• Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

UGANDA, Buliisa | Real Muloodi News | TotalEnergies EP Uganda, in collaboration with Ugandan companies under Tilenga Oil Project, is implementing a housing project in the districts of Hoima, Buliisa, and Kikuube.

As part of the Tilenga Oil Project, 105 resettlement houses and titles were recently handed over to individuals whose primary residences were impacted during the identification of land for the construction of Tilenga Project facilities and associated infrastructure in Buliisa District.

These houses are part of a larger plan to build 205 houses, featuring 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms, a sitting area, a veranda, an outside kitchen, a solar-powered system, a rainwater harvest water tank, and a VIP latrine.

TotalEnergies EP Uganda is committed to supporting the affected households throughout the relocation process. All beneficiary households receive assistance in acquiring freehold land titles and are provided with transitional and psychosocial support.

They are also encouraged to participate in various livelihood restoration programs. The project places particular emphasis on involving both spouses in the decision-making process and ensuring their joint participation.

During the handover ceremony in Buliisa District, Mr Philippe GROUEIX, General Manager of TotalEnergies EP Uganda, expressed the company’s commitment to people’s well-being and creating a positive impact.

He stated, “The handover we are witnessing today, as well as the activities we are undertaking for livelihood restoration, are enshrined in one of our sustainable development pillars focused on people’s well-being.”

The ceremony was officiated by Hon. Dr Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, who commended TotalEnergies for its efforts in transforming the lives of the people affected by the project.

The housing project is being implemented by Ugandan companies, including Technical Masters Limited, ATX Ltd., and Teltec Uganda Ltd.

The construction materials and manpower are sourced locally, ensuring community involvement and economic benefits.

The Tilenga Land Acquisition and Resettlement process adheres to national and international laws, as well as international guidelines such as the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 5 (IFC PS 5).

Throughout the process, TotalEnergies EP Uganda engages with stakeholders, including project communities, government agencies, and civil society organisations.

In addition to the housing project, TotalEnergies EP Uganda has established an Agricultural Support Services program.

Through this program, post-harvest handling equipment has been provided to 20 farmer groups and associations among the project-affected households.

The equipment includes cassava chippers, silos, milling plants, and drying racks, aimed at supporting farmers in adopting good agronomic practices and improving their household income levels.

The implementation of this program is carried out by Living Earth Uganda.

TotalEnergies EP Uganda also celebrated 10 years of its local scholarship program, which has benefited over 270 students from the Buliisa, Nwoya, Pakwach, Masindi, and Nebbi districts.

The scholarship program supports students in accessing O’level and A’level education, with a focus on science subjects, at top schools in the country.

The company remains dedicated to community engagement and sustainable development in the areas where it operates.

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