Hoima Teachers Abandon Class Work For Boda Boda Business

By George Busiinge Hoima district Education officials have expressed concern over the rate at which primary school teachers are abandoning their teaching jobs in favor of boda boda business saying it is partly responsible for poor academic performance in the district. James Mugenyi Murindambura the district secretary for health and education notes that about 10 primary school teachers have joined what they consider as a more lucrative business in the district since their income as teachers is not enough to sustain their families. He says many teachers offer services amid challenges like meagre and delayed payment of salaries, coupled with poor working condition, so they end up leaving the profession for other relatively well -paying jobs like riding motorcycles. Murindambura explains that the education department is to compile a list of teachers posted in government aided schools who have abandoned their profession. In the just released 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations,…

Work As A Team, Minister Tells Bunyoro

By George Busiinge The State minister of public service David Karubanga has called upon Bunyoro leaders to work as a team so that Bunyoro residents can benefit from oil and gas in their region. Karubanga together with fellow leaders and politicians vowed to cooperate so that Uganda’s oil doesn’t turn into a curse as some residents say. He added that team work will encourage accountability and transparency in implementing oil and gas government programs in the region. “Team work will help us work together as politicians, work with local government in identifying priority areas when planning for proper service delivery in education, health and community development in our Albertine grabben,” Karubanga revealed this during a thanks giving ceremony at Kigorobya Primary School in Kigorobya last week. Other leaders who attended the thanks giving include Hoima district women Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Tophace Byagira and Hon. Twinamatsiko Onesmus Bugangaizi East…

Hoima District Engineer In Trouble Over Shoddy Road Works

By George Busiinge Hoima district engineer, Julius Ssentamu, is in trouble over shoddy road works that he produced during rehabilitation of different roads and bridges within the district. Some of the affected roads include Waaki bridge in Kisabagwa parish in Kyabigambire sub-county, Munteme,Butimba road and Kajooga- Munteme road in Kiziranfumbi sub-county in Hoima district. Trouble for Ssentamu started when residents and local leaders in different areas of Hoima district raised an alarm over what they termed as substandard work that was done on these infrastructures. While talking at a community meeting recently residents of Kisabagwa claimed that one of the bridges is impassable four months after it was completed by the contractor. They said that the bridge broke down three years ago hence cutting off connection from the area to Hoima Municipality. The breakdown of the bridge cut off access to social services such as health and markets. Alex Mwesigwa,…

Petroleum Authority Gets New Directors

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has appointed Directors to support the implementation of its mandate of monitoring and regulating the exploration, development and production of petroleum together with the development and operation of pipelines and the refinery in Uganda. Five (5) Directors have been appointed to head five of the six directorates in the structure of the Authority. The newly appointed Directors are: Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha; Director for Exploration; Mr. Alex Nyombi; Director for Development and Production; Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan; Director for Finance and Administration; Mr. Ali Ssekatawa; Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs; and, Ms. Peninah Aheebwa; Director for Technical Support Services. Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha, Ms. Peninah Aheebwa and Mr. Alex Nyombi have been Assistant Commissioner (Refining), Principal Petroleum Officer (Planning) and Licence Manager for the Kingfisher Development Area in the Directorate of Petroleum in Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development respectively. Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan and…

Tanzania Not Happy With Snail Speed Uganda

The Tanzanian minister for energy Sospeter Muhongo expressed his displeasure at the speed which Uganda is fast-tracking the implementation of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. ‘We have taken a few steps towards implementation of the project but I am not happy with the speed in Uganda. This (FEED study) was supposed to be done in November last year. Let me hope the contractor will speed up work.” He said. Muhongo was speaking recently at the launch of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in Kampala. The study for the 1445km crude export pipeline, which will be electronically heated all the way from Hoima in western Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania, will take 8 months to complete. Muhongo said Tanzania has vast knowledge and experience working with pipelines having undertaken and successfully executed such project for their gas sector. “In Tanzania,…

