Bunyoro Innovator Wants Government To Set Up Science Lab In Oil Region

By Busiinge George A 27 year old student of Gulu University, Hoima branch, is getting famous in Hoima district for his innovativeness. Luke Asaba alias LUCASI, a resident of Nyaruziiba village in Kagadi district claims that he has manufactured a projector which can project from 3 – 5 meters away. He has named it Garlssmanic Projector Made in Uganda, Gulu University, Bunyoro Branch. Asaba says that some of the youths in Albertine grabben have developed a habit of not working, instead they sit idly waiting for the production of oil and gas to start so that they can get jobs and money. He says his peers are too idle and not innovative. He added that he has decided to manufacture his Projector so that the country can save some money that it takes abroad to buy such machines when Ugandans can manufacture ‘ours through our materials.’ “I have one challenge…

Unveiling Uganda’s Black-Gold Rush With Hidden Climate Skepticisms

Ugandans in Hoima district look upon the tower of grey smokeguzzling up into the cloudy sky and endless kilometers of snakelike pipeline meandering from the smoky firm, then recall the usual words of president Museveni: “Our oil will create jobs and bring more revenue for development.” Only if there have ever been any smoke without fire you can you say the current world effort to overcome dangers augmented by burning fossil fuels isn’t facing an indirect denial. There are two ways climate change is denied. One way is coming out rashly like Trump and the other is doing it secretly but seen. Even the grey smoke is just what they term “flaring”. The real danger is yet to come. This is when the 6.5 billion barrels of the fossil fuel is being brought to the earth’s surface and burnt from 2018 onwards. The government says climate change is one of…

Apps That Will Make Your Life In Kampala Easier

You cannot fail to admit that technological advancements have led to so many improvements in the general daily activities for almost everyone in the world. When you look at living within the city years before and in this modern time, there is a huge leap. A lot can be found at a click of a mouse or even a call away instead of you moving miles for them. One of the leading startup hubs is Uganda and believe it or not, techies are getting creative by the day. Lately, you will find an App for almost everything in the country. As long as you have internet connection, these apps will make your life a little easier. Uber Maybe one of the newest on the market, Uber is an international transportation app owned by Uber Technologies Inc. The company joined the Ugandan market in 2016 and has been helping Ugandans acquire…

Shell Gas Tokosa Food Festival Returns

Vivo Energy Uganda, last launched the 3rd edition of the famous Shell Gas Tokosa Food Festival and announced a reduction on Shell Gas prices. The Shell Gas Tokosa Food Festival will take place on Saturday 20th May 2017 at the Legends Grounds Kampala sponsored by DSTV, Uganda Breweries, Coca-Cola and Vivo Energy Uganda through its Shell Gas brand. This year’s festival is promising to be bigger and better with special chefs who will teach the audience how to produce complete meals in minutes. The 2017 edition will also have a dedicated kids’ corner with lots of fun activities for the children including face painting, sack races and bouncing castles among others. Some activities that have been planned for the 2017 festival include cooking competitions for various categories including: divas sponsored by Shell Gas; bachelors sponsored by Tusker; couples by Coca-Cola; and the fathers’ cook off sponsored by DSTV. Some participants…

Centenary Bank Taps Into Oil Money With Cente Home

By George Busiinge Residents in the great Albertine Grabben region, which is home to 6.5 billion barrels of yet to be extracted crude oil and gas, have said they will use Centenary Bank’s Cente Home Loan Scheme to improve their lives by setting up descent homes so that they are able to participate in the oil sector. Centenary Bank is targeting resident from Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Hoima and Kibaale. The Cente Home Loan Scheme is a short to medium term micro housing (HMF) loan product designed to enable low income earners to finance construction of habitablehouses on progressive basis. The loans product will attract interest rates not exceeding 25% per annum charged on declining balance, payable within minimum period of 3 months up to maximum of 36 months. Retired Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara, Kyamanywa Nathan Ateenyi, speaking as the chief guest at the launch of Cente Home Loan Scheme, called…

