Oil Infrastructure, Irrigation Schemes to Top Gov't Priorities

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David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning also confirmed to URN that oil infrastructure is one of the government priorities in the next financial year.

Government will prioritise the construction of the oil and gas infrastructure in the 2017/2018 financial year budget, the Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa has revealed. Some of the roads earmarked to facilitate oil production and commercialization include Kigumba - Kyenjojo road, Bulima - Kabwooya road, Kabwooya - Kyenjojo road, Ikamiro - Kabwooya road, Mubende - Kagadi - Ndaiga road, Hoima - Wanseko road and others.
 


A progress report by the Energy Ministry on the implementation of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda shows that so far the 92 kilometer Hoima - Buseruka - Kaiso - Tonya road stretch that links Hoima town to oil sites in Kabwooya - Kaiso Tonya was completed.
 
 
The report shows that the designs for the Kyenjojo - Kagadi - Hoima - Masindi as well as Hoima- Biso - Wanseko road were completed procurement for the contractor for is ongoing. The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, says US $33million is needed in the 2017/2018 financial for the road works if oil is start flowing by 2020 as projected.

 
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David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning also confirmed to URN that oil infrastructure is one of the government priorities in the next financial year.
 
According to Bahati, a total of USD 500 million is going to be spread over the coming three financial years to construct roads within the Albertine region to facilitate oil production.
 
 
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According to Bahati, the roads must be completed by 2019. Nankabirwa also highlighted the need to promote value addition in agricultural as a means of increasing foreign exchange earnings.
 
Nankabirwa warns that food shortages resulting from climate change will continue to plague Ugandans if mitigation measures are ignored. She says government intends to pilot irrigation farming to boost agricultural production.
 
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Bahati says that government will inject Shillings 77 billion in irrigation schemes across the country.  
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.