Experts tip students on oil

By Sam Wakhakha, :: 10-04-2012

Two oil experts have urged UCU law students to be part of the mass that will ensure the careful handling of the newly discovered oil in Uganda. Dickson Kamugisha and George Bamugemereire, both  legal experts, were speaking at a lecture that was organised by the UCU Law Society and the UCU Oil and Gas Leadership Institute on March 29.
“There are three bills that are in the pipeline. What we want to see is that you also participate. As the UCU community, you can look at these bills and prepare comments and go and submit to the Natural Resources Committee and the Economics Committee that is working on these bills,” said Kamugisha of the Africa Institute for Energy Governance.  He further said that the communities where the oil has been discovered needed sensitisation about their rights.
Bamugemereire, another key speaker at the event, appealed for caution in the sector if it is to benefit the country.
“The thing I get worried about in Uganda is that we are getting a lot of companies coming in. We had Heritage at first, then Tullow and now Tullow has diluted its interest and sold to CNOOC and others. What we need to be careful about is that companies don’t come in quickly and make money and run off. We should ensure that waste is managed well so as not to affect local people such as fishermen,” Bamugemereire, a lawyer with a rich background in the sector, said.
The lecture was organised by the UCU Law Society in partnership with the UCU Oil and Gas Institute. The theme was “Black gold in Uganda, demystifying the oil industry: challenges and opportunities.” Other people present included Dr. Frederick Kakembo (coordinator of the Oil and Gas Institute)  and George Kasozi   (the former dean of law faculty).

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