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Aliyu preaches unity, integration among African oil-producing nations

16th Dec, 2019 | By Austine Elemue | ||

Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called for unity and integration among member countries of African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) so as to maximize the developmental and welfare benefits accruable from petroleum exploration activities.

Aliyu made the call at a dinner of the extra-ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of APPO held in Abuja last week. The Minister argued that for the continent to compete favourably with Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States, APPO member countries must end disunity and hyper-balkanization that characterized Africa currently and further promote the continent's integration.

She therefore tasked African leaders to assist member countries to create more synergies in their oil and gas industries, noting that such will strengthen Africa's influence in the world market and enable the continent to better meet its own energy needs. The Minister further noted that despite the challenges across the entire oil industry value chain, APPO with 18 member countries accounts for nearly 95 per cent of Africa's oil production and at least 13 per cent of world production.

She said: "There is no doubt in my mind that Africa's oil and gas potential can compete today with that of any other region in the world. If Africa were to be considered as a single producer, it is certain that our continent would challenge Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States. "However, to properly compete, we must put an end to the disunity and hyper-balkanization that characterized today's Africa and further promote its integration."

Aliyu noted that Africa has proven itself as a host of mega discoveries with a wealth of untapped and undiscovered potential, stressing that the continent's oil and gas producers are globally competitive and the investments already beginning to pick up with the rebound in the oil price. The Minister stated: "Today, most African countries are silos doing things their own ways, building their own refineries, plants and gas turbine. This should not be the way to go. Rather, we should extend hands of infrastructural relationship across Africa; build joint pipeline, plants and refineries; begin to protect the African market, then we would have taken a huge step, not only in the development of Africa, but to the stabilization of independent countries."

Speaking in the same vein, Secretary General of APPO, Mr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, noted that there was the need for the organization to build trans-boarder infrastructure for the benefit of the continent, stressing that if the organization can put its resources together, greater success will be achieved. He commended the role Nigeria has played in the growth and development of Africa and its contributions to APPO since inception over three decades ago.

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