CNOOC Launches Welders Certification Program

The First lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janat Kataaha Museveni last week launched the Welders Certification Program as part of efforts to bring Ugandans to the job market in the Oil and Gas sector. This is part of CNOOC Uganda’s efforts to train, skill and certify Ugandans, especially those in the Albertine region, as well as equip them with necessary skills and certification to participate in the budding Oil and Gas industry. Mr. Zhao Shunqiang, President, CNOOC Uganda, said one of the ways his firm can be relevant and useful to the people in host communities is by enabling them to be competitive in the job market by giving them industry related training and certification. Mr. Zhao added that the program comes at an opportune time when there are opportunities in the upstream, midstream and other industries associated with oil and gas like the petrochemical industry. All…

Equatorial Guinea Orders Cancellation Of CHC Helicopters Contracts

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea has mandated all petroleum operators including but not limited to Noble Energy, Exxon Mobil, Kosmos Energy, Trident, Marathon Oil Corporation and other operators to cancel all contracts with Canadian-based CHC Helicopters, due to noncompliance of Equatorial Guinea's national content regulations. "It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to ensure strict compliance to our country's National Content Regulation of the Hydrocarbons Law," said H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons. "These laws are in place to protect and promote local industry, create jobs for citizens, promote the sustainable development of our country, and we are aggressively monitoring and enforcing the compliance of these requirements." Oil companies operating in Equatorial Guinea have been given 60 days to unwind contracts and find new suppliers, with only those companies in compliance with the local content provisions established…

Police Launches Crackdown On Reckless Boat Users On Lake Albert

The marine police unit has launched a crackdown on boats flouting lifejacket rules on Lake Albert. This was revealed by Michael Walwanga, the deputy commandant marine police unit while receiving life-saving and rescue equipment donated by International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the marine unit at Sebagoro landing site in Kabwoya sub county, Kukuube district. Walwanga says enforcement officers have already been deployed on the lake to crackdown on transporters flouting lifejacket rules. He has urged all transporters to acquire lifejackets for their passengers. He notes that hundreds of people including Congolese refugees have lost their lives because of sailing on the waters without lifejackets. He adds that anybody who sails people on the waters without lifejackets commits a crime according section 233 of the penal code. While handing over the life-saving and rescue equipment, Ali Abdi the chief of Mission for IOM says the equipment will help in saving…

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…

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…

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.…

Aiteo Best Indigenous Oil Company In Nigeria

The Aiteo group was declared Indigenous Oil and Gas Company of the Year at the Nigerian Oil and Gas (NOG) Awards, on July 4, 2018 at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. The gala rounds off the Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibitions, holding from July 2 to July 5, 2018. Organised by London-based CWC Group and now in its 18th edition, the NOG is Nigeria's most prestigious annual oil and gas industry event which draws key players across the Nigerian Energy sector. It is a viable platform for networking, sharing ideas, and exploring new opportunities and innovations in the industry. This year, hundreds of industry professionals were gathered from both the public and private sectors. Dignitaries at the conference included the Secretary-General of OPEC; Dr Sanusi Barkindo, Nigeria's Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr…

High Fuel Prices: Albertine Region Hike Transport Fares

By George Businge Transport operators in Hoima tax and bus parks have increased transport charges due the increasing fuel prices, leaving already burdened consumers to pick the bills. On Monday most fuel stations had already increased pump prices for petrol and diesel by at least Shs110. Currently a litre of petrol is sold at Shs4,230 while diesel is going for an average of Shs 3,940. Government recently imposed Shs100 Excise Duty on diesel and petrol in a frantic attempt to raise what it described as funds for road maintenance. Speaking to Earthfinds, James Byalero the Albertine tax and drivers association chairman says the drivers are left with no option but to increase the transport fares due to an increase in the price of fuel. He says clients traveling on the Hoima-Katikara-Nalweyo-Buruko–Kakindo and Kinunda route have to pay an extra Shs2,000 on top of the Shs8,000 they have been paying. The…

Vivo Energy, GoodLife Pharmacy Partner

In order to significantly widen the access to world class pharmacy and health hub (wellness centre) services to Ugandans, Vivo Energy Uganda has signed a partnership agreement with GoodLife Pharmacy that will see its pharmacy stores set up within existing Shell service stations across the country. Driven by the steady growth in convenience-seeking customers, Vivo Energy Uganda is refurbishing existing Shell service stations so that they not only include high-quality fuels and lubricants but also offer services including shops, quick service restaurants, pharmacies, ATMs, tyre centres and car wash facilities. Goodlife Pharmacy is a fast-growing pharmacy and health hub with branches in Uganda and Kenya. Goodlife focuses on providing high quality individual customer care at an affordable price and at convenient places across the region. Goodlife’s vision is to be the first-choice primary healthcare and wellness provider in Eastern Africa, enhancing the lives of 5 million people by 2022. Goodlife…

Judiciary Moves To End Congestion In Bunyoro Prisons

By George Busiinge The Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine Tuesday launched the "plea bargain” judicial system, aimed at tackling over 2400 pending criminal cases that have been in the system for long. This is aimed at clearing case backlog in the country’s judicial system. Explaining the need to roll out this program to other parts of the country, Justice Bamwine reasoned that the backlog is alarming and that the judiciary had to look outside its normal operations to find a solution to the huge case backlog despite having a very small number of judicial officers. Dr Bamwine who is the administrative head of the high court, further explained that the only two judges attached to Mbarara High Court are not enough to handle the over 1000 pending criminal cases alongside the civil cases hence the need for the plea bargain program. Plea bargain is an agreement between the accused person and…
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