Residents and local leaders from Hoima and Kikuube districts are demanding for better services before the actualization of the commercial oil production.
They argue that although the government has tried to upgrade some schools and health facilities, the rural areas remain underserved and seriously neglected.
They want the government to improve the education and health services in the area since it will be for the benefit of the residents to prepare themselves to tap up opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
Ruth Atugonza, a resident of Kyangwali Sub County in Kikuube district wants the few existing Secondary schools in the area upgraded to Ordinary and Advanced levels of Education, which will prepare the locals to attain Education to benefit from oil and gas directly. She also wants elevation of the few existing health facilities.
Geoffrey Rutungu, a resident of Kayera in Kabaale Sub County says the discovery of oil has not only impacted positively on the people adding that there are negative aspects that demand immediate government attention citing the high rate of prostitution, theft of animals and high spread of HIV/AIDS.
Fredrick Kakoraki, the Hoima LC5 Vice-Chairperson says the government is committed to extending improved services to the people in the area.
Dickens Amanya, the Coordinator BAPANECO says it is true the discovery of oil in Albertine has affected the locals both positively and negatively something he says need serious attention.
Daniel Kasuuti, from the petroleum Authority of Uganda, says the government is committed to ensuring that critical projects meant to benefit the local people are established in the Albertine Graben asking the locals to own the few already established projects in their areas of jurisdiction.
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