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Uganda appreciates Norway for oil industry cooperation. Uganda's President Yowari Museveni holds Ugandan-Norwegian cooperation in establishing his country's oil industry in high regard. While addressing parliament on Thursday, Museveni declared it was good for Uganda Norway has help train technicians and engineers in oil. So far, 3.5 million barrels of oil have been confirmed existing in the Albertine region, located in western Uganda. President Museveni added that more drilling is taking place in other parts of the country. He also lashed at other western countries for trying to sabotage Uganda's efforts to produce oil. According to him, some are sponsoring local politicians and NGO's so that they make production of oil impossible by opposing debate on oil bill. “The saboteurs don't want our oil sector to succeed because that will mean financial independence for Uganda,” he claimed. Some MPs and NGO's wanted a petroleum authority to be entrusted with powers to issue and revoke licenses recently, before the petroleum bill was passed last week.

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Uganda appreciates Norway for oil industry cooperation

Published on Friday, 14th December, 2012 at 17:23 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.
Last Updated on 15th December 2012 at 12:39.

Uganda's President Yowari Museveni holds Ugandan-Norwegian cooperation in establishing his country's oil industry in high regard.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda
This picture taken in July 2012.President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda
Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development


While addressing parliament on Thursday, Museveni declared it was good for Uganda Norway has help train technicians and engineers in oil.

So far, 3.5 million barrels of oil have been confirmed existing in the Albertine region, located in western Uganda. President Museveni added that more drilling is taking place in other parts of the country.

He also lashed at other western countries for trying to sabotage Uganda's efforts to produce oil.

According to him, some are sponsoring local politicians and NGO's so that they make production of oil impossible by opposing debate on oil bill.

“The saboteurs don't want our oil sector to succeed because that will mean financial independence for Uganda,” he claimed.

Some MPs and NGO's wanted a petroleum authority to be entrusted with powers to issue and revoke licenses recently, before the petroleum bill was passed last week.

The executive favoured the sector minister since he is more accountable to parliament.

As debate on the bill was happening, a number of NGOs organized several workshops to educate MPs on what they labeled as best practices elsewhere.

Cabinet ministers and pro government MPs have condemned the NGO's that want to sabotage the country's oil sector.

Frank Muramuzi, the excutive director of one of the accused NGOs – the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) – denied the allegation that they want to sabotage oil production, however.

He said, “We are not being used by anybody, this country belongs to all of us and not only one person saying we are being used by donors to promote their interests is not right.”

“Where government gets its money is where we also get our funding, we all want to benefit from this resource.”



Published on Friday, 14th December, 2012 at 17:23 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.
Last updated on 15th December 2012 at 12:39.

This post has the following tags: ugandaoil, norwayuganda.





  
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