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Ministry Of Energy Constructs Two Health Centres In Hoima.

By Busiinge George

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development officially handed over two health facilities to Hoima district local government on Thursday last week at a function that was held at Buseruka sub-county headquarters.

The two multi-billion structures include Buseruka Health Center III and Kabale Health Center III both in Buseruka sub county Hoima district. The ministry constructed maternity wards,general wards,Out patients wards and staff quarters at both facilities.

Presiding over the function, Peter Lokeris, the state minister for energy and mineral development challenged the beneficiaries to put the structures into proper use and asked the ministry of health to fully equip the health facilities with enough drugs and staff to provide sufficient health services to the community around.

Lokeris says the ministry of Energy and mineral development still has a lot to do in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district more especially improving on various infrastructures like roads, schools, among others.

“I call upon the beneficiaries to fully take control of these structures and put them to proper use. I also call on the Ministry of Health and Hoima district Local government to fully equip these health facilities with enough drugs and staff,” said Mr Lokeris.

Dr Charles Olara the director of clinical services at the ministry of health who represented the health minister expressed government’s commitment to fully equip the two health facilities with enough drugs to cater for the growing population in the Albertine region.

Honorable Pius Wakabi,Bugahya County member of parliament in which the health facilities are constructed, tasked the Ministry of Health to upgrade Buseruka Health Center III to the level of Health Center IV since the whole of Bugahya county does not have a Health Center IV.

Muloni Endorses Energy And Infrastructure Summits

Two co-located conferences taking place in Kampala from the 6-8 February have received the official endorsement of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for Uganda, and are set to welcome local and international partners to explore the region's potential for energy development, and the necessity for enhanced off grid energy access across the continent.    

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit and co-located Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid will bring together key government and public sector stakeholders, developers, investors and technology providers to explore the opportunities across the East Africa region and beyond.

"We're really excited to be hosting these two meetings in Uganda for the first time. With increased interest in the East African region, and greater investment in off grid technologies across the continent, we think the timing of these discussions is pivotal, especially with projects such as the Uganda-Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline paving the way for huge regional economic development.

Traditionally, the home of off grid energy solutions has been East Africa and hence co-locating these two streams of dialogues allows for an interesting few days of interwoven ideas" commented Anna Gorzkowska, Producer, EnergyNet.

Private sector companies already confirmed to support the meetings include ENGIE, Fieldstone, Metka, Nedbank, DLA Piper and Shell New Energies, all highlighting their interest in advancing the energy sector across the East African region and more broadly in the off grid energy space across Sub-Saharan Africa.

In Depth

Whilst co-located, the two meetings will still each have a distinct focus. The EAEIS will unite the leading entities in the region to focus on what is needed to unlock investment in energy and infrastructure for regional growth and development.

Topics of focus will include the Uganda-Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline, the importance of debt financing and the future of the energy mix in East Africa.

AEF: OTG will examine the topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across Africa, presenting the current project opportunities and building on the outcomes of the first successful off grid Summit, held in Dar es Salaam in December 2016.

Hoima Municipality Wins Sixth Amasaza Cup In Bunyoro

By Businge George

Hoima Municipality 1 Buliisa 0

Hoima Municipality County from Hoima district emerged champions of the 5th edition of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Amasaza cup of Bunyoro Kingdom after a 1-0 win over Buliisa at Sir Tito Owinyi ground on Friday.

The final graced by the Omukama Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 1, who appreciated for the people attended, came to life in the second half after a dull first that had both sides create a few chances.

CNOOC Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Zakaria Lubega termed the tournament a success but noted that they will have to add more efforts in the mobilization of fans especially at the finals.

Over 20 teams from counties and districts of the kingdom participated in the annual tournament aimed at tapping talent from the grassroots and also fostering unity among the Omukama's subjects.

A select team from the tournament will face a Buganda Masaza team at a later date in Kampala.

BUA Group Alleged To Be Using Militia To Mine In Dangote Site

The management of BUA Group has been using armed militia, soldiers and policemen to mine marble and limestone in mining sites allocated to the Dangote Group, the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has alleged.

In a statement signed by the ministry's Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Abass, and made available, the ministry said the company had been using a combination of armed militia, soldiers and policemen to obstruct the ministry's team from executing the stop work order issued to the company in October.

The ministry's statement was in response to an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by the company alleging that a minister was involved in sabotaging its operations.

Abass said that in the records of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office, the BUA Group did not have a mining lease over the contentious site (No. 2541ML) and was therefore engaged in illegal mining.

He stated, "The ministry stands by the stop work order issued to the BUA Group and signed by the Permanent Secretary dated 17th of October 2017."

"The letter was issued after thorough investigation confirmed that the BUA Group was indeed engaging in illegal mining of marble/limestone at a mine pit located on geographical coordinates N070 21' 47.4' E0060 26' 51.8', while the run-of-mine is stockpiled at an area with geographical coordinates N070 21' 48.4'; E0060 26'37.2'."

"Clarification provided by the Mining Cadastre Office shows that the coordinates of the mine pit and RoM stockpile area fall wholly within the area of mining Lease No 2541ML belonging to Messrs Dangote Industries Limited."

Abass added, "The ministry had earlier in 2015 issued a stop work order on this same disputed site but the BUA Group disregarded the order and went ahead with its illegal mining activities, under heavy cover of armed soldiers, policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps."

"The management of BUA also resisted the enforcement of the latest stop work order issued on October 17, 2017 using a combination of armed militia, soldiers and policemen to obstruct the team from the ministry in effecting the stop work order."

He added that the ministry would not compromise due process in its commitment to promote local and global investments in the Nigerian mining sector.


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