Saturday February 4 2012

Irish to support government set up oil vocational institutions

By Francis Mugerwa

The Irish government is willing to support Uganda to set up vocational institutions that will offer skills that are relevant in the oil industry.

The Irish ambassador to Uganda, Ms Anne Webster, made the revelation on Wednesday shortly after touring oil sites in Buliisa District. The diplomat, who had visited Tonya landing site early in the week and interacted with the fishing communities, said she was touched by the concerns of the people about the oil industry.

Ms Webester said the Irish government will work with the Ugandan government and Tullow oil to give Ugandans vocational opportunities. While in Toonya, the area parish chairman, Mr Dan Isingoma, presented a memorandum containing views from residents of the parish to the diplomats.

Ms Jane Rintoul, the head of Development for International Development( DFID) in Uganda, said the team visited the community in Tonya to ascertain their fears and expectations about the impact of oil industry.