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Senegal Appeals to Nigeria for Guidance

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Senegal is looking for guidance from Nigeria regarding its burgeoning oil and gas sector. The Senegalese Petroleum and Energy Minister, Mansour Kane, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), made an appeal to Africa’s number one producer after a meeting with Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama who was on a working visit to Senegal.

“I am glad to have my brother the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, to pay a visit to the Ministry of Petroleum, Senegal. As you know, we just discovered a lot of oil and gas and we would want to take advantage of experience of Nigeria. I think we have to work with our counterparts in Nigeria so also with the Ministry of foreign Affairs to learn how to avoid some mistake,” he said in the NAN interview.

Successes from Cairn and Kosmos Energy in exploring off the country’s coast resulted in the discovery of the largest offshore gas deposits in West Africa in waters straddling Senegal and neighboring Mauritania.

Kane said Senegal would want to follow Equatorial Guinea’s step that came to learn from Nigeria when they discovered their oil and gas and are now a big-time player in the sector in Africa.

“What we want to do is to learn from our brother Nigeria, at the state level and also at the private sector level, local content is very important.

“We know that there are some Nigerian companies already that have experience and will want to have joint venture with us, to work with Senegalese companies to help us to develop the sector,” he said.

He said that the country would send a delegation to visit Nigeria immediately after the election.

Onyeama in his remarks expressed the readiness of Nigeria to assist Senegal to develop her petroleum sector.

“Nigeria has a lot of experience in the sector to share with Senegal. And first thing I will do when I get back to Nigeria is to get in touch with the petroleum minister of state for the two of them to work together. And of course at the larger framework of Senegal-Nigeria cooperation, we have joint commission which we hope to revitalize. So petroleum will be part of that commission, there will be this constant bilateral cooperation of different sectors,” Onyeama said.