Government plans to elevate Kigumba petroleum institute in Masindi to a fully fledged university. The plan was unveiled by state minister for natural resources Peter Lokeris while in Hoima on Friday.
The minister explained that the petroleum institute was started by government to help Ugandans to gain expertise in oil studies to work in the oil industry..
Lokeris says government has plans of re-equipping the institute and elevating it to a fully fledged university offering a number of courses related to the oil industry.
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He did not disclose howver when this will be.
During the just concluded presidential campaigns, former Democratic Party presidential candidate Norbert Mao had too pledged to elevate the petroleum institute to a university once elected to office.
The Banyoro have always complained over lack of a university in the region saying it was the only region in Uganda without such an institution of higher learning.
Kigumba petroleum Institute now occupies premises of former Kigumba cooperative college which was transferred to Tororo, two years ago.
The minister also took issue with the delayed announcement of Bunyoro’s oil share as always clamored. He says government was committed to equitable distribution of oil royalties to create a win-win situation.
Lokeris says government was only awaiting the passage of the petroleum law currently before cabinet to spell out how the oil royalties will be shared among those entitled.
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The minister was in Hoima to officiate at the pass out of students of Muganwa community empowerment project, initiated by public service minister Henry Muganwa Kajura.