By George Busiinge
Leaders in Hoima district say locals are likely to miss out on the available opportunities in the Oil and Gas sector since government has always failed to involve host communities in the decision making processes in regard to the sector.
Officiating at the closure of a one day stakeholder’s dialogue on extractive governance organized by Bunyoro ALBERTINE Petroleum Network on Environmental Conservation-BAPENECO at Hoima Resort Hotel recently, the Hoima district chairman Kadir Kirungi said most oil projects are being implemented in the host districts without the involvement of the locals and their leaders.
He says such challenges have left an information vacuum, hence hindering the implementation of local content. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the Kigorobya Sub County LCV councilor accuses the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of failing to establish an information desk in all host districts saying this has led to an information gap.
John Steven Ekomu, the Hoima RDC called for environmental protection as the country heads to the oil production phase adding that there is a lot of depletion of Natural resources like forests and wetlands.
Michael Businge, the coordinator of BAPENECO urged leaders to prepare locals to enable them benefit from the oil and gas sector.