By George Busiinge
A section of residents mainly from Buseruka sub-county where Hoima international airport is being constructed in Hoima district have petitioned the district leaders to ensure they are considered for jobs.
The company which is a joint venture between Colas, a UK Company, and SBI, an Israel company, was contracted by the government to build a euro230m Hoima airport at Kabaale parish in Buseruka Sub-County in Hoima district.
The residents however claim that they being neglected in the recruitment to offer casual works despite work having started in December last year. Gilbert Okumu, a resident of Nyamasoga village explains that the act has forced them to petition their leaders to consider meeting the company officials to have them recruited.
Addressing the concerned residents at Nyamasoga trading centre last evening, Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya county Member of parliament asked the locals to calm down saying they are in touch Count with the company officials to ensure local content is respected.
Wakabi who later met the SBC company officials asked them to ensure the local persons are offered opportunities first in jobs.
Wilberforce Mugenyi, the public relations officer for SBC said they are setting up a human resource office at Buseruka sub-county headquarters which be ready by March to work on recruitment. He cautioned those seeking for jobs against bribing any officials for any service.
He said actual construction work starts in may this year and the project is expected to create between 800-1000 jobs both skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour.
John Steven Ekom, the Hoima residence district commissioner recently admitted that his office is overwhelmed by the demands for jobs at the airport. Ekom however threatened to arrest local leaders who are reported to be charging money from those seeking for their recommendations to get jobs.
The project is expected to create between 800 - 1,000 jobs both skilled, semi and unskilled. The airport is among the related infrastructure development activities meant to facilitate oil production in the Albertine Graben.