Twenty-nine Project Affected Persons (PAPs) yesterday Monday, February 1, 2021, received resettlement houses and titles from Total E&P Uganda in Ngwedo Sub-county, Buliisa District.
This was part of the implementation of the Tilenga Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) 1.
The resettlement housing project which cost over US$1m is located on resettlement plots selected by the respective primary residents whose land was identified for the construction of the Tilenga Central Processing Facility (CPF) and its associated industrial area infrastructure under RAP 1.
Speaking at the function to launch and handover the houses to the beneficiaries, Total E&P Uganda General Manager, Mr Pierre Jessua, said the fulfillment is symbolic of the commitment the oil giant is exhibiting.
“This resettlement housing project is an important symbol of our commitment to undertaking the Tilenga development project while observing the utmost human rights standards. We are, therefore, implementing all the necessary initiatives to ensure that we adequately restore and improve the living standards of the project affected persons,” Mr Jessua said.
Adding: “While conducting the Resettlement Action Plan for the Tilenga Industrial Area, the company is continuously engaging with the project affected communities as well as established representatives from among them in order to ensure that their feedback is considered throughout the planning and implementation of the resettlement activities. Dialogue also continues to be methodically undertaken with the local and government leaders as well as various Civil Society and Non-Government Organisations throughout the process.”
Activities under RAP 1 are being executed in line with national and international laws as well as international guidelines stipulated in the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 5 (IFC PS 5).
Primary residents are accordingly being provided with titles, relocation assistance as well as facilitated in the acclimatisation process through livelihood restoration programmes, transitional and psycho-social support.
Mr Longino Bahebwa, the Buliisa Resident District Commissioner, who was the chief guest; Mr Simon Kinene, Buliisa District LC 5 Chairman, officials from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development among others attended the function.
The leaders lauded Total E&P Uganda for fulfilling their obligations towards the PAPs and the continued support offered to them during land acquisition process.
The houses were constructed Pearl Engineering Ltd- a Ugandan company.