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Nigeria, Morocco sign biotechnology devt agreement

Nigeria and Morocco have confirmed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for research and development in biotechnological products and processes. , have reported.

“The agreement, which was one of the outcomes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to Morocco in 2018, intends to cover a variety of research and development efforts into numerous biotechnological products.”

Morocco World News, quoting various Nigerian sources, said the research also includes the production of Bio-fertilizer and Bio-fungi­cide, through the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

Chief Ex­ecutive Officer, NABDA, Abdullahi Mustapha, said the work includes “potable water, wastewater treatment, disinfectants, gas treatment, reduction of sulphur dioxide, soil biodeg­radation, sulphur reducing bacteria, application of stem cells for diabetics and cancer related diseases, among others.”

Regarding COVID-19 vaccines, Mustapha noted that such vaccines involved rigorous processes and procedures; highlighting that research on the production of vaccine technology “has reached an advanced stage.”

In October, Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “it is important for the two countries to cooperate in the field of science, technology and innovation (STI).”

The minister expressed his government’s willingness to utilize STI to take full advantage of Nigeria’s abundant natural resources in order to increase employment and GDP.

The work includes potable water, wastewater treatment, disinfectants, gas treatment, reduction of sulphur dioxide, soil biodeg­radation, sulphur reducing bacteria, application of stem cells for diabetics and cancer related diseases, among others.

In May, Morocco’s efforts to develop South-South cooperation saw renewed diplomatic talks with the foreign ministers of Nigeria and Djibouti.

The news came after Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his gratitude to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, following the signing of a new fertilizer-related partnership worth $1.3 billion (MAD 11.7 billion).

Meanwhile, Morocco and Nigeria, as emerging countries and African leaders on many fronts, have considerable advantage in multiple sectors such as energy.

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project has been progressing at a rapid pace since its proposal in December 2016. In less than five years, the project has reached the second phase of front-end engineering design (FEED).

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