Government Initiates Sensitization Campaign for Petroleum Exploration in Kyoga Basin

Government Initiates Sensitization Campaign for Petroleum Exploration in Kyoga Basin
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The Ugandan government is set to commence a comprehensive sensitization campaign on petroleum exploration and related activities in the Kyoga Basin. The move is aimed at increasing awareness and fostering community engagement among residents in areas likely to be affected by the project.

A letter signed by Joshua Lukoye, the Permanent Secretary, and addressed to district leaders and stakeholders, reveals the imminent initiation of petroleum exploration in the region.

The missive, obtained by our reporter, indicates that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, through the Petroleum Development and Production Department, is gearing up for exploration activities in the Kyoga Basin.

Transparency and community involvement

To ensure transparency and community involvement, the Ministry plans to first sensitize district leaders and stakeholders in Soroti, including local councillors.

The sensitization efforts are intended to equip leaders and communities with crucial information regarding petroleum exploration activities before detailed exploration work begins. Soroti district, situated within the Kyoga Basin, has been earmarked as one of the key areas for this awareness campaign.

Building trust and collaboration

The initiative seeks not only to inform leaders and community representatives but also to strengthen relationships with local communities. Understanding the potential impact of petroleum exploration on the environment, economy, and livelihoods, the government aims to build trust and collaboration with the residents.

Schedule and location

The sensitization exercise is scheduled to take place on January 18, 2024, starting at 10 am at the Soroti District Headquarters. This event will provide a platform for dialogue, questions, and clarification on the upcoming petroleum exploration activities.

It is anticipated that this proactive approach will facilitate a smooth and cooperative relationship between the government, district leaders, and the communities within and around the Kyoga Basin.

Key takeaways

  • The Ugandan government is launching a sensitization campaign on petroleum exploration in the Kyoga Basin.
  • The campaign aims to raise awareness and involve communities in the project.
  • Soroti district is one of the key areas for the campaign.
  • The government seeks to build trust and collaboration with communities.
  • A sensitization event will be held on January 18, 2024, at the Soroti District Headquarters.

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