A senior delegation of Nigerian academics, private sector and government representatives visited Morocco in July to learn about the phosphate value chain. The study tour was coordinated by the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA), a partnership of the University of Western Australia (UWA) and University of Queensland (UQ), and was funded by the Australian government.
The delegation of ten from Nigeria comprised Ms Hajiya Fatima Umaru Shinkafi, Executive Secretary, Solid Minerals Development Fund; Professor Ibrahim Garba, Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University; Dr Abubakar Garba, Director General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency; Engr. Elias Nwalem Mbam, Chairman, Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission; Abdullahi Haruna , Commissioner, Sokoto State Ministry of Solid Mineral Resource; Mr Danjuma Abdul-kadiri Etuh, Managing Director, Super-Phosphate Fertilizer Company Limited; Umar Bature Chafe Deputy Director , Nigerian Geological Survey Agency; Mr Andrew Osogbo, Head of Investment and Strategy, Solid Minerals Development Fund; Mr Rabiu Kabir, Deputy Director, Solid Minerals Development Fund; and Mr Anas Yusuf, Program Analyst, Solid Mineral Development Fund.
Morocco holds 75% of the world’s phosphate reserves and is ranked second in the world on phosphate production. OCP based in Morocco is one of the leading exporters of phosphate rock, phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers in the world with an annual turnover of over $5 billion. Nigeria has vast phosphate reserves, which it is trying to develop and aims to learn from the Moroccan experience. The Moroccan and Nigerian governments have signed agreements that ultimately aim to help Nigeria achieve food security. Under these initiatives, OCP is building an ammonia plant in Nigeria valued at $1.5 billion.
During the study tour, the Nigerian delegation held meetings with Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development; ONHYM (National Hydrocarbon & Mines Agency); Rabat School of Mines and the Australian Embassy. The delegation was hosted by OCP Africa where they visited OCP Khouribga phosphate mine site and the JORF LASFAR Fertilizer Complex and port facilities. They also visited Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Green Energy Park.
The study tour provided excellent opportunities to further cooperation between the two countries so that Nigeria can develop an industry that will enhance food security.
Meeting at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development
At OCP Khouribga phosphate mine site