Oil compensation: Government worried that money

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Posted  Tuesday, December 3  2013 at  02:00

Kampala- The government is concerned that the people who were displaced by companies during the oil exploration exercise and are currently receiving compensation money for their land could waste it and end up without a livelihood.

Mr Daudi Migereko, the Lands minister, said the government is exploring ways to help the affected people wisely invest their money.

“It is incumbent (government) to train and skill them to utilise their compensation. You have lost land you must get alternative land or source of income,” Mr Migereko said.

He was speaking at a workshop organised by the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) in partnership with the African Union (AU) on promoting land rights in the country.
He also revealed that starting next year, the government will title all the land in the country after receiving Shs140 billion from the World Bank.

The minister said land titles will enable individuals access loans from financial institution which later will result into economic development.

The ULA executive director, Ms Esther Obaikol, said they will intensify their advocacy in the next five years to enable Ugandans enhance access, control and ownership of land through promotion of fair laws and policies.