On 7th and 8th June 2018, Ngetha Media Association for Peace in association with Lake Albert Social Network and Nngwedu Football Association organised a joint conservation tournament in Ngwedu sub county in Buliisa district.The initiative, which forms part of Ngetha Media Association for Peace environmental education and land rights awareness campaign in areas experiencing human rights violation and gross environmental degradation as a result of oil related activities and commercial agriculture responsible for land clearing .More than 10 football clubs from different villages in Ngwedu sub county participated in the two days tournament that brought many participants from different part of Buliisa district. The tournament that was held at Avogera Primary school play ground was attended by high level authorities from Buliisa district local government and local community members , including the Ngwedu sub county Internal Security Officer Owormungu Phinehas, the sub county speaker, the OC police Ngwedu police post and representative of different youth and women groups in Ngwedu sub county.
Speaking at the event, Ngetha Media Association for Peace Senior research associate Mr Robert Agenonga called upon the youth and women to take care of their land and protect environment jealously from the existing threats emanating from Oil and gas exploration activities being undertaken in Ngwedo. Robert also delivered speech on behalf of Land is Life and the Global Green Grants Fund which contributed to the organisation of the event. He emphasized the youth to underscore the importance of sports to promote respect and reach out to youth, including socially excluded groups in society. He welcomed the support of Ngwedu sub county and Avogera primary school in providing venue for the sport event. “Peaceful and inclusive societies are built by policies directed to people and justice for all”, noted Mr. Agenonga, who also highlighted the importance of “providing activities that develop mechanisms to mitigate youth vulnerabilities associated with unemployment and lack of transparency in the Oil and gas industry.
A total of 1000 trees seedlings were distributed to communities members of Ngwedu.
The OC police officer of Ngwedu , meanwhile thanked Ngetha Media Association for Peace and Lake Albert Social Network for implementing this part of the community Programme in Ngwedu, adding: “We believe in participation, in social control and in a permanent process of dialogue with all segments of society”. She challenged every one to be a crime preventers to promote peace and security .She challenged parents to consider the education of their children a priority because Oil and gas industry need a lot of man power for both professional and causal works.
In the coming weeks, several activities are foreseen under Ngetha Media Association for Peace. Among these will be training of environmental leaders in Pakwach ,Buliisa and Hoima district .Ngetha will be enrolling an active engagement of youth and women as ambassadors for environmental justice,safe and healthy communities .Numbers of public films screening will be undertaken to educate the communities in the Oil pipeline routes on the importance of environmental conservation and tree plantings as tools of mitigating the adverse effects of Oil and gas drilling.