Those who will work in the yet-to-be created Petroleum Authority of Uganda will earn higher salaries than other government employees, if the proposals by an inter-ministerial task force are upheld.
According to the proposed arrangement for the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, the Executive Director or the Chief Executive Officer who will be the top most official will earn $20,000 (about Shs49.5 million) per month and a driver, the least paid, will be earning $600 (about Shs1.4 million).
If passed, this will see the top boss at the authority as the highest paid civil servant in the country ahead of Bank of Uganda governor who earns Shs45 million, the Civil Aviation’s boss who earns Shs44 million, the Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director who earns Shs43 million.
“Compared to the wage bill for companies operating in Uganda, this is not a lot of money... The international salaries are very high and the task force took in consideration the budget constraints of the country,” reads the Inter Ministerial Task force report.
It is not known whether the authority employees will be paid in dollars as proposed. The Ministry of Energy officials did not pick their known telephone numbers by press time.
The salary structure of the Authority, the report says, should be the same as that of the National Oil Company to avoid and minimise staff movements between the two institutions.
The role of the petroleum authority is to ensure that petroleum operations are carried out in accordance with the relevant laws and guidelines in accordance with international industry practices.
The task force set up in 2010, is expected to work out the institutional framework of the petroleum authority in line with the National Oil and Gas Authority.
Its membership comprised of the Public Service, Finance, Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Energy ministries.
To justify their proposals, the proponents stated that on the international level, an executive director of a petroleum authority earns between Shs27.9 million and Shs111.6 million and a gate guard, the lowest paid, gets between Shs5 million and Shs11 million.
The Energy ministry Spokesperson, Mr Bukenya Matovu, confirmed that the task force made the proposals but they are yet to be confirmed by the ministry.