Historically dominated by ‘oilmen’ – tough guys in hard hats and hard-bargaining male executives – the oil industry is slowly following other business sectors in opening its doors to women. Uganda is no exception, as is shown here by profiles of three women who are rising fast in highly technical positions.
For this to become a trend, however, Uganda will need to perform better in senior school science. According to the National Examinations Board, sciences were a weak area in last year’s A-level results and the number of girls taking sciences actually dropped. Read More
Exploration news coming out of Kenya this month indicates that the country will shelve the champagne, for now, as international oil companies intensify their treasure hunt on and offshore.
Last week, United States major Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced it had failed to find oil in its ‘Kubwa’ well on Block L-07 offshore Kenya. Read More
The oil rich Albertine Region is secure from rebel attacks from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) despite media reports that the rebel group is actively recruiting in Kampala and parts of Eastern Uganda, says the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Chief Political Commissar and former spokesman, Felix Kulayigye. Read More
A section of Uganda’s business community has criticised a local content provision in the recently enacted Petroleum Exploration Development and Production Act 2013, that allows local businessmen to enter joint ventures with international firms servicing the oil and gas industry. Read More
The COMESA Oil and Gas Summit opened in Kampala today, with speakers calling on the government and oil companies to recruit more Ugandans in the oil and gas industry, but also eradicate corruption. read more
It takes years of advanced, on-the-job training to qualify as an oil well drilling engineer—but three Ugandan women are staying the course, writes Cathy Adengo. read more
OGWENDO SUB-COUNTY, BULIISA DISTRICT: Located about 16 kilometres from Buliisa town, this quiet agricultural village is dotted with small mud houses, most of them roofed with shiny aluminium sheets.
There is a stark contrast between the greyish, peeling, aging walls of the small houses and the brand new sheets they are roofed with.
“The compensation money excites people here,” says Onencan Paolyel, who runs a local community based organisation in Buliisa town council. “They buy motorcycles and mabati (roofing sheets).” read more