Implementation of the Albertine Master Plan.

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Implementation of the Physical Development Plan (PDP) for the Albertine Graben is underway, authorities have revealed. 

A five-year budget of sh150b is needed by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development for the plan. 

In an interview, Denis Kidega, a senior physical planner with the lands ministry, said: “We are preparing for oil and gas activities. As the lands ministry, we are required to cater for development of the country.” 

If not well planned, he said, the Albertine region will turn into a slum, which is a health hazard to any developing country. 

At the moment, he said, a number of roads in the region are being expanded or tarmacked as the Government prepares for the development stage of the oil and gas sector. 

In addition, physical development plans for some towns in the area are ready for implementation by local governments. 

Towns whose physical plans are ready are Wanseko and Biiso in Buliisa district, Kigorobya, Kiziranfumbi, Kyangwali, Kabwoya, Butema, Kyarushesha and Buhuka in Hoima district. 

The above towns are near to the different oil and gas infrastructure development areas and, therefore, will attract more population. 

 igogoro drilling site in ugongu subcounty ulisa district uliisa is among the priority districts in the masterplan

Kidega made the remarks just after the Second National Content Conference organised by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU). 

The conference, which attracted hundreds of oil and gas suppliers, was based on the theme, Linkages between Oil and Gas and other sectors of Uganda’s Economy. 

The two-day conference in Kampala last month, was aimed at discussing opportunities and challenges in the sectors that will benefit from the oil and gas sub-sector. 

Ernest Rubondo, the executive director of PAU, said: “Oil and gas activities are going to change a lot in the country. These plans are developed to prepare us for the future. If we do not plan, the region will be flooded with slums, which is not good.” 

BREAKDOWN OF NEEDED FUNDS 

However, all these activities will come at a cost. As part of the implementation, Uganda received financial support from the World Bank to undertake preparation of the plan. 

According to the physical development plan, $44m (about sh150.7b) will be needed by the lands ministry to implement all its activities. 

The budget estimates include $24m (about sh90.4) for planning and capacity building, and an additional $20m (about sh75.3b) to complete the ministerial zonal office, land surveying and titling for the Albertine region. 

According to the plan, the Final Albertine Graben Physical Development Plan will be completed following incorporation of comments from another round of Albertine and Kampala stakeholder participation sessions.  

SERVICES TO BE OFFERED IN DISTRICTS 

The districts have been divided into clusters, according to services to be offered. 

These include northern region of the Albertine covering Nwoya to Moyo districts and the central region covering districts in the oil-rich areas. 

The other is called the southern region, covering Kabarole to Kanungu. 

The northern region will be mainly for agriculture, tourism and trade. The central region will serve agriculture, oil and gas development sectors. 

Just like the northern region, the southern, too, will be for agriculture, tourism and trade. 

There are over 30 districts in the Albertine, region. They include Kisoro, Kabale, Kanungu and Rukungiri, Bushenyi, Sheema, Ibanda, Ntungamo and Mitooma in Ankole. 

It also includes Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Notoroko, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole in the Rwenzori region, Kibaale, Hoima, Kikuube, Masindi, Buliisa and Kiryandongo in Bunyoro. 

The plan also covers Nebbi, Pakwach, Zombo, Arua, Maracha, Koboko, Yumbe, Adjumani and Moyo districts in the West Nile. It will also cover Nwoya and Amuru in the Acholi sub-region. 

Just like the northern region, the southern, too, will be for agriculture, tourism and trade. There are over 30 districts in the Albertine, region. They include Kisoro, Kabale, Kanungu and Rukungiri, Bushenyi, Sheema, Ibanda, Ntungamo and Mitooma in Ankole. It also includes Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Notoroko, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole in the Rwenzori region, Kibaale, Hoima, Kikuube, Masindi, Buliisa and Kiryandongo in Bunyoro. The plan also covers Nebbi, Pakwach, Zombo, Arua, Maracha, Koboko, Yumbe, Adjumani and Moyo districts in the West Nile. It will also cover Nwoya and Amuru in the Acholi sub-region.