Participate In Uganda’s Oil and Gas Industry, Locals In Hoima Told

By George Busiinge Locals in Hoima district have been advised to take advantage of the existing facilities to prepare themselves so as to benefit from the booming oil and Gas sector. Flavia Nabwire, the Hoima deputy Chief Administrative Officer explains that the public should utilize the available opportunities at business and vocational training institutions in Bunyoro region like St Simon Vocational Institute. St Simon Vocational Institute partnered with Q-souring to offer international certification to students in welding. It also partnered with Hoima Business club and Kigumba Petroleum Institute among others to acquire required skills and knowledge for one to be able to tap in the country’s oil and gas sector. Speaking recently at a half day dialogue on local content in the Oil and Gas sector organized by Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network on Environmental Conservation-BAPENECO at the district headquarters Kasingo, Nabwire said the notion that oil will be a curse…

Buliisa Resettlement Coordination Committee Inaugurated

By George Busiinge Government of Uganda together with the oil companies Total E&P Uganda and Tullow Uganda Operations have formed and inaugurated the Buliisa District Resettlement Coordination Committee (DIRCO), to raise awareness of resettlement requirements and fostering cooperation. Mr. Simon Agaba Kinene was elected Chairperson and Mr. Bernard Tugume was elected Secretary of the 16-member Committee unopposed at a ceremony that took place at Buliisa district resource center on Tuesday April 11, 2017. Mr. Kinene is also the Buliisa District Chairperson and Mr. Tugume is the Buliisa District Senior Lands Management Officer. The Committee comprises of the Chief Administrative Officer, Resident District Commissioner, Local Council (LC) V Chairman, LC3 chairpersons of Ngwedo, Kigwera, Butiaba, Buliisa, Biiso, Kihungya and Buliisa Town Council and District Lands Officer. Other members include; representatives of the District Land Board, NGO forum, Bunyoro Kingdom, Buliisa District Community -Development Officer, Women Council representative, Total and Tullow representatives,…

Freight Forwarders Turn Focus To Oil And Gas Money

The Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), are jointly organizing the inaugural Regional Logistics EXPO 2017 and the 3rd Annual Oil & Gas Convention scheduled for April 25 to April 27, 2017 at Serena Hotel. The joint event will be held under two themes: “Transforming Uganda into a Regional Logistics Hub - What is your role?” and “Oil & Gas Doors Open in Uganda”. Announcing the upcoming event on Monday, April 10, 2017, Dr Elly Karuhaga, the Chairman of the UCMP, noted that more than 800,000 tonnes of equipment is expected to be transported to the Albertine oil region as Uganda seeks to achieve First Oil by 2020. “After the launch of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the crude export pipeline from Hoima to the Port of Tanga in Tanzania and the same for Nwoya and Buliisa exploration areas, the…

Poor Reading Culture Among Students Worry Hoima Stakeholders

A reading culture is a set of behavior where reading is not only part of people’s way of life but is also constantly used by a good number of the population to read in order to search for information, seek the truth, look for intellectual pleasure and for the sake of reading as a hobby. According to Geoffrey Tumwesigye, the librarian Hoima public library, poor reading culture, where people do not value or do not do any reading except to look for a few necessary items, is harmful to the development of the individual and nation. Tumwesigye adds that Hoima has four community libraries, in Buhimba, Kabwoya and Kitoba and the public libray in Hoima town but all these are not utilized by the public. Lawrence Bategeka, the Hoima municipal MP says low levels of reading limits innovative and entrepreneurial minds from accessing cutting age information which they need to…

CNOOC Encroaches On Total’s Bite Into Tullow

Chinese oil and gas company China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has moved ‘to acquire 50% of the interests being transferred to Total’ from British firm Tullow Oil plc. This follows a farm down deal between Tullow and Total announced on 9 January 2017 indicating that the French major would acquire 21.57 percent of Tullow’s 33.33 percent at a cost of $900m. The farm down covered interests in Exploration Areas 1, 1A, 2 and 3A. Now the Chinese, who exercised their pre-emption rights under the joint operating agreements between Tullow, Total and CNOOC as announced by Tullow in a press statement want to benefit from the transaction by acquiring a 50 percent share. They want the terms and conditions that were agreed upon by Tullow and Total unchanged. “Tullow will now work with Total and CNOOC to conclude definitive sale documentation in relation to the farm-down. Completion of the farm-down…
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