Government Constructs UGX 4.5 Billion Schools in Oil Refinery Area

The schools are meant to cater for the learning needs of the people who were evicted from the land earmarked for the construction of an oil refinery in Kabaale parish, Buseruka Siub-county, Hoima district.
Ministry of energy officials,parents and Hoima district local government officials pose for a group photo in front of one of the Commissioned schools in Kyakaboga.

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The government has constructed three primary schools at a cost of 4.5 billion shillings in the oil refinery area in Hoima District.

The schools located in Kabaale parish, Buseruka Sub County are meant to cater for the education needs of the community, who were evicted from the land earmarked for the construction of an oil refinery in Kabaale parish, Buseruka Sub-county.

Since 2012, when the residents were evicted, children faced challenges accessing education due to lack of schools in the area they were relocated.

The newly constructed schools include Nyahaira, Kyapaloni and Buseruka primary schools, with each school accommodating 1,000 pupils. The facilities at each of the new schools include seven classroom blocks, staff quarters, kitchen, pit-latrines and water tanks.

Honey Malinga, the acting Director Petroleum in the Directorate of Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy, who commissioned the schools on Thursday, said that the district education department should own the project and improve education standards.

Malinga also advised the community to properly utilize the facilities.

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Godfrey Sserwanja, the Hoima district education officer says the schools will provide employment opportunities to residents and also improve the education standards.

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Government contracted Build Base Construction Company limited in November 2015 to construct the schools for the Refinery affected community while New plan was tasked to do supervision work at the construction sites.

In 2012, the government acquired the 29 square miles of the oil refinery land in to pave way for the construction works.

Last month, security operatives forcefully evicted a group of herdsmen and cultivators from the oil refinery land following the expiry of the ultimatum issued to them to vacate voluntarily in vain.