By George Businge
Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network On Environment Coalition (BAPENECO) which coordinates about 25 Non Government Organizations (NGOs) in the great Bunyoro region launched an information resource centre on land, oil, gas and environment in Hoima town to fill knowledge gaps among researchers and citizens in the region.
The centre has been created by BAPENECO which is hosted by Mid-Western Region Anti-Corruption Coalition (MIRAC) located along Bujumbura road, in Hoima town.
Paul Mulindwa, the organization chairman, explains that the resource centre will offer an opportunity to Bunyoro community to get equipped with information about the subject matter.
Peace Michael, the organization coordinator, says the centre was created out of community demand on the challenges they face to get information mostly on oil and gas in the region.
He says the centre which will be open from Monday to Friday has internet connection to enable researchers get all the information they need.
Micheal added that Bapeneco coordinates the civil societies within all
the districts of Bunyoro like Kibaale, Buliisa, Hoima, Kiryandongo, Masindi and others including the new district Kikuube where some of the oil wells are like Kingfisher in Kyangwali .
Officiating at the launch, John Steven Ekom, the Hoima Resident District
Commissioner commended civil society organisations for empowering communities but challenged them to always share their work plans with
respective district local governments.
Ekoom blamed some of the civil society organisations for not being transparent to their stakeholders and not giving out their accountability which is not good. He challenged Bapeneco to take this information to the grassroots where communities affected by the oil and gas projects reside. He noted these communities lack such information.
Joel Tumwebaze the health safty and environment from Ministry Energy and Mineral Development promised total support to Bapeneco by availing them with any information about oil and gas in time so that the communities can understand what oil and gas is which was discovered in their region .