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Albertine Men Fear Losing Wives to Oil and Gas Workers

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.
26 Jun 2019 19:48
Men and women attending the King Fisher Project ESIA public hearing in Kikube. Some men expressed fear that they could lose wives to construction workers. Close to seven thousand people attended the hearing

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Husbands in the Albertine Graben’s Hoima and Kikube districts fear of losing wives and fiancées to oil and gas construction workers. 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 oil production.

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 of funding to the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project (TSDP) saying it not being carried out in accordance with appropriate and agreed social and environmental standards.

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.