EACOP project to progress despite opposition – MD assures at Hoima office launch

Mr Martin Tiffen, the EACOP Ltd Managing Director.

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) developers have assured Ugandans that the project development process is steadily advancing despite the presence of negative voices about it.

While speaking at the launch of the EACOP office in Hoima city, the Deputy Managing Director EACOP Ltd, Mr John Bosco Habumugisha, said the present opposition is staged by some foreigners who are working to sabotage development in Uganda.

He dismissed reports that the EACOP will degrade the environment and livelihoods as well as endangering habitats and life. Tainting

Mr Habumugisha argued that the pipeline will be established using the latest technology developed over time to overcome negative effects.

Audio: Habumugisha on EACOP (English)

Speaking on behalf of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister, Mr Alex Katusabe the institution’s Chief Administrative Secretary, pledged support to the oil projects acknowledging that the kingdom has with concern been hearing reports of opposition against the EACOP.

He, however, challenged the project developers not to undermine the need to invest in more community sensitisations about the advantages of the project.

Audio: Katusabe on EACOP (English)

Mr Martin Tiffen, the EACOP Ltd Managing Director, said they are respecting all views about the project as they continue explaining waiting for time to tell.

According to him, they are determined to set a track record while developing the EACOP project with respect to human and environmental rights.

He assured that visible developments of the project will start early next year with completion of the land acquisition process around the corner.

Audio: Martin on EACOP (English)

Mr Badru Mugabi, the Hoima City Resident Commissioner (RCC), assured the developers of security expressing optimism that the opened EACOP office in Hoima city will help to facilitate local content by answering all questions about taping into the industry and compensation grievances.

Audio: Mugabi on EACOP (English)

Meanwhile, Sheik Musa Babanja, the Acting Bunyoro/Tooro Regional Kadhi, called for respect for each other in their specialties in order to benefit from the God given resources. He quoted the Quran 7: 47.

Audio: Babanja on respect (English)
Opened EACOP Office on Kikwite Road in upscale Kijungu, Hoima City.

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