Nigeria, Qatar Open Talks on Gas Expansion

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By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

Nigeria and the State of Qatar have opened discussions on possible collaboration between the two countries in the area of gas production expansion.

The Permanent Secretary at the ministry of foreign affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, who dropped the hint, said a partnership between Nigeria and Qatar in the gas sector will boost economic growth and development for the two countries.

A Nigerian high powered delegation led by the permanent secretary had met with officials of Qatar foreign affairs led by its secretary-general, Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, on concerned areas in the new pact.

A statement issued by the Nigerian Embassy in Doha, Qatar, said the federal government is now expanding natural gas use to investment in electricity and gas-based sectors.

Reports say that the Nigeria, Qatar proposed collaboration will cover in gas exploration and infrastructure, as well as knowledge transfer, talent development, and environmental workforce development.

The statement also said concerns about climate change and may also lead to further collaboration on gas shipping and marine transportation.

The Nigerian delegation at the meeting, which include, the Nigerian Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Yakubu Ahmed, and the Head of Chancery, Kimiebi Ebienfa, used the opportunity to call on the authorities of Qatar to lower visa rules for Nigerians visiting Qatar and Nigerian specialists working in Qatar.

In his response, Dr. Al-Hammadi appreciated the offer for cooperation between Nigeria and Qatar, recalling the two countries’ strong ties. To that aim, he said that the director of the Diplomatic Institute would meet with Nigerian officials to agree on terms and create a framework for achieving set objectives.

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