By Watchdog reporter

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has appointed new Directors to support the implementation of its mandate of monitoring and regulating the exploration, development and production of petroleum together with the development and operation of pipelines and the refinery in Uganda.

Five Directors have been appointed to head five of the six directorates in the structure of the Authority.

The newly appointed Directors are: Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha; Director for Exploration; Mr. Alex Nyombi; Director for Development and Production; Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan; Director for Finance and Administration; Mr. Ali Ssekatawa; Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs; and, Ms. Peninah Aheebwa; Director for Technical Support Services.

Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha, Ms. Peninah Aheebwa and Mr. Alex Nyombi have been Assistant Commissioner (Refining), Principal Petroleum Officer (Planning) and Licence Manager for the Kingfisher Development Area in the Directorate of Petroleum in Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development respectively.

Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan and Mr. Ali Ssekatawa have been Commissioner Corporate Services and Assistant Commissioner Litigation respectively in the Uganda Revenue Authority.

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors for PAU Dr. Jane N. Mulemwa, welcomed the newly appointed Directors during the signing of their contracts at Amber House, Kampala, and informed them that, in their new assignments, they will among others, have an important responsibility of ensuring that Uganda achieves the goal of its Oil and Gas Policy which is “to Contribute to the Early Achievement of Poverty Eradication and Create lasting value to society.”Dr. Mulemwaalso emphasized the need for the new Directors to be patriotic, accountable, transparent,team players and to work with integrity.

Mr. Ernest Rubondo, the Executive Director of PAU, explained that the process of recruiting the Directors was open and competitive and those appointed emerged the best candidates for the respective positions after a detailed evaluation and interviewing process. The Board of Directors of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda oversaw the process of recruitment which started in September 2016 and approved the appointments at its 41st meeting held at the end of December 2016.

Dr. Jane N. Mulemwa the Chairperson of the Board of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (4thleft) and Mr. Ernest Rubondo, the PAU Executive Director (4th right) pose with the Newly Appointed Directors of the Authority.

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