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Vol 38 No 19

Published 26th September 1997


Oil glistens

General Sani Abacha's regime may be a pariah for Western and Commonwealth governments but it's determined to win friends in his own region. Not content with being Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States and saviour of Liberia (AC Vol 38 No 18), he has allowed the Nigerian National Petroleum Company to allocate new crude term contracts to Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Niger. These total around 120,000 barrels a day: 20,000 b/d for each country. The NNPC already has similar contracts with Gambia (20,000 b/d), Ghana (30,000 b/d) and Togo (10,000 b/d).

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