By Ahmed Rahma Plans are already underway to build a fertiliser factory worth $1.3 billion in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed. The factory would be commissioned in the coming months, he informed the leadership of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) led by Thomas Etuh during a visit to his office in Abuja on Thursday. Mr Buhari noted that the $1.3 billion Fertiliser Factory is a collaboration between Nigeria and Morocco and would produce ammonia and fertilisers in the country. \u201cHis Majesty, the king of Morocco and I have agreed to extend the current phosphate supply agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and Nigeria. \u201cWe both believe that to consolidate and expand on the successes recorded thus far, we must secure raw material supplies to our blenders. \u201cFurthermore, to improve the balance of trade between Nigeria and Morocco, the two countries have signed an agreement to develop a $1.3 billion basic chemicals platform in Nigeria that will produce ammonia, phosphoric acid, sulphuric acid, and various nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) and diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilisers using Nigeria\u2019s gas reserves,\u201d he disclosed. The President added that the new plant, when completed, would complement the existing Dangote and Indorama chemicals facilities, which produce urea, ammonia, and other industrial raw materials. \u201cWhen we combine these projects with the existing 44 blending plants, Nigeria will indeed become a regional and global fertiliser powerhouse,\u201d he enthused. Mr Buhari lauded the association and members for their faith in the country during the recessionary period and COVID-19 lockdowns. He said increased investments in the rural areas were a strong factor in tackling some of the security issues the country has been witnessing, predicting that Nigeria would witness unprecedented prosperity with sustained investments in peace-building in the local communities.