Poor Reading Culture Among Students Worry Hoima Stakeholders

A reading culture is a set of behavior where reading is not only part of people’s way of life but is also constantly used by a good number of the population to read in order to search for information, seek the truth, look for intellectual pleasure and for the sake of reading as a hobby. According to Geoffrey Tumwesigye, the librarian Hoima public library, poor reading culture, where people do not value or do not do any reading except to look for a few necessary items, is harmful to the development of the individual and nation. Tumwesigye adds that Hoima has four community libraries, in Buhimba, Kabwoya and Kitoba and the public libray in Hoima town but all these are not utilized by the public. Lawrence Bategeka, the Hoima municipal MP says low levels of reading limits innovative and entrepreneurial minds from accessing cutting age information which they need to…

CNOOC Encroaches On Total’s Bite Into Tullow

Chinese oil and gas company China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has moved ‘to acquire 50% of the interests being transferred to Total’ from British firm Tullow Oil plc. This follows a farm down deal between Tullow and Total announced on 9 January 2017 indicating that the French major would acquire 21.57 percent of Tullow’s 33.33 percent at a cost of $900m. The farm down covered interests in Exploration Areas 1, 1A, 2 and 3A. Now the Chinese, who exercised their pre-emption rights under the joint operating agreements between Tullow, Total and CNOOC as announced by Tullow in a press statement want to benefit from the transaction by acquiring a 50 percent share. They want the terms and conditions that were agreed upon by Tullow and Total unchanged. “Tullow will now work with Total and CNOOC to conclude definitive sale documentation in relation to the farm-down. Completion of the farm-down…

Online Platform That Will Host Extractive Industry Data To Be Launched

Ugandans will now be able to access information and data regarding oil and gas and mining online when an extractive industry web portal dubbed ‘Using Extractive Industry Data’ or USEDATA is launched on Monday 27 March 2017. Juliet Sakindi, the Operations Manager at Montrose in an email said the USEDATA - ‘Using Extractive Industry Data’ - programme is making data and information related to the extractive industry sector (oil, gas and mining) more accessible, understandable and useable for governments, civil society, extractive industry and local communities in Uganda. “To achieve this, USEDATA is designing and creating a series of user-friendly and interactive online and offline products, which are based on themes relevant to the extractives sector, the needs and interests of our key stakeholders, and specific to the Ugandan context.” She explained that the USEDATA online portal displays general data and information on Uganda’s extractive industry as well as data…

Africa’s Oil And Gas Gurus To Meet In London

The 16th Africa Independents Forum, a key event on the international oil and gas calendar, will get underway in London on the 24th and 25th of May. This annual gathering of Africa’s oil and gas upstream industry is an essential platform for reviewing the state of the industry and exchanging ideas on game-changing opportunities for the future. Showcasing Africa’s premier projects and upstream operators, the forum provides plenty of scope for corporate independents, international oil, gas and energy companies and Government officials to network, present their projects, propose new ventures and firm up partnerships and investment deals. Being held around the theme of “Shaping the Continent's Future in Upstream Oil & Gas”, this year’s programme focuses on developing and driving change in the industry. In-depth presentations provide a framework for exploring solutions that move beyond survival tactics to establish best practices that better equip the industry to weather uncertainties and…

Bunyoro Kingdom Urged to Promote Integrity

By George Businge In a bid to rebuild a culture of ethical conduct and integrity in all institutions, government has embarked on sensitizing Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom officials on the National Values Policy 2013. The policy which is a brainstorm of the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity was launched by president Museveni in 2013. Bunyoro is particularly impotant to government because it is home to 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil waiting for extraction. The government of Uganda and most particularly President Yoweri Museveni has hinged the country’s economic future on money from oil and gas. This therefore makes sense when government sensitizes the kingdom officials on integrity, accountability and governance. Bunyoro as a kingdom will play a significant role in ensuring oil and gas are harvested in a proper maner including ensuring political and civic peace. Addressing Bunyoro kingdom officials during a meeting held at Rukurato hall in Hoima town,…

