By: Thomas Tumwebaze
As oil in the Albertine region took on production, directly elected councilors from Hoima district Local government had raised their concerns to the petroleum authority of Uganda over what they call dark oil deals in the oil rich Albertine region.
James Murungi Mulindambuura the Kiganja Sub County District councilor says that the government should design measures that will facilitate improvement in the livelihoods of people of Hoima.
Alleen Kabagire the district councilor also says his worry remains on what will the residents of Hoima do after the oil and gas minerals are exhausted and no liable plans to restore the environment being made by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda and the environmental specialists.
Mulindambuura further narrates that the levels of poverty in the oil rich region has increased because people have not been provided with avenues to engage in modern methods of farming coupled with expulsion of fishing at the shores of Lake Albert.
He says all the fishing materials like fishing nets and canoes belonging to fishing communities were burnt down and their livelihood was regressed.
Hellen Mulumba, the female district workers representative, says that as several constructions continue to take a Center stage in the oil rich region, oil companies’ officials do not get clearance and approval from the district and that this has greatly affected the revenues of Hoima district local government.
Robert Byaruhanga, a consultant in oil and gas also a member of Mwitanzige energy services limited, tasked Hoima district authorities to engage the central government by inviting them on board as they continue to raise their grievances related to oil and gas.
Kitara Civil Society Organizations Network (KCSON) in partnership with CNOOC Uganda is holding sensitization meetings of stakeholders in the oil and gas value chain, upcoming infrastructure development and social/environmental safeguards to seek for redress of the recurring oil and gas challenges.