenue profile and remain standing as a big brother in Africa.
Talon, who is on a one day working visit, said he is looking forward to reactivating the existing bilateral relationship between Benin and Nigeria especially in the areas of trade relations, economy, energy development and education.
He pledged to partner Nigeria in dealing with the problem of illicit trade affecting both countries
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
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