Hoima Officials Grilled Over Poor Road Works

By George Businge The Hoima district councilor for Kiziranfumbi sub-county has blamed the district LC5 chairman Kadiri Kirungi Kazine and district Chief Administrative Officer-CAO Abdul Batambuze for the continued shoddy works in roads sector. The district roads committee on Wednesday grilled the Hoima district engineer Julius Sentamu over incompetence. The works sector report for the last three quarters of the 2016/17 financial year indicates that over Sh600 million was released by the government under the Road Fund for maintenance of at least ten roads in the district but most of them are still in a sorry state. However, Kazine says it’s not only Ssentmu to blame for the poor road works but also blamed the CAO and district boss for failing to supervise road works to ensure value for money. He explains that substandard works have been done on various roads but no action taken has been taken against officials…

Pig Farmers In Oil Rich Bunyoro Tipped On Feeding Methods

By George Busiinge Pig farmers in the great Bunyoro region have been advised to adhere to proper feeding methods and standards if the local pig farming industry is to achieve effective productive growth to compete with imported pork meat. Many farmers in Bunyoro and neighboring areas are eying the growing oil and gas industry. Bunyoro districts like Hoima and Buliisa have seen their population grow as foreigners descend into these two drinks to work in the nascent oil and gas industry. This increase in population fueled by foreigners means demand for foods like meat. However international oil companies have standards which local suppliers of meat must adhere to. Presently, pig-farming ranks among the booming businesses in some parts of the country. It is observed that the high demand for poultry products and meat have shifted to pork in the local market especially in the oil and gas region , wooing…

Police Officer Commits Suicide In Hoima Barracks

By George Busiinge Police in Hoima are investigating circumstances under which one of their own committed suicide by shooting himself inside the barracks. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police public relations officer, has identified the victim as Police Constable Lawrence Kayanga, aged 34. Speaking to journalists on phone , Hakiza says that Kayanga shot himself at about 6pm on Wednesday at the time when he was expected to report for evening duty. He says the deceased left behind a suicide note with the phrase: "I have decided to do it because I have no strength and peace." Hakiza says that by the time Kayanga shot himself dead, his wife was not in their house. He adds that the body of the deceased who hails from Eastern Uganda is at the Hoima regional referral hospital mortuary pending postmortem by police pathologists. Sources within the police barracks who have preferred anonymity told …

Activists Back Proposed Election Campaign Finance Bill

By George Busiinge Activists and local leaders in Hoima district have backed the proposed Election Campaign Finance Bill which seeks to regulate the use of huge sums of money during political campaigns. The campaign which is spearheaded by Action for Finance Monitoring, a coalition of 16 civil society organizations that seeks to promote a transparent and accountable political financing process has already drafted a petition paper which they want to hand over to the speaker of parliament soon. Over 50 local leaders on Thursday evening appended their signatures on the petition which they described as a reliever aimed at leveling the political ground for all. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the district secretary for health and education told a stakeholders dialogue held on Thursday at Glory Summit Hotel that the bill is long overdue because monetization of politics has fueled poor service delivery in the country. He said some leaders are no…

Vivo Energy Turns To Addressing Needs Of Motorcyclists

On 14th March 2017, Vivo Energy Uganda launched a motorbike rider campaign dubbed “Owa Boda Gwe Kapo”. The campaign unveiled a wide offering for the rider at Shell service stations as well as a promotional and reward platform – the Shell Boda Club. The Boda-Boda industry is a significant segment of the transport industry in Uganda, yet only a few organisations have developed targeted products for this community. Vivo Energy has respect and appreciation of all its customers, as demonstrated by this specialised offering for Boda-Boda riders. Speaking at the Gwe Kapo campaign launch in Namirembe, Vivo Energy Marketing Manager Jean Mugisha said, “At Vivo Energy we take time to understand our customers and their needs and work hard to provide convenient solutions for them, that are accessible across the country at all our sites.” Boda-Boda riders are key to the Ugandan economy as they move thousands of people daily…
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