Tullow Uganda Funds Reconstruction Of Mbale Market


viagra geneva; font-size: small;”>The support, which was handed over by Tullow Uganda today, includes; 160 bags of cement, 52 iron sheets, 10,000 bricks, murram, sand, aggregate, nails and valley gutters.

Speaking at the handover ceremony of the items, David Onyango, Communication Executive Tullow Uganda said, the support is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility in Uganda.

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“Although Tullow is the leading oil and gas company in Africa, we take pride in uplifting the lives of the people in our areas of operation by reaching out to them through such initiatives,” said Onyango.

“We hope that our humble contribution will go a long way in creating a safe and secure business environment in which vendors in Mbale municipality operate so that your businesses and lives carry on smoothly,” he added.

“The safety of traders in this market is important for the success of business and enterprises in Mbale district because they play a central role in linking producers and buyers of goods.”

Onyango emphasized that once the reconstruction is complete; the market should be equipped with safety equipment such as fire-extinguishers and fire hose pipes to increase its safety.

“We also urge the Uganda Police Fire brigade to further improve its preparedness in dealing with unexpected fire outbreaks, so that it can quickly contain any fires that threaten the existence of businesses across the country.”

Tullow’s support comes less than six months after an inferno gutted Pallisa Road Market in Mbale, on March 14, 2012, destroying millions of property and goods. The losses at the market denied income to hundreds of business people.

It also made it difficult for many to look after their families and meet basic needs and left their customers with limited or no sources of affordable food, and other goods.

Following the inferno, Tullow Uganda, pledged to support the vendors by contributing Shs10 million toward the reconstruction of the market.

Onyango explained that Tullow Oil is committed to supporting the Pallisa Road Market and Mbale Municipal council leadership to construct a modern and permanent market that will not be vulnerable to fires.


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