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Nwoya Service Providers Protest Exclusion from Oil and Gas Opportunities

Statistics available by Total E&P Uganda indicate that as of October 2018, more than 350 grievances since 2012 have been sorted with the involvement of various stakeholders including district leaders depending on the grievance.

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Local firms in Nwoya District have decried exclusion by Total E&P Uganda in winning contracts to provide services in the oil and gas sector.

Total's policy requires individuals and firms to register on the National Suppliers Database – NSD before winning contracts.

All companies providing services ranging from catering, clearing and forwarding, logistics, to security, are required to be listed on the NSD under the Petroleum Authority of Uganda – PAU the body charged with monitoring and regulating oil and gas activities in the country.

The registration is aimed at improving efficiency in the supply chain, achieving a cost-efficient procurement cycle; openness and transparency and easy identification of potential suppliers of different categories of goods and services.

Other objectives includes visibility to potential suppliers, more so the Ugandan suppliers who may have found it difficult to be known or those newly established to support the establishment of joint ventures between firms.

James Oloya, of Purongo Sub County, complained that he has not been sensitized on the registration processes to tap into the available business opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

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Another aggrieved entrepreneur Mohammed Okullu argues that Total has not given equal opportunities to the individuals and firms in Nwoya to benefit from the local content as they outsource their services from neighbouring districts.

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Fredrick Oketcha, the District Secretary for Community Based Services Department also faulted Total for favouring firms from neighbouring Bunyoro sub-region despite the presence and availability of registered businesses in Nwoya.

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Nwoya LCV Chairperson Patrick Okello Oryema, says that Total must show commitment and exhibit best practices by giving equal business opportunities to local firms in the district to win people’s confidence and trust.

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Early this month, Oryema halted a mini-league soccer competition organized by Total Uganda in Nwoya on grounds that local firms were not involved in supplying refreshment and public address system among others. The supplies were outsourced from Buliisa district in Bunyoro.

Total E&P Uganda Public Relations Coordinator, Chris Ocowun, acknowledged receipt of the grievances and said the matter is being handled through meetings with Nwoya district leaders.

In 2011, Total took over the running of the Murchison Park oil wells in Block 1, an area with the highest quantity of crude oil in the region as Uganda moves towards First Oil by the end of 2020.

Statistics available by Total E&P Uganda indicate that as of October 2018, more than 350 grievances since 2012 have been sorted with the involvement of various stakeholders including district leaders depending on the grievance.

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