They are asking oil companies to make special arrangements to ensure that their families are not disrupted when construction of the oil pipeline, refinery and related infrastructure begins.
Husbands in the Albertine Graben’s
Hoima and Kikube districts fear of losing wives and fiancées to oil and gas construction
They are asking oil companies to make special arrangements to ensure that their families are not disrupted when construction
of the oil pipeline, refinery and related infrastructure begin.
They were commenting on the environmental
and Social Impact Assessment report developed by CNOOC Uganda Limited for the
King Fisher project. The public Hearing by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda
was presided over by Gender expert Professor Grace Bantebya.
While the report outlined several social
issues like the likely increase of migrant population, some men who spoke
at public hearing said it did not address and put in place measures to ensure
that marriages are broken during the construction of infrastructure need for
Harriet Businge Akiki, a Woman Parliamentary
contender from Hoima District Woman Parliamentary seat said the fear is not out
of the blue.
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Businge says while the Banyoro and
Bangugu and other tribes in the are ready to welcome other tribes and
nationalities that will employed in the oi and gas sector, there is need to ensure
the preservation of their cultures and values.
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She says issues of gender-based
violence especially targeting women and girls are expected to increase as the
projects get underway.
Thousands of local and foreign workers
are expected to flock Buhuka Sub county where CNOOC plans to put up several infrastructures
ahead of oil production and the King Fisher project.
Professor Grace Bantebya promised to
include the concerns as part of the issues that have to be considered in the
report to be presented to the National Environment Management Authority.
NEMA is required by the law to consider
the concerns of projected affected persons before approval of the Environment Social
Impact assessment reports filed by project developers.
The issues of gender based
violence have in the past dogged the road sector construction.
The World Bank in 2015 cancellation
funding to the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project (TSDP) saying it not
being carried out in accordance with appropriate and agreed social and
There were concerns related to workers’ issues, noncompliance with
social and environmental requirements, poor project performance, and serious
allegations of sexual misconduct by contractors’ workers.