They want the government to improve the education and health services in the area since it will be for the benefit of the residents to prepare themselves to tap up opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
Residents and local leaders from Hoima and Kikuube districts are
demanding for better services before the actualization of the commercial oil
They argue that although the government has tried to upgrade some schools and health
facilities, the rural areas remain under served and seriously neglected.
They want the government to improve the education and health services in the
area since it will be for the benefit of the residents to prepare themselves to
tap up opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
Ruth Atugonza, a resident of Kyangwali Sub County in Kikuube district wants the
few existing Secondary schools in the area upgraded to Ordinary and Advanced
levels of Education, which will prepare the locals to attain Education to
benefit from oil and gas directly. She also wants elevation of the few existing
//cue in:”Tuku gonza masomero…
Cue out:…mu oil sector.”//.
Tomsom Rukundo, a resident of Tonya in Buseruka Sub County wants
government to establish a technical school in the area to equip people with the
necessary Vocational techniques and skills needed in the oil and gas sector.
He adds that Buseruka as a sub-county has no school with Advanced level
of education and a technical school.
//Cue in:”Nka Buseruka ndiya…
Cue out:…Twayega ebye mikono.”//.
Geoffrey Rutungu, a resident of Kayera in Kabaale Sub County says the discovery
of oil has not only impacted positively on the people adding that there are
negative aspects that demands for immediate government attention citing high
rate of prostitution, theft of animals and high spread of HIV/AIDS.
//Cue in:”Kuzora kwa mafuta…
Cue out:…Kukora ki kusoboka.”//.
Seraji Bedijo, a resident of Bisenyi village in Buseruka Sub
County says it is only Buseruka and Kabaale sub-counties that lack advanced
levels of education for learners to pursue S.5 and S.6 respectively.
//cue in:”Baitu Kandi kei…
Cue out:…school eri hali.”//.
Fredrick Kakoraki, the Hoima LC5 Vice-Chairperson says government is committed
to extending improved services to the people in the area.
Nathan Adegi, the Buseruka sub-county Council speaker says there
is need to establish more schools and health services to meet the current
standard so that residents can get proper service delivery.
//cue in”Baitu tukya lacking…
Cue out:…ayizire burwaire binu.”//.
Dickens Amanya, the Coordinator BAPANECO says it is true the discovery
oil in the Albertine has affected the locals both positively and negatively
something he says need serious attention.
Daniel Kasuuti, from the petroleum Authority of Uganda, says
government is committed to ensuring that critical projects meant to benefit the
local people are established in the Albertine Graben asking the locals to own
the few already established projects in their areas of jurisdiction.
There are a number of activities on-going in the Albertine Graben to facilitate
the commercial oil production. Among them is the construction of Hoima
International Airport at Kabaale Village Kabaale parish Kabaale Sub County.
The Airport is one of the key support infrastructures for the next course of
the fast-paced activities leading to commercial oil production. The airport
construction works, which are in the second phase commenced in April 2018.
The US$ 309 million Airport project provided by Standard Chartered Bank
and UK Export Finance is being undertaken by a joint venture of
Israeli-British firms, Shikun & Binui