East African Crude Oil Pipeline To Trigger Future Oil Discoveries

The Governments of Uganda and of Tanzania last week signed the Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project which industry players say will be a catalyst for future oil exploration and discoveries. The Country Manager of Total E&P Uganda said the 1445 Km pipeline to be developed from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania will spur economic development, create jobs and improve regional relations. The IGA was signed by Uganda’s Eng. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development and Tanzania’s Hon. Prof. Palamagamba John A.M Kabudi, Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs on behalf of their respective Governments. Eng. Irene Muloni stated, “The bilateral negotiations for the IGA between the Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania commenced in June 2016. The signing of this Foundation Agreement, upon which the implementation of the Project is anchored, is a major milestone.”…

Public Accounts Committee Recovers Shs6bn From Corrupt Public Officials

By George Busiinge Over Shs6 billion has been recovered from corrupt public officials in less than a year following the interventions of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee. This was disclosed by the committee chairman Reagan Okumu this afternoon while addressing journalists at the closure of the committee’s two day meeting between MPs and accounting officers from 16 districts at Riviera hotel in Hoima resulting from the Auditor General’s report of the financial year 2015/16. Okumu observed that though corruption is being practiced with impunity by some officials, the committee which started work year in December has since ordered several public officers to refund missing public funds. Okumu noted that the committee meetings will continue to be conducted in the presence of the media for better transparency. He applauded the media for always working closely with MPs in exposing theft ingovernment. Okumu further expressed dismay over what he described as continued delayed…

Tribal Conflict Perpetrators In Bunyoro Face Arrest

By Busiinge George Last week, unidentified people purporting to be leaders of non-indigenous Banyoro - locally referred to as Abafuruki, released an audio clip saying they are ready to defend their lives and property over an alleged plan to expel them from Bunyoro. The clip broadcast on some local radio stations and circulated on social media alleges that the district chairperson was supposed to attend a planning meeting of the Bakiga community in which they would devise means of defending themselves against possible expulsion. According to Kirungi, the District Security Committee reviewed the clip and found that it fuels ethnic tensions in the district. He denies receiving an invitation for a meeting by the Bakiga community in Hoima district and demands that police apprehends the masterminds of the recording as well as those who aided its broadcast and transmission as a way of expediting investigations. Isaac Kawooya, the Hoima Resident…

NIRA Launches Mass Registration Of Pupils In Bunyoro Region

By Busiinge George The mass registration of children aged between 5 and 16 for the national identity card project has been launched in Bunyoro region. The launch held at Glory Summit Hoteri in Hoima on Tuesday, was attended by leaders from 9 districts of Bunyoro in preparation for the exercise which will cover all primary and secondary schools, across the country. The project will officially kick off on May 29 and end on August 25, 2017. The registration is an undertaking by the National Identification Registration Authority-NIRA, a government entity mandated to register births and deaths in the country and to develop a National Identification Register for both citizens and legal residents. Hon. Nansubuga R. Seninde who was the guest of honor at the launch told Earthinds that the exercise is aimed at capturing data of children in the age bracket that is not currently recorded in the national registry…

BPE Oblivious Of Agip/Oando Planned Concession Of Port Harcourt Refinery

By Chineme Okafor LAGOS, Nigeria: The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) is ignorant of the proposed rehabilitation and operation under a concession arrangement of the 210,000 barrels per day (bpd) Port Harcourt Refinery by oil firms – Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and Oando Plc, THISDAY yesterday learnt from top sources in the privatisation agency. It learnt in Abuja that despite the BPE’s listing of the refinery along with Warri and Kaduna refineries on its privatisation schedule, it has however not been involved in plans by the federal government to concession the Port Harcourt refinery to Agip and Oando on a repair, operate and maintain basis, a transaction oil and gas business experts have faulted. One of the top sources within the privatisation agency confirmed to THISDAY that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have carried on the refinery concession plan without its involvement.…

What Happened To Transparency?

By Simon Kolawolelive LAGOS, Nigeria: At the annual Nigerian jamboree to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, Dr. IbeKachikwu, the minister of state for petroleum resources, told a “world press conference” on May 5, 2017 that Nigeria’s refineries would soon have new investors. He said 26 investors had indicated interest in the epileptic refineries. “By September, we will unveil the investors for the refineries,” the minister said smoothly, typically. “When we came onboard, the refineries were not working but as we speak, we have sizeable investment portfolio for them to an extent that we don’t know who to partner with for the investment.” Let’s say I didn’t go to school at all. Or let’s say it was evening school that I attended. These would still be my takeaways from the minister’s proclamations: one, our refineries are now in a position to attract investment; two, 26 investors have indicated…

Equatorial Guinea, Arabian Energy Reach Bioko Oil Terminal Deal

Following the signing of an agreement between the Government of Equatorial Guinea and Arabian Energy DMCC to work together on the Bioko Oil Terminal in Saudi Arabia, the realization of the petroleum tank farm gained some important momentum. On May 11, the two sides agreed to collaborate on the development, implementation, construction and financing of the $500 million project. Bioko Oil Terminal aims to become West Africa’s largest oil and petroleum products storage facility and will transform Equatorial Guinea into a pivotal trading and services hub in the region. “The Bioko Oil Terminal is a first of its kind storage facility for West Africa and would bring to the region energy security and transport economies of scale and efficiencies like we have never been before,” said H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea. “We welcome the addition of Arabian Energy and look forward to…

CNOOC Uganda Awards 90 Hoima Best Performing Students

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…

Tokosa Food Festival: Cooking Gas Affordable

Vivo Energy recently announced a reduction in the Shell Gas prices, a move, intended to make cooking gas affordable and improve the customer experience for Shell Gas users in Uganda. The Shell Gas 6kg cylinder, commonly known as Ka-Portable has been reduced from UGX 200,000 to UGX 180,000 – a 10% discount. There is a new 12kg pack which will go for a lower refill price of UGX 110,000, reducing refill price by 20%. The company has further introduced a new composite cylinder, which is more convenient and cleaner going for a refill price of 110,000. Shell Gas is currently the market leader in the cooking gas industry. It is steadily available at all service stations and distributors, currently with over 160 distribution points across the country. The product comes in 3 packs for the Residential market and customised bulk tanks for commercial, real estate, schools and hospital users. While…

MP Accuses Hoima District Land Board For Fueling Land Conflicts

By George Busiinge The State Minister for Public Service has blamed the Hoima district land board for fueling land conflicts in Kirogobya County, Hoima district. David Karubanga who is also the Kigorobya county legislator has accused the district land board of engaging in illegal land transactions adding that most illegalities surrounding illegal land titles originate from the district. Last week, the minister halted Mr. Noah Kasingwa Byekya from surveying a 1294.76 hectare piece of land he claims belongs to him (Byenkya). Byenkya claims to have a land title for the disputed piece of land. The land covers five villages of Kabatindule, Kabati, Ndarangi, Hanga and Lenju located in the parishes of Kisukuma and Bwikya. Karubanga says he is following up several cases where tycoons have acquired titles through fraudulent means under the recommendations of the district land board. He accused the land board of conniving with tycoons who are targeting…
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