By Our Reporter
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni will tomorrow inaugurate new members of the Uganda Oil and Gas Sector Skills Council.
The Council which is part of Skilling Uganda Project, consists of members from the Education Ministry, the Ministry of Energy, employers from international oil companies like; Total, Vivo Energy, Uganda National Oil Company and from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda.
The members to be inaugurated are expected to boost the development of skills that are required by the oil and gas industry in Uganda, especially as the country prepares to produce oil.
The inauguration will take place at the coordination unit for the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP), funded by the World Bank. ARSDP was launched to emerging issues in Albertine Region which home to discovered oil.
ARSDP is aims to improve access and connectivity to the Albertine region, reduce travel times and improve access to markets and services.
The project will finance the upgrading of an approximately 100 kilometer (km) stretch of road from Kyenjojo to Kabwoya which forms part of the 238 km Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba road connecting the districts of Kyenjojo, Kibaale, Hoima, Masindi, and Kiryandongo in Western Uganda.
It is designed to upgrade business, technical and vocational education, and training (BTVET) quality in the oil and gas sector, make it more in line with private sector demands, and provide greater access to the BTVET system to people living in the Albertine region.
Under the project, there will also be the financing of the upgrading of selected institutes which support the objectives of the skilling Uganda strategy, including Uganda Petroleum Institute in Kigumba (UPIK) and Uganda Technical College of Kichwamba (UTC) and a new third institute in Nwoya district, including; physical infrastructure, goods, curricula development, and instructor training.