Petroleum Authority gets new directors

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The new PAU Board of Directors in a group photo (Courtesy photo)

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) on Friday announced the appointment of four new board members.

These include Mr Bernard Ongodia, the principal of the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK); Dr Kevin Aanyu, a lecturer in the department of Geology and Petroleum Studies at Makerere University; Dr Noble Banadda, a chemical engineer; and Ms Lynda Biribonwa, a safety and quality management professional joined the board Monday.

The oil and gas sector regulator now has seven people on its board.

Dr Jane Nambakire Mulemwa, who was appointed to the authority’s first board, was retained as its chair.

Dr Jane Nambakire Mulemwa receives the instruments of power from Dr Mary Goretti Kitutu as chairperson of the new PAU board of directors (Courtesy photo)

Other retained members include Ms Doreen Kabasindi Wandera and Mr Kiryowa Kiwanuka. Ms Nambakire has a doctorate in physical organic chemistry, Ms Kabasindi is an environmental protection specialist while Mr Kiwanuka is a lawyer.

The new board was inaugurated by the minister of energy and mineral development, Ms Mary Goretti Kitutu, at Amber House on Monday.

“As a new board, we commit to work with integrity and build on the achievements of the pioneer board, steer the authority through the Covid-19 pandemic, and ensure that Uganda’s petroleum resources contribute to the eradication of poverty,” Dr Nambakire, the board chair, said in a statement.

The new board will oversee the authority for four years.

The Petroleum Act of 2013 stipulates that the authority should have a board of seven people, with at least three being female. The board is appointed by the president and approved by parliament.

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