West Nile leaders trained on oil and gas

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By Clement Aluma

Posted  Friday, December 27  2013 at  02:00


A non-governmental organisation in Arua District has started sensitising residents in West Nile sub-region on how to strategise for oil exploration despite earlier attempts yielding nothing.
Neptune Petroleum, which explored Obongi County and Rhino Camp in 2011, found dry wells leading to loss of morale among residents.

But the Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment (RICE), while meeting district and religious leaders in Arua Town recently, said oil is a national resource even when it is yet to be found in their area.
The executive director of RICE, Mr Pax Sakari, said the petroleum industry is not a curse as some leaders have started anticipating.

“The capacities of our people are not enough to competitively compete nationally and internationally, our business communities lack capacities. We are going to prepare our business communities to see that they can compete,” Mr Sakari said.

He said companies need quality for their money yet locals lack such capacities.
The Resident District Commissioner, Mr Ibrahim Abiriga, criticised the exploration companies for not giving opportunities to the residents. “The sweepers, security guards and drivers were not from here. When we quarrelled with them, they changed their ways,” Mr Abiriga said.