The Minister of State for Higher Education, John Chrisestom Muyingo, has revealed that government is committed to skilling of Ugandans in the Oil and Gas sector to make sure they tap the benefits of the industry.
Muyingo made this revelation on Thursday while addressing participants of the Oil and Gas Forum in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb.
“We have discovered that there is 6.bn of stock in the ground. Of this stock, there are 1.4bn barrels of oil. Ugandans are excited because these developments will improves our household incomes and general living standards,” Muyingo said at the forum hosted in the new training facility erected by Sunmaker.
Sunmaker provides products and services for African countries and regions who engaged in “the Belt and Road Initiatives”. It trains and transport senior personnel at the same time.
The Chinese Company built the Oil & Gas Training Centre where the forum was held.
“I want to thank Sunmaker for coming to Uganda. They had so many other options but chose us,” Muyingo said.
In 2017, Sunmaker (Uganda) implemented the corporate development philosophy of “In Uganda, For Uganda” and undertook social responsibility actively. In October 2017, Sunmaker(Uganda), combined with Chinese-funded Chamber of Commerce, Ugandan Highway Administration Bureau, the Bureau of Petroleum Administration and the Ministry of Trade, organized the “Uganda Localization Policy Training”, more than 30 representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises attended the training.
Muyungo added, “We need more trained workforce for the sector. Government is committed to skilling of the human resource to fill gaps in the sector.”
He also revealed that the Oil & Gas Policy provides for local content in the sector.
“All stakeholders are encouraged to ensure that Ugandans get involved at all levels. The Petroleum Exploration & Development Act, 2013, provides for the trainingand employment of Uganda,” Muyingo said.
The forum was also attended by Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe who emphasised the need for skills in the oil sector.