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Mining: Phosphates mining brings change to Tororo

Industry - The future looks bright for the people of Osukuru sub-county in Tororo district. A Chinese company, Nile Force Limited, has contracted a local firm to put up a camp site as the exploration of phosphates and uranium in the area got underway. The development has brought hope that the youths in the area, who usually spent time gambling and sipping crude gin, could finally get employment.

Juliet Omalla, the area manager for Nile Force, said recently that 200 people had been employed in the ongoing exploration works.

"Just like you can see, the construction of the six camp site houses, worth Shs 700m, has been awarded to Ochola construction company, a local enterprise within Tororo. But we only have a few expatriates to handle the technical part and that does not even make 10 per cent of the total work," she said. She added that at peak, the firm would employ more than 500 local residents.

Tororo has had an issue with unemployment. Not only are many youths wasting away, the levels of crime are worrying. Emmanuel Osuna, the district chairman, said the exploration process would help to curb unemployment in Tororo.

Omalla said they started with the topography survey and had already undertaken geological studies to ascertain the quality and quantity of the minerals available in the area. The sub-county, which has about 14 villages, has been gazetted for phosphate and uranium mining.

By Pius Opae Papa

The Observer/29/01/2014