Oil: Bunyoro flags off 110 drivers for Heavy Good Vehicle (HGV) training

Bunyoro Prime Minister, Mr Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga, flags off HGV drivers for training at the kingdom headquarters in Hoima City.

At least 110 drivers have been flagged off for training in Heavy Good Vehicle (HGV) driving with hope that it will help them benefit from the oil industry through employment.

The drivers selected from 700 applicants from all over Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom will be trained by Uganda Driving Standards Agency (UDSA) on behalf of CNOOC Uganda Limited, the developer of the Kingfisher oil project.

While flagging off the training at the kingdom headquarters, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister, Mr Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga Ateenyi, challenged the trainees to be disciplined and optimally utilise the opportunity to become relevant to the oil industry.

He said it will help to market their labour beyond the borders of Uganda since they will be trained on East African Community (EAC) standards.

Audio: Byakutaaga on training (English)

Mr Aggrey Mugume, the National Content Officer at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), appreciated Bunyoro kingdom for the better working environment and support provided to CNOOC and the government at large in relation to the oil and gas industry development.

He added that the government is committed to concentrating similar skilling activities in the oil projects host communities to ensure their meaningful participation.

Audio: Mugume on local content (English)

Mr Mathew Kyaligonza, the National Content Manager at CNOOC Uganda Limited, expressed their commitment to continuing with similar skilling programmes in partnership with the government.

Selected trainees sit ahead of being flagged off at Bunyoro Kingdom headquarters in Hoima City on Tuesday, August 23, 2020.

Mr Brian Atugonza, one of the trainees hopes that the training will be his gateway to the Tilenga and Kingfisher oil projects and get a share from the petrodollar.

Audio: Atugonza on training benefits (English)

It takes at least Shs3m to attain HGV training in Hoima city with self-sponsorship under programmes organised by private companies, which is costly for the majority local drivers to attain.

Sponsored trainings that lead to international certification are welcomed by the people of Bunyoro.

Analysts say much of such and individual sponsorships are needed to bridge the skilling gap since many graduates in the country and the region are irrelevant to the job market in the oil industry.

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