By George Busiinge
None government organizations in Bunyoro region have observed the need to conserve the environment as government and oil companies extract oil and gas in the region. They say oil and gas activities could cause change in weather patterns which will negatively affect agriculture and livelihoods.
These revelations were made Monday at the sub-county during meeting held at Kabwooya sub-county in Hoima district to sensitize residents about the oil and gas which was discovered and being prepared for production in the Albertine region.
The meeting was organized by Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network on Environmental Conservation (BAPENEC), a Non-Governmental Organization and Mid Western Ant-Coruption Coalition (MIRAC).
In his message, Mike Busiinge, the coordinator BAPENEC called upon residents to plant more trees to protect the environment. Busiinge called upon the residents to protect rivers, streams and swamps given their ecological importance.
He said oil and production gives off a lot of pollution which might damage the environment, water catchment areas and the entire climate setup.
“Our work as None Government Organizations (NGOs) here in the Albertine region is to create awareness by sensitizing people. We tell them the good and the bad that comes from oil and gas and how people can prepare to benefit from oil and gas,” he said.
Deo Tumusiime, a resident of Kabwooya-Kisaru, added that a lot of sensitization needs to be done because cutting of trees is rampant. Residents, according to Tumusiime, cut trees without planting.
“Therefore NGOs should kindly put much emphasis on creating awareness so that we start conserving the environment now that oil and gas activities have started,” Tumusiime said.
However residents said that they might not benefit a lot from oil and gas as they expected because everything used in the oil and gas sector is being imported from abroad.
“We have tried to build our rental houses but when these people come they tell us that they are not on the standards they want,” a resident told this website on the sidelines of the sensitization meeting.