Pakistan has turned to Nigeria to meet its domestioc gas needs as the South Asian country has commenced purchase of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Nigeria.
Pakistan Head of Chancery, Mr. Asim Khan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the first consignment of 70,000 metric tons of gas arrived at Pakistan’s Port Qasim in Karachi.
Khan said the deal was part of efforts to deepen economic relationship and marked the beginning of a major business expansion between Nigeria and Pakistan in the oil and gas sector.
“In the future, we are expecting much trade in this as well as in other sectors,’’ he said. The diplomat said that Pakistan utilised gas heavily for both domestic and generation purposes.
Prior to the commencement of gas importation from Nigeria, Pakistan was importing from Qatar to meet it’s domestic gas needs.
As the relationship between Nigeria and Pakistan waxes stronger, Pakistan also recently opened scholarship offer for about 50 Nigerians for undergraduate studies in science-related courses at some of its higher institutions.
Khan further disclosed that Pakistani Minister for Industries and Production, Ghulam Jatoi, who attended the D8 meeting in Abuja, also held talks with the Minister of State for Investment, Trade and industries, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, on ways to further strengthen relations between the two nations.
“They agreed on mutual cooperation in industrial development, particularly reiterating commitment to assist Nigeria’s agricultural sector,’’