As new technology is needed in oil extraction, the government has decided to set up a training institute to provide oil extractors with knowledge and skills.
The Principal Geologist for Development in the Petroleum Exploration and Production department Mr Fred Kabanda, confirmed this to Education Guide in an interview last week.
“The Uganda Petroleum Institute in Kigumba is set to train low level technicians to be employed in the petroleum industry,” said Mr Kabanda. “To benefit from oil products, it needs people who have got skills; that is why we have decided to set up a school as the country develops.”
The institute will train people in petroleum geology science and production at diploma, certificate and bachelor levels.
When contacted on phone, the Executive Director National Council of Higher Education, Mr A. B. Kasozi confirmed to this paper that the council is aware of the opening of the school but could not tell when exactly studies are commencing.