Improving Logistics Will Improve Uganda’s Economy - Minister

Improving the logistics system will enable Uganda improve access to new market opportunities, according to Eng. Monica Azuba, minister for works, transport and communication. Improved logistics are key at a time when Uganda is boosting exploration and production of oil, gas and minerals “Inefficient logistics can place obstacles to trade. It makes it difficult for countries to tap into new markets,” Eng. Azuba said. She was opening the two day Global Logistics Convention and Exhibition at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel recently. The convention is attended by over 500 delegates from different parts of the world. It is organized by the Uganda Freight Forwarders Association, the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA), the National Logistics Platform and the Ministry of Works and Transport. The aim of the convention is share best practices in trade and policy, changing trends in the industry facilitate engagement among various stakeholders. The minister commended…

Sudan Sudan Official Advises Uganda To Explore For More Oil

Dr Chol Deng Thong Abel, chief executive officer Nile Petroleum Corporation has urged Ugandans to take bold steps in joining oil and gas exploration and production in-order to learn. Dr Deng said like in South Sudan, Ugandans have to create joint operating companies (JOC) with international oil companies. He explained that JOC should have president who is foreign, human resource, health safety and environment positions should be taken by locals “Money has to be fund government’s share in the JOC. When they go for stratigraphic studies led by the expatriates, the nationals will walk with them and learn and grow”, Dr. Dengl said. Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) Ltd and China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a partnership in exploration in the Albertine Graben. The function took place on 5th September 2018, Beijing, China. The MoU which was signed by Dr. Josephine…

Electricity Kills Hoima Teen Catching Nsenene

By Busiinge George Peter Talemwa, 16, of Lusaka Middle Kahoora division, Hoima municipality, in Hoima district was Friday killed while catching grasshoppers when he got in contact with naked electricity wires that electrocuted him to death. Talemwa left home at 11PM in company of his young brother to go and catch the delicious insects without the company and guide of an adult. And when he was electrocuted, his little brother couldn’t help him but rather went and called an adult for help. Residents told police that Umeme didn’t respond in time when electricity company was informed of the incident. It took the intervention of police for Umeme to switch off electricity. Talemwa’s body was late taken to the municipality mortuary. Julius Tomanya, the leader of grasshopper traders said many children are chased from the practice but sneak back. Parents. The chairperson of Lusaka middle zone, Man Swalleh, said condmned Umeme…

Bunyoro Young Innovators Rewarded

By Busiinge George Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) has rewarded seven young innovators in Bunyoro region for their efforts in fighting unemployment and contributing to social economic development of the country. Under the Bunyoro Youth Innovation Awards 2018, only nine innovators were rewarded from the 22 finalists of the over 100 entries from the seven districts of Bunyoro region. Robert Kaahwa, who runs a carpentry workshop dubbed RK Finetudes and Molding in Kiryatete, a Hoima town suburb, emerged as the overall winner for this year’s awards. Kaahwa formally an employee at Hoima Kolping Hotel was rewarded with a cash prize of sh1 million, a plaque and a certificate for his outstanding work. Other winners are; Sise Nambuzi, won the PWD category, Rosemary Wabyona, Charity Kenyange, Ismail Senteza, David Muliisa, Gloria Kyaliisima and William Kasaija. Officiating the ceremony at Glory summit hotel, Mary Grace Mugasa, the Hoima municipal mayor challenged…

Angola's Move To Join The Gas Exporting Countries Forum Applauded

The GECF has been at the forefront of promoting the use of natural gas as an affordable and sustainable fuel of choice for sustainable development. African countries rallying around the drive of Equatorial Guinea's Mines and Hydrocarbon Minister, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima's drive to monetize gas and engage with OPEC (www.OPEC.org) and GECF is a step in the right direction. "Angola has vast untapped gas reserves that have not yet been monetized." said AEC Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk. "joining the GECF is a step in the right direction and in line with H.E. President João Lourenço blueprint for transformation, growth and boosting economic diversification by the monetization gas." Angola's focus on gas is being backed by new legislation promoting the monetization of the country's gas reserves. In May 2018, Angola passed Presidential Decree No. 7/18 (PD 7/18), indicating President Lourenço strong commitment to reform the country's hydrocarbons sector and provide…

