By Busiinge George,
CNOOC Uganda Limited, an oil and gas exploration and production company, on Thursday unveiled a Shs100 million sponsorship of the CNOOC Amasaza Cup 2017. This marks 6 year of the company’s support towards the tournament which has attracted various counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.
These counties include, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale.
The tournament was launched by His majesty King of Bunyoro Solomon Gafabusa Iguru and the Queen Mother Karunga Margret Adyeeri in Kakumiro County in Kakumiro district.
The football tournament aims at advancing the glory and culture of the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom through sports in the region.
CNOOC’s continued investment in the Amasaza Cup is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and underlines its willingness to the development of vocational skills, education and talent through sports.
Speaking at the kick off, Aminah Bukenya, the public relations supervisor CNOOC Uganda Limited stated that this is the sixth time since CNOOC started sponsoring the Amasaza Cup in Bunyoro region.
BUkenya added that sponsoring the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup for the sixth year is a demonstration of CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to the growth of sports and development of talent in this region. This year the tourney has attracted 13 counties of Bunyoro region.
Emphasizing CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to various efforts , Bukenya noted that the company has supported the education and health sectors both in Hoima and the rest of the country.
Zakalia Lubega the CSR and Social Performance Manager at CNOOC Uganda Limited added that CNOOC Uganda Limited has dedicated its efforts and resources to the development of Bunyoro through an active CSR programme that supports Environment protection initiatives, education, Health, Sports and Talent development.
The King of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, expressed his gratitude towards the oil company’s continued commitment to his kingdom and invited his subjects to support CNOOC in its developments of the area.
The King proved that CNOOC is a very good neighbor to the people of Bunyoro Kitara and ‘supports the growing of our people through all major aspects such as education, health skills and talent development’.
CNOOC Uganda became a major player in Uganda’s oil and gas sector in February 2012 following the acquisition of significant interest in the exploration blocks in the Albertine region.
CNOOC is the operator of kingfisher oil field, which was awarded a production license in September 2013 .