Iguru Appoints Representatives to Petroleum and Gas Policy Making Exercise

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The Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara, Solomon Iguru, has appointed a team that will represent the kingdom on the Petroleum and Gas policy making exercise. Henry Ford Mirima, the Kingdom's Press Secretary, says the appointments are in response to the government request to involve Bunyoro Kingdom in the Petroleum and Gas Policy making exercise. The policy seeks to improve on the existing Petroleum Exploration and Production Act 2000, which grants exclusive rights for exploration, development and production of petroleum to government. Bunyoro Kingdom will be represented by Yoram Nsamba, the King's Principal Private Secretary, George Kyaligonza, the Kingdom's mineral wealth minister and Ford Mirima. Mirima says the Iguru has asked his representatives to lobby for a fair share of the oil wealth which was discovered in the Albertine region. Iguru also wants the Constitution clause which excludes cultural institutions from the mineral wealth amended. The Petroleum and Gas Policy making exercise seeks to ensure that Uganda benefits from any oil reserves that might be discovered, According to the Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary, Fred Kabagambe, the policy will also seek to encourage investment by petroleum companies and offer guidelines on oil exploration, transportation and marketing. The Norwegian government has already given the Energy Ministry 1.8 million US dollars to be used to strengthen the policy, train staff, build networks and set up a database over a three-year period. Government has among others invited the district chairpersons of Masindi, Hoima, Kibaale and Buliisa, to give their views to the Petroleum and Gas Policy making body.


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