The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba, has said that the recently signed oil deal will provide nearly 100,000 jobs to Ugandans.
The 1,445km heated EACOP project, which upon completion will be the longest in the world, will begin from Hoima District in Uganda up to the port of Tanga in Tanzania.
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline is a crude oil export infrastructure that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale, Hoima in Uganda to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga port in Tanzania for export to the international markets.
Nabakooba made the remarks while addressing journalists in Kampala on Sunday, April 25th, saying the deal will provide tens of thousands of jobs to Ugandans.
“There will be direct employment of about 14,000 people by the companies, indirect employment of about 45,000 people by the contractors, and induced employment of about 105,000 people as a result of the utilization of other services by the oil and gas sector,” said Nabakooba.
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Nabakooba noted that “Out of the direct, 57% of all jobs are meant to be for Ugandans. Most of these jobs will come out of work related to the oil pipeline construction, engineering work in the drilling sectors, transportation, leisure and hospitality sectors, security and many more.”
“My humble appeal to all Ugandans is; position yourself in such a way that you benefit fully from the oil projects. This oil pipeline opens the doors for Uganda to start earning from its oil resources,” she added.
Nabakooba said that close to 30% of all contracts in the sectors such as transport, logistics, food, security will go to local Ugandans.