Ministry of Energy Begins Oil and Gas Sensitization in Katakwi District

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  • Joshua Ssuubi, a senior geologist in the ministry, emphasized the importance of the meeting to inform leaders about the upcoming oil and gas survey in the region.

KATAKWI: The team from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has begun its benchmarking and sensitization efforts in Katakwi district on oil and gas petroleum.

The sensitization meeting, held at the Magoro Town Council hall, brought together councilors from five sub-counties, sub-county chiefs, district councilors, local council members, and security personnel.

Joshua Ssuubi, a senior geologist in the ministry, emphasized the importance of the meeting to inform leaders about the upcoming oil and gas survey in the region.

“Our goal is to ensure that all community members in Katakwi district are aware of the upcoming program and understand how they can be compensated if oil is found on their land,” Ssuubi said.

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Joshua Lukaye, principal geochemist at the ministry, urged Katakwi leaders to help sensitize the public about the potential impact of petroleum if it is discovered in the area.

Lukaye mentioned that the ministry plans to organize study tours to western Uganda for some leaders to observe how similar projects are managed before the survey begins.

“In 1983 and 1994, the ministry conducted surveys using airplanes, which identified several potential oil and gas sites. This was the first step,” Lukaye explained.

Charles Ikabat, the chairman of LC3 Okore sub-county, welcomed the initiative but requested that the ministry address land issues involving the people of Kide, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), and individuals.

“As local leaders, we will support your survey, but we ask that our local youth be employed in the project so that they also benefit,” Ikabat said.

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Hon. Moses Iteit, LC3 of Ngariam sub-county, advised the ministry to hold community meetings (Barrazas) to ensure clear communication and prevent misunderstandings.

He noted that land disputes and conflicts with the Karamojong are significant challenges in the area.

Stephen Otukei, the district councilor representing youth, urged the ministry to specifically target youth in their sensitization efforts.

Geoffrey Omolo, LCV Katakwi district, cautioned the ministry to follow proper procedures during their activities.

Omolo encouraged sub-county leaders to convey accurate information to the community to dispel any misconceptions.

Godfrey Katamba, the Resident District Commissioner of Katakwi, assured the ministry of security support but stressed the importance of involving all stakeholders.

“For security, we are ready to assist, but please ensure that all parties are included in your work to make it more efficient,” Katamba said.

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