Mr Emmy Turyabagyenyi Katera, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has urged the communities around Hoima International Airport to strategise for opportunities as the airport operationalisation gets closer.
Speaking to the oil refinery host community representatives at Kigaaga Primary School in Kabaale sub-county, the RDC challenged the communities to get out of comfort with benefits coming from oil companies through their corporate social responsibility activities but rather set up long-term enterprises to commercially benefit from the forthcoming oil projects.
According to him, very soon, cargo planes will start landing at the airport and it will be embarrassing to see them take off with nothing exported.
Feeding and accommodating the people working at the airport and associated developments are sure opportunities for the host communities, he added.
Ms Gloria Sebikari, the Corporate Affairs Manager at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), recently told Kazi-njema News that there are many direct and indirect opportunities around the oil projects in this development phase.
She tips that the earlier the better for one strategising to tap into the oil industry bearing in mind that the oil resource is finite and some of its induced opportunities pass for all at certain stages.
Acquiring technical and vocational skills like electrical engineering, plumbing, welding and construction are some of the skills needed for those that need employment in the industry.
Improving the standards of enterprises and registration on the National Supplier Database (NSD) are important for those that intend to supply goods and services to the industry, adds Ms Sebikari.