Police Begs CNOOC To Sponsor Them With Accommodation Facilities

By George Busiinge Hoima district police commander Bernard Akankwasa has asked oil and gas exploration company CNOOC to sponsor them with accommodation facilities. Akankwasa was recently speaking at an event where the oil company was handing over the Ikamiiro Police Beat to the Uganda Police Force, Hoima District. “We appreciate you for the work you are doing in the Albertine Grabben and Bunyoro kingdom at large most especially thinking about the security issue. Please don’t get tired, at least help us and provide accommodation for police officers who are going to be at Ikamiro police beat.” Akankwasa begged. It is a well-documented fact that Uganda police is not well facilitated and officers reside in appalling makeshift housing facilities. The situation is even worse in upcountry districts like Hoima and Buliisa. Despite having billions of barrels of crude oil, Hoima district and Bulissa local governments are still struggling financially. Akankwasa who …

Land Grabbing Worries Hoima District Leaders

By George Busiinge Hoima district leaders are worried about the alleged involvement of rich people in grabbing land in the oil-rich Albertine region. The leaders, through Hoima district secretary for Finance, Plan Bernadette, who last week represented Hoima district Chairperson Kirungi Kadiri at a community meeting, asked police to assist Hoima district fight this habit which has become so rampant. Bernadette says that after the discovery of oil and gas, rich people came in the Albertine grabben region to grab poor people’s land. She said this was more common in places with oil wells like Kyangwali in Buhuuka, Buliisa. “I know of many people who have acquired land in oil-rich areas and have already processed land titles. Hoima district has started cancelling some of these land titles through the right procedures. About 15 land tittles were cancelled due to the efforts of Hoima district under the pressure of the chairperson”…

CNOOC Boosts Hoima Security With Police Beat

By George Busiinge CNOOC Uganda Limited, through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, has constructed and handed over the Ikamiiro Police Beat to Uganda Police Force, Hoima District, to boost security efforts in the area. The land on which the police facility was built was donated by residents of Hoima district to the Uganda Police Force. The police beat consists of a partitioned container with a holding cell and a reception area. Also constructed at the Police Beat is a VIP latrine with a bath shelter which will be used by the police officers stationed at the Police Beat. “Supporting the Uganda Police is part of CNOOC Uganda Limited’s policy as a good neighbor to the local community. We hope that the police beat shall go a long way to guarantee security for the residents”, said Aminah Bukenya, the Public Relations Supervisor, CNOOC Uganda Limited during the Police beat handover…

Is Government Failing To Manage Ugandans’ Expectations From The Oil Resource?

Two years after announcing the discovery of commercial Oil Reserves in Uganda in 2006, the Government of Uganda came up with the National Oil and Gas Policy of 2008 through which it sought to utilize the newly found Oil resources to contribute to early achievement of poverty eradication and create lasting value to society. Oil raised the expectations of so many Ugandans as they started envisioning the petro-dollars that would flow into the country to fix the financial gaps that the country had been grappling with for generations. Government’s remedy for managing these expectations was to have constructive dialogue with all the stakeholders in order to reduce anxieties arising from the expectations. Ten years down the road, more oil deposits have been discovered and the recoverable oil now stands 1.5 billion barrels. Giant Oil Companies like Total, CNOOC and Tullow Oil entered into Uganda and have made huge investments in…

Oil And Gas: Skills Training Emphasized In Bunyoro

By George Busiinge Specialized skills training addressing community needs will reduce youth unemployment burden in Bunyoro region, the director Hoima Nursery Teachers College, Kalisa Elisha, has said. This, he said, will help the youth in the region to be part of the oil and gas development. He was Wednesday speaking at the school’s meeting. Kalisa says that since the region has oil and gas deposits awaiting extraction, there is need to certify people in Bunyoro in order to secure better paying jobs in the new sector. He explained that skills training will avail these people with new knowledge and capacities needed in oil and gas sector. Kalisa requested the proprietors of Hoima Nursery Teachers College emphasize skills training at a tender age since Bunyoro region is going to have an influx of different people coming to directly or indirectly work in the oil and gas sector. He advised that these…
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