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Oil Refinery: Govt Commissions Resettlement Houses for Affected Persons

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Eng. Simon D’Ujanga, Minister of State for Energy

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has Thursday commissioned 46 houses in Kyakaboga Parish, Buseruka Sub-county in Hoima district to eligible households, who opted for resettlement during the land acquisition process for the refinery and other petroleum infrastructure.

While presiding over the ceremony, Eng. Simon D’Ujanga, Minister of State for Energy, lauded the Project Affected Persons (PAPs), Bunyoro Region for accepting to host a significant part of the oil and gas infrastructure that is required for Uganda to become an oil producing nation.

“The 29.57 square kilometres of land in Kabaale will host the 60,000 barrels of oil per day refinery, an international airport, Petrochemical Industries together with crude oil storage, Logistics, warehousing and other associated facilities,” he said.

The commissioning of the houses is a culmination of the land acquisition process which was guided by a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) study.

The objective of the RAP was to provide a framework for the compensation and resettlement of the project affected persons and provide mechanisms through which any impacts of the resettlement could be mitigated.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the Permanent Secretary MEMD, Robert Kasande, the Acting Director, Petroleum said, “As part of the resettlement, livelihood restoration activities will commence.  This includes drilling of additional boreholes to supplement the one already installed, connection of electricity to the houses which already have conduits, opening of the roads in the resettlement area, assisting the PAPs to clear their farm land and construction of a commercial and community centre whose designs are being developed by Hoima district Local Government”.

The planning of the resettlement area was undertaken by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in consultation with the district, Buseruka Sub County and the project affected persons.

The planning of the houses in a centralized location surrounded by farm land is aimed at consolidating the agricultural land in order to maximize its productivity while also ensuring optimal provision and access to social services and utilities such as water and electricity.

In addition to constructing the resettlement houses, the Ministry has also rehabilitated and expanded Buseruka and Kabaale health centres together with Buseruka Primary school, and re-constructed Nyahaira and Kyapaloni primary schools, each with seven class room blocks of three streams each and staff houses.

These facilities will benefit the entire Buseruka sub-county.

The ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development together with officials from UHRC, Political and Technical leaders from Hoima District Local Government.

Key Statistics from the Resettlement Action Plan Study (Figures are from MEMD)

  • 57 km sq of land acquired in Kabaale Parish, Buseruka Subcounty, Hoima District.
  • Population of 7118 people affected.
  • 2754 property owners.
  • 2681 PAPs opted for cash compensation.
  • 2641 PAPs compensated (98.5%).
  • 24 PAPs objected to the approved compensation awards.
  • 16 PAPs have not shown up for verification and disclosure.
  • 73 PAPs opted for relocation.
  • 530 acres acquired for resettlement and replacement land in Kyakaboga Parish, Buseruka Subcounty.
  • 46 relocation/replacement houses constructed for the eligible PAPs.
  • Individual titles for the land will be issued to the PAPs.

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