The new permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr Steven has appealed to Ugandans to desist from focusing on only the negative side of the Energy Sector in Uganda but instead begin engaging on the positive side of what their country can do.
This appeal was made during a Conference that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development had organized for Editors of Various Media Houses in Uganda to update them about the developments in the Oil and Gas Sector at Hotel Africana.
“The current Government faces a big problem. A lot of work has been done, but much of it has not been reported about. The Media likes looking at the bad side of the story only and neglects the positive side. We need t o begin exposing our Country in a good way, and we should not focus on Oil alone, but all resources.” appealed Dr Isabalijja.
He also made a commitment that under his tenure, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development will be availing Ugandans with all the necessary Information about the Energy Sector in Uganda and that journalists should take more interest in sourcing for this information and passing it onto the masses.
“The Ministry has a lot of work but journalists are not seeking for information on what is being done. The media plays a pivotal role in society, because they have the platform to educate the masses and at the same time disseminate the information which the Public may not have. My personal belief is that as a ministry, we should have closer engagements with the media; they shouldn’t look at us with suspicion.
About three years ago, we had issues with the oil agreements, whether they would be shared or not, I believe we should not have this disengagement again. A lot of work has been done in the Oil and Gas Sector, and more is to be done, but because people know little of what is happening, you will find everybody in society asking, what happened? What is this? Why that?
I am not a politician, but most of us have mainly focused on what went wrong and not engaged on what we can do. The resources are many in Uganda, but we are not seeing them because no one is reporting about them. That story of “what can we do” is not being told and it is what I now want to hear. “ Added Dr Isabalijja
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