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Ugandan Youths Train for a Petroleum Future

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A team of 30 trainers from different vocational institutions in Uganda started training in the oil and gas sector. Sponsored by CNOOC, one of the companies exploring for oil in the western part of the country, the program will nurture trainers who will further skill the youths in the East Africa country.John Muyingo, minister of state for higher education, in a speech read for him, said educating youths in the oil and gas sector is critical if the country is to benefit from the sector. The official revealed that the trainers will also travel to China where they will gain more skills.“This will create a critical mass which will have a multiplier effect in the country,” Muyingo said.Irene Muloni, minister of energy and mineral development in a statement read for her, said standards are important in the oil and gas sector. “The high standards demanded by the sector requires a workforce that is internationally certified. Standards are key for us to compete globally,” Muloni said.