AVOID the same mistakes that Nigeria made in the oil and gas industry, the Nigerian state minister for energy and petroleum has advised Uganda.
Odein Ajumogobia gave the advice on Thursday to a Ugandan technical team led by Eric Mbabazi-Araali, a counsellor at the Uganda High Commission, who represented the High Commissioner to Nigeria.
According to the online Punch report, Ajumogobia also asked the delegation to advise the authorities to adopt the policy of evolving parallel development between the oil industry and the agriculture sector.
In that way, he said, Uganda would avoid the pitfalls of Nigeria, which neglected agriculture to adopt a monolithic oil economy.
Ajumogobia disclosed that in the spirit of the established collaboration between both countries, a technical team from Nigeria would visit Uganda to interact with its counterparts and seek ways to move the countryâ€™s oil and gas industry.
In his remarks, Mbabazi-Araali stated that the visit was based on the need to inform Ajumogobia of the results of its mission, which he initiated recently.
Mbabazi-Araali also said their visit to the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation was very rewarding and informative. He expressed the hope that the lessons they learnt would be implemented in Uganda.
While in Nigeria, the team visited the Local Content Division, Group Planning Division, Petroleum Training Institute, Warri Refinery and Dorman Long.
Earnest Pubonde, an assistant commissioner in Ugandaâ€™s energy ministry, said the oil and gas industry in Uganda was currently growing and changing.
He stressed that the various exploration processes had established the viability of the oil wells/fields in Uganda.
He said so far, the reserves of 300 million barrels of crude oil had been ascertained.
Pubonde added that as more fields were discovered through exploration, the potential of a greater output would be guaranteed.
Nigerian minister advises Uganda on oil