February Oil and Gas supervision kicks off on a positive note in Rhino Camp
By Rosemary Mbabazi Olema
RICE-WN in partnership with International Alert is implementing a project called, “Harnessing the potential of oil to contribute to Uganda’s peaceful development-phase II” in the sub counties of Rigbo and Rhino Camp (in Arua), Gimara and Aliba (Moyo), Alwi, Pakwach and Panyimur (Nebbi) and Purongo (Nwoya). This project is aimed at improving conflict sensitivity in oil hosting communities. The three strands of the project include; conflict, gender and company involvement.
Ms. Liberia Munduru, Coordinator Environment and Natural Resources RICE-WN, while conducting the supervision talked to some of the community leaders and members who gave a feedback concerning the project.
Alfred Vulima, a community member in Rhino Camp said RICE-WN has helped in empowering communities on their rights to see that there is peaceful oil and gas exploration. “RICE-WN is a good and trust worthy organization and should be given more contracts,” he said. He also advised that RICE-WN should carry on with more community sensitizations.
One of the sub county leaders [names withheld] also commended RICE-WN saying that the drama shows about oil and gas have clear impact within the community and that conflicts are being resolved. He also said there is awareness on the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the sector. He recommended that channels following the hierarchy at all levels should be followed up. He further suggested that there should also be increase on the man power because of the varsity of the Areas.
During the support supervision, RICE-WN staff met the Peace Building Volunteers (PBVs) and the local leaders and shared data tools for tracking the results of the project interventions.
The staff also moved to sample households to capture case stories and/or perception about the oil sector, women involvement and project activities. This supervision is done at sub county level in all the 8 project sub counties.