Museveni To Launch Albertne Region Bursary Scheme

Over 600 youths from 13 districts within the Albertine region will attain free vocational and technical skills to enable them work in the oil and gas sector. This will be made possible when President Yoweri Museveni launched the Albertne Region Bursary Scheme which seeks to help hundreds of youths acquire vocational and technical education on Thursday, this week. The Hoima Resident District Commissioner, Kisembo Araali told journalists on Monday that the project will be launched at Booma grounds, Hoima. He said the president had confirmed his presence. The targeted districts are Hoima, Masindi, Kabarole, Buliisa, Kagadi, Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Kibaale, Nebbi, Bunyangabu, Kakumiro, Nwoya and Kyenjojo. The beneficiaries must be residents of those districts and Ugandans by nationality. The training which targets senior four leavers and above will last for six months in courses like construction, agro-processing, tourism, technical and vocational skills among others at different training centres including Uganda Technical…

Hippo Kills Fisherman, Injures Two Others On Lake Albert

A Hippopotamus has mauled a Fisherman at River Nguse in Kagadi district and injured two others. The attack occurred around 7:00pm on Sunday evening. It is alleged that the three fishermen whose identities were not readily available by the time of filing this story were fishing when the Hippo hit their canoe. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says the Hippo grabbed one of the fishermen and disappeared with him in the river.He says the other two made an alarm that attracted the area residents who came to their rescue. They sustained injuries on the head, chest, legs hands, face and stomach. They were rushed to Kagadi hospital for medical attention. He was rashed from the hospital by a team of officers from the Police Marine Department together with officials from Uganda wildlife Authority-UWA had been dispatched to the area to such for the body. Efforts to get a…

Congo's Oil Ambitions Condemned By Environmentalists

Environmentalists at Greenpeace Africa blew the whistle on the Republic of Congo's most recent greenwashing campaign by exposing its plans to tender three oil blocks in the heart of newly-discovered peatlands that Environment Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault has vowed to protect. Four peatland oil blocks are already under allocation, awaiting development. Tendering for the "Licence Round Phase 2" blocks began in September and is being actively promoted by the Congolese regime this week at the Africa Oil Week conference in Cape Tow. "It is shocking to see how the Congolese regime is playing the international community on peatlands. The same regime that claims to champion peatland protection at big media events is now showing the world its real intentions. This is a set back for peatland protection and we cannot just sit and watch while green commitments are used to hide the quest for financial profit," says Victorine Che Thöner, Project…

Shell V Power Club Winners To Visit Home Of Ferrari

Shell V-Power Club 2018 winners are set to visit the home of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy, Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, said. The eight lucky winners who will make the trip were drawn at the close of the “Turn your car into a beast” campaign Vivo said the campaign was aimed at attracting any driver who seeks driving excitement. Gilbert Assi, Managing Director Vivo Energy Uganda said that Shell V-Power delivers improved responsiveness because it is formulated to prevent the build-up of performance robbing deposits in the engine’s inlet system. The Shell V-Power fuel is a premium fuel that cleans and protects drivers’ engines, whilst giving the ultimate performance benefit. The Shell V-Power Club is a community of car-loving enthusiasts who have chosen to consistently use Shell V-Power. They understand that not all fuels are the same and therefore…

Bunyoro Residents Demand Compensation Over Crude Oil Pipeline

Members of the Mubende-Banyoro United Association have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga in regard to compensation over the land on which the crude oil pipeline will pass. The Secretary General of the Association, John Mande said that the residents were being compensated as Bibanja holders, yet they are the rightful land owners. “The officials from the Ministry of Energy claim that they will compensate the residents as bibanja owners yet our forefathers were in Bugangaizi since time immemorial. We pray that we shall be compensated as the rightful owners that we are,” Mande said. He further added that land issues started as far back as the colonial times when the British wrongly demarcated the land and thisforcedthe natives to file a court case in the United Kingdom. Two years down the road, they are still waiting for the Attorney General’s guidance on this issue. The petitioners were further…
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