"Transparency And Accountability" Civil Society Organisations Ask Government To Prioritise Uganda's Citizens Interest First In Oil And Gas Production.

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"Transparency And Accountability" Civil Society Organisations Ask Government To Prioritise Uganda's Citizens Interest First In Oil And Gas Production.

SUMMARY:

  • Cabinet recently approved three Bills to facilitate the development of oil and gas the sector; The East Africa crude oil pipeline (EACOP) Bill 2021, The income tax amendment Bill 2021, The public finance management amendment Bill 2021

  • The ministry of energy  and mineral development has developed the relevant policies and parliament has promulgated the required legislation to operatianalize the policies.  The front end and engineering design for a number of infrastructure development required for oil production and transportation are in advanced stages.

The Civil Society coalition on oil and gas {CSCO} has asked government to Prioritise Uganda's citizens interest first when it comes to oil and gas production's for country benefits. 

The regulations needs implementation, if or revised. They are most likely  to affect citizens and oil becomes no important against citizens than a blessing achievement. Following the limited acces to information, fiscal indiscipline and improper management of petroleum revenues are some of the crucial issue to affect Uganda's oil and gas sector. 

According to James Muhindo, the national coordinator civil Society coalition on oil and gas said that the oil and gas agreement which remains inaccessible,  there's more need of oil and gas related information reviewed to the public as well as reports and data, approved environment and social impact assessment,  reports on oil environment audit reports and petroleum cost audit report for transparency and accountability. 

"Will help other stakeholders to hold the oil and gas companies and relevant agencies accountable and facilitate third party monitoring of oil and gas operations" Mubindo said. Adding that such indiscipline manner can turn removal of current oil revenue from petroleum fund that can become  a threat to the expenditure revenue and development of the country. 

Unfortunately,  the public management act states the procedure for drowning revenue from the petroleum fund and the oil and gas sector in which these money should  be invested than being useless to individual benefits. 

"The procedure  and purpose to which the revenue put have been flouted like fiscal indiscipline ought to not only be called out but also action taken against perpetrators" Muhindo adds. However it's mandated for all agencies with management of these revenues ought to exercise fiscal discipline by complying with the laws and regulations relating to revenues from oil". He adds

Action, Transparency,  Accountability and Mitigation Environmental Destruction; Six areas needs to address in oil and gas Production;

Access to information by all stakeholders, Fiscal disciplines and proper management of petroleum revenues, Safeguarding people and the environment in the course of operations,  Put the country first when it comes to oil and gas, Pay due attention to the oil and gas Bills and Improve civic space for non state actors.

On the same matter, Henry Mugisha the executive director water governance institute said that government needs to safeguard the environment in the oil and gas Production. Parliament  should oversee the accountability role to ensure that extraction of oil and gas do not adversely affects the environment and the people in the surrounding area's.

"Development that are being implemented in ecologically sensitive areas should proceed with due caution  and in line with the condition of the environmental and social impact assessment report's. Implementation of ESIAs and taking act to periodic reports from relevant agencies and ministries should be part of parliamentary nature resource committee". Mugisha said 

However,  Iren Ssekyana Civil Society coalition on oil and gas Member said that Government needs to safeguard people from trade that may come by the industry. We need to be more vigilant on the practice of these oil and gas companies because  some of them are not paying tax and that's why we need the real beneficiaries owners of these companies. 

"We need to measure the impact of the oil and gas activities on environmental but the bad thing with the government is that all companies are the one which even sponsors government officials to inspect its operations". Ssekyana said.

Meanwhile the key infrastructure development is the 1,44Km long East Africa crude oil pipeline which will run from Hoima‐Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania for which agreement were signed early this year and central processing facilities in Buliisa, Kikuube and international airport,  Feeder pipeline and Proposed refinery.

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