By Busiinge George
The government, Buliisa land owners have finally agreed on land compensation. The government reportedly requires a 1.5km by 2km land in Buliisa District for the construction of the Central Processing facility- one of the key infrastructures for the oil and gas industry.
Locals in Bulisa have reportedly hiked prices for their land as they expect to cash in from the government compensation rates. On Friday, a number of Ministers including Finance Minister; Matia Kasaijja met in Bulisa district to convince locals there to accept government compensation rates for land where the Central Processing Facility (CPF) is to be constructed.
The Ministers meeting in Bulisa on Friday also included Lands Minister, Betty Amongi, State Minister for Minerals, Peter Lokeris. They were joined by a number of MPS from Bulisa and Hoima together with political leaders at the district.
Sources that attended the meeting say land owners have finally agreed to be paid 3.5 million shillings for an acre of land after hours of haggling. It appears, however, that political leaders from Buliisa had wanted the rates not below 20 million shillings.
Central Processing facility will be required for storage, stabilization and treatment of crude oil before being fed into the refinery or crude oil export pipeline.