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Bunyoro Moves To Formalize Customary Land Tenure Laws

By George Businge

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom in partnership with Land and Equality Movement - Uganda (LEMU) have started to mobilize clan heads to promote customary land tenure document endorsed by Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 11 on 9th June, last Year.

During a Training workshop at Kolping Hotel on 13th July 2018, kingdom Chiefs had had a task of identifying all clans and their respective leaders, basically to facilitate information dissemination about this first written customary land tenure laws in the history of Bunyoro.

Judy Adoko, the Executive Director for LEMU, said they had so far identified 429 clans in Bunyoro. She displayed optimism that the document will help the poor majority to secure their land writes as replaced to acquiring a land title

which is expensive and easily acquirable by literates

Yolam Nsamba, Royal Commissioner for Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom said Values, Principle, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (VPPRR), a document on Bunyoro customary land laws, is very important because it focuses on human rights respect.

Much as customary land tenure is legal in Uganda, its weight has always been undermined by Lease Hold, Mailo and Freehold land tenures depriving many people of their land rights.

The document called Bunyoro customary land laws, Values, Principle, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (VPPRR), the laws cater for the rights of vulnerable groups including women both in their marital homes and back to their parents.

It further strengthens the role of clan heads as far as land dispute resolution is concerned as replaced to relatively expensive battles in competent courts.

The customary land laws have been translated from English into different languages spoken in Bunyoro including Lugungu, Kiswhaili and the sweeping Runyoro/Rutooro.

Buliisa County Chief, Hamboki Seremoth said, the document is very relevant to his area where land grabbing cases increased with the discovery of oil victimizing the poor and illiterate majority who cannot afford land titles.


CNOOC Spends On Modern Techniques Of Farming

By George Businge 

As part of efforts to promote national content, CNOOC Uganda contributed Shs20m towards the Hoima Farm Clinic held at Bulindi Zardi on 7th July 2018.

The farm clinic is intended to address issues on modern techniques of farming and below are some of the areas that will be covered: Seeds & varieties, Post harvest handling, Value addition, Economics and Sustainable land management (SLM). Farmers are equipped with advice, knowledge and ideas regarding modern profitable farming practices.

In the Industrial Baseline survey, Agriculture was one of the interventions that is required and CNOOC Uganda to tap into this forum to engage farmers to have the required standards and quality produce to ably supply to the oil and gas industry. Catering companies need food from the local agriculturalists and therefore the farmers were educated on quality, standards and needs as required by the oil and gas sector.

The farmers were happy to have CNOOC as they looked at this as opportunity to have markets their produce. CNOOC plans to hold a supplier development workshop with the farmers to further engage them to further prepare themselves especially for the construction period.

Aminah Bukenya, the Senior Public Relations Supervisor thanked Monitor Publication for the great initiative and urged farmers to prepare themselves so as to optimally benefit from the oil and gas industry.

Africa Oil Week 2018 Announces Conference Programme

Africa Oil Week (AOW) announced its programme for the 25th Africa Oil Week conference, 5-9 November in Cape Town, South Africa.  

The event is spread across five days and promises to present a content and networking-rich summit programme featuring over 150 speakers from across the international oil and gas sector including industry leaders, 11 African Energy & Petroleum Ministers, Heads of NOCs, banks and PE Funds and CEOs from all major oil companies and independent operators. 

Addressing the latest developments and trends in Africa's oil and gas sector, Africa Oil Week will explore and facilitate new opportunities, partnerships and deal-making through a high-profile summit, a dynamic exhibition and a roster of unrivalled networking events.

The summit programme will draw together over a thousand key players and leading decision makers to discuss drilling programmes, farm-ins, data viewings and new financing models which can be adapted to new upstream and energy ventures. 

As many regions of Africa continue to dominate interest across the industry, Africa Oil Week will host exclusive insights and debates from stakeholders in the most exciting territories on the continent.

Delegates will hear the latest industry announcements first-hand, and attend presentations and showcases of proprietary information on transformational projects, bidding rounds and farm-ins.

Africa Oil Week will also host the most exclusive networking functions which will provide unique opportunities to meet with global decision makers looking to develop and diversify their upstream portfolios. 

Africa Oil Week also has significant support from the industry, including lead sponsor Tullow Oil. Paul McDade, CEO, Tullow Oil, stated, "Africa Oil Week is the most important event of our year.  We're committed to the future of African oil and gas, and we're excited to come together in 2018 with a great list of leading companies, exhibitors and speakers focused on helping deliver Africa's full potential." 

The 25th Africa Oil Week Inaugural Ministerial & VIP Programme will be opened by Hon Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, whilst the Welcome Reception will be opened by Her Excellency Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape Province, South Africa.

The summit will host two Ministerial Panels where Minister Jeff Radebe will be joined by Ministers from Ghana, Niger, Uganda, Gambia, Nigeria, Mali, Republic of Congo and Guinea as they take to the stage to provide their insights on attracting international operators and investment, and outline their national oil and gas strategies.

Additionally, there will also be spotlight sessions addressing key developments in Africa focusing on topics such as: governance and regulation, production outlooks, the energy transition mix, M&A in African oil and gas, capacity development and gender diversification, gas to power and gas monetisation.

Running parallel to the Summit's plenary sessions is the Africa Oil Week Prospect Forum. Co-produced and held in partnership with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and supported by PVE Consulting, the Prospect Forum provides a unique and dedicated platform for Independent Oil Companies, Geo Service Companies and National Oil Companies to showcase the most compelling farm-in opportunities, basin insights and roadshows.

GE Partners With Ethiopian Electric Power Authority

Aligning with Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan, GE's Grid Solutions business last week announced it has completed a $40M Electricity Transmission System Improvement turnkey project with Ethiopian Electric Power.

The project will raise access to electricity by transferring bulk electric power to the southern and south-western parts of the country. New substations will also help reduce technical losses in the transmission system in the medium term. 

"This project will support overall electrification plans of Ethiopia, provide sustainable power and allow the transmission of reliable power from the interconnected system to demand centers across the country and in the region", said Wudineh Yemane, Project Manager, Ethiopian Electric Power.   

"It will facilitate the implementation of the Universal Electrification Access program as well as Government's ambition to export energy to Sudan." 

Over 70% of people in Ethiopia have no access to electricity although the grid covers about 60% of the towns in the country.  "There is urgent need for household electrification" said Lazarus Angbazo, Regional Leader for GE's Grid Solutions Business in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"This project will significantly reduce high transmission losses while improving system efficiency, stability and reliability. GE has always been a committed partner to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), and we are honored to be able to deliver the largest number of substations to EEP on a turnkey basis with this project."

GE Power's Grid Solutions provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries, bringing together the right mix of high-voltage products through expert engineering and full project management. GE Power's Grid Solutions business has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects in the last 10 years. 

"This project reinforces GE's commitment to continuously support the government of Ethiopia in its efforts to upgrade the national grid and achieve its objective of making electricity accessible to all citizens", said Daniel Hailu, GE's Country Director in Ethiopia. "It will result in increased economic activities and enable Ethiopia to further exploit its energy potential" he commented. 

GE works with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders in Ethiopia to support economic growth through infrastructure development in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. An integrated GE Ethiopia office was inaugurated in 2017 as a commitment towards long-term partnership in Ethiopia.

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