Political and religious leaders in Hoima have accused SBC Uganda, the company contracted to construct Kabaale International Airport, of denying locals jobs.
The company, a joint venture between Colas, a UK Company and SBI Uganda was contracted to construct the USD 350 million Kabaale International Airport as part of the oil infrastructure in Hoima district.
However, leaders in Hoima district say that SBI is already clearing the proposed site with workers ferried from elsewhere other than Buseruka Sub County, where the airport is located. The concern was raised by several leaders including Hoima District Chairperson Kirungi Kadiri while meeting state Minister for Minerals Peter Lokeris during a visit to the area.
Buseruka Sub County Chairperson Ali Tinkamanyire told the minister that all the jobs at the proposed site for Kabaale international Airport have been offered to outsiders.
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Hoima District Chairperson, Kirungi Kadiri said his people have been reduced to spectators while those from other districts take up jobs that would ordinarily be performed by locals there. Kadiri said SBI seems not to be implementing the Local Content policy as far as employing locals to jobs meant for them.
State Minister for Mineral Development Peter Lokeris tasked the Ministry officials led by Acting Commissioner for Midstream Activities, Irene Batebe to ensure that SBI complies with local content policy.
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SBI officials were not at the meeting to respond to the allegations that it was not following the local content requirements. However, an officer from the Energy Ministry speaking on condition of anonymity told URN that companies can still offer jobs to Ugandans from other districts other than Bunyoro.
Kabaale International Airport project is expected to facilitate the movement of materials and manpower for the development of the oil sector in Hoima District. It will in the long term offer other benefits like the development of tourism and agriculture in the region.