Buliisa Resettlement Coordination Committee Inaugurated

By George Busiinge Government of Uganda together with the oil companies Total E&P Uganda and Tullow Uganda Operations have formed and inaugurated the Buliisa District Resettlement Coordination Committee (DIRCO), to raise awareness of resettlement requirements and fostering cooperation. Mr. Simon Agaba Kinene was elected Chairperson and Mr. Bernard Tugume was elected Secretary of the 16-member Committee unopposed at a ceremony that took place at Buliisa district resource center on Tuesday April 11, 2017. Mr. Kinene is also the Buliisa District Chairperson and Mr. Tugume is the Buliisa District Senior Lands Management Officer. The Committee comprises of the Chief Administrative Officer, Resident District Commissioner, Local Council (LC) V Chairman, LC3 chairpersons of Ngwedo, Kigwera, Butiaba, Buliisa, Biiso, Kihungya and Buliisa Town Council and District Lands Officer. Other members include; representatives of the District Land Board, NGO forum, Bunyoro Kingdom, Buliisa District Community -Development Officer, Women Council representative, Total and Tullow representatives,…

Freight Forwarders Turn Focus To Oil And Gas Money

The Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), are jointly organizing the inaugural Regional Logistics EXPO 2017 and the 3rd Annual Oil & Gas Convention scheduled for April 25 to April 27, 2017 at Serena Hotel. The joint event will be held under two themes: “Transforming Uganda into a Regional Logistics Hub - What is your role?” and “Oil & Gas Doors Open in Uganda”. Announcing the upcoming event on Monday, April 10, 2017, Dr Elly Karuhaga, the Chairman of the UCMP, noted that more than 800,000 tonnes of equipment is expected to be transported to the Albertine oil region as Uganda seeks to achieve First Oil by 2020. “After the launch of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the crude export pipeline from Hoima to the Port of Tanga in Tanzania and the same for Nwoya and Buliisa exploration areas, the…

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…

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…
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