Leaders Issue Oil And Gas Cultural Rights Guidelines

By George Busiinge Cultural institutions of Bunyoro, Alur and Acholi have launched policy guidelines aimed at protecting cultural rights of communities in the Oil-Rich Albertine Graben. The guidelines launched on Thursday at Hoima Resort Hotel spells out what the cultural institutions want the oil companies to adhere to in their work as they operate in the Albertine Graben. In the guidelines the Kingdoms among others demand oil companies to adhere to cultural rights, respect of cultural, historical and sacred natural sites, respect cultural norms, values and practices of the people, safeguard land, environment and natural resources among others. The guidelines were signed by Prime Ministers of the three institutions; Cultural leaders issue Oil and Gus guideline meant to protect cultural rights Lukumu says there is need for government and others players in the oil and gas sector to unveil relevant information to cultural institutions so that they prepare their subjects…

Hoima LC5 Chairman Blasts Central Government Over Oil And Gas Isolation

By George Busiinge The Hoima district chairperson Kirungi Kadiri has blasted the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development over failure to involve the local governments in Oil and Gus activities. Kadir Kirungi explains that the ministry works in isolation and hardly gives relevant information regarding to project to local leadership. He noted that reentry, the Ministry started construction of a school in Kyakaboga without consulting the district and they ended up putting up a structure without an approved plan by the district. He explained that after discovering this, the district decided to halt the construction adding such mess is as result of excluding the district leadership. Kirungi challenged the Ministry official to change their ways of work and embrace participatory approach of planning if the oil and gas sector is to benefit the community. He was optimistic that the oil and gas industry my turn into a curse instead of…

Things You Need To Know About The New Shell V-Power Club

At the relaunch of the Shell V-Power Club last weekend, it was announced that there would be two grand prizes instead of the industry standard one to Abu Dhabi. The bigger, better club is back with more prizes. But if you weren’t there, here are 7 things you shouldn’t miss. Even More Trips This Year! Italy is on the map! The Monza grand prix is one of the longest running events on the Formula One calendar. The Monza grand prix is also one of the inaugural Formula One championship races still on the calendar after the Monaco and Belgian Grand Prix. On top of Abu Dhabi, there will be a trip to Monza, home of Ferrari. Every Litre Counts! In this new and improved edition of the club, members will earn ten (10) points for every litre of Shell V-Power consumed. So every drop will count. Win Every Monthly! Every…

Central Asian Countries Commit To Accelerate The Uptake Of Renewables

Countries of Central Asia and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) last week released a Communiqué on accelerating renewable energy deployment in the region. The Communiqué was released in the framework of the Energy Ministerial, Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy at the Astana EXPO-2017. The meeting identified six key areas to facilitate the up-take of renewables and help diversify the region’s energy mix, reflected in detail in a regional Action Plan. “Covering over four million square kilometers, the countries of Central Asia are endowed with rich renewable energy sources that can drive sustainable economic development and growth,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “With renewable energy targets in place for 2020 and beyond, the region can now seize this transformative opportunity for a sustainable energy future, and the new Action Plan will help boost efforts of renewable energy uptake". During the Energy Ministerial at the Astana EXPO-2017, countries agreed…

Residents Affected By Oil Road Projects Warned About Fraudsters

Residents affected by the oil roads projects in Kiziranfumbi sub-county have been advised to be vigilante from conmen. Juma Ibrahim, the sub-county LC3 chairman observes that some groups of people claiming to be agents from different financial intuitions are flocking area collecting money from residents telling them to open accounts through which they will access compensation funds from. Ibrahim explains that some so called agents are coming without clearer identifications from their institutions nor do they educate the public on the documents they are filling. Ibrahim yesterday chased away a group of bank officials who were registering residents in Kidoma, Kyakatemba and Kinywambeho who were soliciting sh25000 from every individual to open an account. He said the officials had no identifications from their financial institution nor did they poses any introduction letter to such an activity in the area. Ibrahim cautions residents against entrusting their finances to certain individuals before…

