Business
Tororo phosphate exploration takes off
Publish Date: Jan 11, 2014
Tororo phosphate exploration takes off
Construction of the operations camp is on-going
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Faustine Odeke

THE exploration for phosphate in Tororo district has started after investors began paying sh1m to every land owner in the affected 26.5 square kilometres area in Osukuru and Rubongi sub-counties as a token of appreciation.

The Government, in September 2013, entered into a joint venture with China’s Guangzhou Dongsong Energy group to implement a $560m Osukuru phosphate project.

The company is registered in Uganda as Uganda Hui Neng Mining Ltd.

This current works follows the decision by the investors to establish an operation camp in the area so as to easily interact with the locals.

The camp construction work being undertaken by Ochoda Enterprises at a cost of sh700m is expected to be complete by the end January.

John Dambio, the company managing director, says the scope of work includes setting up a platform for six houses, a perimeter wall, opening up a road network and connecting a water and lighting system. 

Juliet Omalla, the human resource manager, said the final structures will be set up by a Chinese firm using imported pre-fabricated houses which will be installed within 18 days.

Omalla said they have already finished the topography survey and are currently conducting geological survey whose samples are being taken to China to establish the quality and quantity of the minerals in the area. 

She said the survey will be conducted in the next three years before they apply for a mining lease.

The district chairman, Emmanuel Osuna, said the district leadership is proud of the achievements so far and called for cooperation between the community and the investors.

He requested the investors to employ people and contractors from the area so that they can embrace the project as their own.

He thanked the district police commander for providing security in the area even at the time when the investors first met resistance.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Inflation rises to 1.4%
Consumers paid sh1.4 more for manufactured goods in October compared to the same period in 2013 as the sector struggled to recover from the lag-effects of the 2011 economic challenges, amid volatilities in foreign exchange....
Kukustar: New vaccine against newcastle to empower farmers
It was the welcoming smiles. Not the long distance from Mbale town. Not the shrubby path to Mary Goretti Mboizi’s humble home in Bunamwera village, Kibuku district that struck me as I settled down to listen to her story....
Uganda is debt sustainable, says finance ministry
By March, China had lent Uganda over $336m (8% of the total debt) while India had lent over $50m (under 2%)....
Partnership seeks to boost television penetration
PCS and a regional pay television service provider enter a partnership expected to boost television penetration in areas without access to hydroelectricity....
Govt allocates sh20b for restocking
THE Government has allocated sh20b for livestock restocking in West Nile, Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions in the 2014/15 financial year...
Power extended to Masaka sub-counties
The sub-counties benefiting from the project are Kyesiga, Lwankoni, Kyanamukaka and Kabira with a total population of about 60,000 people...
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter