By George Busiinge
Chinese oil and gas giant CNOOC Uganda, operating in Kingfisher, Buhuuka Kyangwali in Hoima district, awarded 90 students who excelled in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), UCE and UACE under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme called CNOOC Best Performers’ Award.
Speaking to the media during the ceremony to recognize the best performers, Aminah Bukenya, the Public Relations Supervisor at CNOOC revealed that the programme was first started in 2012 with an aim of encouraging good performance among students in Hoima.
Aminah added that they have managed to award about 330 students. In 2013, 60 students were awarded, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, 90 students each year were awarded. The beneficiaries received cash prizes and certificates. This was intended to inspire students in the district.
Aminah explained that Hoima district is currently experiencing rapid development and CNOOC Uganda believes that the youth are prepared. She elaborated that with a transformed education sector, residents shall benefit from the oil and gas industry in the Albertine grabben.
A total of Shs28m ($8,000) has been awarded to the 90 best performing students in the 2016 national examinations. The Hoima District education Officer said 20% of the beneficiaries were selected from Hoima municipality schools and 80% were selected from the rest of the district.
Aminah noted that the purpose of the best performers’ awards affirms CNOOC’s willingness to be good neighbors to the community in which they operate. The Hoima district Chairperson Kadiri Kirungi who was the chief guest appreciated CNOOC for the support they are providing to Hoima district education sector. He said the support is line with government’s Development programmes.
Kadiri urged the winners to continue working hard at their next level of education and always consider giving back to the community so that those who come after them can receive the same support. He also appreciated the teachers for emphasis they have taken through empowering these students to make them pass their examinations.