African Oil And Gas And The Quest For Prosperity - A Review Of The Book "Big Barrels"

BIG BARRELS has arrived very late. For many like myself, who struggled with the scarcity of positive Africa-specific case studies at business school; it’s about time, too. By showcasing examples of countries where the ‘Resource Curse’ is being overcome, NJ Ayuk and Joio Gaspar Marques have placed a finger right on the pulse of Africa’s future prosperity. The writers point to a more transparent kind of African leadership, with working examples of cooperation, civic responsibility, accountability, and successfully managed policy. BIG BARRELS provides material for far-reaching academic discussions about Africa’s growth prospects in the coming decades. As more African nationals and decision-makers get familiar with these success stories, we expect to see better management of extractive resources simply because more people now know that African nations can do right by their people. Ghana’s meticulous preparation for the management of her new oil resources; the call for expertise from the global…

Omukama Wants Fair Compensation For Residents Affected By Oil Projects

By Busiinge George The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has asked government for fair compensation of his subjects affected by oil related projects. The comes at a time when government has offered Nine productionlicenses aiming to move more quickly toward crude production of the existing 1.6 billion barrels of commercial oil deposits in the Albertine Graben by 2020. The energy and mineral development sector where oil and gas belongs has been allocated Shs 2.3 trillion this financial year to first tract all the planned activities including road projects, Kabaale air-port, oil refinery among others. Speaking at his 23rd coronation anniversary yesterday at Karuziika, his majesty said government should ensure that his subjects affected the oil related projects are promptly, fairly and adequately compensated so that they do not become squatters. Although government has tried to compensate the affected persons, but majority continue to curse over untimely…

Shell V-Power Club Club Members To Earn Monthly Rewards, Formula One Trips

Vivo Energy Uganda has launched a new and improved Shell V-Power club in which members will be rewarded with monthly exclusive rewards for consuming Shell V-Power, as well as stand a chance to win one of seven grand prizes of an all-expense paid trip to the Formula One Grand Prix, in Italy in September or Abu Dhabi in November 2017. The Shell V-Power Club in Uganda was launched in 2015 and has since registered over 1000 members. A total of five (5) club members have since enjoyeda fully paid trip to attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In this new and improved edition of the Shell V-Power Club, members will earn ten (10) points for every litre of Shell V-Power consumed. A club member who has accumulated 500 points will qualify for the monthly draw to win prizes. Club members in the motorcycle category will only require 200 points to…

Africa Oil Week Promises Standard Solutions For Industry Demands

Africa Oil Week, the world’s longest running oil and gas conference on the African continent, will from the 23rd to 27th October in Cape Town, South Africa, bringing together 1,250 industry players from around the world. The ITE organized Africa’s premier event also brings together cross-continent multinationals and offer a content rich programme, a quality industry exhibition and five-star networking. Africa Oil Week delivers exposure of Africa-wide state and private acreage opportunities, transaction and new venture assets and potential, exploration and production developments, and an overview of Africa’s hydrocarbon future. Now in its 24th year, Africa Oil Week, being held at the Cape Town Convention Centre, continues to provide the most trusted and reliable platform for governments, national oil companies, corporate players, independents and financiers, along with service and supply operators, to share deep insight and linchpin strategies and engage in meaningful debate and conversations set to drive and strengthen…

Oil To Fund Infrastructure, Science Innovation – Museveni

Money accrued from Uganda’s oil and gas will be used to develop the country’s infrastructure and science innovation, President Yoweri Museveni reiterated during his annual State of The Nation address on Tuesday at Kampala Serena Hotel. “Having agreed on the pipeline, we are set to move. This oil will make it easy for the Uganda State to fund infrastructure and innovation in Science.” The president, who takes too much pride in the country’s oil, briefly mentioned, in the 19 page Sate of the nation address speech. Uganda and Tanzania together with oil companies operating in a joint venture agreed to build a 1443km long crude export pipeline from Hoima in western Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania. The country is undertaking FEED study to iron out the details for its precedented start of construction of the multi billion pipeline in 2018. The country is also finalizing contracting people to build…
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