By Titus Kakembo
KAMPALA, April 29 — After years of oil exploration and drilling in their area, the fears of residents of Nyamasoga village regarding hazardous waste mismanagement which comes with such activities have been finally been quelled with the opening of a waste management gfacility in Hoima in western Uganda.
“The civic leaders, conservationists and environmentalists who grumbled about the wastes having metallic and liquid ingredients which can harm humans, flora and fauna can now relax,” the resident National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) executive director, Dr. Tom Okurut, says. “With such a modern waste management park, even neighbouring countries could benefit.”
The Chief Executive Officer of ENVIRONSERV, the company which built the facility, Des Gordon, revealed that the facility was set up on 100 acres of land in Nabusoga village.
“We started humbly in South Africa. But we have stretched handling waste for more than 30 years across Africa. Our expertise extends to Maputo, Rwanda and now Uganda.”
He added that as Africa emerged as an economic giant, the company was proud to be associated with its development.
Drilling to extract an estimated 2.5 billion barrels of oil has made this Albertine Graben, which is a highly ecologically sensitive region and home to unique fauna and flora species the focus of attention of many quarters. The waste will be handled in the proximity of Lake George for 20 years.
SOURCE: NEW VISION