CNOOC Uganda Limited, an oil and gas company, recently announced its sponsorship of the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup 2015.
This marks four years of the oil company’s support towards the tournament which attracts various counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.
The month-long tournament will attract five districts in the BunyoroKitara Kingdom includingKiryandongo, Bulliisa, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale. The announcement was made at a press conference graced by His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon GafabusaIguruin Kiryandongo district.
Speaking at the press conference, ZakariaLubega,Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (CSR)CNOOC Uganda Limited, stated that CNOOC Uganda was honored to be part of the Amasaza Cup for the fourth year. “As we carry out our core activities in the Bunyoro region, it is important for us to give back to the residents in the area as a sign of appreciation for their supportto our Company and employees."
“When we began operations in Bunyoro, we made a commitment to be part of all-round growth in our area of operation. And over the years, we have seen this commitment come to life through various local programs.”
“Sponsoring the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup for the fourth year is a demonstration of CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to the growth of sport in this region. Last year, the tournament was played across all sub counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and attracted 13 counties. This year, we hope for even greater participation and competitiveness among the counties.”
Emphasizing CNOOC’s dedication to various efforts, ZakariaLubeganoted that the Company has supported the education and health sectors both in Hoima and the rest of the country.
“On behalf of the people of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, I would like to thank the management of CNOOC Uganda for their continued contributions tothis region. The Amasaza Cup tournament has continued to promote unity among the Banyoro and this has, in turn, further strengthened our kingdom cultures,” commented His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon GafabusaIguru.
CNOOC Uganda became a major player in Uganda’s oil and gas sector in February 2012 following the acquisition of significant interests in three exploration blocks in the Albertine region. CNOOC Uganda, is the operator of kingfisher oil field, which was awarded a production license in September 2013. In June, 2012, CNOOC Uganda donated drugs worth Shs85 million to Ntoroko district Local Government in response to the cholera epidemic in the area.
During the same year, CNOOC Uganda donated assorted scholastic materials and food stuff to Buhuka Primary School in Hoima in additional to supporting the 8 teachers of the school and a nurse at Buhuka HC11 with monthly top up salaries to motivate them stay in these hard to reach and stay areas.
Early 2013, CNOOC Uganda stood with the Buhuka community affected by heavy that destroyed houses and loss of lives by extending relief aid items. CNOOC Uganda Limited is a member of Safe Way Right Way an NGO involved in road safety initiatives and has injected over 25,000USD annually to support its projects.
In March 14, 2013,CNOOC Uganda donated US$50,000 (Shs131 million) as a sponsorship package in support of 70 youths who enrolled for the Basic Skills Training programme at the Nile Vocational Institute in Hoima district.
Since 2012 CNOOC has been rewarding the best performing students at Primary seven, O level and A level in Hoima District. To-date 240 students have benefited from this scheme and a total of 90 Million spent by the Company. This has resulted into improved academic excellence in schools in Hoima District.
Throughout 2012 to 2015, CNOOC Uganda closely worked with Bunyoro Kingdom by supporting different cultural programs including Empango and sponsoring a football tournament that together all the kingdom subjects. The contribution is part of CNOOC Uganda’s social responsibility programme aimed at promoting development in society through health, education, environment and sports initiatives.