Total E&P Uganda Wins Africa Leadership Award

Total E&P Uganda emerged overall winner of the Oil and Gas Sector Award at the Africa Leadership Awards 2016, held recently at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The Africa Leadership Awards seek to honor top achievers and leaders for their exemplary contributions towards global growth in economic and leadership development. This admirable achievement exhibits Total E&P Uganda’s continuous efforts to be a company of excellence in areas related to oil and gas, environment, tourism and biodiversity protection as well as the promotion of National content. The company has pioneered technologies such as 3D cable-less seismic and Horizontal drilling in its efforts to minimize environmental footprint during its activities. Nominations were requested from organizations and individualsand the final selection of winners made on the basis of results from a public poll and professional judges’assessment. The award to Total was handed over by Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs,Florence Nakiwala…

OIL: Land Wrangles Worry Buliisa Residents

By George Busiinge Since the discovery of oil and gas in Bunyoro region, there has been a mad rush for land in the region. Rich and powerful individuals have manipulated the system to take land which originally belonged to the not wealthy residents. Before the mad rush, land in Buliisa was own communally. Deo Ntakimanye the Local Council one chairperson of Booma village in Butiaba sub-county in Buliisa district says that rich individuals claim to own the land where oil was discovered. “After the discovery of oil, we thought we would benefit but now they (rich people) want to get rid of us,” Ntakimanye said in an interview. “Instead of benefiting we are losing because our land is being taken. The compensation rates are unfair. Residents don’t know the fixed rates as far as land value is concerned,” Ntakimanye added. Ntakimanye was speaking during a community meeting on land and…

Hoima Tycoon Agrees To Return Land To Evicted Families

Over 50 families that were evicted from a disputed land in Rwamutonga, Bugambe sub county in Hoima district have achieved a key step on the route to justice. Robert Basigaraho, one of the businessmen at the centre of the case, has accepted to return 103 hectares to the families. For two and a half years, the families numbering about 1,000 people have been condemned to life in an internally displaced people's camp about 2km from the disputed land. The families have been in a fight with two businessmen, Joshua Tibagwa and Robert Basigaraho, who leased them off and secured a land title before evicting them. The cultivators, most of whom settled in the area about six decades ago as they came to work in the Bugambe tea estate, sued the two men but the case is yet to be disposed of. However, with the mediation by Justice Centre Uganda (JCU),…

Oil Rich Hoima Facing Premature Births Setback

By George Businge The maternal health conditions in Hoima District and the entire Bunyoro region is still deficient despite the area sitting on 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil awaiting extraction by international oil companies and government. Government and oil companies discovered commercially viable oil in Hoima in 2006 bringing the region into national limelight. However Bunyoro becoming an important regioni to Uganda, and various oil and gas development activities taking place in the region as the country prepares for production which will see Uganda earn in excess of $50bn, the region is engulfed in preventable health challenges. The Minister of State for Primary Health Care Dr. Moriku Joyce recently, while speaking at the function to commemorate Pre-maturity day in Kigorobya sub-county in Homa district, challenged local leaders to sensitize the community about teenage marriages which have contributed to the rampant rise in pri-maturity (giving birth before 9 month) birth…

Bunyoro Cautions Government On Pipeline Development

By George Businge Leaders and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bunyoro are calling for extra cautiousness as government starts oil pipeline development processes. They argue that oil developments in the region so far have negatively affected the locals, citing the oil refinery scenario where up to now some residents are yet to be relocated yet government took over their land long ago. Ugandan and Tanzanian governments are trying to fast-track a $4bn crude oil export pipeline that would connect landlocked Uganda to foreign markets. The pipeline will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale in Hoima district to the Tanzanian port of Tanga on the Indian Ocean. Government will effective January 2017 embark on the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), a process through which to ascertain the number of people affected by the project and how they will be compensated or relocated. But leaders in the oil rich area want government to…

