By Fred Kiva
Buliisa District Chairman, Simon Agaba Kinene wants government to do more of oil information sharing for the benefit of the oil projects affected communities.
Kinene who is in charge of the district with a number of oil wells in the Albertine rift says little oil information sharing has resulted into speculation by few individuals privy to oil operations.
Land speculations in Buliisa have seen hundreds of residents evicted off land, presumed to have oil prospects, as speculators rush to position themselves to reap huge compensation benefits during oil projects.
As Uganda moves to the oil production and development stage, Buliisa will be hosting the Central Processing Facility in Nguedo Sub County.
The LC5 Chairman notes that as the compensation process for those to be affected by the facility gets underway, there is need for government to provide timely and adequate information to the communities to avoid compensation problems, like those that characterised the oil exploration phase.
Most of the people affected by the oil exploration projects complained of lack of timely and adequate information regarding how much and when their compensation will be paid.
"Unlike other government sectors, the energy sector is not decentralised, so the locals are most times left out on critical information. Since most oil pronouncements are made in Kampala, there is need for government to use local media outlets to enable easy information accessibility by the locals," Kinene emphasized while addressing listeners of Biiso FM, the only radio station in Buliisa. This was during celebrations to mark the radio station's 2nd anniversary on Sunday.