Uganda’s Albertine Graben is now a mature oil and gas province
By witnessradio.org Team
Uganda is now obliged to make public oil contracts, the beneficial owners and payments related to the investment.
This is after getting admitted by the Extractive industries Transparency Initiative ((EITI) becoming the 5 East African member country and 26th in Africa.
Uganda’s membership to EITI comes at a time when the final investment decision for the oil project is in the offing.
EITI, a global standard for transparent management, accountability and good governance of petroleum and mineral resources will require Uganda to publicly disclose information such as oil contracts, beneficial owners and payments including payments related to the investment and the disclosures can in turn promote public oversight and debate.
Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija said the decision to join EITI was informed by the desire to be transparent as Uganda progresses its plans to develop Uganda’s natural resource wealth.
“We believe that this initiative has the potential to strengthen tax collection, improve the investment climate, build trust among sector stakeholders and help create lasting value from our mineral and petroleum resources” He said.
Participation in the EITI is identified in the government of Uganda’s 2012 oil and gas revenue management policy as an action that will help create lasting value from oil and gas revenues.
Proven reserves of over six billion barrels of crude oil have been identified in Uganda of which 14 billion is currently deemed to be recoverable.
Total and China National offshore oil corporation (CNOOC)are active in the region and share an interest in license areas in the Lake Albert development project.
EITI Board chair, Hon Helen Clark welcomed Uganda to the EITI community saying it can help build the foundation for transparent and accountable management of the country’s natural resource wealth.
“Transparency is key to ensuring that potential revenues from oil and gas production are not mismanaged or lost to corruption”.
As a part of the EITI sign up process, Uganda formed a multi-stakeholder group (MSG) in March 2019 composed of government, industry, and civil society representatives.
Writing in support of EITI implementation, Total E and P Uganda -an active participants in Uganda’s multi stakeholders’ group -underscored the importance of contract transparency in contributing to a transparent and accountable sector.
“We look forward to working with government, industry and society partners to support EITI implementation through participation in Uganda’s Multi- stakeholders ‘group” Said Total E&P Uganda’s general manager, Pierre Jessua.
Uganda’s initial disclosures in terms of the 2019 EITI standard will need to be made within 18 months of being admitted as an EITI implementing
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For the last 10 years, dairy farmers across the country have decried tick resistance to acaricides, which has been ravaging the livestock sector.
Mr Emmanuel Kyeishe, a resident of Rushere in Kiruhura District and dairy farmer with more than 100 head of cattle, says dairy farmers in the cattle corridor have battled the problem of tick resistance for a long time.
“The issue of ticks has been rampant in the cattle corridor to the extent of losing our cows. We spend a lot on treating them because of ticks since they infect animals with several diseases,” he said.
Mr Kyeishe said he loses at least two cows every month to tick-borne diseases like East Coast Fever and heart water.
“I have lost 180 cows in the last five years due to ticks and tick-borne diseases. If they do not die, they get blind and some lose their skin. But if we get a vaccine, it will have saved us a lot,” he said.
Mr Kyeishe added that he has resorted to mixing agrochemicals with acaricides since the available ones on the market are failing.
Mr Jackson Bells Katongole, a dairy farmer in Kashari, Mbarara District, said if the government’s move to have anti-tick vaccine is successful, quality of dairy products would improve.
“A farmer loses at least two to five cows every month and we have resorted to using different concoctions from Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya because the problem of ticks has made us helpless,” he said.
He added: “We had reached the point of mixing pesticides with acaricides because of tick resistance and in the process our cows have gone blind, lost skin and others died.”
Mr Katongole further said each cow that dies is valued at around Shs2.5 million, which means that a farmer loses Shs5 million every month.
The Mbarara City Veterinary Officer, Dr Andrew Akashaba, said in Mbarara alone, there are about 60,000 head of cattle, mostly exotic breeds which are prone to ticks.
“Most of the exotic breeds of cattle are at a high risk of acquiring ticks and tick borne diseases, which are a major hindrance to livestock development in the cattle corridor,” he said.
Mr Akashaba added that between 2,000 and 3,000 cows die annually in Mbarara alone due to tick-related diseases.
While launching the final clinical trial of anti-tick vaccine manufactured by National Agriculture Research Organisation at Mbarara Zardi on Thursday, the deputy director general and research coordinator, Dr Yona Baguma, assured the farmers that once the vaccine is approved, they will be spraying their cattle against ticks twice in six months as opposed to twice a week.
Original source: Monitor
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