State Urged to Invest in Skilled Human Capital

Left to right: Gary Thompson, Vice President East and Central Africa Tullow Oil Plc, Peter Brown, Country Director, British Council and Jimmy Mugerwa, General Manager Tullow Uganda at the welcome dinner of the 2013/14 TGSS scholars at Kampala Serena on Nov 12, 2015

As Uganda prepares to receive Pope Francis later this month, try the media has been urged to relay objective information and avoid provocative and factual errors during the Pope’s visit.

Over 50 journalists from both local and international media outlets on Friday participated in a training led by the Uganda Episcopal Conference in conjunction with Uganda media centre.

“Listen to the Holy Father’s message and report with open minds and hearts. The Pope’s visit must not be associated with anything else but spirituality, more about ” said Monsignor John B. Kauta, the Secretary General at the Catholic Secretariat.

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The training also gave the journalists an insight to the significance of the Uganda martyrs as well as the sites like Namugongo and Munyonyo.

Speaking during the sidelines of the workshop held at Uganda Catholic Secretariat in Nsambya, the Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board Steven Asiimwe asked the media to exploit this important event to publicize Uganda’s natural beauty.

“We anticipate over 1 million foreign visitors to attend the Pope’s visit which means a lot to our economy. The media must desist from negative reporting this period because it threatens our tourism sector,” he cautioned.

Asiimwe stressed that Uganda is advantaged to be peaceful and that benefits of the visitors have an immense trickledown effect.

He mentioned that 1,200 tourism police personnel have been trained to ensure safety.

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Isaiah Rwanyekiro of Uganda Media Centre said government has established a full time media centre at Imperial Royale Hotel for all accredited reporters.

The centre will be fully equipped with computers, fast and reliable internet, HD and SD pots for Tv and Radio transmission and photo pools where the Pope’s photos during the visit will be accessed.

“The Vatican allows only a few journalists in the inner ring around the Pope. We shall only accredit limited main media outlets both local and international in this category,” said Rwanyekiro.

He advised Editors to field reporters in specific locations to be visited by the Holy Father since the program is compact and time rigid.

Government is in the process of hiring a media firm to transmit a clear and live feed with no customized logo to allow other TV stations to use the footage.

No media house will be allowed to use drones to cover the Pope’s visit.
Jimmy Mugerwa, approved the General Manager, Tullow Uganda, has noted that by developing local capacity, the company is investing in skilled human capital, which is a critical resource for any business and more so in the growing oil and gas sector.

This, he said on Thursday, during a welcome reception organised by the British Council for the Ugandans who completed the UK Masters Program under the Tullow Oil sponsorship.

Eleven Ugandans, who were awarded scholarships in 2014 under the Tullow Group Scheme Scholarship (TGSS), successfully completed their Masters’ programmes in various fields related to the oil and gas industry in the UK.

 Jimmy Mugerwa, General Manager Tullow Uganda, Gary Thompson, Vice President East and Central Africa Tullow Oil Plc and Peter Brown, Country Director with the candidates at the welcome dinner of the 2013/14 TGSS scholars

Jimmy Mugerwa, General Manager Tullow Uganda, Gary Thompson, Vice President East and Central Africa Tullow Oil Plc and Peter Brown, Country Director with the candidates at the welcome dinner of the 2013/14 TGSS scholars

Speaking during the reception at Serena Hotel, Kampaa Mugerwa said, ”It is a privilege to facilitate this learning programme and assure that our candidates grow and succeed in not just the oil and gas industry, but also the economic diversification in Uganda.”

He added that the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme was set up to support talented nationals.

This year the scheme supported postgraduate degrees in Engineering Management, Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Technology & Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

These postgraduate degrees were undertaken at the University of Birmingham, University of Surrey, Coventry University and University of Salford respectively.

According to Peter Brown, British Council, Country Director Uganda the British Council was founded over 80 years ago with the purpose of building friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries and to make a positive difference in the countries in which we operate.

“One way of achieving both of these objectives is through education, and many of our programmes are aimed at building skills for African youth,” he said.

“The Tullow Group Scholarships Scheme(TGSS) is a great way of doing just that:  building the skills and capacity of the Ugandan youth, whilst giving them a quality UK education and in so doing helping to create that friendly knowledge and understanding between people in the UK and Uganda,” Brown said.

“Since the TGSS started in Uganda over 50 Ugandans have benefitted from the programme, and we’re really pleased to see them beginning to make a real contribution in their sectors on their return,” he added.

One  of the graduands, Abdul-Nasser Segawa, MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry, Robert Gordon University said, “The Tullow Group Scholarship was a great opportunity that not only helped me advance my education but also my career aspirations. It was a cross-dimensional experience that has equipped me with the technical skills and professional competence I needed to achieve goals in an IT environment not only in Oil and Gas Industry.”

Carol Kasisira, returning scholar said.”The mesh of different ethnic, religious and philosophical backgrounds, coupled with having the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in the water and environmental engineering field, allowed for a wonderful learning experience.”

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme was launched in January 2012 offering 110 scholarship awards allocated across the following countries: Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, French Guiana and Bangladesh.


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