KIKUUBE, UGANDA: Local government leaders in Kikuube District have been urged to prepare locals to benefit from the looming lucrative oil and gas sector.
Robert Byaruhanga, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom consultant on the Oil and Gas sector says since the final agreements were signed by the oil and gas companies and the government, Leaders should prepare the local community to invest in the 16 items that were set to benefit ugandans.
The 16 items include; giving security to workers, hotel servives among others where the first priority shall be given to the natives.
Byaruhanga revealed this during a stakeholders meeting on Thursday afternoon which was organised by Kitara Civil Society Organisation’s Network in conjunction with CNOC Uganda limited.
Paul Mulindwa the executive director of Kitara Civil Society Organisation’s Network and says Uganda is expected to use the oil and gas sector to enhance development and therefore the residents should utilize this opportunity.
“The oil and gas sector is coming with a lot of opportunities to the local community like markets for goods and services, employment opportunities among others, therefore Kikuube District residents should utilize this chance to tape these opportunities”. Mulindwa said.
Francis Kazini the Buhaguzi West legislator says the leaders and civil society organizations should work hand in hand for the beneficial of the residents in the oil and gas sector.
“This preparation exercise needs a joint effort of both the local leaders and the CSOs, in that where local leaders fail to perform, the CSOs can come in and help”. Hon. Kazini said.
Susan Kabasindi the Kikuube District Woman councilor for Buhimba sub county expressed concern over the lack of information about the oil and gas industry.
“As local leaders have no t been fully engaged in the oil and gas sector, we are not updated about the on going activities, and therefore it’s quite difficult for us to organize residents to prepare for the sector when are not sure of the proceedings”. Hon. Kabasindi said.
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