Total E&P Hailed For Promoting Education, Sports In Buliisa

BY George Busiinge Buliisa District Chairman, Simon Agaba Kinene hailed Total E&P Uganda for promoting education in the district by offering educational scholarships and rehabilitating Kirama, Ndandamire and Kisansya primary schools that were destroyed by storm recently. Agaba said this last week during the kickoff of Total E&P Uganda mini-football league at Ndandamire playground in Buliisa district whereby a total of 8 teams took part in the competition that has been played for the past 3 weeks. Agaba requested Total E&P to construct a stadium in Buliisa because Bunyoro region lacks a real stadium ‘where we can host big teams’. Agaba explained that the lack of a stadium is still a challenge. Masaka FC of Kigwera Sub County emerged winner of the 2016-Total-Buliisa mini football league after walloping Total E&P FC 2-0 in the final match played on Saturday at Ndandamire Primary School playgrounds in Buliisa district. The league was…

Drivers In Hoima Warned Against Abuse Of Drugs

BY George Businge Drivers of public transport vehicles including buses and commuter taxis in ‘oil city’ Hoima town, in Hoima district, western Uganda, have been warned against the rampant use of drugs like opium while on duty. The warning was sounded by Stephen Muhoozi, the OC traffic Hoima district. Muhoozi says that drivers have turned the bus and taxi parks into Smoking Parks for opium. Police said it won’t allow this abuse of drug to continue because it leads to road accidents. Speaking to drivers in Hoima bus park, Muhoozi said passengers have lost their luggage due this habit of smoking drugs and drinking during working hours. He said luggage is given to wrong people because drivers and conductors are drunk. He added that they heard about these habits some time back and arrested some culprits but the habit is again back . Smoking opium according to police is not …

Oil Money: Farmers Tipped On Post Harvest Farm Produce Handling

BY George Busiinge Farmers in Hoima district have been advised to employ appropriate post-harvest handling mechanisms to avoid loses if they are to benefit from oil which was discovered in Bunyoro. The advice was delivered by Hoima district LC 5 chairperson Kirungi Kadiri while speaking to farmers. He advised farmers to always follow knowledge given to them by government agricultural experts because what the information they give to them is always true and evidence based. Kirungi says sometimes farmers lose a lot due to poor post harvesting handling mechanisms which affect the quality of their harvests. He warned rice, maize and coffee farmers among others against harvesting and storing seedlings with moisture content, which he says makes them prone to infestation. Kirungi says cereals should be stored in a well-aerated rodent-proof structure to stem further loss. The farmers were also urged to avoid fast selling of their harvests to buyers…

Bunyoro Citizens Demand Oil Management Transparency

BY George Busiinge Bunyoro region citizens want their leaders in the oil industry to manage the nature resource in a transparent manner by ensuring proper regulation and monitoring of exploration activities, honoring citizen rights and make access to information on contentious issues in the sector easy. This was revealed by the programmes officer Mid-western Region Centre For Democracy and Human Rights Bbiira Nassa Kiwanuka while meeting the journalists of Bunyoro region at Glory Summite Hoteri in Hoima on Tuesday. Bbiira says that citizens demanded their leaders in Bunyoro to focus much on transparent management of oil industry in the region since the oil was discovered in their region so that they shouldn’t end up with nothing and people could laugh at them. He added that citizens demanded very many things but much emphasis was put on oil and gas which is a daily topic to both local people, educated people…

Oil and Gas: East African Countries Must Protect Local Businesses

Neema Lugangira (in photo above) is the Head of Policy at the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania. She is the Former Ag. Director for Local Content in Investments, National Economic Empowerment Council in the Prime Minister’s Office in Tanzania. Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s office, she was the Senior Supplies Officer (Local Content) at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. She also worked as a Senior Supply Chain Consultant (Local Content) at the famed Norwegian Oil Company Statoil. She caught up with Earthfinds’ Sam Jumbwike and shared why East African Countries must amplify the Local Content Agenda if they are to benefit from their resources. Tanzania is famed for being strict when it comes to Local Content policies, how did you manage to move ahead of the other East African Countries on this path? I initiated the local content agenda in Tanzania about 5 years ago. It was…
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