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Due to delays in the Final Investment Decision (FID) that has in turn delayed Uganda’s first oil production, there have been scepticism amongst some Ugandans on whether Uganda will actually produce oil.
However, the institutions that are training oil related courses are still optimistic that the oil will be produced and Ugandans will benefit.
Professor Patrick Ruharuza, the Chancellor, Institute of Petroleum Studies noted that despite the delays, they are still focusing on skilling Ugandans so that they are able to compete for even bigger jobs when the oil finally comes.
“What is clear is that Uganda has oil and it will be produced in the near future. Our role as training institutions is to prepare Ugandans to be able to take up the opportunities that will come once production starts,” he said.
IPS on Tuesday officially introduced a new course; a Masters degree in Environmental Health and Safety Management aimed at equipping professionals with additional knowledge on occupational health, International standards, environmental management, leadership and foreign development.
The 15 months course is open to any national and international degree holders.
Speaking about the new course, Prof Ruharuza said the need for environmental health and safety professionals because of increasing awareness about environmental protection and employee safety.
“Just for the pipeline, we need over 200 environmental health and safety management professionals. However course is not only limited to the oil sector, every sector, every company is concerned about these two areas, and yet there are only a few institutions offering the course. That’s why we decided to introduce this course,” he said.
Miria Agunyo, the Dean department of engineering and technology noted that there was need to incorporate technology in the promotion of safety and environment protection[3/12, 5:00 PM] Sharon K: IPSK, is a privately owned institution that offers training and instruction in the field of petroleum exploration, recovery, refinement and responsible utilization in Uganda.